Donald Trump sent a series of tweets Wednesday morning accusing Ted Cruz of stealing the Iowa caucus. He alleged that only dirty tactics could explain Cruz's victory in Iowa. Trump kicked things off by simply saying Cruz illegally stole the caucus, but then deleted and edited that tweet. Here's a screen grab of the original tweet:
And here's Trump edit, where he removed the word "illegal", but still scolded Cruz like a dog:
Trump then tweeted two accusations of specific shady dealings, and according to some sources, they may have merit. The first dealt with rumors that candidate Ben Carson might drop out of the race:
Salon reports that this is true. The Cruz campaign cited a story that Carson might be dropping out, even though the Carson campaign quickly refuted the rumor. However, there's no evidence that this cost Carson votes or gained any for Cruz.
The second accusation referred to mailers sent to voters by the Cruz campaign:
The New Yorker reports that this is also true. The Cruz campaign sent misleading "voter violation" mailers to Iowa voters, which have been shown to increase voter turnout. The mailers give voters a fictitious "voter grade," and also list the names of their neighbors with accompanying grades. They are used to leverage social pressure to turn out more voters (by making people want to be ahead of their neighbors). Additionally, there is no such thing as a "voter violation." Here's a picture of the mailer:
The mailer was labeled as paid for by the Cruz campaign, and is technically not illegal. But the notion of a voter score is completely made up, and the mailers were condemned by Iowa's secretary of state.
Trump can throw all the shade he wants, because while the tactics employed by Cruz were shady, they were not illegal. Trump's final request will not come true:
For those keeping score at home, Trump is OK with saying whatever is necessary to win, unless someone else does it and he loses. He should shift his focus from Iowa to finding new rally songs for New Hampshire, as musicians keep refusing to allow him to use their music.