At a victory event on Friday morning Republican nominee for president Donald Trump thanked supporters and then took a shot at Sen. Ted Cruz for his speech Wednesday night at the RNC where he did not endorse the candidate and said to "vote your conscience."
"Somebody got booed the hell out of a place by thousands and thousands of people," Trump said not-so-cryptically of Cruz. "There wasn't one person in the room -- not one. And then they said there may not be unity. Unity? There wasn't one person in the room, including the Texas delegation, right? Honestly, he may have ruined his political career."
Trump said Cruz will eventually come around and endorse him, "because he has no choice," but he does not want it. Trump said he would reject the endorsement and told the Texas Senator to "stay home, relax, enjoy yourself."
"What difference does it make?" Trump said of a hypothetical Cruz endorsement. "I don't want his endorsement. I don't want his endorsement. Ted, stay home, relax, enjoy yourself."
[Watch Part 2 of Trump's attack on Cruz where he talks about his "beautiful" wife, Heidi, and his "lovely father" below.]
Transcript of Trump addressing supporters in Cleveland the morning after:
TRUMP: If you turn on television, you -- you turn on some of the dishonest media, you'll see that, oh, wow. This happened and that happened. What happened? You know. Somebody got booed the hell out of a place by thousands and thousands of people. There wasn't one person in the room -- not one. And then they said there may not be unity. Unity? There wasn't one person in the room, including the Texas delegation, right? Honestly, he may have ruined his political career.
I feel so badly. I feel so badly. And you know, he'll come and endorse over the next little while. He'll -- because he has no choice. But I don't want his endorsement. What difference does it make? I don't want his endorsement. I have such great -- I don't want his endorsement. Ted, stay home, relax, enjoy yourself.
Just a couple of things. I knew his speech. They gave me his speech. I saw exactly what his speech was. Because when you go up to speak, you have to give your speech. You know, we don't want surprises, right? So they gave it.
They came to me. They they said, it's a boring speech, Mr. Trump. Nothing good, nothing bad. He congratulates you on a victory. He added a sentence. In other words, he got up and he added a sentence. Which could have been viewed as a nasty thing in terms of what he said. Because he was implying something, which is wrong. But that's okay.
So he took his speech and you're bound by that speech. Just like you're bound by the pledge. Right? You're bound by the pledge. So Ted Cruz took his speech that was done, was on the teleprompter, said hello. Then made a statement that wasn't on the speech and then went back to his speech. See, to me, that's dishonorable. To me, not signing a pledge is dishonorable, okay? It's dishonorable. Not a nice thing to do. And I talk this way, because we're all together.
Trump took a pause on attacking Cruz but later returned to hit him for promoting a "risque picture" of his wife, Melania, being used in an anti-Trump ad broadcasted in Utah. Trump said he thinks Heidi Cruz, the wife of Sen. Cruz, is a "beautiful woman" and "great person." The Republican nominee said Heidi is the "best thing he's got going." He praised Cruz for his intellect, but said "he doesn't know how to use it."
Trump then addressed the National Enquirer story that included a photograph they claimed was Cruz's father with Lee Harvey Oswald, another grievance Cruz cited as his reason for not endorsing Trump. Trump said Cruz "never denied that it was his father," and that if it were The New York Times that reported the story, they would have received a Pulitzer Prize.
"His father," Trump began. "I don't know his father. I met him once. I think he's a lovely guy. I think he's a lovely guy. All I did is 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 said Friday. "I had nothing to do with it. This was a magazine that, frankly, in many respects, should be very respected. They got O.J. [Simpson], they got [former Senator John] Edwards, they got this. I mean, if that was The New York Times they would have Pulitzer prizes for their reporting."