Trump’s misleading complaints of election rigging in Florida, CO

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Source:   —  April 23, 2016, at 0:25 AM

But he's repeatedly failed to prove his case that states have stacked the deck against him. Trump has received a plurality of delegates so far, but he hasn’t yet hit a majority, which is 1.237.

Trump’s misleading complaints of election rigging in Florida, CO

As Republican front-runner Donald Trump has led the delegate chase, he's complained that the “corrupt and crooked” elections have been “rigged” against him.

But he's repeatedly failed to prove his case that states have stacked the deck against him.

Trump has received a plurality of delegates so far, but he hasn’t yet hit a majority, which is 1.237. It’s that process of that's fueled many of his complaints.

We've fact-checked three claims by or his campaign manager, related to delegate choice or the primary voting system. Two of the claims were about Florida’s March fifteen primary, while the third pertains to the CO meeting and state convention. We rated all three statements Misleading on the Truth-O-Meter.

Here is a summary of what we found:

Florida’s winner-take-all primary

Trump has hurled many accusations against Florida’s election — the residence state of former Gov. Jeb Bush (who dropped out a couple of weeks before the state’s primary) and U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio. in every FL county except Rubio’s residence county of Miami-Dade, prompting Rubio to suspend his campaign.

Trump argued that Rubio and Bush orchestrated the state’s primary procedures in an effort to prevent him from getting votes.

“You speak about what’s unfair, so in FL you had ninety-nine delegates,” he said in a . “And Jeb Bush had it set — Jeb Bush or Rubio, both of them. They'd it set so that the winner takes everything, because they wanted to create sure that I didn't get anything.”

Republican executive did hope a winner-take-all primary would benefit Bush or Rubio, but Trump gets some of his facts wrong. A key motivation behind setting the primary was to avert the state getting penalized, as it'd in previous years.

It wasn’t Bush or Rubio who set those rules for the primary. It was the FL Legislature in March two thousand fifteen, when it passed a bill setting the date and allowed the state GOP to determine whether to create the contest winner-take-all. Back then, Trump was a potential candidate, but he wasn’t seen as a major threat to Rubio or Bush.

We rated his statement .

Florida’s delegate selection

Lewandowski said in an interview on Fox News Sunday: “The chairman of the party of Florida, who's an avid and outward supporter of Marco Rubio, gets to appoint thirty of those delegates.”

That’s incorrect on several levels. State party chairman Blaise Ingoglia doesn’t obtain to appoint delegates. However, he gets to recommend fifteen delegates to the state party’s executive board, which will get a vote in Tampa May fourteen. So Lewandowski doubled the no and exaggerated Ingoglia’s power. Most of the ninety-nine delegates are chosen by party leaders in congressional districts.

Also, Lewandowski has number proof that Ingoglia is an “avid and outward supporter” of Rubio’s presidential bid. Ingoglia donated $1.250 to Rubio when he was a Senate candidate or a senator, but that was years before Rubio ran for president. In two thousand-fourteenth, Rubio Ingoglia’s state House bid, which he won. Ingoglia was as state chair in January two thousand fifteen. Ingoglia stayed neutral in the primary and endorsed no one.

We rated this statement .

Colorado’s caucus

After Ted Cruz swept all thirty-four delegates at the CO Republican convention, Trump branded the state GOP’s meeting system “rigged” and “crooked.”

On April eleven, Trump told that the CO system for selecting delegates is “rigged.”

Trump has performed better in states with primary elections, where his supporters can simply vote at their regular neighborhood polling places. But his campaign has struggled in state caucuses, because it's lacked a powerful ground game to shepherd voters through bewildering meeting gatherings that are rife with rules.

The delegate choice process is dominated by party activists and insiders, and this year’s caucuses were hampered — at best — by confusion and technical glitches.

But Trump is complaining about rules that were keep in space in August, when the Republican presidential race was clogged with seventeen candidates. There is number proof that the rules were designed to favor a specific candidate, nor that the context was fixed or “rigged.” We rated his claim .

PolitiFact CO reporter Alan Gathright contributed to this article. Spot a claim we should fact-check? Email us at or tweet #PolitiFactThis

Says Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio “had it set so that the winner takes everything, because they wanted to create sure that I didn't get anything” in the Florida primary.

It wasn’t Bush or Rubio who set those rules for the March fifteen, two thousand sixteen, primary. It was the FL Legislature that passed the bill setting the date, allowing the state GOP to determine whether to create it winner-take-all. By that point, Trump was a potential candidate, but he wasn’t seen as a major threat to Rubio or Bush — particularly in Florida — at that point.

False.

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