The delegates continued to roll in over the weekend and just about all of them are firmly in the Ted Cruz column. Despite the claims of dirty tricks and underhandedness, it’s beginning to look more and more like Donald Trump is either the most naïve man to run for office --- or just a flat out liar. Monday on The Glenn Beck Program, co-host Stu Burguiere dove head first into the current delegate standings and Trump's curious misunderstanding of American politics.
Total Delegate Count
Since Marco Rubio dropped out, Ted Cruz has really taken off and John Kasich, well, he hasn’t moved an inch. Cruz has picked up 114 delegates to Trump’s 65 and Kasich’s 0. With 732 pledged delegates left and 77 unpledged available, here is how the race to 1237 currently stacks up.
Donald Trump: 732
Ted Cruz: 533
The Momentum Game
Only a month ago, Trump needed to win 54 percent of remaining delegates to secure the nomination. Since Rubio dropped out, that number has climbed to 65 percent.
While Cruz may be on a roll, Glenn warned supporters not to "rub their noses in it,” because the upcoming races are in Trump-friendly zones. Trump leads by a hefty margin in New York and has varying sizes of leads in Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.
To the Democratic Republic for Which It Stands
On top of not knowing the delegate rules and how one might secure enough delegates to win the Republican nomination, Donald Trump is under the impression the U.S. is a Democracy. While constitutionalists know we are a Representative Republic, it’s not surprising that a populist thinks something entirely different.
In an interview over the weekend, Trump opined about the “will of the people” and complained about being subject to a rigged system.
“We got a corrupt system, it’s not right. We are supposed to be a democracy,” Trump said.
No, sorry, Donald, we're not. Stu noted Trump's belief would not only surprise his supporters, but also the Founding Fathers.
"John Adams said, 'Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide," Stu quoted. "Alexander Hamilton said, 'We are now forming a Republican form of government. Real liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy or some other form of dictatorship.' The word "democracy" does not appear in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution."