In a surprising twist of events, Ted Cruz managed to defeat Donald Trump in the Iowa caucuses. But what’s even more surprising is that Trump seemed to take it all in stride.
The GOP hopeful stepped up on to the podium Monday night and accepted his defeat with a gracious speech. Texan Sen. Cruz surpassed Trump by taking home 28 percent of the votes despite predictions that Trump would be the clear winner in the Iowa caucus.
In classic Trump fashion, the real estate tycoon started by blowing his own trumpet.
“When we started this journey, with 17 candidates, I was told by everybody, ‘Do not go to Iowa. You could never finish even on the top 10.’ And I said, ‘But I have friends in Iowa and 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 wanna tell you something: I’m just honored!”
The unexpected defeat did nothing to dim Trump’s enthusiasm as he finished his speech by declaring he might buy a farm in Iowa and reassuring everyone that he will win in New Hampshire next week.
Although he might seem unfazed, the anti-Trump voters are having a field day, making Trump the butt of their jokes.
One Twitter user pointed out that Trump was beaten by a Latino, which is quite ironic because the business mogul had a lot of comments on Cruz’s nationality and ethnicity in the past.
Another tweeter hasn’t lost faith in Trump’s indomitable spirit and thinks he will bounce back from his loss in a way only Trump can.
Don't feel bad for #trump underperforming by 8points.He'll read a passage from two Corinthians, shoot someone and pick up the fight tomorrow— Dan Joseph (@DanJoseph78) February 2, 2016
Others are a little more blunt.
#Trump is officially a loosah!— Rory Albanese (@RoryAlbanese) February 2, 2016
Some people think that Sarah Palin’s drunken speech might have something to do with his defeat in the caucus.
Wanna know what trumps all these tweets—A tweet by the outspoken, bigot himself, claiming no one remembers who comes in second. Ironic, right?
“No one remembers who came in second.” - Walter Hagen— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2013
Seems his words have come back to bite him on the butt.
You might be onto something @realDonaldTrump— Zach (@SharkDad_) February 2, 2016
So no one will remember you? @realDonaldTrump— Kendrick (Ecy) (@KENDRlCKS) February 2, 2016