The God-Emperor arises
Triumphant Donald Trump claimed victory in the Republican presidential contest on Tuesday night, after Ted Cruz dropped out of the race following his defeat in the Indiana primary.
The billionaire, now virtually assured of being the GOP's standard-bearer in November, called the Texas senator 'a tough, smart competitor' during a 20-minute victory speech.
Casting himself as a lifelong fighter in the bruising world of New York real estate, Trump said he had met 'some of the most incredible competitors that I have ever competed against, right here, in the Republican Party.'
'Ted Cruz – I don't know if he likes me, or if he doesn't like me, but he is one hell of a competitor,' he said. 'And he has got an amazing future.' [Uh... I'm betting he really hates your guts. But that's OK.]
Flanked by three of his adult children and their spouses, Trump said he had 'never been though anything like this, but it's a beautiful thing to watch and a beautiful thing to behold.
'We're going after Hillary Clinton,' he said, looking ahead to what will be an expensive and protracted fall.
'She will not be a great president. She will not be a good president. She will be a poor president.' [Understatement of the century, Mr. Trump. She would be a GODDAMN DISASTER of a President.]
He said Cruz was among a group of his former competitors – including endorsers Chris Christie and Ben Carson – whom he hoped would remain engaged in the party, even as they licked their wounds from a vicious season of insults and attack ads.