Ted Cruz and John Kasich issued statements Sunday night announcing an arrangement to divide their efforts in upcoming primary elections in order to prevent Trump from winning the GOP nomination.
The Ohio governor has agreed to give Cruz a "clear path" to victory in the winner-take-all contest in Indiana next week, and in return, the Texas senator will concede Oregon and New Mexico to Kasich.
With this strategy, the two candidates hope to block Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination this summer.
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The agreement did not, however, stop Kasich from urging Indiana voters to support him over Cruz. "They ought to vote for me," he told reporters at a Philadelphia diner, according to CNN. "I'm not campaigning in Indiana and he's not campaigning in these other states, that's all. It's not a big deal."
Trump saw things differently. The billionaire businessman took to Twitter Sunday night to blast Cruz and Kasich's arrangement:
Wow, just announced that Lyin' Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2016
Lyin' Ted and Kasich are mathematically dead and totally desperate. Their donors & special interest groups are not happy with them. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2016
He continued his tirade on Monday:
Lyin' Ted Cruz and 1 for 38 Kasich are unable to beat me on their own so they have to team up (collusion) in a two on one. Shows weakness!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2016
Shows how weak and desperate Lyin' Ted is when he has to team up with a guy who openly can't stand him and is only 1 win and 38 losses.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2016
Trump Tells Supporters: If I Lose 'I Don't Think You're Ever Going to See Me Again'Over the weekend, Trump made a campaign promise he may regret – telling supporters at a rally in Maryland that if he loses the nomination, he will remove himself from the public eye.
Mocking candidates who praise their rivals during concession speeches, Trump said, "They fight like hell for six months, and they're saying horrible things, the worst things you can imagine. And then one of them loses, one of them wins. And the one who loses says, 'I just want to congratulate my opponent. He is a brilliant man, he'll be a great governor or president,' or whatever," he said.
"I'm not sure you're ever going to see me there. I don't think I'm going to lose, but if I do, I don't think you're ever going to see me again, folks. I think I'll go to Turnberry and play golf or something."