I’ve had trouble lately with my five-year-old, who has decided that whining is just the method for getting what he wants. This isn’t uncommon behavior for a younger sibling, but as responsible parents (mostly!) it’s Melissa and my job to nip that behavior in the bud. It isn’t always easy, but we haven’t caved in even one time to The Whine.
You might wish that Donald Trump’s parents had been that firm after reading the latest.
The billionaire front-runner told The Hill’s Bob Cusack that RNC chairman Reince Priebus “should be ashamed of himself…because he knows what’s going on.” Trump called the nomination process a “scam” and a “disgrace.”
Trump has been openly unhappy with the delegate process lately, most recently because Colorado just awarded its 34 delegates to Ted Cruz — without holding a primary or caucus.
Priebus, who has mostly tried to maintain some equanimity with Trump, was becoming impatient Tuesday night, in a tweet responding to Trump’s complaints. The nomination process has been known for a year or longer, he tweeted, and, he added “it’s the responsibility of the campaigns to understand it. Complaints now? Give us all a break.”
As I’ve been happy to learn, the Colorado GOP’s state convention is the culmination of a grassroots process starting with precinct caucus votes, then going up through county and district votes. It tends to reward candidates who put together a solid ground game and make personal appeals to the conventioneers. Cruz did both of these things. Trump did neither, but he now he’s waging war against the primary process he had tried (and now has probably failed) to hijack.
Trump and his supporters are either lying or deluded about what happened in Colorado.