Reality TV star and steak salesman Donald J. Trump is a sore loser. As a spoiled rich kid, he was used to getting his way, and he has not mellowed with age. If he’s not winning the race for the Republican presidential candidacy, the other guy must be cheating. “The system is rigged, it’s crooked,” he told Fox News after losing Colorado’s delegates to Ted Cruz:
“There was no voting. I didn’t go out there to make a speech or anything, there’s no voting. The people out there are going crazy, in the Denver area and Colorado itself, and they’re going absolutely crazy because they weren’t given a vote. This was given by politicians – it’s a crooked deal.”
Mr. Trump also claimed: “Our Republican system is absolutely rigged. It’s a phony deal, They wanted to keep people out. This is a dirty trick.”
“Donald Trump won the Florida primary with 46 percent of the vote,” observed Paul Waldman, “yet even though most Florida Republicans voted against him, he got all 99 of the state’s delegates. I don’t recall him complaining about how unfair that was.”
And that’s typical of Trump wins, says FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten: “Trump has won a higher share of delegates than votes in 24 of the 35 contests studied (67 percent), most notably in winner-take-all contests.”
Mr. Trump elevated his whining to an op-ed rant in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal, claiming that the Colorado GOP’s county-level delegate selection rules are somehow responsible for America’s “unfair trade, immigration and economic policies.” It makes you wonder why someone who doesn’t understand the rules would want to play the game.
“I really want to run down to the drugstore and get Donald Trump a pacifier,” DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told CNN. “because all we hear on the other side is whining about the rules and process and ‘they are going to take something away from me.'”
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