Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Donald Trump asking supporters to pledge loyalty to him at rallies shows how he "fundamentally misunderstands this process."
Trump has recently begun asking supporters to raise their right hands and repeat after him at rallies in order to show their support. Cruz expressed his disgust with Trump's behavior to reporters in North Carolina on Tuesday.
"The idea that you would take this loyalty oath, you know what? I raise my hand and I take an oath to you, to the people," Cruz said. "The idea that a candidate running for office wants the people to pledge loyalty to him like subjects to a king, well we've had seven years of a president who thinks he's an emperor. And I've got to say the only hand-raising I'm interested in is on January 20, 2017 when I hope to raise my right hand and have my left hand sitting on the Bible when I make a promise, a pledge to every American to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Cruz argued that neither Trump nor any other candidate is capable of fulfilling the billionaire's campaign promises.
"No political candidate is going to Make America Great Again," Cruz said. "It's not going to be Donald Trump, it's not going to be me. It's not going to be any candidate. The only power strong enough in this nation is We the People. It's not about us it's about the people."
The Texas senator's remarks come one week before the Tar Heel State's Republican primary. Four states vote on Tuesday, including Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi.