GOP front runner Donald Trump has slammed the new alliance made between his two remaining rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich as a “horrible act of desperation.”
Cruz and Kasich have devised a plot to attempt to stop Trump winning the party nomination.
Kasich will step down to allow Cruz a better chance in next week’s Indiana primary, while the Cruz has agreed to abandon his campaign in Oregon and New Mexico as a way of derailing Trump’s path to winning the required amount of delegates to secure the nomination.
“This horrible act of desperation, from two campaigns who have totally failed, makes me even more determined, for the good of the Republican Party and our country, to prevail!” Trump said in a statement early Monday.
“It 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,” Trump noted.
“Governor Kasich, who has only won 1 state out of 41, in other words, he is 1 for 41 and he is not even doing as well as other candidates who could have stubbornly stayed in the race like him but chose not to do so,” Trump added.
“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 said, adding that “They are mathematically dead and this act only shows, as puppets of donors and special interests, how truly weak they and their campaigns are.”
If Cruz and Kasich’s plan works, it would mean that the Republican National Convention in Cleveland would be contested, leaving open the possibility for someone other than Trump to be nominated.
“Because of me, everyone now sees that the Republican primary system is totally rigged.” Trump stated.
“When two candidates who have no path to victory get together to stop a candidate who is expanding the party by millions of voters, (all of whom will drop out if I am not in the race) it is yet another example of everything that is wrong in Washington and our political system,” he said.
Trump needs to take approximately 60 percent of the remaining delegates in order to get to 1,237 delegates, the number needed for victory.
Kasich and Cruz appear to be taking direction from “Never Trump” and other anti-Trump organisations who have been calling on Kasich to stand down in Indiana in order to clear the way for Cruz.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday night, Cruz didn’t even mention the collusion plot.
Trump last month said that if he is denied the nomination via a contested convention, he expects that his supporters will riot in the streets.
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