After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced on Sunday that they will work together to defeat Donald Trump in three upcoming primaries, Trump hit back with a statement calling the candidates “sad” and “weak.”
“It is sad that two grown politicians have to collude against one person who has only been a politician for ten months in order to try and stop that person from getting the Republican nomination,” Trump said in a statement released early Monday morning.
The Republican presidential frontrunner blasted both campaigns and pointed out his two rivals’ failures.
“Senator Cruz has done very poorly and after his New York performance, which was a total disaster, he is in free fall and as everyone has seen, he does not react well under pressure. Also, approximately 80% of the Republican Party is against him,” Trump said in the statement. “Governor Kasich, who has only won 1 state out of 41, in other words, he is 1 for 41 and he is not even doing as well as other candidates who could have stubbornly stayed in the race like him but chose not to do so.”
Trump also criticized the campaigns decision to work together, painting it as part of a “rigged” system that the real estate mogul has been working against.
“Collusion is often illegal in many other industries and yet these two Washington insiders have had to revert to collusion in order to stay alive. They are mathematically dead and this act only shows, as puppets of donors and special interests, how truly weak they and their campaigns are,” he said in the statement. “Because of me, everyone now sees that the Republican primary system is totally rigged.”