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Trump Accuses Cruz Of Stealing Iowa Caucuses Through ‘Fraud’

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Trump Accuses Cruz Of Stealing Iowa Caucuses Through ‘Fraud’

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By Amy Tennery

NEW YORK (Reuters) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday accused rival Ted Cruz of stealing a victory in the Iowa caucuses and called for another vote or nullification of Cruz’s win.

Trump, who finished second behind Cruz, lit up Twitter on Wednesday with a series of posts saying the outcome was tainted because the Cruz campaign had deliberately spread misinformation about Trump’s stand on Obamacare and an erroneous report that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race.

Trump had gone into Monday’s caucus voting ahead of the Texas senator by five percentage points in a key poll but Cruz ended up winning, four points ahead of the New York billionaire.

“Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it,” Trump (@realDonaldTrump) tweeted. “That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!”

Several social media users tweeted screengrabs of an alleged deleted tweet from Trump’s official account, in which he said Cruz “illegally” stolen the vote.

“Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified,” Trump wrote.

In another tweet, Trump said Cruz had lied about his opinion of President Barack Obama’s healthcare program.

“And finally, Cruz strongly told thousands of caucusgoers (voters) that Trump was strongly in favor of ObamaCare and ‘choice’ – a total lie!” he said.

Cruz had apologized to Carson on Tuesday because of an email from his campaign before the caucuses, which are the crucial first vote in the U.S. presidential nominating process.

“The press is reporting that Dr. Ben Carson is taking time off from the campaign trail after Iowa and making a big announcement next week,” the Cruz email read, according to CNN. “Please inform any Carson caucusgoers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted Cruz.”

“Many people voted for Cruz over Carson because of this Cruz fraud,” Trump tweeted.

Wednesday afternoon, Cruz responded to Trump’s Twitter rant.

“Yet another #Trumpertantrum,” Cruz (@tedcruz) wrote in a retweet of one of Trump’s posts. “@realDonaldTrump very angry w/the people of Iowa. They actually looked at his record.”

Carson had tweeted his feelings about the Iowa vote on Tuesday.

“Shameless tactics & dirty political plays defined yesterdays #iacaucus,” he said, using a popular hashtag to refer to the voting. “There is no place for this kind of behavior.”

(Reporting By Amy Tennery; Additional reporting by Melissa Fares; Editing by Bill Trott)

Photo: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Milford, New Hampshire, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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13 Comments

  1. 1standlastword February 3, 2016

    It’s politics Donald…lying, cheating and s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g the truth is part of the game! Sistah Sarah would advise you put on a pair of BIG BOY pants and maybe take off your shirt and ride a bull…wrestle a bear….or something like that…LOL!!

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    1. The lucky one February 4, 2016

      Hey that’s an idea, I’d pay serious money to see a cage match between Cruz and Trump. They could call it the The Chin vs. The Coiffure.

      But seriously, we should expect more of the same from these dirtbags in the general election and a legal challenge when they lose.

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      1. plc97477 February 4, 2016

        I have to admit I am looking forward to them losing.

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  2. Independent1 February 3, 2016

    I guess it goes to show just how corrupt and devoid of any decency Republicans have become when they will even lie and cheat other members of their own party on a regular basis; while at the same time claiming to be Christians – knowing full well that Jesus would not approve of any of their antiChristian actions. How sad. (They totally forget to remember – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.)

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    1. dpaano February 4, 2016

      Unfortunately, most of them haven’t gone as far as the Old Testament, so they have NO idea what Jesus taught!

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  3. Dominick Vila February 4, 2016

    The idea of being in second place is so offensive to the Donald that he has to find a way to justify without admitting that the main reason he lost is because he relied on narcissism, arrogance, fame, and bombast, instead of doing his homework and putting an organization together to mobilize his base. He proved to be a political apprentice, and he paid dearly for it.
    Did Cruz use Carson’s plan to spend a couple of days in Florida to get a few more evangelical votes? Who knows. The only truths is that Trump lost, that he is vulnerable, and that new versions of pregnant chads and Swift Boating have emerged, to take the place of and deflect attention from candidacies devoid of solutions to problems and a vision of what is best for the USA. Well, short of carpet bombing, embarrassing POWs, building border walls and making other countries pay for it, insulting fat and ugly women, barring Muslims from entering the USA, and other examples of what passes for statesmanship in the not so Grand Old Party. Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and even Reagan, must be turning in their graves.

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  4. sacul1 February 4, 2016

    No place for that kind of behavior? That’s exactly the kind of behavior the whole Republican campaigns have been running on. Including Carsons.

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  5. FireBaron February 4, 2016

    Right now, Trump is coming across more as a spoiled, petulant child than as a billionaire head of a corporation running for President. In this game there is no such thing as “fair play”, not that Trump would have abided by such niceties anyway.

    Consider that during the debates, and the period leading up to the actual caucus, Trump spent all his time denouncing the other candidates as weak, ineffective and ineffectual. He jumped back on the discredited “birther” bandwagon against Cruz, and ignored others as beneath his contempt. He called the people of Iowa stupid and losers for their voting record, then he expects them to love him.

    In his extreme narcissism, he expects everyone else to love him as much as he loves himself. It is amazing what happens to someone like him when reality slaps him across the face.

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    1. 1standlastword February 4, 2016

      It’s a pattern clinicians are familiar with in the treatment of the narcissist that when the narcissistic injury occurs the result is the narcissistic defense of rage.

      With The Donald, we ain’t seen nothing yet!

      He is the worst thing that has ever hit the republican party image profile…stay tuned!

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      1. latebloomingrandma February 4, 2016

        Welcome to Trumpworld. Can you even imagine what his Whitehouse would be like? Perish the thought.

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  6. Sanity Please February 4, 2016

    Ted Cruz’s campaign is all about ego. It’s ironic that a seditionist like Cruz, who hates the United States, its Constitution, and half the people living here, would want to be Chief Executive of the very government he despises and has tried to shut down repeatedly.

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    1. dpaano February 4, 2016

      Because he and his “puppetmasters” think that he can “take over the world” and run this country as an evangelical country (much like ISIS wants to run the middle east as a totally muslim country)! Unfortunately, we’re not nominating Kings this year….and he won’t be able to do most of the things he says he’s going to do….but, then again, none of the GOP nominees will be able to fulfill ALL their promises, much like President Obama had to go back on some of his pre-election promises. Until you’re actually IN the White House, you have NO concept of what you can and can’t do!!! It all depends on the Senate and the House, and if you can’t win them over, you ain’t going to get ANYTHING done!

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  7. dpaano February 4, 2016

    What a bunch of bad sports!!! And, if Trump wants to re-do the caucus, maybe he wants to pay for it too!!! They are all idiots, and this just shows as much !!!

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