Ted Cruz and Donald Trump’s months-long feud may have come to an end on Friday when Cruz, a Trump holdout, endorsed the Republican presidential nominee.
The two had a rough road through the primary. Their friendship devolved from allies to worst enemies, and Cruz went so far as to call Trump a “sniveling coward.” After Cruz snubbed Trump during the Republican convention in Cleveland, Trump announced he didn’t even want Cruz’s endorsement. Here's a history of the broken bromance in their own words.
— Nov. 20, 2015: Cruz distances himself over Trump’s then-proposed Muslim registry.
— Dec. 11, 2015: Cruz blames “establishment” Republicans for goading a Trump fight.
— Dec. 11, 2015: Trump goes on the offensive against Cruz for the first time.
— Jan. 4, 2016: Trump suggests Cruz’s Canadian birth could present legal challenge to his candidacy.
— Jan. 5, 2016: Cruz responds with a "Happy Days" clip of Fonzie jumping the shark.
— Feb. 15, 2016: Trump threatens to sue Cruz “if he doesn’t take down his false ads and retract his lies” five days before the South Carolina primary.
— Feb. 27, 2016: After releasing his own taxes, Cruz presses for Trump to do the same.
—March 24, 2016: Cruz hits back after Trump escalates attacks against Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz, which began with Trump tweeting a threat to "spill the beans" about her.
— April 12, 2016: Cruz compares Trump to the protagonist of the "Godfather" movies.
— May 3, 2016: Cruz ramps up Trump attacks shortly before losing the Indiana primary and dropping out of the race.
— May 3, 2016: Trump dismisses Cruz as “desperate.”
— May 3, 2016: Trump commends Cruz for dropping his presidential bid.
— July 20, 2016: Cruz declines to endorse Trump in a primetime speech at the Republican National Convention.
— July 22, 2016: Trump slams Cruz for not endorsing him, and suggests setting up super PAC to oppose him in 2020.
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