Trump: Cruz’s delegate sweep in Colorado proves ‘corrupt’ selection system

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at JetSmart Aviation Services on Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Rochester, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

(CNN) — As Donald Trump hits a few road blocks when it comes to delegates, he’s not shy about showing his frustration. But he says the system itself is rigged.

Outraged over being outmaneuvered in Colorado, Trump went on the offensive Monday. “We’ve got a corrupt system. It’s not right, we’re supposed to be a democracy, we’re supposed to be — we’re supposed to be you vote and the vote means something.”

As Trump voices complaints with the GOP delegate selection process, Ted Cruz’s campaign is demonstrating its organizational strength.

“The latest thing he seized upon, is when people vote against him, they’re stealing the election,” Cruz said of Trump.

Cruz won a clean sweep in Colorado, picking up all 34 of the delegates at stake in the state.

But Trump is crying foul on the Cruz campaign’s tactics. “What they’re trying to do is subvert the movement with crooked shenanigans, alright? And we’re just not going to let it happen.”

Trump’s new convention manager Paul Manafort took his criticism of the Cruz operation one step further: “You go to his county conventions and you see the Gestapo tactics, the scorched earth tactics — we’re going to be filing several protests because the reality is, they are not playing by the rules.”

The Trump camp gave no specifics or evidence about what those tactics might be and the Cruz campaign is firing back, rejecting those charges as just “sour grapes,” adding: “we are winning because we’ve put in the hard work to build a superior organization.”

This as the Texas senator is no longer downplaying the chances that the race will be settled at what he sees will be a contested Republican convention this July in Cleveland.

“I believe the first ballot will be the highest vote total Donald Trump receives, and on a subsequent ballot, we’re going win the nomination and earn a majority.”

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