Below is the transcript of Donald Trump attack on Ted Cruz — in a speech given to Republican National Convention volunteers in Cleveland less than 24 hours after accepting the Republican party’s nomination for president.
If you turn on the television, if you turn on some of the dishonest media, you’ll see, “Oh well, this happened and this happened.” What happened? Somebody [Cruz] got booed the hell out 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 who wasn’t — including the Texas delegation, right?
Honestly he may have ruined his political career. I feel so bad. I feel so bad.
And you know, he’ll come and endorse over the next little while. He’ll come and endorse. But I don’t want his endorsement! What difference does it make? I don’t want his endorsement. I have such great endors — I don’t want his endorsement. Just, Ted, stay home, relax, enjoy yourself.
Just a couple of things: I knew his speech. They gave me his speech. I knew 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 said, “It’s a boring speech, Mr. Trump. Nothing good, nothing bad. He just congratulates you on the victory and here’s the speech.”
Well he got up, and in the first two sentences, 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 it 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. 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 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. We created the one of the most successful conventions in the history of conventions. And the television ratings for this convention were through the roof.
[Trump then spends a couple of minutes talking about ratings, his wife and children’s speeches, and the length of his own speech before returning back to Cruz.]