Donald Trump got demolished in Colorado last week, a slow, brutal process in which congressional district after congressional district selected delegates to the national convention and delegate after delegate was pledged or verbally committed to Sen. Ted Cruz. Trump didn't just lose, he lost while demonstrating an organizational incompetence that was stunning, particularly coming from the guy who still leads the Republican presidential field by a wide margin. On Friday, we outlined the problems Trump's campaign had seen the night before, but similar problems cropped up over the weekend. He left Colorado without a single pledged delegate.
Both Trump and his newly assigned delegate wrangler subsequently whined about the process, each taking a different tack. The wrangler, Paul Manafort, appeared on "Meet the Press," where he was asked about having been shut out in Colorado.
He started by complaining about Cruz.
"You go to these county conventions, and you see the tactics, Gestapo tactics, the scorched-earth tactics," Manafort said, prompting surprise from host Chuck Todd.
"Well, you look at, we're going to be filing several protests because reality is, you know, they are not playing by the rules," Manafort replied. But what happened in Colorado was a "side game." "The only game I'm focusing on right now is getting delegates," Manafort said. "And the games that have happened, even this past weekend, you know, are not important to the long-term game of how do we get to 1,237."
So, getting delegates in Colorado is a side game to the real game of getting delegates? Interesting. It also seems more fair, based on the evidence at hand, to assume that Cruz did play by the rules, which was why he won so many more delegates. It was Trump's campaign that wasn't prepared for the process.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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