With the looming disaster of a Trump nomination, Ted Cruz and John Kasich are reportedly teaming up in an effort to prevent the carnival barker from reaching the magic threshold of 1,237 delegates. Naturally, Team Trump is handling the news in their typical mature fashion.
Ted Cruz and John Kasich have joined forces in a concerted effort to deny Donald Trump the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination on the first ballot at the July convention.
The two campaigns made the surprise announcement Sunday night, signaling a major shift in strategy days before Tuesday’s five primary contests.
“Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans,” said Jeff Roe, Cruz’s campaign manager.
“Not only would Trump get blown out by Clinton or Sanders, but having him as our nominee would set the party back a generation. To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico, and we would hope that allies of both campaigns would follow our lead,” Roe explained.
This fact is indisputable if you look at any poll. Curious that a guy who brags about polls constantly conveniently ignores that.
Indiana’s primary is May 3, Oregon‘s is May 17 and New Mexico’s is on June 7.
Kasich’s camp said they were fully on-board with the idea, also claiming that Indiana was the key to stopping Manhattan tycoon — who is currently the Republican front-runner with 845 delegates.
“Our goal is to have an open convention in Cleveland, where we are confident a candidate capable of uniting the party and winning in November will emerge as the nominee,” Kasich strategist John Weaver said.
It won’t be Kasich, and likely won’t be Cruz. But as long as it’s not Trump, if the GOP is going to lose, at least they can do so with some dignity.
Trump, meanwhile, was less than impressed.
“Wow, just announced that Lyin’ Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!” he tweeted late Sunday.
Lyin’ Ted. Wow, so original. In related news, Trump said we’ll never see him again if he loses. Could there be any possible greater motivation than that?