Trump Slams "Horrible Act Of Desperation" As Cruz And Kasich Form Last Minute Alliance To Stop Him

Tyler Durden's picture

In the bottom of the 9th, with two out and the bases loaded, Ted Cruz and John Kasich are attempting one final maneuver to stop Donald Trump from getting the GOP nomination.

As the WSJ reports, top officials from both the John Kasich and Ted Cruz campaigns have announced that the candidates have formed an alliance, and will work together during the remaining primaries in order to make sure Donald Trump doesn't have enough delegates to win the nomination outright before the convention in July.

Top officials from the Ted Cruz and John Kasich campaigns announced the alliance in a pair of statements late Sunday night. The deal will keep Mr. Kasich, the Ohio governor, on the sidelines for Indiana’s May 3 primary, while Mr. Cruz, the Texas senator, won’t compete in contests in Oregon on May 17 and New Mexico on June 7.

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,” Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said.

Mr. Kasich’s top strategist, John Weaver, made an explicit call for super PACs devoted to stopping Mr. Trump to follow the two campaigns’ lead.

We will focus our time and resources in New Mexico and Oregon,” Mr. Weaver said. “We would expect independent third-party groups to do the same and honor the commitments made by the Cruz and Kasich campaigns.”

Knowing that neither one can win the election by winning the actual popular vote, the men have decided to turn to utter desperation and play the system (which is a technically a valid strategy, as it is how the GOP set it up). The goal is to position themselves for an opportunity to win in a brokered convention, whereby delegates start to become "unbound" after the initial vote, and can vote for any candidate they'd like in the next round.

As we pointed out earlier, Pennsylvania is critical and will test Trump's ground game as he tries to win over enough unbound delegates that will vote for him at the convention. If successful, he'll try to replicate those efforts in the remaining states in order to turn the tables on the new Cruz/Kasich strategy.

Here is what The Donald had to say upon learning of the news:

He added that "when two candidates who have no path to victory get together to stop a candidate who is expanding the party by millions of voters, (all of whom will drop out if I am not in the race) it is yet another example of everything that is wrong in Washington and our political system," he said. "This horrible act of desperation, from two campaigns who have totally failed, makes me even more determined, for the good of the Republican Party and our country, to prevail!"

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Statement from Ted Cruz

HOUSTON, Texas – Cruz for President Campaign Manager Jeff Roe today released the following statement:

“Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans. Not only would Trump get blown out by Clinton or Sanders, but having him as our nominee would set the party back a generation. 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. In other states holding their elections for the remainder of the primary season, our campaign will continue to compete vigorously to win.”

Statement from John Kasich

Tonight, Kasich for America chief strategist John Weaver issued the following statement:

Donald Trump doesn’t have the support of a majority of Republicans – not even close [ZH: Trump has a total majority by >2 million] , but he currently does have almost half the delegates because he’s benefited from the existing primary system. Our goal is to have an open convention in Cleveland, where we are confident a candidate capable of uniting the Party and winning in November will emerge as the nominee. We believe that will be John Kasich, who is the only candidate who can defeat Secretary Clinton and preserve our GOP majority in the Congress.

Due to the fact that the Indiana primary is winner-take-all statewide and by congressional district, keeping Trump from winning a plurality in Indiana is critical to keeping him under 1237 bound delegates before Cleveland. 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.

In turn, we will focus our time and resources in New Mexico and Oregon, both areas that are structurally similar to the Northeast politically, where Gov. Kasich is performing well. We would expect independent third-party groups to do the same and honor the commitments made by the Cruz and Kasich campaigns.

We expect to compete with both the Trump and Cruz campaigns in the remaining primary states.”

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NoDebt's picture

So after this all goes down and Cruz and Kasich "win" I guess they're OK with Trump taking his candidacy 3rd party and blocking them from the WH?  That's an OK way to lose in their minds, I guess.



MANvsMACHINE's picture

Please don't confuse the masses with logic. They are happy with their delusional existence.

cheka's picture

assuming their voters will switch the right way...and not to trump??  huh?

where do they get that idea?  unless it's a cover story for what's to come...

John Kich's picture

Trump Got It Right Again. This Is the Undeniable Proof...

However the mainstream media isn't saying a word about it!

What are they really trying to cover up?

VinceFostersGhost's picture




As Cruz And Kasich Form Last Minute Alliance


Welcome to Thunderdome......only one of you guys can come in.


Two men man leaves. It's the freaken rules man.

rbg81's picture

Cruz is being used by the GOPe elites.  

If Cruz and Kasich somehow manage to Stop Trump, then Kasich will be handed the nomination and Cruz will get jack squat.  And Trump will run 3rd Party.  

Everybody loses but Hillary.  But the GOPe is okay with Hillary being the next POTUS.

CPR Steps_30 pumps_2 breaths_then repeat's picture

Trump for President, and Hillary for Prison

onewayticket2's picture

sadly, the converse is more likely....after HRC is coronated, she'll find some evidence that'll land trump in court....then with multi billion fine/prison.


think we are beyond hope for fair and honest governance.

French Bloke's picture

In that case expect Trump to buy gold and get it offshore.... Everyone's a winner - except the Wall St Azkhanazi mafia....

Never One Roach's picture

Ted "Candy Wrapper" Cruz is in Goldman's pockets. He is for Big Bankers, Big Insurance and Big Corporations. Everyone notice how little he did to stop the Obamacare Death Panel Law.


If Seniors vote for Ted they deserve Barry's Death Panel treatment. Many cancer centers don't even accept any form of Barry's Obamacare.

Formula382's picture

How is he in Goldman's pockets exactly?  So if you have a brokerage account and put margin on it to borrow, you're in the broker's pocket?  This is one of the biggest lies floating arount Trumpkin Village.  Get your head of of your ass.  

John Kich's picture

Obama will not finish his second term! Banned independent documentary reveals the truth. This will scare millions! I suggest you to watch this video on youtube.

847328_3527's picture

Both Cruz and his fellow Cornyn from texas did almost nothing to stop Obamacare. Cruz will not get my vote. he does not support the American middle class the way Trump does.

Kobe Beef's picture

Cruz is not from Texas.

I got Daughters of the Texas Republic on both paternal and maternal lineages. Build The Wall and dropkick Cruz the Cubanadian Anchor Baby over it.

JonNadler's picture

Formula: do you know anything about Ted's wife for starters

VinceFostersGhost's picture



I do actually.


Good to see you's been a while.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

vincefos, how many names do you post under?? your last post seems to emply at least 2..

VinceFostersGhost's picture



In another life I was known as GetZeeGold......before I was killed by Sunday Tyler.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

vince, I think you have a problem only a good psych can address..LOL

Dr. Spin's picture

You're ok Vince, morphing is appropriate and encouraged as it irritates the TLAmeisters...


conscious being's picture

Welcome back GZG.

And welcome back to wrestlemania. I hate these articles that start from the presumption that US national elections are anything but hot air.

Formula382's picture

So if you're employed by Goldman you're evil?  some of you guys on here are amazing, there's not enough tin foil apparently.  

detached.amusement's picture

2+ years here and you dont know what the fkn squid is?

Richard Chesler's picture

If you're employed by Goldman you're doing God's work. asshole.


chunga's picture

Correct, spouses of Goldman money-changers are also evil.

If you lay down with global financial despots you wake up with horns.


Clockwork Orange's picture

Not everyone, goes for JPM and the rest.  But, if you work for them, you are either complicit or at a mimimum a total dupe.

The ones at the top are psychopathic, and they run their exploitive bubble models and financial terrorist market beat-downs whenever it suits them.  Its their business plan.

So, get your head out of your ass.  Tool.

Kayman's picture

Form 382

You have a brokerage acct. at Goldman where your wife is a VP, you borrow money, not to margin stock purchases, but to finance your political campaign, and somehow you "forgot" to disclose it.

I guess it does beg the question- must get hard for you to think with that sphincter muscle wrapped so tight around your neck


Bay Area Guy's picture

Formula382, per Wikipedia, the Cruz referred to here is Mrs. Cruz.

Cruz has worked for three investment banks, JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, and Goldman Sachs.[21][2]

In 2005, she went to work for Goldman Sachs as a private wealth manager.[22] After serving as a Goldman Sachs for seven years, Cruz was promoted in 2013 to regional head of the Southwest United States for the Investment Management Division in Houston.[4][14][23][24]

Having a wife that's regional head of the Southwest United States for Investment Management pretty much means she's GS through and through, which pretty much means Ted is in Goldman's pocket.

conscious being's picture

BAG I've got bad news. They're all in Goldman's pocket.

Bay Area Guy's picture

LOL.  Oh, I realize that.  I was just responding to the commenter up above who was incredulous that someone could even remotely think Senator Cruz was in Goldman's pocket.

stonehands's picture

...."How is he in Goldman's pockets exactly?  So if you have a brokerage account and put margin on it to borrow, you're in the broker's pocket?  This is one of the biggest lies floating arount Trumpkin Village.  Get your head of of your ass...."


Um, his wife is a VP at GS, and sat on the CFR...every one knows this except YOU.

MrBoompi's picture

The Network prefers conflicted candidates with checkered pasts and skeletons in the closet, albeit with an acceptable public persona.  They are easier to control through extortion.  They want a candidate who cares more for money than people, other forms of life, or the planet.  Vote Trump.  Indict Hillary.

anarchitect's picture

"...I guess they're OK with Trump taking his candidacy 3rd party"

Yes, because doing so after the convention would be extremely difficult.  Most people have no idea how hard it is to get on the ballot as an independent or third party.  Protectionism at its finest.  It must be done state by state, and some states are worse than banana republics in this regard.

swmnguy's picture

Yes.  Trump would have to submit about 80,000 signatures by May 9 to get on the ballot in Texas, for instance.  Not that that's impossible by any means.  But it's a not-insignificant task.

NoDebt's picture

First, Trump could do that in all 50 states without breaking a sweat.  Second, he doesn't need to do it in every state- just the "swing states" where it could go either way for the Rs or Ds.  Pick a few of them off, next thing you know we'll all be saying "Madame President" to Hillary.

If Trump goes all "scorced earth" I think he could definitely pull it off.

Kayman's picture

Don't discount Trump winning the Presidency as third Party.

Now that Koch has endorsed HiLiary, all the criminals have burned their hair to their scalp and are running around naked.

Bernie's supporters would hold their noses and vote Trump long before voting for the Stinky Queen.  "out, out damn smell"

ClydeCrashcup's picture

There is yet another possibile route to the White House for Trump post-convention, and that is as a write-in candidate.  And before you immediately say "impossible!", that is exactly the strategy that Alaska's Lisa Murkowski used in 2012 to reclaim her senate seat after having lost to "Tea Party" candidate Joe Miller in the primary election.

MFL8240's picture

Winning is losing to Clinton and keeping the grand old party of theft , deception and fraud alive and well for people like Ryan to run it into the ground along with the Koch scum.  As long as America is destroyed and the North American alliance that creates slaves suceeds, doesnt matter who the preident is.  

Goodbye America, you allowed the 20% led by Soros to destroy your country.  Communism is the way of the future one need only look at Cruz senior, the sealed records, open boarders, assault on guns, black hate and killings of each other blamed on the cops, the trans pacific fraud, Candiate Clinton, the current trash in the White houisem, his father, the Wall Street Jewish theft, the ongoing finacial theft and WWIII right around the corner.  You had your chance to take your country back but several of you voted for Kashich an insider and Cruz a communist lunatic.  Way to go!

More underemployed Americans, lower growth, corporate theft through the Jewsih heid  federal reserve, the distruction will mirror Venezuela and Cuba.  

Transformer's picture

I like your opinioins, but like so many, you need to do a little study about politics.  Especially study  the words, Communism, Socialism, Fascism.  When people  do not understand these terms, it is so typical for them to call everything they don't like Communism.

If you want to be taken seriously, learn what the words mean.

nicktd's picture

Bernie = Communism, Socialism,marxist's
Hildabeast = Fascism

neocon's, RINOS, oligarchs = Fascism
progressive's, neolib's = Communism

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

That's because the private political cartel that is the GOP, would rather lose to $Hillary, than lose their business.

They are in it for themselves, not the country. And the Kool-Aid drinking 'Mericans don't even see it, or want to see it.

wren's picture

It will be very embarrassing if Trump still wins those states. That would really send a message.

Any RNC delegate that turns coat for Cruz should be looked into. If they turn after a bribe they should be hung.

de3de8's picture

One thing for sure, this shit show laying bare the corruption for all to see.

PT's picture

Funny.  I was just thinking the same thing (below, 7474226).

MANvsMACHINE's picture

The question that should be put to Cruz and Kasich is, "if you truly believe in democracy and the democratic process, why not let the will of the people determine who the next president is?"

PT's picture

How low will they go?  The good thing about Trump being a fighting force is that we get to see how low they are willing to go to try and beat him.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

Ted is an "outsider" exactly how? Kasich ex wall st bankster says it all..

Kasich always talks about social issues like he is a metro sexual feelings mean something don't hurt the children sell out..Cruz is elmer gantry bible toting  phoney balony canadian war monger. both approved by GOPe.

only rabid gop groupies and insane feel good types will vote for them, oh and of course the hard core gop pols who's jobs depend on it.

Kasich will never be as good at free stuff give aways as a Dem, and remember he liked and supported Obuma care..which of course he never speaks.

Ted just lives his public lie, while his wife gets bankster bucks, hmmm both are tied into the mega about that?

Formula382's picture
  • The only thing better than NEAR single payer system is a SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM endorced/embraced by Trumpet.  How do we pay for that?
  • When you can buy voters with zero taxes, double down and give moar of the 'Merican public zero taxes via bigger progressive tax system.  Trump embraces this, a progressive tax system.  Say it slowly, PROGRESSIVE.  
  • Trump bought the gang of 8 so if you're pro Amnesty, vote for Trump, he loves him some illegals.  Shit, how else did he build his realestate empire, or at least how did his dad because Trump didn't do shit. 
  • Trump is your guy if you want to clamp down on free trade and free markets, if you want to obliterate civil liberties, he's your guy.  
  • A few years ago, Trump was for partial birth abortion.  The US owes you Life, Liberty and Persuit of happiness.  I'd like the first to be defended please, let alone late stage murder of the unborn.  I know, we can't talk about abortion.  
  • If you pee standing up but feel more comfortable going in the women's bathroom, Trump is your guy.  
  • Trump is so good at "Making Deals" he did with 3 wives.  This guy can't make a marriage work, can't stay faithful to one woman but he's to be trusted with the highest position in the world?  Sure, that's great logic.  
  • Trump says he'll have the "smartest people".  Actually this is the Trumpit logic.  So you don't need to know how to fly to be a pilot, you just hire a janitor to do it and make sure there's a good co-pilot in there.  Sure, that works well, let's elect an incompetent CEO, there's the ticket!
  • Done here, fingers too tired....


MANvsMACHINE's picture

I wonder what Formula383 has to say about this.