Donald Trump has spent a lot of time in the last couple of weeks blasting the RNC and the Republican establishment for what he called “rigged” elections. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, he said “What we are seeing now is not a proper use of the rules, but a flagrant abuse of the rules. Delegates are supposed to reflect the decisions of voters, but the system is being rigged by party operatives with “double-agent” delegates who reject the decision of voters.”
“These are dirty tricksters. This is a dirty trick,” Trump said Tuesday of the Colorado delegates at a rally in Rome, NY. “The RNC, the Republican National Committee, they should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this kind of crap to happen.”
The problem is that the Republican National Convention lets the states decide how their delegates are dispersed. The official GOP website states that “Our nominee will be chosen by primary voters and delegates, and each state determines the date and format of their own primary process.” So Trump’s problem is really with the individual states and their Republican organizations, not with the RNC itself.
The head of the RNC Reince Priebus responded to CBS News thusly: “Just because someone doesn’t like the kind of rules in particular states, doesn’t necessarily mean that the rules are rigged. It just means that they wish the delegates were awarded a different way.”