Trump Advisor Manafort Says Cruz is Using Gestapo Tactics [VIDEO]

Trump Advisor Manafort Says Cruz is Using Gestapo Tactics [VIDEO]

Trump Advisor Manafort Says Cruz is Using Gestapo Tactics [VIDEO]

If you’re a delegate to the Republican national convention, and you’re not bound to Ted Cruz, look out. His campaign will be sending these guys after you.


So says Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s new delegate manager on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning. He accused Ted Cruz’s campaign of using “gestapo tactics” to gain delegates. Chuck Todd seemed rather aghast at the comment.

Manafort didn’t explain just how Cruz was using “Gestapo tactics” in securing delegates, but he insisted that the Trump campaign was going to file a lawsuit. Yep, a lawsuit — just like his boss constantly threatens.

But of course, Manafort waves off any connection he might have with Roger Stone, Trump’s henchman who has threatened protests at the Cleveland convention and disclosure of the hotel rooms of any delegates he thinks are “stealing” votes from Donald Trump:

“We will disclose the hotels and the room numbers of those delegates who are directly involved in the steal. If you’re from Pennsylvania, we’ll tell you who the culprits are. We urge you to visit their hotel and find them. You have a right to discuss this, if you voted in the Pennsylvania primary, for example, and your votes are being disallowed.”

Stone added:

“So the fix is in. If Trump does not run the table on the rest of the primaries and the caucuses, we’re looking at a very, very narrow path in which the kingmakers go all out to cheat, to steal, and to snatch this nomination from the candidate who was overwhelmingly selected by the voters, which is why I have urged Trump supporters: come to Cleveland, march on Cleveland, join us in the Forest City.”

I wouldn’t go so far as to call even Roger Stone’s threats “Gestapo” tactics. However, they are rather akin to those of the Browshirts, who specialized in political disruption in 1920’s Germany. The one difference between the Brownshirts and Stone’s would-be apparatchiks is that the Brownshirts were better dressed.

Nobody is “stealing” delegates from Donald Trump. Let me repeat that. Nobody is “stealing” delegates. What Manafort and Stone are doing is appealing to a low information base which doesn’t have the knowledge of how complicated the delegate selection is across the fifty states. I would venture to say that most won’t even try to learn, either. They put their faith in whatever their Dear Leader claims.

Nate Silver, the data geek and prognosticator at his blog FiveThirtyEight, published an extensive graph to illustrate how Republican delegates are selected, and it’s well-worth examining it here.

Briefly, these are the ways in which delegates are selected:

  • Directly elected (16 percent of delegates).
  • Candidates choose their delegates (10 percent of delegates).
  • Selected at state or local conventions (55 percent of delegates). This is grassroots, baby. Nothing more.
  • Selected by state or local party committees (12 percent of delegates).
  • Republican National Committee members (7 percent of delegates).

Add together the percentages for state or local party conventions or committees, and those account for the majority of delegates that are selected for a candidate. The much-maligned RNC accounts for only 7% of delegates, and the candidates themselves select only 10%.

So much for the “Big Fix.”

Trump’s problem is that for all his braggadocio and bluster, he hasn’t even taken the time to learn exactly how delegation works. And now he’s bringing in the Big Guns to patch things up.


Is that the kind of person we want as the Chief Executive of the United States of America?

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Joe Miller says:

    The Trump campaign is kind of whiny, isn’t it?

  • GWB says:

    What Manafort and Stone are doing is appealing to a low information base which doesn’t have the knowledge of how complicated the delegate selection is across the fifty states.

    Sadly, most of the citizenry thinks we live in a democracy. That’s what they’ve been told in school. Even when I was young, there was a severe lack of clarity over just how our elections work – no discussion of primaries took place, the word ‘democracy’ was used carelessly, and the electoral college wasn’t introduced until 8th grade or so (and our school system was still one of the best at the time).

    Of course, the news media hasn’t helped much either. They also use ‘democracy’ carelessly, and they tend to represent Iowa and New Hampshire as the be-all, end-all of primary processes. And hardly any of them have ever said anything about “it’s the party’s election, they can do it however they like.” (I will refrain here from linking a youtube of “It’s My Party And I’ll Cry If I Want To”.)

    This guy (like, I’m guessing The Donald) seems historically illiterate, too – as you note. Then again, so are a vast percentage of the electorate………
    (BTW, this is why populism works.)

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