Sunday, according to several news sources, Republican candidates for President, Governor John Kasich and Senator Ted Cruz have announced they are working together to ensure that Donald Trump, the front runner front runner for the nomination, does not receive the needed delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot. TIME’s Zeke Miller reported Sunday, the plan has been in the making since late February. Miller stated that “Last week, at the spring meeting of the Republican National Committee in Hollywood, Fla., where both Cruz and Kasich and their top strategists made presentations, Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe approached Kasich senior strategist John Weaver about cooperating in the coming races, according to a person familiar with the arrangement. The details were then sorted out in a series of telephone conversations over the weekend.”
Donald Trump, had plenty to say about this new twist in this very unusual Presidential season. Trump once again took to Twitter to say that the actions of Kasich and Cruz were an act of desperation and that “Lyin’ Ted Cruz and 1 for 38 Kasich are unable to beat me on their own so they have to team up (collusion) in a two on one. Shows weakness!” Trump also released a statement that said,” “Collusion is often illegal in many other industries and yet these two Washington insiders have had to revert to collusion in order to stay alive.” Continuing he said that, “They are mathematically dead and this act only shows, as puppets of donors and special interests, how truly weak they and their campaigns are.”
The Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer said in response to the Cruz – Kasich power play Monday that “every campaign has to run its own strategy,” and that it wasn’t the RNC’s job “to handicap it as much to ensure that we have a fair and transparent process.” Trump’s campaign stated that this is just another example of how the political system is broke in the United States and is in need of total repair. Trump stated that “Because of me, 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.”
Whether the plan to stop Trump with the help of these two remaining candidates conspiring together is to be seen. Cruz has said that is a necessary fight. The Cruz campaign’s statement about the plan stated that “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.”
Cruz and Kasich could be on to something. On Saturday, Cruz once again more delegates than Trump in the Maine count winning 19 of the 20 delegate seats and then in Utah Cruz picked up 36 of the 37 delegates. On Sunday Donald Trump Jr. accused Cruz of bribing delegates in order to get them on his side. “Ted Cruz has no chance of winning this without bribing the delegates. That’s his game at this point.” Whatever the reason, the fight for delegates is even more heated with Pennsylvania primary Tuesday and California primary in June.