Trump says Cruz stole victory in Iowa (which doesn’t necessarily mean Cruz didn’t)

Trump pointed to some tactics that were fraudulent: a false report that Carson had suspended his campaign (inducing would-be Carson voters to vote Cruz instead), and a bogus mailer, meant to look like an official notice from the state, meant to frighten Iowans into voting Cruz.

Typically, this article makes much less of what Cruz’s campaign may have done than of Trump’s bombast and Team Cruz’s snarky comebacks—i.e., the theatrics of it all.

The tacit assumption of this piece is the usual assurance that no victories are ever “stolen” in the USA.


Donald Trump Says Ted Cruz Stole Victory in Iowa Caucuses

After hinting at it for a day, Donald J. Trump on Wednesday bluntly accused Senator Ted Cruz of “stealing” victory in the Iowa caucuses and demanded a do-over.


Mr. Trump finished in second in Iowa, after leading public opinion polls there for months. Initially, after losing the state, Mr. Trump was gracious, thanking Iowans in his concession speech and offering Mr. Cruz a kind word on his victory. On Tuesday, though, Mr. Trump vacillated between thanking Iowans and saying he was honored by his showing to saying it wasn’t worth spending his own money on the race because voters didn’t appreciate it.

In typical fashion, Mr. Trump first tested lines about Mr. Cruz committing voter fraud in a speech at a rally in New Hampshire, sprinkling it in with a larger address.

Mr. Trump is basing his claim on reports that Mr. Cruz’s aides and allies, including Representative Steve King of Iowa, had posted a false report on Twitter that Ben Carson had suspended his campaign while the voting was still going on. The implication is that some of the Carson votes ended up going to Mr. Cruz.


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