Indiana Primary: Trump Knocks Out Cruz & Sanders Upsets Clinton
Emerging victorious in Indiana, billionaire Donald Trump has all but secured the Republican nomination, meanwhile Sanders vows to fight for every vote and keeping campaigning into the Democratic convention
BERNIE SANDERS: We feel great about tonight. Not only winning here in Indiana and accumulating some more delegates, but also gaining the momentum we need to take us to the finish line.
DONALD TRUMP: I want to thank and congratulate the Republican National Committee, and Reince Priebus, who I just spoke to. Not an easy job, when he had 17 egos. And now I guess he’s down to one. I don’t know, is there a second? I mean, is there a second? I don’t know.
JAISAL NOOR, TRNN: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and New York Billionaire Donald Trump both handily won the Indiana primaries on Tuesday May 3, securing over 50% of the vote.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz was knocked out of the Republican contest after Indiana became the latest in a string of defeats by the Republican front runner.
TED CRUZ: With a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign.
NOOR: Trump, who has drawn wide condemnation for racist rhetoric and for inciting violence at campaign rallies is all now but assured his party’’s nomination. Former Chief of Staff Col. Larry Wilkerson describes Senator Cruz as a candidate backed by the 1%.
COL. LARRY WILKERSON: What I would call, in two simple words, wealth defense. That is to say, we know that there are 400 Americans whose combined wealth is equal to the GDP of Brazil. We know that the–not one percent, let’s don’t even talk about the one percent. That the point-zero-zero-one percent of Americans who are the wealthiest more or less dictate policy in this country.
The Sanders win in the Democratic contest defied the polls and many TV pundits. By winning Indiana, the Vermont senator continues a trend of his dominating ‘open primary’ states where voters can participate in primaries regardless of their party affiliation.
SANDERS: I sense a great deal of momentum. I sense some great victories coming. And I think that while the path is [inaud.], and I do not deny that for a moment, I think we can pull off one of the great political upsets in the history of the United States, and in fact become the nominee for the Democratic Party. And then once we secure that position I have absolute confidence that we are going to defeat Donald Trump.
NOOR: Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign appears to have shifted focus on taking on Trump. But Sanders continues to highlight polls showing him beating Trump by wider margins then Clinton.
SANDERS: And I think that according to every poll that I have seen in the last month, Bernie Sanders defeats Donald Trump in the national polls by greater margins than does Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders beats Donald Trump by greater margins than Hillary Clinton in battleground state after battleground state after battleground state.
NOOR: In a speech on Sunday Sanders said laid out a plan to win the nomination if Clinton is unable to clinch it outright during the primary: convince Superdelegates pledged to back Clinton to support him instead. The move has been criticized by some who support the Sanders campaign, including former White House counsel to Bill Clinton, Bill Curry.
BILL CURRY: I think it’s the wrong rationale. And I think a better argument to make right now is not that the unpledged delegates may vote for Bernie Sanders, but rather that the unpledged delegates have no business voting at all. And in particularly, 454 out of the total 714 unpledged delegates, 454 are unelected, unaccountable Democratic National Committee members who in fact, far from being trustees of their party, have allowed rules to be broken all year in order to facilitate the Clinton campaign. They made their commitment to Clinton before the race even started. She had almost all of them locked up before a single actual vote was cast.
NOOR: From the Real News, this is Jaisal Noor.