It’s a delicate balance for the Trump campaign to maintain. As Donald Trump speaks of a rigged system, his aides have to court the Republican National Committee to win favor and avoid upsetting too many that could thwart his nomination. Trump is crying foul about a system that shows him win the popular vote only to watch the delegates be awarded to Ted Cruz.
According to The Blaze:
“You know, right now we’re fighting the party because it’s a rigged system, ok? It’s a rigged system,” he told a boisterous crowd in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Saturday.
It may seem counterproductive, but Trump’s foot-stomping has served as a rallying cry to boost turnout and reinforce his appeal to voters who feel disenfranchised. The “rigged” system argument is a convenient scapegoat, shifting the blame for any future potential losses and lost delegates away from a campaign that has been outmaneuvered.
Trump has won more states than his rivals, yet his team has been badly outplayed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in ensuring that supportive delegates make it to the GOP convention in July in Cleveland.
Pennsylvania, one of five states voting Tuesday, has an especially confusing delegate system.
The primary winner will emerge with 17 delegates. But 54 delegates can vote for whomever they want. The ballot will feature 162 potential delegates, but it will offer no information about whom they support. That means voters who haven’t consulted with the campaigns about their rosters will be in the dark.
“That’s why we have to win big,” Trump told supporters Friday at a rally in Harrington, Delaware. “That’s why on Tuesday, everyone has to go out and vote. We have to win big because the system is rigged.”
Trump’s argument would only grow stronger if he were to win the majority of votes in Pennsylvania — opinion surveys show him with a significant lead — yet emerge with fewer delegates than Cruz.
Trump has been relentless in his criticism of the delegate system, slamming party “bosses” and calling out the Republican National Committee and its chairman, Reince Priebus.
On Friday, Trump compared himself to a prize fighter competing in rival territory.
“The fighters have a great expression. When you have a champ that goes into a big territory but it’s unfriendly; it’s home of the other fighter. But the good ones go, ‘No, no, I’m not worried,’” he said. “‘Because if I knock him out there’s nothing the judges can do. Right? What we have to do is knock them out with the volume of our votes.”
Earlier in the week, at a Florida resort where GOP officials gathered to discuss the presidential nominating process, Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort brushed off the idea that Trump’s rhetoric was making it more difficult to build bridges with party leaders.
“What he’s slamming is the system. He’s saying the system is rigged. And the system is rigged. It’s rigged in all 50 states where they have different rules and that don’t take into account modern presidential campaigns,” Manafort said.
Manafort added that Trump wanted to work with Priebus to change the system for the next election. “That’s where things are getting confused,” he said. “He’s saying we’ve got to change rules so the next time, when people vote, their vote counts.”
It’s interesting that no matter what you think about Trump, this race is highlighting the inequity of the voting process, waking up millions of Americans in the process.
Most people used to think that your vote meant something, that the popular candidate won. Now they’re coming to realize that the democratic and republican parties choose the candidate and all the citizen gets to choose is which of the selected candidates they’d prefer, there never really was much choice.
The voting process resembles more of a China or Russia lately rather than a free country.
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