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Trump Spokeswoman: Delegates Already 'Pre-Selected' in Colorado

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 Apr 2016 10:06 AM

It would not have mattered if Donald Trump had "a thousand paid staff on the ground" in Colorado, because the delegates were already "pre-selected" and the system was "rigged," national campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson insisted Wednesday morning.

"They changed the rules in August; Mr. Trump entered the race in June," Pierson told CNN's Chris Cuomo on the "New Day" program. "There was no vote in what was supposed to be a democratic process and that was a problem."

Further, said Pierson, she is not sure why people don't understand the rules were important, especially in Colorado, and she maintained the system "is rigged against any outsider."

"These rules were changed to help those like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush to move forward in the delegate system, because they weren't doing well in the polls early on," she told Cuomo. "The system is rigged against the little guy, against the outsider. It is great if you are an insider and you can manipulate within the system."

Further, the Republican Party had the money and the apparatus, but still lost the 2012 race, she said.

"Mr. Trump is going to be someone that can bring more people into the party, have a massive get out the vote system," Pierson said. "We keep hearing about this magical ground game on Ted Cruz's side, but guess what? Mr. Trump has won 22 contests, including seven that Sen. Cruz was supposed to win.

"Donald Trump is the candidate to win in the general."

Pierson also defended Trump's decision to hire political strategist Paul Manafort to handle issues heading into the convention, saying that "you have to bring in someone that knows the system that's working against you."

"You bring on Paul Manafort, who's as much of a back room dealer that you can find," said Cuomo. "How is that not hypocrisy of the highest order?"

And she denied that Trump's ground game is lacking, as "we're winning."

But still, there is the "anti-Trump movement," she said.

"We have the GOP leadership coming out and say that we have to stop Trump to the point of bricking in a new face whether it's Karl Rove or Paul Ryan," said Pierson. "So he brought in someone to know the system so we can beat the system . . .

"I think he [Trump] can recognize where the problem is and bring in the right people to solve that problem, which is exactly what he's done."

Further, she said, the Trump campaign has been fighting against the party since the beginning, and the "Republican grassroots has been fighting against the party for the last seven years," but she still believes the campaign will reach the 1,237 votes needed to secure the presidential nomination in July.

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It would not have mattered if Donald Trump had "a thousand paid staff on the ground" in Colorado, because the delegates were already pre-selected and the system was "rigged," national campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson insisted Wednesday morning.
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