Donald Trump Tweets That Cruz ‘Illegally Stole’ Iowa

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Donald Trump, always up for a good conspiracy theory, tweeted this morning that Ted Cruz “illegally stole” the Iowa caucus. The tweet was posted at 8:40AM and generated a number of retweets.


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But within a few minutes, he deleted the tweet. He then replaced it with the same tweet, without the word “illegally.”

Trump has also been pushing the discredited theory that Cruz is not eligible to run for President because he was born in Canada. The attacks have also gotten personal.

Trump was leading the polls released in the days before the Iowa caucus by a few points. He ended up finishing in second place with 24 percent of the vote, 3 points behind Cruz. The disappointing finish threatens Trump’s brand as a “winner” who is dominating his competition.

Trump has been able to dominate the political conversation by advancing outrageous claims that attract the attention of the media and the public.

UPDATE FEB 3, 2016 9:29 AM

In a series of tweets, Trump details how Cruz "stole" the caucus:

Cruz did circulate a news story suggesting Carson would drop out and apologized for it.

Trump is referring to this mailer.

Trump previously complained about Cruz claiming he supports universal health care, similar to Obamacare.

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