After Donald Trump sent out a slew of tweets accusing his Republican rival, Ted Cruz, of "stealing" Iowa, Cruz rejected the comments and blessed the Internet with "Trumper tantrum."
The newly coined phrase immediately became the number one trending topic with social media users relishing in finally having the perfect term to describe the clown candidate's endless cries of entitlement.
At a press conference in New Hampshire, Cruz elaborated on Trump's whiny behavior.
"It is no surprise that Donald is throwing yet another temper tantrum – or if you like, another Trumper tantrum,” Cruz said. “It seems his reaction to everything is to throw a fit, and I understand that Donald finds it very hard to lose. But at the end of the day, the people of Iowa spoke.”
“There’s a reason that Donald engages in insult after insult," Cruz added. "Because he can’t debate the substance. He doesn’t actually want to talk about issues.”
Yesterday’s series of tweets sent out by Donald Trump were nothing compared to today’s—after finishing second in the Iowa Caucus, Trump said Sen. Ted Cruz “stole” Iowa, and accused Cruz of various attempts at “fraud,” even calling for a re-do election.
This is the response we’ve been waiting for from Trump.
Ted Cruz didn't win Iowa, he stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2016
Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2016
The accusations Trump has leveled at Cruz are actually not entirely inaccurate, however. Trump said “Cruz put out a release that [Ben Carson] was quitting the race, and to caucus (or vote) for Cruz.”
During primetime of the Iowa Caucus, Cruz put out a release that @RealBenCarson was quitting the race, and to caucus (or vote) for Cruz.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2016
This is true; Steve King, the Cruz campaign’s national co-chair, tweeted that, “Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope.”
Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope. https://t.co/lW5Js50EMA— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) February 2, 2016
Cruz's Iowa staffer Spence Rogers also sent out this email: “Breaking News. The press is reporting that Dr. Ben Carson is taking time off from the campaign trail after Iowa and making a big announcement next week. Please inform any Carson caucus goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted Cruz."
Cruz has admitted fault and apologized for what Carson called “dirty tricks,” although an apology will not regain any votes Carson may have lost.
Trump also claimed Cruz “sent out a VOTER VIOLATION certificate to thousands of voters.” This is also true, and actually quite appalling—Cruz has been heavily criticized for this attempt at manipulating voters.
Many people voted for Cruz over Carson because of this Cruz fraud. Also, Cruz sent out a VOTER VIOLATION certificate to thousands of voters.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2016
The Voter Violation certificate gave poor marks to the unsuspecting voter(grade of F) and told them to clear it up by voting for Cruz. Fraud— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2016
Cruz sent out hundreds of mailers in Iowa. As the New Yorker reports, “At the top of the mailers, in a bold red box, are the words ‘VOTING VIOLATION.’ Below that warning…a chart appears with the names of the recipient of the mailing as well as his neighbors and their voting ‘grade’ and ‘score.’”
Essentially, Cruz was attempting to bully hundreds of Iowa voters into caucusing, playing on fears that they may face legal action if they did not vote.
This is a despicable tactic and was thoroughly censored by Iowa’s secretary of state, who called it “wrong," adding that "it misrepresents Iowa election law.” Cruz did not apologize, however, instead saying he “will apologize to no one for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote.”
Every tool includes blatant lies, apparently.
Regardless of Cruz’s slimy tactics (which we could have expected) he won Iowa handily, 4 points ahead of Trump. Trump is doing what he does best—blaming others for his own choices and failures.