A top Republican National Committee staffer fired back Tuesday at presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, saying it’s not the committee’s fault that Trump’s campaign staffers and his children don’t understand the rules.
Sean Spicer, an RNC spokesman, said on CNN the delegate allocation rules in Colorado and every other state were filed with the national committee back in October and made available to every GOP campaign.
“If you’re a campaign and you don’t understand the process that’s going on, then that’s bad on the staff. That’s bad on the campaign,” he said. “Running for office entails putting together a campaign that understands the process. There’s nothing rigged.”
Spicer continued: “I understand that people sometimes don’t like the process or may not understand it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fair and open and transparent.”
CNN’s Thomas Roberts asked a follow-up about whether a “hiccup” in the system prevented Trump’s children Ivanka and Eric from being able to vote for their father. Ivanka and Eric Trump missed the deadline to register to vote in New York.
“Well, with all due respect, that’s not a hiccup, Thomas. Everybody understands,” Spicer replied. “I think understanding the process is part of the electoral system, part of being a good citizen. Just because someone misses a deadline doesn’t mean you review the whole system.”
“I didn’t hear any complaints about Colorado’s process before the Colorado vote took place,” he added.
Trump went off on the GOP rules after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) won all 34 delegates in Saturday’s Colorado Republican Convention, saying voters were angry about “phony politicians” stealing their votes.
RNC Chair Reince Priebus responded late Monday on Twitter, saying the rules were set last year and nothing has changed since then.
“Nothing mysterious – nothing new,” he wrote. “The rules have not changed. The rules are the same. Nothing different.”