Trump Mocks Cruz-Kasich Alliance as ‘Desperate Collusion’

Responds to rivals as he's poised to win big in Northeast
By Steven Klett, Epoch Times
April 25, 2016 Updated: April 25, 2016

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump mocked his rivals, saying that the partnership between Ted Cruz and John Kasich is a desperate act of “collusion” between two candidates that are “mathematically dead.”

“Collusion is often illegal in many other industries and yet these two Washington insiders have had to revert to collusion in order to stay alive,” Trump’s campaign said in a statement on their website. 

Over the weekend, Ted Cruz and John Kasich sent out statements saying that they were combining forces in the next set of primaries. The Cruz campaign is going to focus on winning the Indiana primary, and Kasich will focus on Oregon and New Mexico.

Indiana votes in its primary on May 3, and 57 delegates are at stake in a winner-takes-all delegate allocation. Oregon has 28 delegates and New Mexico has 24 delegates allocated in proportionally. 

Trump’s statement continues, pointing out that both Kasich and Cruz are “mathematically dead” and that he’s brought new voters into the process and Republican Party. 

They are mathematically dead and this act only shows, as puppets of donors and special interests, how truly weak they and their campaigns are. I have brought millions of voters into the Republican primary system and have received many millions of votes more than Cruz or Kasich.

To follow this up, he calls the primary system “rigged” and takes credit for “everyone now seeing” how unfair it is. 

Because of me, everyone now sees that the Republican primary system is totally rigged. When two candidates who have no path to victory get together to stop a candidate … it is yet another example of everything that is wrong in Washington and our political system.

Trump also sent out a handful of tweets reiterating key points in his statement, including his pejorative title of ‘Lyin’ Ted, and the newly titled ‘1 for 38’ Kasich

The alliances between Kasich and Cruz comes days before Trump is poised to sweep in the Northeast, showing good poll numbers, particularly in delegate-rich Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has 71 total delegates, and Trump has been polling with 46 percent to Cruz’s 26 percent and Kasich’s 23 percent according to RealClearPolitics’s average.  

Trump is also expected to beat both his rivals handily in the rest of the Northeast, with Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Maryland all swinging in his favor, according to projections at FiveThirtyEight.