Ted Cruz: 'I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump'

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Sen. Ted Cruz announced on Friday that he would vote for Donald Trump — a shocking political move for the Texas senator, who threw subtle mud on the Republican nominee at the GOP convention and spent months on the campaign trail sharply criticizing him as unfit to serve as president.

"After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump," Cruz wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.

Cruz said he made his decision for two reasons: "First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word. Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable — that's why I have always been #NeverHillary."

Photos of notable people who've spoken out against Trump:

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

The Mayor did not hold back in this tweet:

"I didn’t realize this was in question. Behaves like a racist, speaks like a racist…of course @RealDonaldTrump is a racist."

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Martha Stewart

In an interview win CNNMoney Stewart said "There is so much to know and so much to learn and so much diplomacy and kindness and introspection that goes with that kind of job, and it does not exist in the world of Donald Trump."

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John Oliver

The host of the Last week Tonight dedicated 20 minutes of his show to completely annihilate everything Trump stands for.

Click here to watch the Segment.

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J.K. Rowling

The beloved author took to twitter and compared him to the worst of the worst, "How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad."

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Robert De Niro

At the  22nd Sarajevo Film Festival Robert De Niro made his opinion very clear on what he thinks of Trump. "It's crazy that people like Donald Trump . . . he shouldn't even be where he is, so God help us"

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Mark Ruffalo

 Ruffalo and many more stars have signed a petition entitled #UnitedagainstHate to stand against Donald Trump

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America Ferrera

America Ferrera wrote an open letter on the HuffingtonPost to Donald Trump thanking him for his portrayal of Latin immigrants. In her letter she states "You, Mr. Trump, are living in an outdated fantasy of a bigoted America. Last week, America celebrated some amazing milestones — marriage equality, universal healthcare, removing of the confederate flag — making it clear in which direction the country is moving. That is why racist remarks that play to extremists won’t change the tide, no matter how hard you try. They will only serve to rally more Latino voters to the polls. Your negativity and your poorly thought out speech ignited a fire in our community. Thank you, Mr. Trump!"

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The Texas senator said the country "is in crisis" and characterized Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, as "manifestly unfit to be president."

"Donald Trump is the only thing standing in her way," he wrote. "[A]nd if you don't want to see a Hillary Clinton presidency, I encourage you to vote for him."

News that Cruz would offer support for Trump was first reported by Politico earlier in the day.

Conservative talk show host Steve Deace, who backed Cruz during the primaries, called the move the "worst political calculation I've ever witnessed."

A representative the Trump campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

"It's hard to see this as anything other than a political calculation," Ted Newton, a former communications adviser to 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, told Business Insider. "Nothing has changed between the convention and now to warrant a change of mind."

After refusing to attack each other for months at the outset of the GOP primary, Trump and Cruz feuded intensely on the campaign trail when the Republican field narrowed.

Trump repeatedly questioned whether Cruz's Canadian birthplace made him ineligible to be president, attacked the looks of his wife in a tweet, and fueled a conspiracy that suggested his dad was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

When Trump later secured the nomination, Cruz declined to endorse him and delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention urging conservatives to vote their "conscience"in the November election.

Trump later said he would refuse to accept an endorsement from Cruz.

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