Donald Trump calls John Kasich, Ted Cruz weak after their temporary partnership; urges them to back down
Apr 26, 2016 12:21 PM EDT
After presidential hopefuls John Kasich and Ted Cruz revealed their strategy to fight Donald Trump's campaign, the latter lashed out against the two in the recent rally in Pennsylvania calling Cruz and Kasich "weak" and urged them to back down from the race.
Cruz and Kasich announced their temporary alliance to gain bigger chances at defeating Trump in the primary election. Kasich agreed to stand down in Indiana to give more chances to Cruz, while Cruz, on the other hand agreed to cede on Oregon and New Mexico for Kasich.
As reported by New York Times, Cruz announced their partnership in Indiana by saying that their plan will allow him to go head to head against Trump. "John Kasich has decided to pull out of Indiana to give us a head-to-head contest with Donald Trump," Cruz said.
But in his campaign in Philadelphia, Kasich had another way of presenting their current situation. "I've never told them not to vote for me," Kasich said. "They ought to vote for me. But I'm not over there campaigning and spending resources."
However, Kasich and Cruz's partnership did not sit well with Trump who described them as "pathetic". "If you collude in business ... they put you in jail. But in politics ... you're allowed to collude," Trump said as reported by CNN.
"Actually I was happy, because it shows how weak they are, it shows how pathetic they are," he mentioned. As reported by The Guardian, Trump also suggested that Kasich and Cruz should give up on the race to unite the party which will enable them to beat Hillary Clinton from getting elected as the President of the United States.
Trump had a big win last week in New York and another win in Indiana could make it more difficult for Kasich and Cruz to beat him. Indiana's primary in May 3 could be the telltale of the three candidate's fate in the run for the presidency.