Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump responded in top Donald Trump form to Scott Walker’s primary concession speech–which called on conservative candidates to coalesce against the race’s current frontrunner.
“The voters have focused on my proven ability to get things done and my positive vision to Make America Great Again,” Trump said in a statement exclusive to Breitbart News.
“That is why I am leading in every poll. I look forward to Governor Walker supporting my campaign when I am the Republican nominee.”
Approximately 20 minutes before Walker announced he was dropping out of the race, Trump tweeted well wishes toward the Wisconsin governor–atypical for the billionaire’s often blustery putdowns when talking about his competition.
I got to know @ScottWalker well—he’s a very nice person and has a great future.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2015
Walker, however, centered his exit speech on thinly-veiled attacks on Trump. He began by lamenting that the race has “drifted into personal attacks” instead of each candidate offering an “optimistic view of America.”
“Instead of talking about how bad things are, we want to hear how we can make them better for everyone,” Walker said, before repeating a series of conservative principles and–in a clear reference to Trump’s campaign slogan–saying they would “make our country great again.”
Walker announced he was dropping out to “[help] clear the field in this race so that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field… I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same so that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive conservative alternative to the current frontrunner.”