Monday night, Guy Benson, a Fox News contributor, and Barry Bennett, were interviewed about a delegate dispute in Louisiana. The dispute arose this weekend when Ted Cruz’s organizers and lawyers got their delegates onto several key committees at the Republican National Convention.
Over the weekend, Trump threatened to file a lawsuit against Sen. Cruz after Sen. Cruz’s lawyers and organizers essentially out-hustled Trump’s organization. While Trump has run a high-profile campaign, he didn’t bother to put together a traditional campaign team. In Louisiana, the vote was close on election day, though Trump did better in earlier balloting.
Part of Trump’s problem is that Sen. Rubio won some delegates. When he dropped out, his delegates became free to choose a different candidate. In Louisiana, not surprisingly, they picked Sen. Cruz instead of Mr. Trump. Another part of Mr. Trump’s problem is that some delegates were unbound initially. At the convention, they picked Sen. Cruz, too.
Here’s a partial transcript of the Bennett-Benson interview:
MARTHA McCALLUM: Barry, how do you dispute the delegates. Basically 10 additional ones went Cruz’s way via Rubio delegates and then some unbound delegates that also went to Cruz. That’s the way the system works.
BARRY BENNETT: Yeah, well, the problem is that 46 delegates were selected at the convention and then, immediately afterwards, 27 of them gathered at the request of the state party chairman — our delegates weren’t invited — and then, of those 27, by a vote of 22-5, they gave the Cruz delegates the powerful committee slots at the Convention. 22 people out of 46 people made the decision
McCALLUM: What we’re hearing is that 2 Trump representatives, the Louisiana co-chairs, were at that meeting.
BENNETT: Yeah, and one of them has no vote and one did have a vote.
McCALLUM: They watched the whole process play out, right?
BENNETT: They walked into the meeting, yes.
McCALLUM: Ok, so contrary to what you said initially, they were in attendance.
BENNETT: No, no, 18 people didn’t receive invitations. That’s what I said.
McCALLUM: …Basically what Cruz is arguing is that this goes to the rules, that you might not like how the game is played but all of the rules are set by the RNC so how do you sue if the rules exist and everyone is aware of them before the game starts?
BENNETT: The reason we sue is that we want the rules followed like they’re supposed to be and that’s what we asked the RNC to do, to decertify these people until the rules are followed.
McCALLUM: Alright, Guy, do you think they have a case?
GUY BENSON: Well, it’s not a lawsuit. It’s a dispute with the RNC so Barry is right about that. His candidate is wrong about it. He called it a lawsuit in one of his tweets. That’s kind of one of his reflexive responses to everything — either a juvenile taunt or a lawsuit. But in this particular case, what you’re seeing is Ted Cruz and his campaign — yes, this is hardball, no question about it. They’re exploiting the rules to win. They’re doing it ruthlessly. They’ve got a team of on-the-ball attorneys and I think that Donald Trump, rather than whining about it, should have a team that’s equally competent and equally prepared to fight under the rules because we’re always told that Trump has the very best people. It looks like he’s getting outmaneuvered and out-lawyered by Ted Cruz.
It looks like Trump’s biggest problem was that he thought he could just intimidate people into surrendering to him. Sen. Cruz wasn’t intimidated. Instead, he put together a strong team of strategists and a top-flight team of lawyers. They pounced when opportunities presented themselves.
Apparently, Trump thought that his threat of a a lawsuit against Sen. Cruz would intimidate Cruz. If there’s anything that wasn’t going to intimidate Cruz, it’s legal action. Liberal Harvard law Professor Alan Dershowitz said Sen. Cruz was “off the charts brilliant.” It’s a mistake to attempt to intimidate someone that’s that qualified.