Donald Trump charged in a Wednesday morning tweet that Sen. Ted Cruz “stole” the Iowa caucuses, and said either a new election should take place or the results should be nullified.
Trump, who congratulated Cruz on Monday night after the Texas senator was declared the Iowa winner, initially tweeted the message, “Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he illegally stole it.”
Trump then deleted the word “illegally” and issued a new message that reiterated the charge.
“Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it,” Trump wrote. “That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!”
Trump also demanded, “Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place of Cruz results nullified.”
Trump’s latest Twitter rant comes just hours after he told voters in New Hampshire he felt “just a tinge” of disappointment about finishing second in Iowa. While declining to say whether Cruz had engaged in “dirty politics,” Trump told reporters Tuesday that the Cruz campaign’s memo to staffers about Carson dropping out was a “total disgrace.”
In response, Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler said, “Reality just hit the reality star – he lost Iowa and now nobody is talking about him, so he’s popping off on Twitter. There are support groups for Twitter addiction, perhaps he should find his local chapter.”
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