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In first general election speech, Donald Trump rants about how Ted Cruz's dad plotted with JFK's assassin

Donald Trump doesn't seem to have realized the presidential primaries are over. In the Republican nominee's first speech of the general election Friday, Trump spent a strange chunk of time talking about his vanquished 2016 rival Ted Cruz, who pointedly refused to endorse him in his address to the convention Wednesday because of remarks Trump made during the primaries about his wife Heidi and father Rafael.

As Trump explained it, he just "had to" respond to Cruz's reasons for refusing to endorse him. "I don't know his father. I met him once. I think he's a lovely guy," Trump said of Rafael during his farewell address in Cleveland. "All I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast."

And, Trump continued, the National Enquirer is usually a pretty reliable source of information. "This was a magazine that, in many respects, should be well-respected," Trump said. "I mean if that was The New York Times, they would have gotten Pulitzer Prizes for their reporting."

Don't mistake Trump's explanation for an apology though: Trump told the audience he really doesn't even want Cruz's endorsement. "If he gives it," Trump said, "I will not accept it."

Watch Trump's rant on the Cruz family below. Becca Stanek