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Video: Colorado political blogger debunks lies being told about Colorado delegate selection

armstrongSince the Colorado GOP voted to give Ted Cruz all 34 delegates, a number of misrepresentations and, let’s face it, lies, have been spread about what actually happened.

Donald Trump, for example, claims that there was no vote whatsoever, but that just isn’t so, according to political blogger Ari Armstrong — who was ACTUALLY THERE.

Here he is on CNN, explaining what really happened:

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He also wrote about it on his blog:

“All Colorado Republicans [registered more than a month] could vote in precinct caucuses, which chose delegates to congressional and state conventions, who voted for national delegates.” That’s my (unabbreviated) Tweet summarizing the way that Colorado Republicans chose delegates to the national Republican Convention. I should know; as a Colorado Republican I participated in the caucuses.

But apparently, for some Trump supporters, my experience participating in the caucus process is no match for a Drudge headline claiming it never happened. As of the evening of April 10, Drudge claimed on its main page, “Fury as Colorado has no primary or caucus; Cruz celebrates voterless victory.”

The Drudge Report was not the only site to make that claim.  The Trumpway, er, Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft also made the false claim that no vote took place, calling it a “voterless” steal.

But that simply isn’t true.

As Ari observed, and as several have reported, there WAS a precinct caucus that took place on March 1, according to a set of rules issued by the Party LAST AUGUST!

Armstrong said he tried to explain this to some Trump supporters online, but they just didn’t want to hear it:

For pointing out some of the basic facts about Colorado’s caucus system on Twitter, I was deluged by comments from Trump’s supporters, consisting mostly of insults, threats, and wild conspiracies. (For example, some people blamed me personally for the lack of a straw poll, even though I wasn’t even a Republican when that decision was made.) It turns out that such tactics don’t actually improve my opinion of Trump as a presidential candidate.

Threats?  Sounds familiar?

Nevertheless, Armstrong said a number of Trump supporters participated in the process.

“They just didn’t have enough support to win delegates,” he added.

His entire piece is worth reading…

Now we learn that GOP officials in Colorado are under fire, having had their personal information posted online.  Keep in mind, in some states, this maneuver, known as “doxxing,” is illegal.  As a result, the state GOP chair has reportedly received thousands of threatening calls, including death threats

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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