Republicans in the state of Colorado have cancelled the presidential vote
at the 2016 state caucus, becoming the first state to completely ignore its voters in choosing a candidate. After removing voters from the equation, the Colorado G.O.P. officials then gave Ted Cruz the victory at the state convention and all 34 delegate slots. GOP frontrunner Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday following the decision by saying “The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians. Biggest story in politics. This will not be allowed!” This decision was initially made in August of 2015 when GOP leaders cancelled the straw poll for the presidential nomination to prevent giving the delegates to a candidate that may not pull through until the GOP Convention slated to be held in July. Further sparking outrage among Republican voters in Colorado, after the decision was made the Colorado Republican Party also took to Twitter by making a “#nevertrump” tweet which was then later deleted and responded to by the Party’s Twitter handlers by claiming it was not an appropriate tweet to have been made and they are now investigating.
The results of this controversy and undemocratic party nomination selection has caused backlash with GOP voters in Colorado that have announced a GOP Protest via Facebook in which there are hundreds voicing support and attending on April 15th in Colorado by the Colorado Votes Matter. Their official message states:
“The Colorado Republican Party shamefully silenced its voters this election season. We demand that Colorado give the power to vote in the Presidential Primary to the voters. We will exercise our right to assemble and peacefully protest the corruption of the Colorado GOP and disenfranchisement that we the voters have suffered.”
In doing so, the GOP establishment have made it well known that they will do anything to prevent a Republican Donald Trump presidential ticket and are taking all measures available to do so. However, their obvious distaste for Donald Trump has only caused backlash from anti-establishment and Trump voters that have taken notice from the attacks.