Over the weekend, John Kasich and Ted Cruz announced that they were going to work together to defeat Donald Trump. Kasich would pull out of Indiana and Cruz would not campaign in more moderate New Mexico and Oregon.
Needless to say, Donald Trump had something to say about this, as reported by RealClearPolitics…
No one had more fun with the news of the unusual alliance between Ted Cruz and John Kasich than the Republican front-runner himself, Donald Trump.
During rallies in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania Monday, the businessman used the term “collusion” to describe his rivals’ coordinated effort against him as conspiratorial and scheming. Colluding is illegal in business but allowed in the “rigged system” of politics, he told the crowd. “Actually I was happy, because it shows how weak they are, it shows how pathetic they are,” he said.
And now it looks like Trump may be getting the last laugh as the forced marriage appears to be in trouble just a day and a half after it was announced…
The deal announced late Sunday night started to show cracks by Monday morning. Kasich declined to direct Indiana voters away from him and toward Cruz. “I’ve never told them not to vote for me – they ought to vote for me,” he told reporters while campaigning in Pennsylvania, which hosts its primary on Tuesday.
Their campaign staffs struck the deal; the two candidates have not spoken directly to one another about the strategy and don’t have plans to do so. There is not a binding contract either, of course, so each candidate could step away at his convenience.
This looks like another of the #nevertrump crowd’s failing efforts to stop the frontrunner.