Donald Trump accuses Ted Cruz of stealing Iowa — and demands a new caucus
The unexpected sense of generosity that marked Donald Trump’s concession speech in Iowa on Monday night began to fray during his speech in New Hampshire on Tuesday – and appears to have evaporated completely, given what Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. By the end of his tirade against Ted Cruz’s Iowa win, Trump suggested that a new election should be held. Trump’s initial tweet read:
[quote]Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he illegally stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong any why he got more votes than anticipated. Bad!
Notice that the word “and” is written as “any.” Trump has a habit of deleting tweets with typos and then retweeting them, which he did in this case, too. But he also took out the word “illegally.”
In the wake of Trump’s second-place finish, at least one conspiracy theory spread among his fans – but it centered on Marco Rubio, not Cruz. That theory was that Microsoft rigged its tabulation software to give Rubio a boost from Trump’s votes. This theory made no sense.
In later tweets, Trump explained his rationale.
At a news conference prior to his speech in New Hampshire, Trump referred to Cruz’s campaign having emailed voters during the caucuses implying that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race. That email was excoriated by Carson in his statement on Monday night, and Cruz’s team copped to it on Tuesday. Given how Carson’s support evaporated at the end of last year, there’s no indicator that the email made much of a difference in the race; and Carson actually slightly over-performed his polling average. But, still, Trump lashed out at his main competitor.
“What he did to Ben Carson was terrible,” he said, according to The Hill. “When they said Ben Carson is out of the race and come vote for him, I thought it was terrible.”
A lot of the story is composed of tweets which I can’t include.
If the allegation about Cruz about claiming Carson having already dropped out it shows Cruz is dishonest but that’s politics.