2016 Election

Oh Boy. Trump Throws EPIC Post-Iowa Tantrum, calls for “Do Over” Vote!

Angry Donald Trump
Written by Onan Coca

 

I was so impressed by Donald Trump this past Monday night. He gave a gracious concession speech, spoke well of Iowans and handled the loss well. Or so it seemed. Just two days later, and I’m rethinking my initial reaction.

Wednesday morning, as Rand Paul was dropping out of the race, Donald Trump began firing up his Twitter followers by arguing that Ted Cruz had committed election fraud in Iowa. Trump’s Twitter tirade culminated with the presidential frontrunner arguing that we needed to hold a whole new vote in Iowa!

The thing Trump says he takes issue with is the Cruz Crew announcement that Dr. Ben Carson would not be traveling on to New Hampshire after Iowa, but instead would be going to Florida and that he would be making a big announcement later this week. Cruz’s campaign spread the news among their supporters who were told to use it to convince Carson voters to join Team Cruz. A questionable tactic to be sure, but it wasn’t a wrong one. The announcement originated with the Carson team (very poorly timed) and was being broadcast by CNN and other news outlets. That Cruz supporters would use the news against Carson should be no surprise, given the way the caucus works in Iowa. The whole point of the caucuses is for voters to sway other voters to their camp – which is why information like the Carson detour to Florida is so important and useful.

Team Trump hopes to use this issue as a way to smear Ted Cruz personally. It began with Trump’s Twitter tirade but was also employed by Sarah Palin on Facebook, where she called Senator Cruz a liar. Things are getting messy out there.

This is NOT what the Cruz release said, though it was the implication of the memo. The Cruz release simply restated the CNN report that Carson would not be traveling to New Hampshire but instead be moving on to Florida. It also said that Carson would be making a big announcement (hence the implication that Carson was dropping out).

This is just not true. In fact, Carson out performed the polls and won more than 9% of the Iowa vote (though polls only had him winning 9%). So there is no evidence that any Carson voter changed their mind and supported Cruz instead. Also, why would we automatically assume that a Carson voter’s second choice would be Cruz?

Trump then attacked (fairly) the Cruz campaigns recent faux pas of sending controversial mailers. (Though I disagree with Trump’s implications about their legality.)

Okay, this last Tweet is just a blatant lie from Donald Trump.

He wants to repeal Obamacare, but he wants to replace it with something even worse. Completely socialized universal healthcare. He’s argued for this on several different occasions, saying that he would expand Medicare to cover everyone and that the “government would pay for it.” Also, Trump did not become pro-life until very recently, and his reason for doing so… leaves something to be desired.

“Friends of mine years ago were going to have a child, and it was going to be aborted. And it wasn’t aborted. And that child today is a total superstar, a great, great child. And I saw that. And I saw other instances.”

What if that baby didn’t become a “superstar” — would Trump still be pro-choice?

Also, when asked about who he would appoint to the Supreme Court (a very likely possibility for the next President), Trump replied that he would like to see his sister (who is a federal judge) become a Supreme Court justice. The only problem? His sister is a far-left liberal who believes that partial birth abortion should be protected by the Constitution! Going after Trump on abortion is a completely fair line of attack.

Finally, Trump’s Twitter tirade culminated with what I would assume was the point all along. Calling for Cruz’s Iowa victory to be vacated and a new vote to be held…

While Mr. Trump says this is in response to “fraud” from the Cruz campaign, I suspect it has more to do with his inability to deal with the fact that he lost in Iowa. Neither the inadvisable Cruz mailer, nor his campaign’s Carson memo had enough positive impact for Cruz to sway the race. (In fact, I would argue that the campaign mailer probably hurt Cruz more than it helped.) The people of Iowa voted, and they chose Ted Cruz. It seems that Donald Trump just can’t deal with the reality that he lost.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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