Trump accuses Cruz of ‘fraud,’ demands a rematch in Iowa

Trump accuses Cruz of ‘fraud,’ demands a rematch in Iowa
Credit: Shutterstock

When Donald Trump appeared before supporters in Iowa Tuesday to deliver what the Washington Post dubbed an “un-Trump” concession speech, many were surprised.

I, in contrast, was skeptical of the new and gentler Donald. What others saw as grace in defeat, I saw as calculation. For the first time, instead of speaking his mind, Trump said the politic thing.

He was so much the politician that he spoke of buying a farm in Iowa, which should have set off shenanigan alarms in any political junkie.

Becoming a politician (read: Washington insider) would of course have skunked the deal for Trump, whose supporters expect shock and aw(ful) every time he opens his mouth.

It turns out they had nothing to worry about. The BBC reports this morning:

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a new election in Iowa, accusing the Republican winner, Ted Cruz, of fraud.

Mr Trump pointed to the fact that during the caucus the Cruz campaign told voters rival Ben Carson planned to quit the race, which was not true.

The Cruz campaign apologised to Carson’s camp, saying it was a misunderstanding.

Mr Trump also cited Cruz leaflets that accused Iowans of “voting violations”.

[…]

“Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!” Mr Trump said.

Earlier, he wrote on Twitter that Mr Cruz “illegally” won the caucus, but later deleted the tweet.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.