Trump was quick to mock Cantor as a loser when he endorsed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the GOP primary in 2015. Almost a year to the day later, Cantor got a chance to respond:
— Eric Cantor (@EricCantor) August 25, 2016
When Cantor lost his 2014 primary to political novice Dave Brat in a stunning upset, tea partiers were quick to jump on the majority leader's ousting as a "repudiation" of his position on immigration reform, which they characterized as favoring amnesty.
Trump's waffling on his own hardline immigration stances, which include mass deportation, has put conservative extremists on the defensive this week as they try to rationalize their support for a candidate who appears to be crowdsourcing his as-yet unspecified policy.