DOUBLE-VOTING BY CRUZ SUPPORTERS?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 6, 2016) — On Sunday evening, former Trump adviser Roger Stone tweeted that he would be appearing on the Alex Jones Show at 6:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. CT “to spill the latest on the GOP Rumble,” referencing Mitt Romney, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio as well as voter fraud in his tweet.
During the segment on Jones’s show, Stone revealed that he has received more than 200 reports of voter fraud having occurred during the Kansas Republican primary on Saturday, which was won by Ted Cruz.
Specifically, Stone told Jones that eyewitnesses had described “Cruz voters voting twice.”
On February 28, Jones spoke with Stone in an exclusive interview during which Stone contended that the GOP “establishment” planned to “use Mitt Romney as ‘Plan B’ if Rubio fails to gain traction on Super Tuesday,” referring to the March 1 primaries and caucuses. Of 11 state contests that day, Trump won seven, Cruz three, and Rubio one, in Minnesota.
On Thursday, in an apparent confirmation of Stone’s predictions, Romney gave an address in Utah in which he called Trump a “phony” who had not built a big business, but rather, “inherited it” from his father, Fred Trump, who was also involved in New York real estate, although on a considerably smaller scale than his son’s multi-billion-dollar, worldwide enterprise.
The mainstream media has made clear their surprise that Trump has garnered the number of delegates that he has, often speculating on whether or not he can be “stopped.” He is often depicted as childish, and “news” services have praised Fox News’s Megyn Kelly as having “destroyed” and “taken down” Trump during last Thursday’s debate in her questioning and declarative statements about his real-estate training program, “Trump University.”
The job of a journalist is not to “destroy,” but rather, to ask probing questions of all candidates for office. On Thursday evening, Kelly pursued a line of questioning and assertions about Trump University about which some consumer complaints have arisen which resulted in a lawsuit. Trump responded that he chose not to settle the case out of court and that the outcome would exonerate him. During her aggressive address to Trump about the complaints and Trump’s reported countersuit of the lead plaintiff, Kelly mistakenly asserted that Trump University is currently rated a “D-” by the Better Business Bureau despite Trump’s rejoinder that it now has an “A” rating.
Trump, in fact, was accurate that the training course had earned an “A” in the past. On February 28, NBC News reported that “The BBB said [sic] a statement to NBC News on Sunday that Trump University currently has no rating because ‘the company is believed to be out of business.'”
Fortune Magazine reported after the debate that “according to a BBB statement, the business’s grade had fluctuated between D- and A+ (it’s not currently rated). No matter how or when it got that D, or whether it was warranted, Trump’s claim that he didn’t care enough about the grade to do the work to get an A is completely believable.”
Neither Kelly nor Fox News issued a clarification of its contention that the current “publicly-available” score was a D-.
None of the three anchors grilled any other candidate in the same way on Thursday.
Establishment Republicans have decried Trump’s style, substance and non-conformity as demonstrated by Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) organizer Matt Schlapp, who condemned Trump for canceling his scheduled address at the conference on Saturday.
Trump has spoken at CPAC before and plans to attend next year as “the president.”
According to The Washington Post, “Republican elites” began experiencing “growing panic” in November as Trump’s popularity, and that of “outsider” Dr. Ben Carson, rose among a wide spectrum of voters.
In his initial interview with Jones, Stone said that the leaked GOP plan is to bolster Rubio’s campaign in preparation for the next “Super Tuesday” on March 15, whose primaries are conducted on a “winner-take-all” basis and include Rubio’s home state of Florida. Should Rubio fail to win Florida, Stone said, Romney will enter the race.
It is now widely-reported that Romney plans to “torpedo” what is presumed to be Trump’s winning of enough delegates to be awarded the Republican nomination at the RNC convention in Cleveland in July. On Friday, Romney told NBC’s “Today” Show that “I’m going to do everything within the normal political bounds to make sure we don’t nominate Donald Trump. I think he’d be terribly unfit for office. He doesn’t have the temperament to be president.”
While stating that he is not planning on launching a campaign to stop Trump, Romney said that he would not rule out his accepting the nomination at the convention, which would be conducted as “contested.”
Trump is the only presidential candidate who has challenged the constitutional eligibility of Cruz, who was born in Canada to a Cuban-citizen father and has not yet demonstrated that he is a U.S. citizen outside of the higher standard of the Constitution’s Article II, Section 1, clause 5 requirement of “natural born Citizen.”
Update, 10:00 p.m. ET: Just after publication of this article, The Post & Email noted that Stone had tweeted:
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.