Neither Cruz nor Kasich have any mathematical chance of challenging Trump during the rest of the campaign, so the two Establishment-backed candidates opted for working together against Trump.
Trump remains overwhelmingly popular among GOP voters, way outdistancing his rivals. Cruz and Kasich alone remain – allying in a desperate bid to stop him.
Party bosses are committed to anyone but him even though he looks unstoppable. He calls the GOP electoral system “rigged,” saying “this kind of crap (shouldn’t) happen.”
During a mid-April campaign rally, he said “the economy is rigged. The banking system is rigged…The (whole) system is rigged.” It “has nothing to do with democracy.”
Neocons Cruz and Kasich are colluding to block Trump’s nomination. They’ll stay out of each other’s way in upcoming primaries.
Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said “(o)ur path, its time and resources (are focusing on) Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico, and we would hope that allies of both campaigns would follow our lead.”
Both candidates will concentrate efforts in states where they’re strong, conceding others, hoping to take more delegates from Trump this way, forcing a brokered convention if the strategy works.
A Trump campaign statement said “(i)t is sad that two grown politicians have to collude against one person who has only been a politician for ten months in order to try and stop that person from getting the Republican nomination.”
It’s more evidence supporting his contention of things “rigged” against him. On Sunday, he tweeted: “Wow, just announced that Lyin’ Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!”
He gained momentum winning nearly all New York delegates. He’s favored to sweep Tuesday primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island – then take Indiana, W. Virginia, Oregon and Washington in May.
California’s June primary is key with 172 delegates at stake. New polls show him way ahead of Cruz and Kasich. Winning big could clinch a first-round nomination.
Trump seems headed to become GOP nominee unless shenanigans yet to unfold stop him. Dirty politics in America makes anything possible, a system too venal to fix.