Senator Ted Cruz had his clock cleaned in the New York Republican presidential primary by billionaire Donald Trump. But his outspoken and fiery father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, insisted his son would win the nomination.
In his gracious acceptance speech, Trump was respectful to the opponent he has previously referred to as ‘Lyin’ Ted.’ Trump described his perspective of the state of the race after his New York victory.
“We don’t have much of a race anymore,” Trump said during his victory speech. “Senator Cruz is just about mathematically eliminated.”
The Cruz campaign vehemently disagreed with the assertion. Cruz national spokesman, Ron Nehring, said, “I think it’s very, very likely – if not a certainty at this point, that this will be a contested convention.”
Trump’s newly assigned convention manager, Paul Manafort, was quick to counter. “There’s not going to be a second ballot,” he said. “So it’s not going to be an issue. We have several ways to get to 1,237 by early June.”
The senior Cruz, who has been a vocal presence on his son’s campaign, elbowed his way into the discussion. He began criticizing Trump for previous campaign contributions to New York Senator Chuck Schumer and ex-Rep Anthony Weiner and claimed Trump would fall to Hillary Clinton.
The Dallas pastor said, “Donald Trump cannot beat Hillary Clinton. That would be the dream ticket for Hillary Clinton because all the polls show that Donald Trump would lose and would lose by a landslide,” said Cruz.
The politeness witnessed in Trump’s New York victory speech quickly disappeared after one night. Trump resorted to using his familiar nicknames for Senator Cruz on the next day on the campaign trail.
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