Newly crowned Republican nominee Donald Trump thanked volunteers and staff members Friday for “an amazing convention” and proclaimed party unity — even as he continued to bash rival GOP Ted Cruz and re-litigated their primary disputes of the spring.
“This has been such an incredible movement,” Trump told backers who gathered at a hotel in downtown Cleveland the morning after his acceptance speech closed the Republican national convention.
While the newly minted nominee said the GOP is behind him, his convention featured a noisy floor protest Monday by anti-Trump delegates over convention voting rules. Two nights later, Trump delegates booed and cat-called Cruz when the Texas senator pointedly refused to endorse the party nominee during a prime-time speech.
Basking in the glow of victory, Trump dismissed Cruz’s opposition in his remarks to volunteers, and said he wouldn’t accept the Texan’s endorsement in any event.
“Honestly, he may have ruined his political career,” Trump said.
Trump went on dispute, lengthily, Cruz’s claims that the businessman insulted his wife and suggested that his father had something to do with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The Republican nominee said Heidi Cruz is “terrific,” and blamed the flap on the actions of a political action committee. As for Cruz’s father, Trump cited a National Enquirer story linking Cruz’s father to Lee Harvey Oswald.
Dismissing Cruz’s criticisms, Trump suggested he stay off the campaign trail: “Ted, stay home, relax and enjoy yourself.”
Cruz, who has questioned Trump’s commitment to conservative principles, has also called the Republican nominee a paranoid conspiracy monger.
SOURCE: David M Jackson