Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway welcomed the belated endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz by proclaiming “Hell froze over today.”
Before joining the Trump campaign, Conway ran a pro-Cruz super-PAC.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 23, 2016
Cruz was Trump’s closest challenger during a bitter primary battle. He invited the ire of many Republicans when he pointedly refused to endorse Trump during his speech at the RNC, telling the audience to “vote your conscience.”
At the time, Trump said that the move may have cost Cruz his political career. Indeed, in subsequent weeks, many GOP donors indicated that any presidential prospects he might have had were shot.
In a lengthy statement posted on Facebook, Cruz outlined the principles that compelled him to finally endorse the man who accused his father of playing a role in JFK’s assassination and re-tweeted an unflattering image of his wife Heidi Cruz (which is still on the official Donald Trump Twitter account).
“[I]f you don’t want to see a Hillary Clinton presidency, I encourage you to vote for him,” he wrote.
Trump said in a statement, “I am greatly honored by the endorsement of Senator Cruz. We have fought the battle and he was a tough and brilliant opponent. I look forward to working with him for many years to come in order to make America great again.”
In July, the day after the RNC, Trump averred that Cruz would give him an endorsement “because he has no choice.”
“But I don’t want his endorsement,” Trump said. “What difference does it make? I don’t want his endorsement. I have such great — I don’t want his endorsement. Just, Ted, stay home, relax, enjoy yourself.”
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