Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus took a thinly-veiled swipe at Donald Trump after the GOP presidential candidate claimed the Republican nomination process is “stacked against [him].”
“Nomination process known for a year + beyond,” Preibus tweeted. “It’s the responsibility of the campaigns to understand it. Complaints now? Give us all a break”
The tweet came in response to comments by Trump following the Colorado primary, which saw Ted Cruz take all of the state’s 34 delegates after the Colorado GOP voted last year that the party’s closed caucus would decide who gets the delegates rather than a statewide vote.
“I know the rules very well, but I know it’s stacked against me by the establishment,” Trump told CNN. “They changed the rules a number of months ago. You know why they changed the rules? Because they saw how I was doing and they didn’t like it.”
Despite losing in Colorado and Wisconsin in recent weeks, Trump still leads Cruz in the delegate count 743 to 545. Ohio Gov. John Kasich currently has 143 delegates. Candidates need to accumulate 1,237 delegates in order to win the party’s nomination outright, avoiding a contested convention in July.
Trump will next face off against Cruz and Kasich in the New York primary on Apr. 19. Trump has longstanding ties to New York City, having built his real estate empire largely in Manhattan.