Colorado County GOP Chair: Errors with Ted Cruz’s Delegate Win, Might Need Do-Over

The chairwoman of the Boulder County GOP has admitted that grave errors affected the Colorado Republican caucus, in which

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

won a clean sweep of 34 delegates without opening up the process to voting by everyday citizens.

Breitbart News has obtained an email that Boulder County GOP chairwoman Peg Cage sent to other top Republican officials in Colorado, including to other party chairs, describing the errors in the process that led to “the perception of fraud.” Reached for comment on the email, Cage said that the caucus might have to be done over.

Since Breitbart News’s original report on massive voting problems at the caucus — including names of candidates being left off ballots and at least one woman not being able to vote — insiders have come forward to tell this reporter about other alleged inconsistencies, including a screw-up in the Pueblo and Mesa counties that led to one county having twenty more ballots and another twenty less. Trump supporters even protested the results of the caucus on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol.

“Rather than spend their time working on try to build integrity and correct errors — I know that’s happening they’re working on it right now —today at 1:30 there’s a bill being pushed by [state chairman] Steve House to push from a caucus system to a primary system as if that would change things,” Boulder County chairwoman Peg Cage told Breitbart News.

“The Trump supporters think that the Cruz supporters stole the election. The Cruz supporters were very concerned that they might not get seated in Cleveland” so they have been publicizing that the Trump campaign does not plan to contest the results, Cage said. But those delegates could still be un-seated by the Republican National Committee.

“If it’s that bad, I guess if there’s any question that our delegates won’t be seated, then that would be a case where it might make sense to have a do-over,” Cage said. “I would say it would. It might be the better way to go just to make sure that our delegates, they ought to be able to go forth and get seated.”

“I think they were mostly, from what I saw, clerical errors. To me, it’s inexcusable … The ballots themselves had names missing. People who had signed up.”

“It seemed to happen in all of the districts. So I guess the state has something to do it because it was up to the state who received those forms … There were many people at the state convention itself who they had to say, well this person was this number and it doesn’t appear that way in the book. It just wasn’t clean … It wasn’t clean because of those clerical mistakes,” Cage added.

Cage indicated that she is not a Trump supporter, but rather a Cruz supporter simply concerned with electoral integrity, saying, “As a county chairman I can’t publicly declare. I do have a favorite … Well, I was standing up by the stage when [Cruz] was up there.”

Cage sent an email expressing her concerns to fellow party chairs last Tuesday.

“Changing the process by which we get to counting votes won’t change the perception of fraud,” Cage wrote. “There were problems with the election in Colorado Springs:

  1. Many people who had filed their Intent to Run for National Delegate forms were not put on a ballot.
  2. Clerical errors created the perception of fraud (duplicate and omitted names and numbers)
  3. Despite calls for unity by elected party officials, one candidate was perceived to have been favored
  4. Ballot counting was perceived to have been done in secret, by the Secretary of State (in his orange Cruz shirt) on equipment from the county where he was the County Clerk.”

Cage was referring to Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who showed up to the caucus in an orange Ted Cruz shirt and was photographed with Cruz election lawyer David Sawyer in a Facebook photo:

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Cage detailed further problems:

SOLUTION:  We, the elected party officials for our counties, are responsible to call for a complete airing of the problems, including naming each offended party and the candidate they pledged to support and showing all ballots with their additions and omissions.  A flow chart, like Anil’s, for each county should be included to show that procedures were followed correctly to get delegates to the assembly.  We must insist that professional clerical staff be added and trained at the State level to avoid mistakes that cause such contention…

…There were mistakes- people who had filed their Intent to Run forms were not put on the ballot. It happened in every CD and at the state assembly. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t done to favor Cruz, as his Colorado campaign chairman, Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), was left off the CD4 ballot. But it happened frequently enough that the perception was that fraud had been committed. That was bad, but leaving numbers off of a simple sequenced number ballot is inexcusable. These were simply clerical errors (I hope – see, there’s room for doubt), but they brought division among our ranks and could have been prevented if the staff had been more professional and double-checked their work.

Cage wrote to the state party chairman Steve House:

Steve, if you see this note, that’s why it’s seen as bad for me to be on your side. You ran on election integrity and promised that you’d create a team of people that could train us at the county level to watch for fraud in our elections, but that hasn’t happened yet. Republican County Clerks should be included in such a team, but there also need to be folks who are not Clerks. Clerks get re-elected if they make voting easy, but as we’ve seen in this discussion, ease of voting doesn’t equate to integrity in voting…You may not agree with my particular solution, and I am certainly open to discussion that leads to the best solution, but we must take the blame and make it stop here. Or lose.

Reached by phone, Colorado GOP spokesman Kyle Kohli said that Trump convention manager Paul Manafort “indicated to our delegates directly” that Trump would not contest Cruz’s delegate share.

“There was never any concern about the delegation being un-seated to begin with,” Kohli said.

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Tabloid says it has proof: Ted Cruz’s father is mystery man in Lee Harvey Oswald photo

Lee Harvey Oswald, front left, standing next to man never identified by the Warren Commission, center in white shirt, handing out leaflets for the Fair Play for Cuba Committee taken outside the International Trade Mart in New Orleans on Aug.16, 1963. The National Enquirer is now saying that they have determined through photo analysis that the man is Rafael B. Cruz, father of GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Johann Rush/WSDU-TV

 

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The National Enquirer has published what it says is conclusive evidence that Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael B. Cruz, is the man photographed next to JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald distributing pro-Castro leaflets in 1963 in New Orleans.

The Cruz presidential campaign fired back unequivocally. “This is another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage,” communications director Alice Stewart told McClatchy. “The story is false; that is not Rafael in the picture.”

The explosive suggestion that Cruz’s father would have had any affiliation with Oswald is not corroborated in any other way. Cuban-born Rafael Cruz is now a fervent anti-communist, but there was a time he supported then-rebel leader Fidel Castro. His son, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, frequently relates his father’s arrest and torture by government officials and subsequent escape to the United States.

The elder Cruz ended up at the University of Texas at Austin and still supported Castro, who led the revolution that overthrew the Batista regime in 1959. Castro formally declared himself Marxist in 1961.

“The U.S. government was duped. The American people were duped. I was duped,” Rafael Cruz wrote in his book, “A Time for Action,” released in January. “When people ask me why I supported Castro in over-throwing the Cuban government, I readily admit that I didn’t realize he was a communist.”

There are photos of Rafael Cruz participating in a pro-Castro rally in 1959 and an article in the student newspaper where he describes his support for Castro. And one report questions the extent of the elder Cruz’s connections to Castro before fleeing Cuba.

The photos of Oswald distributing pro-Castro literature are from August 1963, just a few months before the JFK assassination in Dallas, which the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy said was carried out by Oswald.

The tabloid hired photo experts who compared the elder Cruz’s photos from the late 1950s and early 1960s with the ones released by the Warren Commission. The man in the white shirt next to Oswald was never identified by the commission, and the Enquirer is now saying it was Cruz and blasted on its May 2 cover that “Ted Cruz Father Now Linked to JFK Assassination!”

The Enquirer has a testimonial from Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of ScanMyPhotos, a California-based digitizing photo service, who told the tabloid, “There’s more similarity than dissimilarity. . . . it looks to be the same person and I can say as much with a high degree of confidence.”

And Carole Lieberman, a University of California – Los Angeles forensic psychiatrist and expert witness based in Beverly Hills, California, compared the photos and told the Enquirer “they seem to match.” Neither Goldstone nor Lieberman returned phone calls from McClatchy.

But Gus Russo, an author and journalist who has written extensively about the JFK assassination and Oswald, is dubious. Russo told McClatchy in an interview that Oswald, who was living in New Orleans in 1963, was not connected to the Cuban community there and would not have had a Cuban supporter helping him. “He was the ultimate loner,” said Russo. Another man seen in the video handing out leaflets had been hired by Oswald to do so at an unemployment office, according to the Warren Commission. Rafael Cruz also lived in New Orleans, but it was later in the 1960s.

As for the photo “evidence,” Russo said, “It’s very subjective. It’s not proof. It’s just an opinion. To charge something this big, you’d better have better proof than that ‘it looks like him.’”

The FBI would not comment about its photo recognition and aging identification techniques but referred McClatchy to a web page about its Investigative and Prosecutive Graphic Unit.

The Enquirer has focused on Ted Cruz during the presidential campaign with sensational stories about his alleged mistresses and supposed connection to the DC Madam. The tabloid, which has endorsed presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, said in a “declaration” published on a page of the story that the paper had been approached by someone it does not identify during the New York primary with the photos. “In this instance, we believe American voters have a right to know the truth about the Cruz family,” it says.

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Video: Transgender Anti-Trump Agitator Spits in Trump Supporter’s Face

Video shot in Portland shows a transgender anti-Trump demonstrator spit in a Trump supporter’s face before asserting, “I’m a tranny, go ahead, punch a woman!”

The footage begins with a Trump supporter explaining how he marched against the Iraq war and how neo-nazis sabotaged the protest, confounding charges that Trump supporters are all “racist” right-wingers.

“We’re not them!” asserts the Trump supporter.
“Your candidate is literally just the guy that Stormfront endorses, whatever,” responds an anti-Trump demonstrator who has his face fully covered with a black hood.

“David Duke endorsed Donald Trump,” adds the transgender person, who is also wearing a scarf that covers half of his face.

“We just established we’re not with them,” responds another Trump supporter.

The anti-Trump agitators then continue to insist that Trump and his supporters are “racist,” but are unable to back up their claim with a quote when challenged.

“Obviously you haven’t done your research and you’re just going along with what everyone else is saying so go do some research, come back with some quotes, OK?” states the Trump supporter.

The transgender man then immediately removes his face scarf and launches a huge glob of spit in the Trump supporter’s face.

The Trump supporter tries to attract the attention of police to report the assault, before the anti-Trump agitator states, “I’m a tranny, now go ahead, punch a woman!”

Another female anti-Trump protester then seems more concerned about the pronouns the Trump supporter is using to describe the individual, remarking, “Don’t call her a him!”

Spitting in the face of people with whom they disagree seems to be a favorite tactic of the “tolerant” left. As we highlighted last week, a similar incident happened in Albany, NY when an African-American woman spat in the face of a female Trump supporter.

Another videos shows a black woman and another face-covered leftist ripping a Trump sign as they try to cause a provocation.

A separate clip shows an anti-Trump agitator throwing an object at Trump supporters and then running away. He initially lies and claims he didn’t throw the object, but then admits that he was paid $5 dollars to do so.

We have now documented innumerable instances of anti-Trump demonstrators assaulting Trump supporters, demolishing the narrative that was pushed by the media in the aftermath of Chicago last month that Trump himself was responsible for inciting the mayhem.

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Ben Carson on GOP Nominating Rules: Jim Crow Laws Were Also Bad Rules

Friday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” former Republican presidential candidate and Donald Trump supporter Dr. Ben Carson said criticized the rules of how the GOP nominates its presidential nominee.

The retired neurosurgeon said he wasn’t directly comparing the Republican nominating rules to Jim Crow laws, however he insisted that bad ideas can be solidified in written arbitrary rules.

Carson said, “Well, I’m not so sure it’s about Donald Trump or Reince Priebus but it’s truly about the American people and whether or not they’re being disenfranchised by people who create arbitrary rules that tend to benefit them. This happens on both sides and I think it’s one of the things that the American people are tired of. I think that’s why we’re seeing people like Trump and

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) doing so well because people are tired of the status quo. This is how it’s supposed to be with a few people sitting there and making those decisions.”

He added, “During the Jim Crow era, those were the rules too. They were written everybody knew about them. Didn’t make them right. And I’m not saying this is the same. But, you know, I think you get the point. just because rules are there, just because they’re written by somebody doesn’t mean that they’re right. It doesn’t mean you can’t review the system. There’s some things we need to look at from a historical perspective. Why do we need the electoral college anymore? Stop and ask yourself, why was that put in place and do some same circumstances apply? Actually, they do not. We need to look at a lot of different things.”

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Franklin Graham: America Has Never Seen a Candidate Like Donald Trump

A supporter talks to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as he signs autographs following a campaign event in Concord, North Carolina, March 7, 2016.

In a post published to Facebook Saturday, Graham wrote about the apparent “Trump Madness,” wherein the billionaire candidate seems to be the focus of “everything in the news, even March Madness.”

“There are those who passionately support him and others who are adamantly against him. He’s a political phenomenon like our country hasn’t seen before,” wrote Graham.

“I don’t think America has ever had a presidential candidate opposed by both establishments, Republican and Democratic, as well as the sitting president.”

Graham went on to write that he hopes “as a result of this unforgettable campaign season, politicians on all sides will get the message loud and clear that Americans are tired of the status quo and the corruption that has gripped Washington.”

Franklin Graham Encourages Christians to Vote for ‘Least Heathen’ Candidate in November

Since declaring his candidacy for president last year, Trump has been a major focus of controversy for his comments on Muslims, illegal immigrants, and POWs, among others.

The focus on Trump has been such that last year he ranked high on the most talked about issues on Facebook, according to a CBS News story back in December.

“In the last 30 days, 16 million people in the U.S. on Facebook posted about, commented on, liked or shared content related to Donald Trump almost 70 million times,” reported CBS News.

“[S]ocial chatter globally centered around the general election, driven in part by controversial Republican 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump.”

Posted Saturday, Graham’s assessment of Trump and the impact he is making garnered as of Monday morning over 41,000 shares and more than 10,000 likes.

Graham’s post comes as GOP leaders opposed to Trump are planning to organize a major offensive against the divisive Republican primary frontrunner.

According to The New York Times, possible strategies being discussed include endorsing one of the two remaining Republican candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz or Gov. John Kasich or possibly fielding a third party candidate.

“Central to this plan is stopping Mr. Trump in Wisconsin, the next major showdown after contests that Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz are expected to split this week in Arizona and Utah,” reported the Times.

“Beginning with Wisconsin, the race moves into states that apportion delegates based on who wins in each congressional district, which would allow anti-Trump forces to peel delegates away from him in states like New York and California, where he is expected to run strong.”

During the primary season, Graham has been crisscrossing the country holding prayer rallies as part of his “Decision America Tour,” which aims to get more Christians to vote.

Leading evangelist Franklin Graham speaks at a Decision American prayer rally held in Columbia, South Carolina on Feb. 9, 2016.

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Ann Coulter: Ted Cruz Is Tracy Flick — with a D***

Before we begin, can we stop referring to Wisconsin as “Midwestern nice”? That’s all we’ve heard since

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

beat Donald Trump there: Wisconsinites are just so nice, they couldn’t abide Trump’s rough style.

Does anyone remember the whole taking over the capitol thing? How they nearly recalled a sitting governor a few years ago? Remember the protesters fighting with cops, rounds of arrests in the rotunda, the drum circles and chanting? How about the midnight raids on citizens for supporting the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill”?

Wisconsin is a lot of things, but “nice” is not one of them. “Soviet” is more like it. It was always a bad state for Trump because there are virtually no immigrants in Wisconsin, and peevish Wisconsinites refused to believe the rest of the country about the cultural mores we’re bringing in. (Like slavery! NBC, San Diego, April 9, 2016: “Feds Rescue Trafficking Victim Locked in San Diego Home.”)

Another misconception sweeping the nation is that when state Republican parties disregard the voters and give all their delegates to Cruz, they are merely following THE RULES, and Trump is an idiot for not knowing THE RULES.

That’s what the Colorado GOP did, what the Tennessee and Louisiana parties are trying to do — and what many other states may do, all under the careful tutelage of Tracy Flick Cruz.

I keep asking someone to send me a copy of THE RULES that direct state parties to ignore the voters and pick their own slate of delegates, but no one can cite such a rule. So I read through “The Rules of the Republican Party” myself — and guess what? There’s no rule instructing state parties to ignore the voters!

To the contrary, the rules were recently rewritten so that delegate selection would “reflect the results of statewide presidential preference elections,” according to a statement by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. (The nerds will tell us, that’s “legislative history,” not THE RULES.)

Apparently, what people mean by THE RULES is that there is no RNC rule specifically prohibiting a state party from giving all the delegates to a single nominee, even if that is demonstrably at odds with the will of the voters.

The state parties are given a lot of discretion, so Cruz harasses and cajoles the local party until it awards all the state’s delegates to him. Trump keeps winning elections, and Cruz keeps winning sneaky procedural victories.

Until Cruz won a primary in mean-as-a-snake Wisconsin, he hadn’t won a single primary — i.e., an “election” — outside of his home state, a sister state and a state where Trump didn’t campaign. In fact, until cantankerous Wisconsin, the only primary where Cruz managed to surpass 34 percent of the vote was his home state of Texas — where he got 43.8 percent.

(Contrary to lies you read in The New York Times, Trump has not complained about any of those races. And you know why? Because they were elections, not corrupt backroom maneuvering. Hey – does anyone know if the general election is won by influence-peddling with tiny groups of insiders or is it by winning elections?)

It’s as if Cruz and Trump are playing different sports: Trump keeps belting home runs, while Cruz is berating the umpire until he calls a balk, then prances to home base, telling everyone he hit a grand slam.

True, there’s no rule explicitly disallowing a state party from rigging the delegate selection. There’s also no rule explicitly disallowing a state party from giving all its delegates to Kim Kardashian.

By that logic, THE RULES also say that a majority of Supreme Court justices can discover a right to abortion, gay marriage or free unicorn rides in the Constitution. There’s nothing stopping them, because, as a procedural matter, they get the last word. Those are THE RULES. (And THE RULES “have been known” for centuries!)

But that’s very different from saying, See, here it is in black and white: “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

There’s no way to appeal a Supreme Court ruling, just as there’s no way to prohibit a state party from doing whatever it wants. But I wouldn’t go around boasting, “It’s THE RULES!” No, you found a procedural loophole.

A blog post attacking Trump-supporter Larry Lindsey claimed it was Lindsey’s own damn fault that he wasn’t allowed to participate in the Colorado convention last weekend. Remember, this comes from a post defending what the state GOP did:

“Early on in the saga, Lindsey wrote, ‘This year, I decided that as important as this election is to the future of our nation, that I needed to be involved in the Colorado Caucus. I attended the Douglas County Assembly, and then the County Caucus and was elected as a delegate.’

“OK, hold up right there. Lindsey would have had to first attend a precinct caucus before a county assembly …”

AHA! We’ve got you, Larry! Please — get a life. Exactly how many assemblies and caucuses was Larry required to attend? Do you need to read more to know what a weaselly nerd Cruz is?

Cruz is Tracy Flick in “Election.” He believes he deserves to win, God chose him to win — and if he starts to lose, well, then he’ll cheat. Victory goes to the pushy.

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Dear Lord Jesus, I do not often speak with you and ask for things, but now, I really must insist that you help me win the election tomorrow because I deserve it and Donald Trump doesn’t, as you well know.

Imagine what nightmare a Cruz presidency would be! This is now the second time Cruz has forced me to research something his supporters were lying about — the last time was on Cruz’s alleged eligibility to be president, despite being born in Canada. (He’s not a “natural born citizen,” but I enjoyed reading all those Supreme Court opinions!)

Instead of fun stuff like building a wall, bringing manufacturing home and getting tired of winning so much, we’ll have to keep reading through centuries of British common law and RNC rulebooks until, out of exhaustion, we give in, and let Cruz run for student council president.

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Ted Cruz’s Law Firm Backed Obama, Other National Democrat Campaigns

Obama, Democrats received $750,000 in donations since he joined as Partner

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas — As interested observers, most Texans are probably trying to remain objective while watching the back-and-forth of political campaigns in the early stages of spring. Last week, however, the tactics by one of the campaigns for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate crossed the line from tough campaigning, into a realm of a behavior most will discern as unworthy of someone they’d want to have representing Texas.  

In a charge quickly-proven as inaccurate, the accusation appeared in a blog post written by Ben Shapiro of Big Government that Texas’ Lt. Governor & Senate candidate David Dewhurst had held a Washington, D.C. fundraiser at the home of “Obama cronies.”

The truth was, in fact, something quite other than that. An updated story from Shapiro himself later cleared up the confusion and proved the charges false. The “meet & greet” reception was not a fundraiser of any sort – and rather than being hosted by “Obama cronies,” was organized solely by Republicans, including many who worked in President George W. Bush’s Administration.

What caught one’s attention were the obviously over-eager salvos from the Ted Cruz Senate Campaign, based upon clearly inaccurate mis-representations of the November 2011 reception.

In a series of web advertisements, Ted Cruz and his campaign ran with the unsubstantiated rumor, compounding the lie by attempting to link Texas’ Lt. Governor to the Obama Administration based upon a Republican Meet & Greet being held at town home owned by a bi-partisan lobby firm.

The phrase to describe any campaign’s gross misrepresentation of the facts, in Texas terms is, “that dog just won’t hunt.”

What Tea Party members in Texas and across the nation are sick of, is politicians who put their own personal advancement ahead of the welfare of the United States. Not only do actions speak louder than words, they are what is required given the brevity of the country’s current economic situation.

By resorting to false, malicious & too-often self-serving attacks on their opponents, the Ted Cruz camp (and others too) diminishes their own credibility … amongst other leaders, the press, donors, and most importantly the voters of Texas at large. (If you believe what we have been hearing the past month or so, this is the just latest in a pattern of mis-steps by the Cruz Campaign.)

While Ted Cruz has, to date, capitalized on a blossoming legal career to cast himself as a fighter, which undoubtedly is true given his personal story, many are just now learning Cruz is a partner at a high-powered law firm with a history of contributing 100’s of $1,000’s of dollars to Democrats such as the Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Congressional Committee’s campaigns.

Ted Cruz was hired as a partner Morgan Lewis & Bockius in 2008, during the presidential election in which Barack Obama became president. Morgan Lewis & Bockius made contributions totaling over $200,000 in support of Obama’s campaigns for President, as well as  $750,000 to Democrats since Cruz became a partner.

Texans want a Senator who will fight the liberal Obama Agenda that‘s destroying our country – and does it based upon a previous record of experience, service & accomplishment, not upon dragging others down in order to build themselves up.

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BOOM! Trump Holds 66% Favorable Rating in New York – Leads Hillary Clinton by 19 Points in Empire State

Donald Trump holds a 66% favorable rating in New York and leads Republican candidates by nearly 30 points in the latest Liberty Opinion Research survey.

Donald Trump 52%
John Kasich 23%
Ted Cruz 19%
Not sure 6%
NET TRUMP: +29%

Donald Trump holds a 66% favorable rating in the Empire State.
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Trump leads Ted Cruz by 23 points in favorability ratings.
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And Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by 19 points when voters are asked who will likely be the next president.

Donald Trump 46%
Hillary Clinton 27%
Ted Cruz 14%
Bernie Sanders 7%
John Kasich 6%

NET TRUMP: 19%

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Huckabee Says GOP Must Unite if Trump Wins: ‘This Is an Election, Not a Selection’

HUCKABEE: “Here’s what’s happening. The establishment Republicans are all bed wetting over this and they don’t seem to understand that we have an election. Look, I just believe that at some point we need to recognize, if you want to oppose Donald Trump do it. But don’t pretend that somehow that all these voters who have gone out and voted for him are stupid. They’re not stupid. I’ll tell you what they are, they’re angry, they’re angry at the establishment who is going nuts because trump is doing well. They don’t get it that they’re the problem. They’re the problem.”

HUCKABEE: “It is so ridiculous. Let’s remember that we have an election process. Not a selection process. If we’re going to do a selection, where some party bosses get together and they close the doors, lock the doors and get behind and make the decision for us, then don’t waste our time and money going through this long, lengthy, grueling process called an election. Just anoint somebody and let’s be done with it, but that’s why we have an election. And if Donald Trump is the nominee, then I challenge Republicans to get behind him. If it’s Ted Cruz, get behind him. If it’s Marco Rubio get behind him, if it’s Ben Carson or John Kasich, that’s what we do as a party.”

6 Things Ted Cruz Wants You to Forget

1. He wants you to forget he was born in Canada. Yes, Cruz is an American citizen because his mother is and was at time of his birth. But he wants his fans to think he is a “natural born” citizen, as is required by the Constitution. But conservatives and “birthers” can’t have it both ways — they can’t keep stirring the pot of whether Barack Obama was born in the U.S. (which he was) and keep insisting that to be eligible to run for president a candidate must be born on U.S. soil.  Being born in Canada, makes Cruz a Canadian citizen, as well, though Cruz claims he’s “renounced” that. But

2. Odds are he used to get his health insurance from a Goldman Sachs “Cadillac plan.” While the junior Senator from Texas is trying to prevent more Americans from getting any sort of health plan at all, some have wondered — how can U.S. senators be against a government-backed health insurance plan when they benefit from one themselves?  Good question in the hypocrisy department, but Cruz may have had even better coverage than his Senate colleagues before he announced his run for president. Cruz’s wife was the head of a regional Goldman Sachs office (yes, THAT Goldman Sachs), and according to a 2009 New York Times report, top executive officers and managing directors there “are eligible to participate in a health care program that costs Goldman more than $40,000 in premiums for each particpant’s family annually.” She is currently on an unpaid leave of absence from the Wall Street giant (so presumably not entitled to the health insurance perk while not receiving  salary) and even though Cruz initially said he would have to jump into the Obamacare pool, ultimately he opted to buy health insurance on the open market.  But that begs the question – if he is elected president, how will he square his opposition to the Affordable Care Act with the fact that he will have to insure his family through it?

3. Cruz clerked for two extreme judicial conservatives. If you have any question about just how conservative Cruz is, look no further than two far-right jurists he clerked for, the late Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist and J. Michael Luttig, formerly a judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, well known as an extremely conservative bench (though that has been changing in recent years).

4. He doesn’t like fact-checkers. Facts? We don’t need no stinking facts! As least that’s what Cruz seems to think when it comes to his statements. Reporters who fact-checked assertions Cruz made in his infamous “Green Eggs and Ham” Obamacare super-speech a couple of years ago mad him outraged! Cruz claimed that fact-checking is “a particularly pernicious bit of yellow journalism that has cropped up that lets journalists be editorial writers and pretend they are talking about objective facts.”  So I guess he believes in the Chuck Todd method of reporting?

5. His real name is Rafael. That’s shouldn’t be a biggy. Many people who are named after their fathers go by a nickname. But as someone who seems to have an eye on the White House, surely Cruz knows what happens to candidates who have names that seem a little out of the ordinary to the tea party crowd?

6. His aunt was a counter-revolutionary against Fidel Castro. While Cruz’s father fought alongside Castro before fleeing Cuba, the elder Cruz’s sister fought against the Communist regime. How many people can say they’re related to revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries? His aunt’s role will probably play well with the very politically influential Florida Cuban voting bloc if he really has presidential aspirations. But his pro-Castro dad his been prominent in Cruz’s campaign? And as he surely knows, the all important South Florida Cuban community won’t favor anyone with pro-Castro ties, no matter how far in the past.

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