- The Washington Times - Friday, April 15, 2016

In a memo circulated Friday, the Republican National Committee laid out the GOP delegate distribution rules for the remaining presidential election contests in April, issuing a reminder that the plans were submitted last October and it’s incumbent on the campaigns to be up to speed on the rules.

“The rules surrounding the delegate selection have been clearly laid out in every state and territory and while each state is different, each process is easy to understand for those willing to learn it,” RNC chief strategist and communications director Sean Spicer wrote.

“It ultimately falls on the campaigns to be up to speed on these delegate rules. Campaigns have to know when absentee ballots are due, how long early voting lasts in certain states, or the deadlines for voter registration; the delegate rules are no different,” he said.

The memo comes amid complaints from GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, who has ripped the RNC and blasted the delegate process as rigged and crooked since last weekend, when Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas swept the remaining available delegates in Colorado at a state convention.

Mr. Spicer pointed out that on Oct. 1 of last year, 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia submitted finalized plans for how the delegates would be chosen. The plans were then circulated to all the campaigns, and the RNC held a media briefing Oct. 2.

“The RNC is transparent about the rules and works with campaigns on a consistent basis to address any questions surrounding the process,” Mr. Spicer wrote.

Mr. Trump took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal in a piece posted Thursday evening to continue protesting the rules in Colorado.

“Delegates were chosen on behalf of a presidential nominee, yet the people of Colorado were not able to cast their ballots to say which nominee they preferred,” Mr. Trump wrote. “A planned vote had been canceled. And one million Republicans in Colorado were sidelined.”

“No one forced anyone to cancel the vote in Colorado. Political insiders made a choice to cancel it. And it was the wrong choice,” he wrote.

Mr. Trump went on to write that responsible leaders should be “shocked” by the idea that party officials can simply “cancel” elections in America if they don’t like what the voters may decide.

“Let us take inspiration from patriotic Colorado citizens who have banded together in protest,” he wrote. “Let us make Colorado a rallying cry on behalf of all the forgotten people whose desperate pleas have for decades fallen on the deaf ears and closed eyes of our rulers in Washington, D.C.”


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