My experience in Iowa was a great one. I started out with all of the experts saying I couldn't do well there and ended up in 2nd place. Nice— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2016
Because I was told I could not do well in Iowa, I spent very little there - a fraction of Cruz & Rubio. Came in a strong second. Great honor— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2016
The media has not covered my long-shot great finish in Iowa fairly. Brought in record voters and got second highest vote total in history!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2016
At a packed event in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday night, Trump told the crowd that people had doubted his campaign in the beginning.
“On June 16th, when we started this journey, there were 17 candidates. I was told by everybody do not go to Iowa,” he said. “They said don’t give it a shot. I said I have to do it. And we finished second, and I have to tell you something, I am honored, I am just honored."
Trump, who spent months saying he wanted to win Iowa, congratulated Cruz last night, but this morning he had different words for the Texas senator.
On Twitter Trump criticized Cruz's speech as "far too long, rambling, over flamboyant" and called it Cruz's Howard Dean moment, referring to a raucous speech the Dem hopeful gave after the 2004 Iowa caucuses.
Anybody who watched all of Ted Cruz's far too long, rambling, overly flamboyant speech last nite would say that was his Howard Dean moment!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2016
Cruz spoke for more than a half hour at his caucus rally, while (uncharacteristically) Trump spoke for about five minutes.