WASHINGTON, DC (WBAY) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received a nomination Friday from arguably his bitterest rival in the Republican primaries, Sen. Ted Cruz.
Though he didn’t formally call it an endorsement, Cruz posted on Facebook Friday that he supports Trump for president for two reasons:
First, he pledged during the primaries to support the eventual Republican nominee.
Second, “Even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable.”
Trump responded that he’s “greatly honored.” He issued a statement saying he and Cruz “have fought the battle” and called Cruz a “tough and brilliant opponent.”
After Cruz had refused to endorse Trump at the Republican National Convention, Trump declared that he would never accept the Texan’s backing, saying, “He’ll come and endorse, it’s because he has no choice. But I don’t want his endorsement.”
He added then: “Ted, stay home. Relax.”
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine says he never would have supported someone who treated his father the way Trump treated Sen. Cruz’s father.
During the primary, Trump falsely suggested Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Kaine said: “If somebody said that about my dad, they would never have me as a supporter for anything.”
But Kaine said he was “not completely surprised” that Cruz endorsed the Republican presidential candidate Friday after several months of holding out.
Kaine made the remarks Friday in Austin, Texas, at a news conference with Latino elected officials.