Donald Trump said Friday that he wouldn't accept Ted Cruz's endorsement if he offered it
The comments cap off a week where the politicians were at odds throughout their party's convention
Ted Cruz won’t endorse Donald Trump, but the Republican nominee said Friday he wouldn’t take the support even if the Texas senator offered.
“If he gives it, I will not accept it,” Trump said at a news conference in Cleveland at the close of the Republican National Convention.
“I don’t want his endorsement,” he added. “Just, Ted, stay home, relax, enjoy yourself.”
He also suggested that if Cruz were to seek the White House, he would set up a super PAC to oppose him.
And Trump, speaking the end of a week dedicated to unifying the party, once again revived the conspiracy theory published in the National Enquirer that linked Cruz’s father to John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald – an accusation that has no evidence behind it.
“I don’t know his father. I met him once,” Trump said. “I think he’s a lovely guy, a lovely guy. All I did was point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer, there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast. Now Ted never denied that it was his father.”
Trump first suggested that Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of Kennedy the morning of the Indiana primary, citing the tabloid story.
Cruz allies have since repeatedly pointed to that low blow from Trump as a reason for refusing to support the Republican nominee. And on Thursday, Cruz referenced the incident, as he drew an angry reaction from members of his state’s own GOP delegation.
“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” Cruz said.
Trump devoted a significant portion of Friday’s event, billed as a thank you to convention staff and organizers, to attacking his former primary rival.