The campaign teams of Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov.John Kasich are bickering back and forth, pointing fingers and assigning blame to each other for allowing Trump to be the presumptive nominee.
“Post mortem’s on POTUS race must include a healthy dose of Kasich,” Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe tweeted Friday. “Defeating Trump required a head to head. Kasich kept that from happening.”
The campaigns tried forming an anti-Trump alliance in mid-March after Trump blew them away in the New York primary, and then again a week later when he swept all five Northeast primaries.
Cruz, in second place at the time, realized his brand of conservatism wouldn’t play well in that region and entered into a deal that would allow him to compete alone against Trump in Indiana, while allowing Kasich to compete head-to-head with Trump in Oregon and New Mexico.
However, the alliance fell apart within hours of being put together. The result was the two candidates and their campaigns appearing silly, petty, and desperate. The failed alliance helped catapult Trump’s popularity in Indiana. Trump ended up winning Indiana by a large margin causing both Cruz and Kasich to drop out of the race.
Kasich chief strategist John Weaver apparently tweeted Friday in response to Roe’s comments: “Other losing campaigns, especially with candidates nearing record-level negative ratings & zero ability to grow, should look inward. #exuses”
Weaver also tweeted: “Nothing worse than entitled losers. … #Excuses I mean … .”
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