Donald Trump’s op-ed in this morning’s Wall Street Journal is verifiably dishonest on multiple levels. For instance, Mr. Trump opened his op-ed by dishonestly stating “On Saturday, April 9, Colorado had an “election” without voters. Delegates were chosen on behalf of a presidential nominee, yet the people of Colorado were not able to cast their ballots to say which nominee they preferred.” That’s a dishonest statement and Mr. Trump knows it.
A total of 65,000 people participated in Colorado’s precinct caucuses, congressional district conventions and Colorado’s state convention. The rules for the caucuses and the subsequent conventions are open to amendment. What Mr. Trump isn’t saying is that the rules are determined by the people participating in the caucuses. Mr. Trump quickly brushes over the fact that he didn’t put any time into Colorado’s caucuses and conventions.
In other words, Mr. Trump’s complaint is that he didn’t get his way because he didn’t care enough about Colorado’s delegates to participate. That’s a juvenile argument. Mr. Trump’s argument essentially is that elections should be determined by people who didn’t participate, not by the people who participated.
If that isn’t dishonest enough, Mr. Trump then said this:
A planned vote had been canceled. And one million Republicans in Colorado were sidelined.
That’s breathtakingly dishonest. In the 2012 general election, the GOP ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan lost to President Obama and Vice President Biden because they garnered 1,185,000 votes. Mr. Trump knows that caucuses and primaries don’t have anywhere close to the same voter participation rate as the general election. Saying that 1,000,000 “Republicans in Colorado were sidelined” is blatantly dishonest. This statement is disgusting:
I, for one, am not interested in defending a system that for decades has served the interest of political parties at the expense of the people.
What’s interesting is that Mr. Trump didn’t criticize Nevada’s caucus system when he won. He didn’t criticize Iowa’s caucus system when he finished in second place, either. Certainly the rules for the Iowa Caucuses are infinitely more complicated than the rules for Colorado’s caucuses. The difference in the two states results is that Trump actually participated in Iowa. He didn’t participate in Colorado. It isn’t surprising that Trump got shut out in Colorado. It isn’t surprising because Mr. Trump didn’t fight for his share of the delegates.
Likewise, Mr. Cruz loudly boasts every time party insiders disenfranchise voters in a congressional district by appointing delegates who will vote the opposite of the expressed will of the people who live in that district.
Mr. Trump never identifies which people vote for the delegates to the Republican National Convention. That’s likely because he’d prefer leaving the image that DC fat-cats are picking the delegates. That’s dishonest, too. Colorado’s Republican activists pick the delegates.
We must leave no doubt that voters, not donors, choose the nominee.
Mr. Trump can’t identify the Wall Street fat cats and DC insiders that picked Colorado’s delegates to the Republican National Convention. That’s because Wall Street fat cats and DC insiders didn’t pick Colorado’s delegates to the Republican National Convention.
Patriots across this nation need to reject candidates that are this intentionally dishonest. We shouldn’t entrust the GOP presidential nomination to a candidate that’s this incapable of telling the truth.