The chairman of the Colorado Republican Party says he and his family are getting death threats because of the controversy surrounding the state’s convention over the weekend in which Ted Cruz won all 34 delegates.
State GOP chairman Steve House wrote on Facebook that he’s being flooded with phone calls from Donald Trump supporters, some of whom he said are threatening the safety of he and his family.
“Death threats over running a caucus instead of a primary because it is the law here and over the fact that one candidate had a better strategy and a much bigger team on the field,” House wrote.
“Shame on the people who think somehow that it is right to threaten me and my family over not liking the outcome of an election.”
Trump has been railing against the GOP caucus in Colorado, claiming that the system is rigged and that Cruz stole the election from him.
Rather than hold a direct election, party activists in the state elect the delegates that will represent them at the national convention in Cleveland in July. It’s a complicated process that unfolds over several weeks and tests the organizational strength of the candidates.
Cruz leveraged his superior organization and ground game in the state to get his supporters elected as delegates. Colorado’s delegates are not bound to any of the candidates and can support whomever they want on the first ballot at the convention.
Trump did not address the convention, and his campaign had only a very small presence in the state ahead of the election.
Still, the results became controversial after the state party’s Twitter account celebrated Cruz’s victory with a Tweet using the hashtag “Never Trump.”
House says the tweet was not authorized and that the state party is investigating its origin.
“3,000 phone calls with many being the trashiest stuff you can imagine over a tweet we didn’t send and because a candidate says he didn’t get to speak at our convention when we tried very hard to get him there,” House wrote on Facebook.
“Where do we live anyway; a third world country,” he continued. “We didn’t do anything but follow the rules and all I have done as chairman of this party is to serve to the best of my ability and it comes to this. I am looking forward to showing people what real strength is.”
Many Trump supporters believe the GOP establishment is pulling out all the stops to block their candidate from the nomination.
They point to states that Trump won, like Louisiana, where Cruz might end up with more delegates because of the complicated rules governing the selection of delegates.
Trump currently has 743 delegates compared to 545 for Cruz.
If Trump fails to reach the 1,237 he needs to win the nomination outright and avoid a contested convention, Cruz will have a good shot at winning the nomination after the first vote by virtue of his superior organization, which has excelled at getting his supporters elected as delegates.