The ongoing feud between Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee kicked into a new gear late Thursday evening and into Friday morning, as the Republican Party's front-runner intensified his protestations and the party itself moved to defend its processes and remind Trump that the rules had been the rules for months.
In a defiant op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday evening, Trump opined that the process through which delegates are selected and allocated is part of the same system that has "rigged" trade, economic and immigration policies against Americans.
"In recent days, something all too predictable has happened: Politicians furiously defended the system," Trump wrote, blasting in particular the process through which Colorado delegates were selected earlier this month. "'These are the rules,' we were told over and over again. If the 'rules' can be used to block Coloradans from voting on whether they want better trade deals, or stronger borders, or an end to special-interest vote-buying in Congress—well, that’s just the system and we should embrace it. Let me ask America a question: How has the 'system' been working out for you and your family?"
The party responded blasting out a memo before the crack of dawn ...
"As a party, we believe in the freedom of the states to make decisions about how they will select delegates to the National Convention. And for decades, this grassroots-driven, democratic process has been transparent and effective," Spicer wrote in the memo. "This cycle is no different."