There’s a reason that I didn’t write about this before. I assumed that someone, anyone in the media would speak out and alert the people that Donald Trump’s (and Breitbart’s, and Drudge’s, and…) lies about the elections being rigged in Colorado and Wyoming to benefit “the Establishment” were absolutely false. It never happened. I should have known better than to trust the media, particularly when it comes to Donald Trump.
The problem is that there are two simultaneous issues involving delegates right now and Trump is playing them together to confuse the ill-informed electorate. The first is that the delegate selection process, which is exactly as it has been for a long, long time, offers the opportunity for intelligent and strategic candidates (aka Ted Cruz) to pick up second-ballot supporters. If nobody reaches 1,237 on the first ballot, many delegates are unbound and can vote for whoever they want. Having actually read the rules, Cruz’s team prepared for the possibility of a contested convention. Trump’s team did not. This lack of an ability to navigate the calm waters of delegate selection is a harbinger for failure if Trump ever had to sail the rough waters of actually being President.
The second issue is that of convention states. Like caucus states, convention states require the grassroots efforts to make their systems work. This is important to understand: every single registered Republican voter in Colorado and Wyoming had the opportunity to vote for Trump’s slates of delegates. Record numbers of voters actually did in both states. The idea that it was “voterless” is truly ignorant. It’s not just ignorance on display from Trump and his campaign. It represents an ignorance within the media for willfully allowing Trump to twist it the way that he has.
Of course, it was Mark Levin who finally came out and set the record straight. Unfortunately, it may be too late, at least for New York. Trump preys on the “poorly educated” and this is a perfect example of that process at work.
What’s important to understand here is that Trump is only complaining about the process because he lost. He would be bragging about how he outmaneuvered and outsmarted Cruz if he had won the delegates. Instead, rather than admitting his campaign tried and failed, he now pretends like he didn’t even try out of protest against the system. Thankfully, the internet keeps good records of his team the month before saying that they were hammering away in both states and were “kicking his butt” (Cruz’s) in preparation for the Colorado convention.
— JD Rucker (@0boy) April 18, 2016
If Trump is simply ignorant, that’s excusable but it means that he’s incapable of being successful as a nominee, let alone as the President. If he’s simply manipulating the uninformed electorate, then it’s a character issue and he doesn’t deserve to carry the Republican mantle. Either way, this should be a disqualifying issue.