|Source: Huff Post|
The Republican leading Presidential aspirant, Donald Trump has described the sudden alliance between Republican colleagues, Ted Cruz and John Kasich as a forced marriage between two 'Strange bedfellows.
Trump blasted the entire arrangement as "pathetic" and emblematic of the corrupt political system he's trying to disrupt.
"If you collude in business ... they put you in jail. But in politics ... you're allowed to collude," he said, according to CNN's report
The CNN report says, the Texas senator and Ohio governor roiled the Republican presidential primary late Sunday with a coordinated effort to deny Donald Trump the nomination by dividing upcoming contests. Cruz will focus on Indiana, the campaign said, while Kasich would devote his efforts to Oregon and New Mexico.
But the competition between the two contenders was alive on the campaign trail Monday.
Cruz hailed Kasich's decision to "pull out of Indiana to give us a head-to-head contest with Donald Trump."
Kasich said the arrangement wasn't meant to discourage voters in Indiana, which holds its increasingly critical primary May 3, from supporting him.
"I've never told them not to vote for me," he said. "They ought to vote for me. But I'm not over there campaigning and spending resources."
Trump, meanwhile, blasted the entire arrangement as "pathetic" and emblematic of the corrupt political system he's trying to disrupt.
"If you collude in business ... they put you in jail. But in politics ... you're allowed to collude," he said.
"It shows that they are just getting killed," Trump said, mocking Kasich's "1 for 41" showing in the primary race and saying Cruz was cracking under pressure.
"Actually, I was happy, because it shows how weak they are, it shows how pathetic they are," Trump said.
The deal is a sign of the increasing odds facing GOP forces trying to stop Trump short of the 1,237 delegates he needs to clinch the nomination, following his huge win in New York last week and expected sweep of a string of northeastern primaries Tuesday. Should Trump win Indiana, which is effectively a winner-take-all race, it would be tough for Cruz and Kasich to stop him collecting the delegate haul needed to win a first convention vote in Cleveland in July, the CNN report says