Watch: Seth Meyers Shreds Trump's Pathetic Ground Game and Bogus Claims About a Rigged System
"Donald Trump remains the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, but he’s lagging far behind Ted Cruz," in all but one aspect, "Late Night" host Seth Meyers said. That weakness is his delegate recruitment efforts. And while Trump’s complaints about the “rigged” system may seem logical, as it turns out, Trump’s weak ground game is largely to blame for his lack of delegates in local and state party conventions. But it’s bigger than that.
Ever since Donald Trump declared his candidacy, there has been one thing above all else that he and his supporters say is his biggest qualification. That’s right, Donald Trump knows how to run things, for example: casinos into the ground. But there’s at least one thing that Trump has proven he can’t run, and that’s his own delegate operation. Now, this is complicated, but basically when you win a primary, you get delegates to the GOP convention. But you need people to serve as those delegates. And in addition to that, a few states [like Colorado] don’t even hold primaries. They hold local and statewide conventions where they choose those delegates directly. Getting those delegates requires a strong organization on the ground, and so far Trump has been very, very bad at this.
Trump received 0 of 34 delegates at the Colorado convention—and just 1 of 25 in North Dakota.
“Trump got one delegate in North Dakota. He was reportedly so upset with his North Dakota result that he dealt with his local campaign manager ‘Fargo’ style,” Meyers joked, referring to the famous scene in the movie where a man is put through a wood chipper.
Meyers went on to push Trump to be responsible for the failure. But Trump should be able to figure this out because not only is he a “great manager” but a “really smart person,” he claims. “I have a very good brain,” he told MSNBC last month.
“Yet, in spite of his ‘very good brain,’ Trump’s campaign has made some of the dumbest mistakes possible in his delegate recruitment efforts," Meyers mused. "For example, the state of Washington hasn’t held its primary yet, but the campaigns still need to recruit people to serve as delegates there. Because even if Trump wins the Washington primary, those delegates can vote for whoever they want to on the second ballot at a contested GOP convention.”
According to Mediaite, “The campaign sent out an email soliciting possible delegates on Friday, April 8 to let everyone know that the deadline [to submit their Declaration of Candidacy for Delegate form] was Wednesday, April 6.”
But it gets worse. The Trump campaign actually sent the email to residents of Washington, D.C.—not Washington state.
"We’re going to take this all the way to Washington—wherever that is!” Meyers mocked.
Watch: Seth Meyers takes a closer look at Trump's delegate trouble.