As Ted Cruz and John Kasich conspire to somehow grab the nomination from Donald Trump, the real estate mogul swept all five states in Tuesday’s primary.
Hillary Clinton also did well on Tuesday. Both candidates took shots at each other following their victories, but it was Donald Trump that pointed out the obvious concerning Mrs. Clinton.
The New York Times reports:
Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton barreled toward a general election showdown on Tuesday night as they dominated primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland and other Eastern states, piling up enough delegates to close in on their parties’ nominations.
Looking past their fading rivals, the two even taunted each other in dueling election-night events. Mrs. Clinton chided the Republican’s penchant for harsh language by saying that “love trumps hate.” Mr. Trump was more bluntly dismissive of Mrs. Clinton, saying her appeal boiled down to her gender.
“Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she would get 5 percent of the vote,” Mr. Trump said.
Mr. Trump had the more convincing performance on Tuesday: He swept all five primaries, winning landslides of more than 30 percentage points over his rivals, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio. His routs represented a breakthrough: He received more than half the vote in every state, after months of winning most primaries by only pluralities.
“When the boxer knocks out the other boxer, you don’t have to wait around for a decision,” he said during a victory speech at Trump Tower in New York. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s over.”
Frankly, I don’t think the Cruz campaign was thinking that they would actually do well in these states. Even GOP waterboy Mark Levin acknowledged that. Yet, Levin continued to act as though Cruz still has a chance at gaining the nomination.
“We all know that Trump will do very well tonight” in the five states up for grabs on Tuesday, Mark Levin told to his listeners, but that’s “already taken into account in the projections.”
He continued to hold out hope despite the fact that it is mathematically impossible for Cruz to gain the nomination through the primary process. He would have to get it via a contested convention. Levin told his audience that the real race begins after Tuesday and that the road ahead for Trump will be more difficult for him that he wants to let on.
Sorry, but if that is the way you think, then you’ve already lost. The race began last year, and Levin knows this. The GOP establishment knows this and so does everyone else.
Fred Barnes, writing at the Weekly Standard, commented that he believes Trump is presumptive ahead of Indiana next week. However, he writes, “If he wins in Indiana next week, he will be [the nominee]. And he’s in a strong position to take the state. It will take an intervening event – a Trump blunder, say – to hold him back.”
So far, Trump has 954 delegates of the 1,237 to grasp the nomination. That’s just under 300 delegates he needs. Cruz trails with 562. He needs more delegates than are available. And Kasich, well he doesn’t even qualify in winning enough states per the party rules to be in the race at this point. So, he’s a spoiler for sure, as evidenced in his locking arms with Cruz.
Trump has passed two-time loser Mitt Romney’s popular vote total and is likely set to break a GOP record, according to Politico. Yet, for some reason, we are told he would lose to Hillary Clinton in the general election while the guy who can’t beat him among his own party in the primary will defeat Clinton. That just doesn’t make sense.
Cruz seems to have determined to use the Ron Paul strategy to garner delegates. However, he has also gained the backing of the political establishment despite what people are telling you. On top of that, he still remains ineligible for the office.
Frankly, I still question whether a President Trump is what America needs, but it looks more and more like that is what she is going to get unless there is something that is unforeseen to come, and make no mistake, the GOP establishment is going to pull every dirty trick in the book in attempt to keep him from gaining the nomination.