On Saturday, Sen. Ted Cruz was handed all of Colorado’s 13 delegates by the Republican Party in a clean sweep at the state’s convention, which had Donald Trump and his supporters crying foul. After the commanding “win” in the state, Cruz had an utterly disturbing response to the controversy.
Apparently the rules in Colorado were changed last summer to remove the most important part of the primary process from the equation – the voters. This means that the Colorado GOP decides who gets all of the state’s delegates, and whoever has the most pull with party elites comes out on top.
Naturally, Trump and his supporters weren’t too happy about the selection process, and ever since, Trump has been calling foul on the results and saying the system is corrupted, and he’s right – the voters should be deciding who gets the delegates, not party elites. Even though Trump and his supporters aren’t pleased with the outcome – given current polling, it’s impossible that Trump wouldn’t have gotten a single delegate had there been an actual election – and he knows he pulled a slimy move, Cruz still took the opportunity to rub the alleged “win” in Trump’s face when he was asked about what happened.
During a campaign stop on Monday, Cruz mocked Trump in front of a crowd of supporters, and actually had the gall to call what happened at the Colorado convention “democracy.”
Check it out:
“And the latest thing he’s seized upon is when people vote against him they’re stealing the election. It’s a really odd notion. What is this democracy of which you speak?”
The low blow to The Donald wasn’t too well received by his supporters.
“That’s it, I’ve had it. #NeverCruz,” one person commented.
“You’re finished Ted. You and your deceitful group, including lying Levin, are finished,” said another.
“This is why people in the Senate don’t like Cruz, giant a-hole scumbag; not because he is a so called conservative,” chimed in yet another.
Back in February, the Denver Post wrote a scathing editorial criticizing the state’s GOP for failing to explain why they took voters out of the process. While the author didn’t know exactly how the convention would unfold, they apparently realize that the GOP rigged the system to protect the interest of party elites while disenfranchising millions of voters.
“GOP leaders have never provided a satisfactory reason for forgoing a presidential preference poll, although party chairman Steve House suggested on radio at one point that too many Republicans would otherwise flock to their local caucus.
“Imagine that: party officials fearing that an interesting race might propel thousands of additional citizens to participate. But of course that might dilute the influence of elites and insiders. You can see why that could upset the faint-hearted.”
For comparison’s sake, current polling shows the GOP front-runner ahead of Cruz by double digits in the next two states that hold actual votes for their primaries – New York and Pennsylvania. Currently, Trump holds a massive 40-point lead over Cruz in New York, with 54 percent of likely GOP primary voters favoring him to Cruz’s 15 percent, and the results are similar in Pennsylvania, where Trump has 48 percent of voters to Cruz’s 20 percent.
Given current polling, it’s no wonder that Trump and his supporters aren’t happy that he didn’t get a single delegate from Colorado. The outcome reeks of party politics and is a slap in the face to the Trump supporters throughout the state, who had their voices ignored by the GOP elites who selected their candidate for them.
[H/T: Gateway Pundit]