Trump's Rants Anger Delegates: 'No Way He Wins Unless He Gets 1,237'Donald Trump's relentless assault on the rules that govern how Republicans choose their nominee is coming far too late to change what even what defenders acknowledge is a complicated selection system.
He seems to know it, too.
Instead, his railing against a "rigged" process appears aimed at amplifying his central message to an angry electorate: America is a mess, and only Trump can clean it up.
"Politicians furiously defended the system," Trump wrote Friday in The Wall Street Journal. He equated the party's nomination procedures with the "unfair trade, immigration and economic policies that have also been rigged against Americans." He added, "Let me ask America a question: How has the 'system' been working out for you and your family?"
Underlying the constant criticism, Trump's goal is to rally supporters and pile up primary season victories that would bring him the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination outright before the summer convention. But it's a tactic that Republicans say carries real risks for the billionaire businessman.