Last night, the conservative world was stunned when GOP frontrunner Donald Trump lost the Iowa caucus to Ted Cruz. Though many expected The Donald to be a sore loser and slam Cruz after his defeat, he ended up going a very different route.
According to Western Journalism, Trump was gracious in defeat, giving a speech in which he thanked his supporters and even congratulated Cruz.
“For a guy known for making bombastic, off-the-wall speeches, Donald Trump’s Iowa speech was something genuinely new: a conventional concession speech,” Timothy B. Lee wrote on Vox. “He thanked the voters and declared his love for Iowa. He congratulated Ted Cruz on his victory. He described Mike Huckabee, who is dropping out of the race, as ‘a really good friend of mine.’ He didn’t say anything crazy. He didn’t insult anyone.”
Here’s an excerpt from Trump’s speech:
“(O)n June 16th, when we started this journey, there were 17 candidates. I was told by everybody, ‘Do not go to Iowa. You could never finish even in the top ten.’ And I said, ‘But I have friends in Iowa. I know a lot of people in Iowa. I think they’ll really like me. Let’s give it a shot.’ They said, ‘Don’t do it.’ I said, ‘I have to do it.’ And, we finished second, and I want to tell you something, I’m just honored, I’m really honored.”
“We have a poll, we’re 28 points ahead, okay? New Hampshire. We love New Hampshire. We love South Carolina. And we’re leaving tonight, and tomorrow afternoon, we’ll be in New Hampshire, and that’ll be something special. It’s going to be a great week, and we’re going to be up here next week. And I think we’re going to be proclaiming victory, I hope.”
Trump ended his speech on an aggressive note in which he slammed his competition on the Democrat side.
“I don’t know who’s going to win between Bernie and Hillary. I don’t know what’s going to happen with Hillary, she’s got other problems, maybe bigger than the problems she’s got, in terms of nominations, but we’ve had so many different indications, and polls that we beat her, and we beat her easily,” he said. “And we will go on to get the Republican nomination, and we will go on to easily beat Hillary, or Bernie, or whoever the hell they throw up there.”
Watch more of Trump’s speech in the video below. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.