Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday said the primary process on both the Republican and Democratic sides is corrupt.
Trump referenced Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has won eight of the past nine Democratic contests, noting that people still say he doesn’t have a path to the nomination.
“I watch Bernie. He wins, he wins, he keeps winning, winning and winning and then I see he’s got no chance. They always say he’s got no chance. Why doesn’t he have a chance?” Trump asked during a rally in Rochester, N.Y.
“Because the system is corrupt. And it’s worse on the Republican side.”
Trump called the system “crooked.”
“I’m not a fan of Bernie, I couldn’t care less as far as I’m concerned. I couldn’t care less about Bernie, but he wins and he wins, like me.”
Trump went on to tout his own successes, saying he’s won far more than rival Ted Cruz and has received millions and millions of votes, including from people who have never voted before and people who identify as Democrats.
Trump said he’s up millions of votes on Cruz and has hundreds more delegates than the Texas senator.
He referenced Louisiana, which Trump won by a small margin. But he could end up with fewer delegates than Cruz, because the senator is likely to receive five delegates left behind when Marco Rubio dropped out, as well as the state’s five unbound delegates — who can back a candidate of their choosing. Trump has in the past promised a lawsuit over the delegate allocation.
Trump said during the rally Sunday that there’s some “nonsense” going on.
“And I say this to the RNC and I say this to the Republican Party: You’re going to have a big problem folks, because there are people who don’t like what’s going on.”
“We’ve got a corrupt system, its not right. We’re supposed to be a democracy. We’re supposed to be you vote and the vote means something … and we’ve got to do something about it.”
Trump said his campaign is “doing fine” and should have won it a long time ago.
“But we keep losing where we’re winning,” he said.
“Today winning votes doesn’t mean anything.”
“It’s not right folks … whether it’s me or Bernie Sanders. When I look at it and I see all these victories that I have, all these victories that he’s got. And then you look at the establishment and I want to tell you it’s a corrupt deal going on in this country and it’s not good and it’s not fair.”
Trump said that the system is disenfranchising people who “want to see America be great again.”
“I think we’re going to be fine. We’re doing really well,” Trump said, “but we’ve got to have a system where voting means something.”