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Just like when the cartoon villain joins forces with the other cartoon villain to try to stop a third, arguably bigger cartoon villain, Ted Cruz and John Kasich are now coordinating their campaigns in an effort to defeat GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

On Sunday night, Cruz and Kasich representatives released near-simultaneous announcements unveiling their plan to split up remaining primary states and deny Trump the delegates he needs to win a first-ballot victory. From Politico:

The new Cruz-Kasich pact is an acknowledgment that neither man can overtake Trump in the race, and both know their best shot at preventing Trump from clinching the nomination outright is to team up to block his path and force a contested convention. And it may still be too late: Trump is closing in on the number of delegates he needs to win the nomination.

“Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans,” said Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe in a statement. “To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico.”

Naturally, Candidate Doomsday was less than intimidated by the team-up.