Watch Donald Trump’s Victory Speech After Cruz Drops Out

Get ready to hear much of the same for the next six months.

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After Ted Cruz bowed out of the presidential race on Tuesday night following a devastating loss in the Indiana primary, a victorious Donald Trump—now the presumptive GOP presidential nominee—spoke from Trump Tower.

A subdued Trump opened the speech by thanking his family. He later praised Cruz as “one hell of a competitor,” and a “tough, smart guy” with “an amazing future.” He also thanked the Republican National Committee, saying he had just gotten off the phone with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. ?“He had 17 egos,” Trump said of Priebus having to deal with the initial Republican field, “and now I guess he’s down to one.” Earlier in the night, the RNC chairman tweeted that Trump was now the presumptive GOP nominee and called on Republicans to rally behind him to defeat Hillary Clinton.

Here’s the full speech:

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We didn't know what to expect when we told you we needed to raise $400,000 before our fiscal year closed on June 30, and we're thrilled to report that our incredible community of readers contributed some $415,000 to help us keep charging as hard as we can during this crazy year.

You just sent an incredible message: that quality journalism doesn't have to answer to advertisers, billionaires, or hedge funds; that newsrooms can eke out an existence thanks primarily to the generosity of its readers. That's so powerful. Especially during what's been called a "media extinction event" when those looking to make a profit from the news pull back, the Mother Jones community steps in.

The months and years ahead won't be easy. Far from it. But there's no one we'd rather face the big challenges with than you, our committed and passionate readers, and our team of fearless reporters who show up every day.

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