Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump once again took aim at Ted Cruz and John Kasich for joining forces to try and stop him from winning the party’s nomination as the Texas senator said he’s looking beyond the primaries on Tuesday.
The two appeared in exclusive interviews Monday night with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on “Hannity” at 10 p.m. ET.
Trump responded further to comments made the previous night by the Cruz and Kasich campaigns that they will coordinate strategies to give Cruz a clear run in Indiana on May 3, and Kasich a clear path in Oregon on May 17, and New Mexico on June 7.
Trump told Hannity the move by the two campaigns was “collusion.”
“In business you go to jail for that, but it’s collusion where they’re coming together because they are getting beaten badly,” he said.
Trump continued to label the Ohio governor as “1-for-42,” a reference to his only winning one contest in 42 tries.
“If I would have campaigned two more days in Ohio, I would have won, but Kasich is doing terribly,” he told Hannity.
Ahead of Tuesday’s primary in Pennsylvania, Trump said despite what he called “a rigged system” he had high hopes of winning the Keystone State.
“Now fortunately in Pennsylvania you have a great head of the Republican party, you have a great head of the party and I think it will be fair,” he said. “We hope we’re going to win, we’re going to win very big.”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz however told Hannity that he was looking towards the political race shifting back west after Tuesday’s contests in the Northeast, which he say may be “a good night for Donald.”
“As it shifts back west, there are a lot of states that I think are going to be very good,” he said. “It shifts to Indiana, it shifts to Nebraska, it shift to North Dakota, Montana, and then the big enchilada, California. California is 172 delegates and I believe we are going to do very well in California.”
He added that he foresees a contested convention in Cleveland in July
“Where we are now, nobody is going to get to 1237. The only way to win the nomination, is to earn the majority of delegates and nobody is going to do that,” he said. “I’m not going to do it but neither is Donald Trump, which means we are headed into a contested convention.
I’ll have a ton of delegates, he’ll have a ton of delegates, and it’s going to be a battle to see who can earn a majority of delegates elected by the people. And I think in that battle we will have a tremendous advantage.”
Trump however told Hannity that he believes that “millions of people” won’t be happy to see a contested convention.
“These are unbelievably dedicated people, they want to make America great again, they’re not going to be happy Sean, its going to be disastrous I think, I really do,” he said. “How do you put somebody that own millions of more votes, I mean I’m up already like two and half million votes over Cruz and much more than that over Kasich. How do you take that and say ‘oh gee’ we’re going to go to the second ballot because of 25 delegates.”