Cruz woes Republican party insiders to win Colorado delegates without a caucus or primary.
Ted Cruz walked away from Colorado with all of the state’s delegates this past weekend despite voters casting zero votes for any of the candidates.
The next day, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted the state party’s process and questioned what were ultimately rigged election results:
“The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians. Biggest story in politics. This will not be allowed!” Trump said on Twitter Sunday evening.
He also posted a Tweet asking “how is it possible that the people of the great State of Colorado never got to vote in the REpublican Primary? Great anger – totally unfair!”
Colorado’s Republican insiders never allowed anyone to vote for a single candidate. Instead, the party held a series of closed congressional district meetings at a convention in which a select few county representatives designated tens of thousands of votes to Senator Cruz.
The process left roughly 90 percent of voters on the sidelines.
The Colorado Republican Party didn’t even bother to fabricate a modicum of impartiality when it Tweeted: “We did it. #NeverTrump”
Party insiders quickly deleted the message and said the Tweet was the “result of unauthorized access to our account and in no way represents the opinion of the party. We are investigating.”
Spokesman Kyle Kohli said Sunday evening that an investigation is ongoing that should implicate unauthorized use of the Twitter account by someone within the organization. He never responded to Trump’s comments on the unfair distribution of delegates nor did he address concerns about the integrity of the process.
Update 4/11 3:50 PM ET – It appears that Trump supporters have planned a protest for this upcoming Friday at the Colorado GOP headquarters following recent events out of Colorado.
Details of the rally have been posted to Facebook by the Colorado Votes Matter group:
“The Colorado Republican Party shamefully silenced its voters this election season,” the post reads. “We demand that Colorado give the power to vote in the Presidential Primary to the voters. We will exercise our right to assemble and peacefully protest the corruption of the Colorado GOP and disenfranchisement that we the voters have suffered.”
The group plans to assemble Friday from 3PM to 6PM MDT at Colorado’s Republican Party Headquarters at 5950 S. Willow Drive, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
GOP voters in Colorado recently expressed outrage over the rigged results with one man going as far as burning his Republican voter registration form in protest of the state’s party insiders.