This week on the show, Lyle and Dan discuss the race for the conventions. More specifically, a recent turn of events that has John Kasich and Ted Cruz working together to block Donald Trump from getting the necessary delegates to secure the Republican party’s nomination. Backroom dealings in the foyer, that’s the discussion on this episode of Beer & Bros. podcast. Join us for a listen, then give your opinion.
“They colluded and actually I was happy because it shows how weak they are,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Warwick, Rhode Island. “It shows how pathetic they are.”
This past Sunday, April 24th, Jeff Roe, Ted Cruz’s campaign manager and John Weaver, John Kasich’s chief strategist devised a plan in the hopes that their candidates could take enough of the remaining delegates to keep Trump from getting the party’s nod at the convention. According to Politico, the candidates themselves never spoke to one another on the issue.
The idea is simple: Cruz won’t campaign in states where Kasich is seen as the stronger of the two candidates, and Kasich won’t campaign where Cruz has a better chance of winning. The hope is that by not dividing the anti-Trump vote among both candidates, it’s possible for Cruz or Kasich to win the majority of delegates in a given state.
Tuesday’s vote came and, guess what, Trump took Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. That’s right, even in the shadow of Cruz and Kasich’s pseudo-collusion, Trump took a clean sweep of night’s vote.
Kasich’s camp was the first of the two to confirm the plan. John Weaver explained, “Our goal is to have an open convention in Cleveland, where we are confident a candidate capable of uniting the party and winning in November will emerge as the nominee.” But with 954 delegates in his pocket and another 502 up for grabs in the remaining contests, Trump is looking more and more like he’s got a lock on the nomination.
What do our hosts have to say about the no-love triangle of Cruz, Kasich, and Trump? Hit play and find out.