The Colorado Republican establishment surreptitiously changed the rules for the 2016 primary. The Rule change basically took the vote away from the people and only the establishment awards the delegates. The citizenry was silenced, the elite political machine ran the show.
The little-known rule changes were written in the dark of night. Below is an added amendment that few knew.
Amendments: The Republican National Committee may, by three-fourths (3/4) vote of its entire membership, amend Rule Nos. 1-11 and 13-25. Any such amendment shall be considered by the Republican National Committee only if it was passed by a majority vote of the Standing Committee on Rules after having been submitted in writing at least ten (10) days in advance of its consideration by the Republican National Committee and shall take effect thirty (30) days after adoption. No such amendment shall be adopted after September 30, 2014.
Every delegate was awarded to Ted Cruz without one vote cast. This is tantamount to a totalitarian dictatorship no different than the communist countries Cuba and Venezuela. The elite's assume that they know what's best for the country and the citizens have no voice.
The 2012 rules juxtaposed to the 2016 rules – subtle, or drastic rule changes?
2012: Rule 15 (b):
(1) No primary, caucus, or Convention to elect, select, allocate, or bind delegates to the National Convention shall occur prior to the first Tuesday in March in the year in which a national convention is held. Except Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada may begin their processes at any time on or after February 1 in the year in which a national convention is held and shall not be subject to the provisions of paragraph (b)(2) of this rule.
2016: Rule 16 (c)
(1) No primary, caucus, convention, or other process to elect, select, allocate, or bind delegates to the national convention shall occur prior to March 1 or after the second Saturday in June in the year in which a national convention is held. Except Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada may conduct their processes no earlier than one month before the next earliest state in the year in which a national convention is held and shall not be subject to the provisions of paragraph (c)(2) of this rule.
Donald Trump responded with this, “The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians. Biggest story in politics. This will not be allowed!"
Trump tweeted this just moments earlier, "How is it possible that the people of the great State of Colorado never got to vote in the Republican Primary? Great anger – totally unfair!"
The Coloradan insiders, special interest groups, and activists chose Ted Cruz – one must wonder why. Over one-million voters were left on the sidelines. The establishment machine jammed Ted Cruz down the throats of the snubbed voters.