While Christian Americans celebrated Easter this weekend, presidential candidate Donald J. Trump continued his push toward the White House. Not even the birth of a grandchild, daughter Ivanka's third, could spare anyone from Donald Trump's mudslinging. As many have come to expect from the candidate, Trump served a heaping helping of insults to his enemies.
Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz took the lion's share of Trump's bitterness. Late last week, Cruz and Trump both took shots at each other's wives. The battle of the tweets started when an unflattering ad featuring Trump's wife, Melania Trump, debuted in Utah. Trump blatantly accused Ted Cruz of backing the ad.
It may be tempting to say that Ted Cruz isn't above bending the rules to get his way. Donald Trump has accused Senator Cruz of unethical behavior before. Trump claimed that Cruz supporters told voters in Iowa that Ben Carson intended to drop out of the race.
Trump also took aim at illegal immigrants, a favored target on whom he's built the bedrock of his campaign. In the wake of suicide bombings in Brussels and Turkey, Trump pledges to protect his American constituents from similar attacks. According to Donald Trump, the best way to do that is to eject illegal immigrants.Yet, According to the New York Times, the perpetrators of the Brussels attack weren't in Brussels illegally. And they weren't immigrants. Reportedly, two of the three attackers were brothers born in Belgium. Turkey deported one of the brothers back to Europe less than a year ago because they suspected him of being intent on joining ISIS in Syria.
There are signs that Cruz's strategy is not only working, but it could have wider GOP backing. Even the delegates that Trump technically won might not grant him the nomination. According to Bustle, the Republican party can change delegate rules when they are adopted during the convention. If the rules for 2016 allow delegates to vote however they want independent of voting results in their state, some of Trump's delegates may simply disappear.
Which begs the question, where has Donald Trump gone, and why isn't he campaigning as hard? The answer is simple; Donald Trump really doesn't need to campaign anymore. To date, Trump has won 739 delegates. Ted Cruz has won 465. John Kasich has won 141. To secure the nomination, a candidate needs 1,237 delegates. Winning is mathematically impossible for Kasich, difficult for Ted Cruz, and all but a certainty for Donald Trump. Maybe Donald Trump, who seems to pride himself on not wasting resources, has decided his time would be better spent preparing for his Democratic opponent.
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