Can anyone “stop Donald Trump” from winning the Republican presidential nomination? It’s looking increasingly doubtful.
“I consider myself the presumptive nominee,” Trump declared Tuesday night after his five-state sweep.
He rightfully should.
Not only did Trump win Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, he blew the ceiling off his victories, earning over 50% majorities, something critics accused him of being unable to do in previous contests — New York was the first state that Trump won by more than 50%. Conservative voters are speaking decisively that they want Trump as their nominee.
The frontrunner billionaire is well on his way to winning the nomination outright. Trump only needs another 300 delegates to get to the magic number of 1,237 to secure the nomination on the first ballot at the GOP convention in Cleveland in July.
But the remaining candidates, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, refuse to accept the reality of the math — they’re not winning!
In an attempt to revive his campaign, Cruz tried to steal the media spotlight from Trump Wednesday.
Shortly after Trump delivered a foreign policy speech, Cruz announced Carly Fiorina as his vice-presidential candidate. The only problem with this is that normally candidates wait until they win their party’s nomination before announcing their running mate.
In another desperate move to “stop Trump,” the dynamic duo of Cruz and Kasich colluded to hatch a plan to deny Trump delegates. The duelling campaigns issued press releases stating that Kasich would cease campaigning in Indiana to help Cruz win the state. Cruz returned the “gentlemanly” gesture, pledging to end his campaigning in Oregon and New Mexico to help his buddy Kasich win those primaries.
What is this upside world? The Cruz-Kasich agreement sounds like a reality TV show not a presidential election. It is unprecedented in its absurdity. Neither candidate can win on merit so they conspire together to try and deny Trump delegates.
The fact remains that the magic number of 1,237 is one that no candidate can circumvent and neither Cruz nor Kasich is on a trajectory to amass this number.
Instead of focusing on winning contests, Cruz and Kasich continuously bash Trump. They are joined in their heckling by the choir of establishment cronies who continuously whine that the majority of Republican voters don’t want Trump as the GOP nominee. But explain why Trump is winning the majority of the primaries and caucuses and now winning more than 50% of the Republican voters in state-wide contests? According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 63% of Republicans now say they would be satisfied with Trump as the party’s nominee.
“If you can’t beat them, keep fighting them” is Cruz and Kasich’s strategy. But it’s a strategy that makes both candidates look weak and petty and makes a spectacle of the GOP more than Trump ever could. The two rear-runners are behaving like spoiled losers instead of Republicans committed to supporting the party’s eventual nominee, which they pledged last year.
If Republicans of all stripes and classes want to beat Hillary this year, perhaps it’s time we stop trying to stop Trump and face the reality that The Donald is winning huge!