In an address to Cleveland supports this morning, Donald Trump went after Texas Senator Ted Cruz for failing to offer his endorsement at the Republican National Convention.
First, Trump claimed that although Ted Cruz submitted his convention speech ahead of time, he added two lines to it after the fact, which Trump says was dishonest. Trump went on to say that he believes that Cruz has destroyed his career with this move.
“There wasn’t one person in the room who was with him, including the Texas delegation,” Trump said. “Honestly, he may have ruined his political career. I feel so bad.”
The candidate went as far as to say that he believes Cruz will eventually give in and offer his endorsement, but that if this happens, Trump would not accept it.
“I don’t want his endorsement. If he gives it, I will not accept it, just so you understand,” Trump said. “I will not accept it. It won’t matter. Honestly, he should have done it, because nobody cares, and he would have been in better shape for four years from now.”
Trump then went off on a tangent about his attacks on Ted Cruz’s wife and father. He again argued that Ted Cruz was the one who started the wife feud and said that all he did was retweet a picture, adding that the thinks Heidi Cruz is a beautiful and smart woman.
But Trump did not back down at all from his allegation that Ted Cruz’s father may have been involved in the JFK assassination. Trump previously brought up a National Enquirer photo showing Rafael Cruz with Lee Harvey Oswald.
“Did anybody ever deny that it was the father,” Trump asked. “…I know nothing about his father. I know nothing about Lee Harvey Oswald. But there was a picture on the front page of the National Enquirer that does have credibility.”
Following his refusal to endorse Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz said that he is not in the habit of supporting people who attack his wife and his father.
Vice presidential candidate Mike Pence stood behind Trump during this Cleveland address, chuckling to himself and shaking his head several times.