Trump aide Manafort accuses Cruz of 'gestapo tactics' to win delegates

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 10:33 PM

Ted Cruz’s methods for getting delegate support at Republican presidential contests across the country, accusing the GOP rival and his campaign of “gestapo tactics” and predicting that voters will soon tire of his “scorched-earth policies." “That’s not going to work,” Manafort, a veteran GOP strategist, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Trump has a 743-to-545 delegate lead over the TX senator, with the finish to the primary/meeting season quick approaching.

Trump aide Manafort accuses Cruz of 'gestapo tactics' to win delegates

Donald Trump’s newly-hired conference manager Paul Manafort on Sun attacked Sen. Ted Cruz’s methods for getting delegate support at Republican presidential contests across the country, accusing the GOP rival and his campaign of “gestapo tactics” and predicting that voters will soon tire of his “scorched-earth policies."

“That’s not going to work,” Manafort, a veteran GOP strategist, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Trump has a 743-to-545 delegate lead over the TX senator, with the finish to the primary/meeting season quick approaching. The situation has resulted in Cruz going to CO and other party conventions across the country to safe delegate support.

OH Gov. John Kasich is third with one hundred forty-three delegates.

Manafort, who worked on GOP White House campaigns for President Gerald Ford in one thousand nine hundred seventy-sixth and KS Sen. Bob Dole in one thousand nine hundred ninety-sixth, insisted Sun that he’s still connected sufficient to wrangle delegates.

"You would be surprised who'south been calling me over the latest week and where they're from," he said. "Do Iknow the 25-, 30-year-old delegates? No. Do I know the people who thrust buttons in a lot of these states? Yes."

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However, Manafort made clear the Trump campaign won’t utilize strong-arm tactics.

“That’s not my style,” he told NBC. “That’s not Donald Trump’s style. That’s Ted Cruz’s style.”

Manafort said the Trump campaign is filing protests because the Cruz campaign is "not playing by the rules”

“You go to his county conventions and you look the gestapo tactics," he said.

Manafort also dismissed the notion that the Trump campaign has missed opportunities to obtain delegates through insider tactics and boasted that Cruz has and will continue to lose that way.

He said the Trump campaign has gotten all of the committee spots in AL and that it “wiped [Cruz] out" in a similar effort in Michigan.

“You’re going to look Ted Cruz obtain skunked in Nevada,” Manafort added.

Still, Manafort made clear the race to obtain 1.237 delegates will likely prolong until early June, which includes California’s GOP primary, with one hundred seventy-two delegates, and the NJ primary with fifty-one at stake.

“I’m confident there are several ways to obtain to 1.237,” he said.

Manafort insisted being hired by the Trump campaign wasn't a shakeup, particularly amid Cruz’s come-from-behind win latest week in Wisconsin.

He argued the campaign season is entering its finish stages and that Trump should move from the free-wheeling, free-media fashion that made the first-time candidate the GOP presidential front-runner.

“Donald Trump has recognized that,” Manafort said, while arguing Trump still runs the campaign.

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