Ted Cruz wants you to know that he’s very angry at Donald Trump.
The trouble started when an anti-Trump Super PAC attacked Trump with an ad featuring an old nude photo of his wife Melania. Trump blamed Cruz, and threatened to “spill the beans” on his wife, Heidi.
Trump took things a step further late Wednesday night when he retweeted a deeply misogynist meme comparing the physical appearance of Melania and Heidi.
Cruz, at a press conference on Thursday, called Trump a “sniveling coward” and told him to “leave my wife the hell alone.”
Cruz’s anger, apparently, has limits.
He was immediately asked by NBC’s Hallie Jackson if, in light of his comments, he would still support Trump if he won the nomination. (Cruz has repeatedly pledged to do just that.)
Cruz tried to dodge the question, and said that he would beat Donald Trump, who is the overwhelming favorite.
Jackson called out Cruz for not answering the question but to no avail. Cruz just promised he wouldn’t win.
This isn’t the first time that Cruz’s depiction of Trump as a lying, embarrassing, secretly liberal candidate wasn’t enough to stop his willingness to eventually support him.
Late last month Cruz told CNN’s Jake Tapper that a Trump presidency would be a “grave mistake,” and then immediately repeated his pledge to support him.
“If Donald becomes president, who the heck knows what he would do? Even Donald doesn’t know what he would do. I think the challenges facing the nation, they’re too grave to roll the dice,” Cruz said, before promising to support him.