Texas Senator Ted Cruz dropped out of the 2016 presidential race Tuesday night, leaving bombastic billionaire Donald Trump as the party's presumptive nominee for the White House.
He became emotional when he spoke to supporters in Indiana: “We are suspending our campaign. We are not suspending our fight for liberty.”
After his speech, he hugged his father and accidentally punched and elbowed his wife, Heidi, in the face.
Twitter lit with reaction following the unfortunate moment.
Ted Cruz ends campaign by accidentally hitting, elbowing his wife in the face pic.twitter.com/epO1tzKgTT— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) May 4, 2016
And poor Heidi Cruz takes the loss harder than anyone - in the face. pic.twitter.com/B9Fme3ck3Q— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) May 4, 2016
After his concession speech Cruz punches and then elbows his wife in the face. pic.twitter.com/jjVLzuWUJp— Coganut$ (@Coganuts) May 4, 2016
Seriously, drop everything you're doing and watch this Vine of Ted Cruz accidentally punching his wife in the face https://t.co/OSlQrMDgaT— Tom McKay (@thetomzone) May 4, 2016
Feedback to Donald Trump’s victory has been punishing.
The anti-Trump New York Daily News called it the death of the Republican Party with the harsh words on their cover: “Dearly Beloved, We Are Gathered Here Today To Mourn The GOP, A Once Great Political Party Killed By Epidemic Of Trump.”
Conservative talk radio host Erick Erickson said he would de-register as a member of the Republican Party if Trump secured the presidential nominee.
“If Trump is the Republican Party nominee, I won’t be a Republican,” he told the Daily Beast.
Elizabeth Warren took to Facebook to blast Trump.
She wrote: “He attacks veterans like John McCain who were captured and puts our service members at risk by cheerleading illegal torture.
"In a world with ISIS militants and leaders like North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un conducting nuclear tests, he surrounds himself with a foreign policy team that has been called a ‘collection of charlatans,’ and puts out contradictory and nonsensical national security ideas one expert recently called ‘incoherent’ and ‘truly bizarre.’”
The polls are split on how Trump will fare against Hillary Clinton.
The latest CNN poll shows Clinton leading Trump 54 percent to 41 percent.
A Rasmussen poll shows Trump leading Clinton by 41 percent to 39 percent.