Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s convention manager Paul Manafort on Sunday claimed that Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore]’s campaign was using “gestapo tactics” to threaten delegates.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd asked Manafort three questions in a row: “What is fair game to win a delegate? Is threatening a fair game? Is threats a fair game?”
“It’s not my style,” Manafort responded. “It’s not Donald Trump’s style.” He then predicted that it would “wear thin very fast.”
Todd asked, “You think he’s threatening delegates?”
The newly hired senior member, who has worked on presidential campaigns for former Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, said that Cruz was “threatening,” and that if “you go to his county conventions and you see the Gestapo tactics, the scorched-earth tactics…”
Cutting him off, Todd asked, “Gestapo tactics? That’s a strong word.”
“Well, you look at — we’re going to be filing several protests because the reality is, they are not playing by the rules,” Manafort claimed. “But, frankly, that’s the side game because the only game I’m focusing on right now is getting delegates.”
On his Twitter account Sunday morning, Trump complained, “I win a state in votes and then get non-representative delegates because they are offered all sorts of goodies by Cruz campaign. Bad system!”
I win a state in votes and then get non-representative delegates because they are offered all sorts of goodies by Cruz campaign. Bad system!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2016
In March, “Good Morning America’s” George Stephanopoulos asked Trump how he felt about being compared to Adolf Hitler, by Glenn Beck, comedian Louis C.K. and Mexico President Peña Nieto.
“I don’t know about the Hitler comparison,” Trump said. “I hadn’t heard that, but it’s a terrible comparison. I’m not happy about that certainly.”