Trump Op-Ed Rails Against 'Rigged' Political System

He calls for a 'bold infusion of popular will'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2016 1:06 PM CDT
Trump Op-Ed Rails Against 'Rigged' Political System
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves leaving the stage after speaking to the New York Republican State Committee Annual Gala, Thursday, April 14, 2016, in New York.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Donald Trump has already expressed his anger over Colorado's primary system, which handed Ted Cruz all of the state's delegates, and in a new Wall Street Journal op-ed, he goes into more detail. Republicans in the state weren't allowed to vote, and ever since the results came out, politicians have been defending the process because "that's just the system," Trump writes. "Let me ask America a question: How has the 'system' been working out for you and your family?" In Trump's opinion, the system benefits politicians and related parties (consultants, pollsters, pundits, special interest groups) while hurting average Americans.

"Responsible leaders should be shocked by the idea that party officials can simply cancel elections in America if they don’t like what the voters may decide," Trump writes, adding that Cruz has been celebrating his win despite the fact that it symbolizes the disenfranchisement of voters. "How have we gotten to the point where politicians defend a rigged delegate-selection process with more passion than they have ever defended America’s borders?" The solution? A "bold infusion of popular will." The people are right when it comes to opinions on taxes, immigration, foreign policy, and the size of government, while politicians and other "elite" are wrong, Trump says. "Why should we trust the people who have made every wrong decision to substitute their will for America’s will in this presidential election?" His full piece is here. (More Election 2016 stories.)

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