Donald Trump is not here to make friends.
Following a devastating defeat this weekend in Colorado’s state convention, in which Cruz won all 34 delegates, Trump immediately lashed out at the state’s voting procedures on Fox and Friends. According to Trump, “people out there are going crazy, in the Denver area and Colorado itself, and they’re going absolutely crazy because they weren’t given a vote. This was given by politicians — it’s a crooked deal.”
Trump failed to mention, of course, that his team handed out flyers at the Colorado convention that were filled with mistakes, including listing incorrect ballot numbers for key delegates. Still, details like this don’t seem to matter.
Donald just wants you to know that it’s not his fault.
After the Louisiana primary in March, in which Trump narrowly won the popular vote, but ended up getting the same number of delegates as Cruz, Trump cried foul. Tactfully claiming that Cruz got his “ass kicked,” he ranted about a “very sick system” to thousands. Manafort, Trump’s new de facto campaign manager, accused Cruz of using “Gestapo tactics” to siphon delegates away from the frontrunner in multiple races.
At this point in the primary season, Trump’s platform is one big complaint. Last week, he tweeted “Isn’t it a shame that the person who will have by far the most delegates and many millions more votes than anyone else, me, still must fight.” He’s recently mentioned Bernie Sanders’s against-the-odds delegate tie with Hillary Clinton in Wyoming on Saturday, saying they were both “ripped off” by their respective party establishments.
Shortly after the announcement of Cruz’s clean sweep in Colorado, a few of Trump’s supporters there posted videos of themselves on social media burning, apparently, their Republican registrations.
“I’ve been a Republican all my life, but I will never be a Republican again,” said one form-burner. “Goodbye, GOP. I will not be forced to vote for somebody that I don’t want to.”
With each setback, Trump desperately clings to the role of the noble victim, or else he knows he will quickly become another one of the “losers” he’s always mentioning.
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