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Trump calls Cruz 'tough and brilliant' after endorsement

On Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued a lengthy endorsement of Republican nominee Donald Trump, announcing he would be voting for Trump "after many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience." Cruz's endorsement announcement mostly concerned why Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is "wholly unacceptable" and included shockingly little about Trump's own qualifications — but Trump nonetheless issued a short statement Friday saying he was "greatly honored" by Cruz's gesture:

Cruz's endorsement comes after he told his party from the Republican convention stage in July to "vote your conscience," and very deliberately declined to endorse Trump. Trump, meanwhile, spent much of the primary season repeatedly insinuating Cruz's father had something to do with the assassination of John F. Kennedy and insulting the appearance of Cruz's wife. But it seems the two men are ready to let bygones be bygones, united in the quest to vanquish Clinton.

Whether Cruz's backers will forgive him, though, is an entirely different story — see below for some commentary from the senator's Facebook fans. Kimberly Alters