"I'm starting to think Trump never read his book 'Art of the Deal' and Ted Cruz did!" ~ Mark Levin, 4/25/16Apparently, the word of the month according to Trump changed Sunday evening from 'rigged' to 'collusion' as Trumpertantrums abound on news of Cruz and Kasich campaigns simply striking an art of a deal to stop Drumpf...
ABCNews: The campaigns for Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich announced in statements tonight that each candidate will cede states in the 2016 presidential race to one another in an effort to stop GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.Tuesday night will win Drumpf more delegates, but it won’t win him the nomination, and Cruz and Kasich are doing whatever humanly & legally possible to keep Trump as far away from that magic 1237 number.
Cruz’s campaign manager Jeff Roe said in a statement that “to ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico, and we would hope that allies of both campaigns would follow our lead.”
Kasich’s campaign manager John Weaver wrote in a memo that, “We are very comfortable with our delegate position in Indiana already, and given the current dynamics of the primary there, we will shift our campaign’s resources West and give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana.”
Officials in both the Cruz and Kasich campaigns told ABC News that the campaigns coordinated on the decisions...
Related links: WATCH FULL Ted Cruz presser on new deal with Kasich (UPDATE: PART TWO ADDED)
Ted Cruz Statement On Deal To Cooperate With John Kasich; Donald Trump Has An Aneurysm
Meanwhile, Cruz is still crushing Trump again over the weekend in winning second ballot delegates!
TheResurgent: Ted Cruz had another stunning weekend upsetting Donald Trump’s plans to control the path to 1,237. In multiple states, Cruz swept delegate wins at conventions thereby setting the stage for a convention fight against Trump. Cruz won a minimum of 65 of the 94 total delegates up for grabs and may ultimately win more than that.And to circle back around to the way the primary and delegate systems have always worked for those still not understanding...perspective!
The downside for Cruz is that these wins are coming on weekends when the press is on autopilot and not on election nights. In fact, Trump is about to have a very big election night grabbing New England from Cruz and Kasich. But even with Trump’s coming wins, Cruz stands to neutralize Trump in Indiana. The ad blitz is taking off there and there is time to impact the race. Likewise, Cruz has a strong strategy in California in a place Trump is still struggling to recruit delegates.
The goal is to stop Trump from getting to 1,237 delegates. Cruz is setting the stage for a second ballot win at a contested convention. It is still possible. Those opposed to Trump must absolutely rally at this time. Ted Cruz had huge wins this weekend and is coming closer to making a second ballot win not just possible, but probable.
Despite the parroting Trump-obsessed media, this is not collusion. This is the primary effort to become the nominee for president. It's tough. And if we were so unfortunate to have Trump as a nominee, how would he react when losing to Hillary in November?
Related link: Ted Cruz campaign confirms Carly Fiorina being vetted for VP
ADDENDUM: Via Levin...
On Monday’s Mark Levin show, Donald Trump has been whining against the “Art of the Deal” for the last month. He certainly has been dealt by Ted Cruz in states like Wyoming and Colorado. Now Trump is complaining about collusion by John Kasich and Ted Cruz teaming up to stop him. There is nothing illegitimate about trying to stop the other guy from getting the nomination. In 1952 Robert Taft and his supporters sought to stop Dwight Eisenhower from being nominated by forming a coalition against him. Despite Taft’s efforts, Eisenhower won the majority and never complained about having to get it. This is part of the process. Right now, it looks like Cruz has read the “Art of the Deal” and Trump has not.Over the past week, Levin has attempted to educate people on the election of 1800, along with the Republican conventions of 1860, 1952 and 1976. We are once again in a position to fight for principles all the way to the convention floor, yet all we hear is one camp inciting the cool-aid drinkers with a media circus in tow demanding the other side give up, stop fighting for the nomination, accept defeat before the delegates are tallied, don't allow this to go to the convention. Why not, pray tell? I suppose those same voices would suggest similar demands of Jefferson, Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan?
CR: All day, everywhere you turn, all you heard about is the "Cruz-Kasich alliance" to stop Donald Trump. It goes as such: the Kasich campaign agreed to not spend its time and resources in Indiana so as to clear the path for Cruz, and the Cruz campaign in turn agreed not to compete in Oregon and New Mexico to clear the path for Kasich.
Both campaigns recognized that working together to deny Trump the nomination before the convention was in their best interests. Donald Trump responded to the strategy by repeatedly calling it "collusion," and arguing that the Cruz and Kasich campaigns were essentially admitting failure.
Mark Levin had a strong response to the news, and more specifically, to the Trump campaign's collusion claims.
Levin explains that the strategy is not collusion, it's the "Art of the Deal," and it's all a part of the necessary process of selecting a Republican nominee.