Mere hours after the campaigns of Ted Cruz and John Kasich announced that they had reached a deal on a strategy to deny Donald Trump the Republican nomination, the GOP front-runner fired back in a scathing statement that drove home his running argument that the political system in the United States is “totally rigged” and would be unacceptable in other places in American business.
“It is sad that two grown politicians have to collude against one person who has only been a politician for ten months in order to try and stop that person from getting the Republican nomination,” Trump said in a statement released through his campaign.
Cruz, Trump said, “has done very poorly” and is in “free fall” after his resounding drubbing in the New York primary. Echoing a line the Texas senator has used against him, Trump added that “he does not react well under pressure.”
“Also, approximately 80% of the Republican Party is against him,” Trump said.
In Kasich’s case, Trump noted that the governor of Ohio has only won one state out of 41 contests, “and he is not even doing as well as other candidates who could have stubbornly stayed in the race like him but chose not to do so.”
“Marco Rubio, as an example, has more delegates than Kasich and yet suspended his campaign one month ago,” he said. “Others, likewise, have done much better than Kasich, who would get slaughtered by Hillary Clinton once the negative ads against him begin. 85% of Republican voters are against Kasich.”
Trump then turned to criticizing the two candidates’ apparent coordination, calling it “often illegal in many other industries and yet these two Washington insiders have had to revert to collusion in order to stay alive.”
“They are mathematically dead and this act only shows, as puppets of donors and special interests, how truly weak they and their campaigns are,” Trump said. “I have brought millions of voters into the Republican primary system and have received many millions of votes more than Cruz or Kasich. Additionally, I am far ahead of both candidates with delegates and would be receiving in excess of 60% of the vote except for the fact that there were so many candidates running against me.”
Thanks to his campaign, Trump concluded, “everyone now sees that the Republican primary system is totally rigged.”
“When two candidates who have no path to victory get together to stop a candidate who is expanding the party by millions of voters, (all of whom will drop out if I am not in the race) it is yet another example of everything that is wrong in Washington and our political system,” he said. “This horrible act of desperation, from two campaigns who have totally failed, makes me even more determined, for the good of the Republican Party and our country, to prevail!”