Trump accuses Cruz of ‘fraud,’ calls for new Iowa election

“Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Ted Cruz of committing fraud, and called for a new election in Iowa,” according to Politico.

“Ratcheting up his rhetoric after his loss in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, Trump first tweeted an accusation that the Texas senator had ‘illegally’ stolen the election, before tweaking the message.

“‘Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he illegally stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong any [sic] why he got more votes than anticipated. Bad!’ Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. The tweet disappeared within minutes of posting.

“He then put up another tweet minutes later, correcting a typo and removing the word ‘illegally’: ‘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!'”

“He then spit out five more tweets that laid out his case for why Monday’s bruising outcome was a farce and why he should get a re-do.

“The rant is a reversal from Trump’s somber and gracious concession speech on Monday night, in which he extended his congratulations to Cruz, who beat him 28 percent to 24 percent, despite Trump going into the voting with a roughly 5 point lead.

‘We finished second, and I want to tell you something, I’m just honored. I’m really honored. And I want to congratulate Ted, and I want to congratulate all of the incredible candidates,’ Trump said late Monday, flanked by his wife Melania.”

The rest of the article is here.

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4 Responses to Trump accuses Cruz of ‘fraud,’ calls for new Iowa election

  1. Tom Grundy says:

    Funny. Do you think Trump is mad because Cruz “stole it”, or, because he “stole it better?”

  2. John Stoos says:

    It appears that Mr. Trump made a BIG mistake going into Iowa by skipping the final debate, and now he is making another mistake with the sour grapes.

  3. Joe Koyote says:

    Typical response from a narcissistic spoiled rich kid. How else could anyone beat Trump except by cheating? We need healthy people to govern our country not psychologically damaged boarding school brats.

  4. Gail Damskey says:

    Amen to that!

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