Proving politics really does make for strange bedfellows, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump warmly embraced the endorsement of his former rival, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, even as many of the latter's supporters denounced the move.
Late Friday, Cruz shocked the political establishment by publicly backing Trump, only months after he pointedly declined to do so in a prime time speech at the GOP Convention and after a barrage of personal attacks appeared to poison the well between the two.
Even as a number of Cruz supporters denounced the move, Trump wasted little time in basking in the endorsement, calling it "a wonderful surprise" in a tweet early Saturday, and predicted a victory in November's election.
The surprising development came days before the pivotal first presidential debate. It appeared positioned to help Republicans salve the wounds of a bitter primary, and close ranks to defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
During the apex of the GOP primary, both Trump and Cruz denounced one another as liars. The attacks hit a crescendo, with the real estate mogul and his supporters relentlessly badgering his rival with the nickname: "Lyin' Ted."
Despite attacks on both his wife and father, the Texas senator said he and his family had had decided to forgive Trump. Many of Cruz's more prominent supporters, however, were not as willing to allow bygones to be bygones.