From the moment Donald Trump entered the Republican Presidential race, voters have acknowledged that his business experience is his strongest quality. He has had a lot of success over the past 40 years. No one can deny that. It is why so many people honestly believe he is the person to pull out America from the economic pitfall it’s been stuck in for years.
His ability to make deals, good deals, the best deals, has been paramount to his campaign. He knows how to get things done. Any questionable actions raised by his critics have been quickly written off as “just business,” including donating to liberal democrat politicians. He knows how to play the game and he knows how to win.
When questions regarding Trump’s bankruptcies were raised during the debates, supporters were more angered by the accusation than the bankruptcies. Trump rightly pointed out, “I have never gone bankrupt,” but “on 4 occasions I have taken advantage of the laws of the country.” His supporters cheered his shrewd business sense that gave him the edge to get ahead and work the system.
On the other hand, as soon as reports of rival Sen. Ted Cruz ’s recent delegate gathering hit the news, Trump and his supporters began screaming a different tune. The biggest charge is that Cruz is stealing not only delegates, but also, the Election. Until Trump accumulates the 1,237 delegates needed to win, though– because what he doesn’t have yet, can’t be stolen.
And– Cruz capitalizing on delegate and election laws is no different than Trump using bankruptcy laws.
From day one Cruz put together a coalition in every state, rightfully understanding each one is its own separate entity. Even in states whose voters have already cast their ballots, Cruz staffers are still working to ensure support in the general election, provided he wins the nomination.
By contrast, Trump is firing campaign workers and closing offices in major states like Ohio and Florida, abandoning the small ground game he has. Trump not only needs those boots on the ground to secure the delegates he’s already won, but he’s going to need that infrastructure for the general election. Why is he abandoning them now? Doesn’t he know this is political suicide?
While Trump assumed he would win the nomination by only playing large venues, Cruz began strategizing in the event of a contested convention, working the deals necessary to obtain the needed number of delegates for a second convention vote. Taking advantage of convention rules and state laws, Cruz and his supporters have spent countless hours meeting with and winning over delegates in each state. It appears that the Trump Campaign had no idea about the delegate selection process, which by the way varies from state to state.
While Trump takes credit for everything that goes right, he takes absolutely no responsibility for what goes wrong. Trump’s frustration hit a peak after his Wisconsin shellacking. Instead of congratulating Cruz on a well run race or saying nothing at all, Trump condemned everybody but himself for his very poor showing. He was leading in the polls just a few weeks before, then he attacked Heidi Cruz over a Facebook ad a few hundred people saw, criticized the widely popular Gov. Scott Walker, and reportedly hung up on a favorite local female talk show host over questions he didn’t like.
If Cruz walked away from unfriendly interviews, he’d never finish one.
Presidents will be challenged, especially Republican ones. They can’t take it personally. If Trump can’t handle a local interview in Wisconsin, how is he going to face the White House press corps?
Trump has been very adamant about his ability to surround himself with great people, the best people, people who know exactly what to do to get things done. His performance over these last few weeks appears to contradict his claims. While Trump is moaning about being treated unfairly and claiming that no one likes Cruz, Cruz has been doing the work a President-elect does to win support of voters and delegates all over the country. He is reaping the benefits of a year-long effort to build a powerful, collective ground game. He’s not playing dirty tricks, he’s playing hardball. Something you think Trump would admire.
The truth is Trump hasn’t won the nomination yet, and in the same token, he hasn’t lost it yet either. He still has time to get the 1,237 delegates needed to win outright. But instead of rolling up his sleeves and doing the grunt work needed to be done, Trump complains again to the Republican National Committee (RNC), whines about fairness, and threatens to sue.
The RNC convention rules were in place long before Trump ever announced his candidacy, and he agreed to the election process involving delegates the moment he entered the race. It is no one’s fault other than his own that Trump hasn’t utilized those rules. And, no one is going to change them just because he’s Trump. He’s playing checkers, but the game is chess. You can’t blame Cruz for looking at the rule book at the beginning of the contest.
The fact that no one in the Trump campaign had a plan in non-primary states like Colorado and North Dakota is a major problem. Trying to blame Cruz and the RNC for his own oversight is not only childish, it’s irresponsible.
The damage he is doing not just to the Republican Party, but to the country, could be devastating. Statements like the one he published after his Wisconsin loss will only sow more hatred and distain for Cruz among his supporters. Cruz has done nothing in this political deal that Trump hasn’t done in his business deals. But since Trump dropped the ball, he’s acting like a jilted high schooler who got rejected by the popular girl and is lashing out proclaiming, “if I can’t have her no one will.” He maintains he will unify the Party, but he actions speak louder than his words.
It’s not just Cruz Trump is hurting. If Trump does win the nomination, either by gaining the 1,237 delegates by the convention or obtaining them in Cleveland, he has so demeaned those who supported others, a large majority have vowed they will not vote for him. The #NeverTrump movement is not fueled by others’ rhetoric towards Trump, but by Trump’s own rhetoric. The result will be a President Clinton. And I don’t think that will in any way “Make America Great Again.”
But that’s just my 2 cents.