Opponents respond to Trump whining about 'rigged' process
Republican officials and rival campaigns mocked Donald Trump’s continuing claims that the Republican presidential primary race has been rigged, saying Sunday that the tycoon’s poor showings in Colorado and Wyoming had more to do with his incompetence than party corruption.This is just another way Trump can con his own voters and hide his incompetent operation. He may be fooling some of them, but it is clearly not working with more informed voters. This is more of the Trump politics of fraud.
Former Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a surrogate for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, said Mr. Trump cannot change the rules of the game just because he is winning the delegate race and compared the reality TV star’s campaign to a football team that wants a touchdown for making it to the 20 yard line.
“You know, football teams don’t get to get in the red zone and then demand a touchdown and then cry about it when you don’t give them one,” Mr. Cuccinelli said on ABC’s “This Week.” “But that’s what we’re dealing with the Trump campaign. Lots of football teams get in the red zone and lose.”
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who trails the Republican presidential primary field, likened Mr. Trump’s rhetoric to the whining of a schoolboy who blames the grading system after blowing a test.
“You know, it’s like saying, ‘I made an 83 on my math test, so I should get an A, just because I think it’s rigged that you need to make a 90 to get an A,’” Mr. Kasich said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I mean, come on. Act like, you know. You’re a professional. Be a pro.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus slammed Mr. Trump’s speech.
“I find it to be rhetoric and hyperbole. I think everyone understands these rules have been in place for years, these plans have been released since October of last year,” Mr. Priebus told CNN. “There are a few states that pick delegates by convention. It’s their choice how they allocate delegates.”
He said the RNC is not involved in how each state selects its delegates for the national convention.