Trump, Raging Against the Machine
Donald Trump is issuing a dire warning to his supporters: You’re getting ripped off.
“The system, folks, is rigged,” Trump told supporters at a rally Monday night in Albany, New York. “It’s a rigged, disgusting, dirty system.”
Why the RNC’s rules committee really matters Trump is coming to grips with the creeping possibility that he could narrowly lose the Republican nomination at a contested GOP convention despite landing in Cleveland with the most delegates. And his latest comments follow a series of victories by Ted Cruz’s well-oiled delegate wrangling machine at state and county Republican conventions, most recently this weekend when the Texas senator swept the Colorado Republican convention — wins that are fueling Cruz in the event neither of the two men capture the 1,237 delegates needed to avoid a brokered convention.
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And with party elites continuing to rally around efforts to derail and delegitimize his candidacy, Trump is feeling the heat — and using it to sow new outrage with his backers.
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His return fire could land with deadly impact, galvanizing his millions of supporters into an angry revolt against the Republican Party should he lose the nomination as a result of a contested convention.
“I say this to the RNC and I say it to the Republican Party. You’re going to have a big problem folks because there are people that don’t like what’s going on,” Trump said at a Rochester, New York, rally on Sunday during which he referred to the party’s nominating process as “crooked” or “corrupt” seven times during his speech.
He also called attention eight times during that speech to the “millions” of votes he has pulled during the primary — nearly 2 million more than Cruz.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus said the rules that Trump is criticizing are “nothing new.”
“The rules were set last year. Nothing mysterious –nothing new. The rules have not changed. The rules are the same. Nothing different,” Priebus tweeted Monday.
At a rally in San Diego, Cruz told Trump: You lost, fair and square.
“Donald, it ain’t stealing when the voters vote against you. It is the voters reclaiming this country,” Cruz said Monday. “65,000 people voted in the state of Colorado. They just didn’t vote for you. They voted for our campaign.”
But voters at Trump rallies are already sharing the front-runner’s outrage.
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Julia Digioacchino said ahead of Trump’s rally Monday night in Albany that she feels GOP party officials are acting “like they know better” than voters like her.
“Here is the Republican Party, instead of listening to its constituents — to the majority of America — who are saying this is what we want, they’re not backing him up. Instead they’re rallying against him, which in turn, they’re rallying against us,” said the 37-year-old from Saratoga, New York.
Amy Almy, a 48-year-old hairdresser who also attended Trump’s rally Monday, said she now feels “naïve” for not realizing that “everything was so fixed.”
Trump argues that this is about more than just him, pulling in Bernie Sanders and his fight against Hillary Clinton and the establishment for the Democratic Party nod — into the fray. The message from Trump is that the power brokers on both sides are trying to rig the game.
It certainly seems to the author that Donald Trump is having to wage war literally against every Tom, Dick, or Nancy that does not like Trump, New York, or billionaires. Face it — Mr. Trump is facing a political party that is in shambles! Old establishment types, New establishment types, and those who just do not like his attitude.
It would pay huge dividends if these people wondered “Why” this man has appealed to so many voters. Seems to me that it is much like evolutionary change: with the exception that the old guys don’t want the change.