Donald Trump and his people have been whining like three-year-olds ever since he was trounced by Ted Cruz in Colorado.
On Sunday evening he posted on twitter (his favorite whining vehicle):
“How is it possible that the people of the great State of Colorado never got to vote in the Republican Primary? Great anger — totally unfair!”
“The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians. Biggest story in politics. This will not be allowed!”
Here’s what Trump is not mentioning.
On Super Tuesday, there were 2,917 precinct caucuses. At those caucuses voters selected delegates to the County Assemblies and Congressional District Conventions. At those caucuses candidates can, but don’t have to announce who they are supporting for president. But all the Republicans who attended those 2,917 caucuses knew that they were selecting people who will represent them in choosing delegates at the district and the state level.
From March 1st -26th, the representatives of the people who were elected to the county assembly vote for the delegates to the Congressional District and State Conventions.
Those elected representatives picked three convention delegates in each of the Colorado congressional districts. All 21 of those delegates selected by the representatives elected at the Colorado caucus on Super Tuesday were Cruz delegates.
This past week the Colorado State Republican Convention convened. The delegates to the state convention were selected by the representatives who won the votes at the 2,917 caucuses on Super Tuesday. Those elected representatives chose 13 of 37 delegates from Colorado to the Republican National Convention. Those 13 delegates to the National RNC must either commit to a candidate OR commit to being unbound at the convention. 13 delegates committed to vote for Ted Cruz were chosen by the representatives who were elected by the people.
The only delegates chosen by the State Party are the three 3 party leaders, the state’s National Committeeman, the State’s National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Colorado’s Republican Party they get to go to the national convention but they are bound to the candidate they identify.
Oh and BTW, when he wasn’t saying Ted Cruz was using Gestapo tactics on Meet The Press, new Trump campaign big-shot and self-declared expert on the Holocaust, Paul Manafort said, I acknowledge that we weren’t playing in Colorado and they did.
There you go, is it a direct voter to candidate selection no. But the voters selected representatives, just like they do in congress and or state legislatures. Perhaps not the way I would do it, but it is closer to the republic form voting that our government runs on. It is not unfair, it does not disenfranchise anyone, but the complaining does make Donald Trump look like a crybaby.