Trump Accuses Cruz Of ‘Fraud,’ Calls For Iowa Caucus To Be ‘Nullified’

Updated at 9:52 a.m.

Donald Trump on Wednesday morning published several tweets accusing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of “fraud” and said that the Iowa caucuses either need to be redone or “nullified,” citing reports that the Cruz campaign disseminated misinformation about Ben Carson and sent out mailers suggesting Iowans violated election law.

Trump began a Wednesday morning Twitter rant by accusing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of “illegally” winning the Iowa caucus before quickly deleting that tweet, according to numerous reporters.

A few minutes later, Trump published a similar tweet that does not accuse Cruz of doing anything illegal.

The real estate mogul then criticized Cruz over reports that his campaign told Carson supporters to caucus for Cruz because Carson was planning to drop out of the race. Trump also bashed Cruz for sending out mailers suggesting that Iowa voters had violated election law.

At a Tuesday night campaign event, Trump also called the Cruz campaign’s decision to tell voters that Carson had dropped out “dirty” and “a disgrace,” according to The Hill.

Later Wednesday morning during an interview on Boston Herald radio, Trump was asked whether he would file a formal complaint against Cruz in Iowa.

“I probably will, yeah. What he did is unthinkable. He said the man has just left the race and he said it during the caucus,” Trump responded, referring to Cruz and Carson.

But when pressed about whether he’d actually file a lawsuit, the real estate mogul sidestepped the question and replied, “The problem with politics, it’s so dishonest.”

He later charged that Cruz was already “under investigation” for the voter violation mailers when asked if he’d spoken to Iowa election officials about his complaints.

Catherine Thompson contributed reporting.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

TPM Staff
Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: