Cruz Defends Against Trump's Claims of 'Rigged' Delegate System

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 2:43 AM

"Apparently, when anyone votes against him, it'south an act of theft," Cruz said on Beck'south online radio show.

Cruz Defends Against Trump's Claims of 'Rigged' Delegate System

Ted Cruz rejected Donald Trump'south claims that the GOP race is rigged, telling Glenn Beck on Tuesday that Trump will continue "to yell that they're stealing the election" as long as they continue to successfully wrangle delegates before a possible contested conference this summer.

"Apparently, when anyone votes against him, it'south an act of theft," Cruz said on Beck'south online radio Indicate. He also told Beck the Trump campaign'south "inability to even indicate up and win elections" makes it show up the front runner "can't running a lemonade stand."

"Donald, it ain't stealing when the voters vote against you -- it's the voters reclaiming this country and reclaiming sanity," Cruz told a San Diego crowd at a rally on Monday night.

In the latest day, Cruz has hotly defended his campaign'south efforts to send Cruz loyalists as delegates to this July'south Republican National Conference in Cleveland.

Cruz'south campaign swept up each of Colorado's thirty-four GOP delegates latest weekend at its state and congressional district conventions after a similarly powerful outcome in ND the week prior. And in states that have already held their primaries or caucuses - love Tennessee, AZ and Iowa - the Cruz campaign has effectively positioned its own supporters as Trump delegates in preparation for a second or third ballot that'd authorize them to vote for Cruz.

Trump tweeted bafflement on Sun about the system: "I win a state in votes and then obtain non-representative delegates because they're offered all sorts of goodies by Cruz campaign. Horrible system!"

On "Meet the Press" latest Sunday,Trump'south conference manager, Paul Manafort, correlated Cruz'south campaign efforts to "Gestapo tactics."

Cruz credited his own supporters for turning out to the local conventions, where, most often, party activists choose the national delegates.

"This is a matter of grassroots support showing up and activists showing up and voting and winning the election," Cruz said on the "John and Ken Show" on LA radio on Monday.

Trump countered on Monday at a rally in Albany, calling the CO system, which included seven congressional district conventions and a statewide convention, "a total fix," where the state took peoples' votes "and they gave it to these delegates."

Unlike Cruz, who spoke at the CO state convention, Trump didn't create the journey to the West, and his campaign didn't invest resources or strategy into delegate wrangling.

Trump'south subsequent fiery condemnation of Colorado'south Republican Party prompted U. S. Sen. Cory Gardner of CO to tweet on Monday night: "Elections are won by those who show up."

And RNC Chair Reince Priebus tweeted "the rules haven't changed" after Trump alleged the party switched from a traditional primary latest year to damage his candidacy.

"Now you may have noticed that when Donald loses, he gets very unhappy," Cruz told his roomful of San Diego supporters. "He yells and screams and stomps his foot. He curses and yells and insults anyone nearby. See as we know in the state of California: 'Whine' is something best served with cheese."

Cruz is working to thwart controversy that he could win the nomination despite entering the conference with fewer delegates than Trump by asserting the nominee will be chosen by "delegates elected by the people."

But the delegate system is nuanced - in several states, traditional voters are distant removed from the direct choice of the national delegates. In Colorado, Republican voters were invited to attend neighborhood caucuses on March one to choose their congressional or county delegates, who then ultimately selected the state'south national delegates latest weekend.

In Tennessee, fourteen at-large national delegates were chosen by the state GOP executive committee, which consists of members elected on Republican voters' primary ballots in two thousand-fourteenth.

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