ROME, N.Y. — Donald Trump on Tuesday mixed up his endorsement from evangelical leaders, saying he was backed by Bob Vander Plaats, an evangelical leader from Iowa, who actually supports Ted Cruz.
Trump had meant to name Jerry Falwell, Jr., president of Liberty University.
“We’ve had so many great endorsements, with Gov. [Chris] Christie and with Sarah Palin and with everybody, Vander Plaats, our friend Bob Vander Plaats from Liberty University,” Trump said at a rally in Rome, New York.
A spokeswoman for Trump’s campaign confirmed that he meant to say Falwell.
In fact, Trump engaged in a public sparring match with Vander Plaats, who leads the conservative group The Family Leader, in January shortly before the Iowa caucuses.
After Trump’s slip-up on Tuesday, Vander Plaats tweeted that he’s still supporting Cruz.
“So sorry @realDonaldTrump, I’m “Cruzin” to the nomination with @tedcruz! No interest in “Art of the Deal.” #Loyal,” he wrote.
— Bob Vander Plaats (@bobvanderplaats) April 12, 2016
The Cruz campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.