In Tuesday’s Republican primary triumph, GOP candidate Donald Trump won all the delegates in the winner-take-all states of Maryland, Connecticut, and Delaware. Given that 182,000 Republican primary voters cast ballots for Kasich and Cruz in Maryland, 85,000 Republicans voted for Kasich and Cruz in Connecticut, and 25,000 voted for that pair in Delaware, doesn’t this mean that 292,000 Republican primary voters were disenfranchised?
The reason I ask is that Donald Trump made a big deal about not winning any delegates in Colorado or Wyoming, accusing the system of being “rigged”. He and his media surrogates even spread the patently false charge that they were voterless primaries, even though he must have known that plenty of voting went on in both states. It was just that there was a time lag of about a month between when the rank-and-file Republicans voted in their precinct caucuses and when the state conventions actually selected the delegates. How did they get from point A to point B? With a series of further votes.
Donald Trump justified his false claim on the principle of proportionate voting, that is that the amount of delegates should be awarded in proportion of votes cast for each candidate. In this context and in the interest of fairness, I call on Donald Trump to return the 35 ‘extra’ delegates that he shouldn’t have won, to Ted Cruz and John Kasich. (He received 17 extra delegates in Maryland, 12 in Connecticut, and 6 in Delaware.)
Of course, in making his false charges about Wyoming and Colorado, Donald Trump knew exactly what the actual score was, and he didn’t complain when he won most of the delegates in Hawaii, a state with a similar voting system to Wyoming and Colorado. He was deliberately trying to delegitimize Ted Cruz’s entirely legitimate victories. This is reprehensible, unsportsmanlike, and completely unfitting behaviour for a President of the United States.
This is part of a bigger effort to delegitimize any outcome other than a Trump victory at the convention by slandering the process.
But turnabout is fair play, so turn over your ill-gotten delegates Donald! You wouldn’t want people to think that the system is “rigged” in your favour, do you?