Hiller Instinct: Cruz & Kasich team up

Donald Trump says the Republican nominating process is rigged? And, now, Ted Cruz and John Kasich are proving his point.

Here’s the deal: Cruz gets a clean shot at Trump in Indiana and, in exchange, Kasich gets to take on Trump in Oregon and New Mexico.

“Is it collusion? No,” said Kasich. “Collu–? What does that even mean? I don’t even know. Does he even know what that means?”

Yes. Donald Trump does know what collusion means: “It’s a fixed system. It’s a rigged system. It’s disgusting,” said Trump.

Now listen to how Kasich tries to deny it. A reporter asked: Are you going to directly tell your voters to support Ted Cruz?

“No, no, no. I’m not going to tell anybody how to vote,” said Kasich. “Look, this is a matter of resources, and look, we’re running a national campaign, and we want to apply our resources where we think they can be used to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming president.”

That’s hard to believe, given a Kasich campaign statement that it’s going to “give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana.”

Cruz confirms the deal. “It is big news today that John Kasich has decided to pull out of Indiana, to give us a head-to-head contest with Donald Trump,” said Cruz.

Trump said: “Cruz and Kasich have no path to victory. It’s over, it’s over.”

Kasich said: “I don’t respond to Donald Trump. I mean, what are you kidding me?”

Cruz said: “Listen, I don’t doubt that Donald Trump is going to scream and yell, and curse and insult, and probably cry and whine some as well. That has been Donald’s pattern.”

For a moment forget Donald Trump, and think about John Kasich and Ted Cruz. Presidential candidates are supposed to win votes, not trade them, and–in primaries–they don’t run as teams.

This deal deserves to backfire.

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