Quotes from Republican officials before Donald Trump became president:
“This man is a pathological liar. He doesn't know the difference between truth and lies. He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth."
— Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator from Texas
"We’re on the verge of having someone take over the conservative movement who is a con artist."
— Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator from Florida
"He's a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot. He doesn't represent my party. He doesn't represent the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for …”
— Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator from South Carolina
“If we nominated Trump, we will get destroyed. And we will deserve it.”
“Donald Trump is everything we teach our kids not to do in kindergarten. We have seen behavior over and over again that is just unacceptable.”
— Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and United Nations Ambassador under Trump
"He is unsound, uninformed, unhinged and unfit to be President of the United States.”
— Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor