Former Virginia Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, who now heads the influential Senate Conservatives Fund, faced two biased CNN hosts on Tuesday and addressed charges that the Ted Cruz campaign was somehow “lying, stealing and bribing” delegates in order to defeat Donald Trump at the Republican Party convention in July.
Cuccinelli, who has endorsed Ted Cruz, called “foul” and “B.S.” to the accusation, stating that the Trump campaign is unable to produce one example of delegates being bribed or bought off in any way.
Cuccinelli told co-hosts Kate Boldaun and John Berman that if anyone is guilty of “gestapo tactics,” as Trump “delegate manager” charged over the weekend, it’s Trump’s campaign, noting “Trump calling for violence in the streets” and threats of “intimidation of delegates at their hotel rooms,” which was actually done by Trump mob-like henchman Roger Stone.
“Their gestapo tactics include Donald Trump calling for violence in the streets, their team threatening intimidation of delegates at their hotel rooms, releasing their hotel rooms, death threats to the Colorado GOP chair, threats of frivolous lawsuits from Manafort against individual delegates and about credentials,” Cuccinelli told Berman. “So they are doing these tactics while accusing others of doing them. We’re just building a grassroots campaign that’s built on Ted’s vision of greater opportunity and freedom and it’s inspiring people to come out and it’s how we’re winning,” he explained.
“You’re just asking people nicely to line up and support Ted Cruz? Come on!” smartass Berman obnoxiously interjected, showing his ignorance of the massive Tea Party army of grassroots conservatives Cruz has been organizing for years. “How are you twisting arms?” he asked Cuccinelli.
Cuccinelli wouldn’t have any of it.
“Look, look, when you ask a question that way, your bias is naked to everyone watching, so let’s get down to facts instead of your bias,” Cuccinelli urged, causing Berman’s expression to be one of shock that he was just called out.
“You know what the goodies we’re promising people are?” Cuccinelli asked. Then almost whispering like it was a big secret while partially covering his mouth, Ken Cuccinelli answered his own question.
“They can have their Constitution back. And they can have economic growth and a plan to actually execute it. And a candidate who can go head-to-head and defend it. Donald Trump won’t even debate this issues because he can’t debate them.
Ted Cruz has a plan to expand freedom, to create opportunity across America with a tax plan that wipes out special interest power. He has a plan to return security to this country. And we have a president where that’s desperately needed to be improved.”
Despite protestations and extreme whining from Donald Trump, a majority of delegates, 1,237, must be obtained in order to secure the GOP nomination. If no candidate reaches that magic number on the first ballot at the GOP convention, delegates are largely freed-up and can support whatever candidate they believe gives the party the best chance to win in November.