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Donald Trump: ‘The Caucus System is Dangerous’

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Politico reported Tuesday that billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called the caucus system “dangerous” in an interview with Hugh Hewitt.

“The caucus system is dangerous, to use a very nice word. It’s sort of a dangerous system,” he said.

The Nevada Republican Party caucus will be held Tuesday evening, and is closed to party members who register with the Republican Party at least 30 days before caucus day. Unlike Iowa, independent voters cannot switch their registration on caucus day to participate, meaning over 300,000 registered voters (over 20%) are completely locked out of the process.

In 2012, only 8 percent of active Republican voters in Nevada participated in their party’s caucus, a shocking yet standard number for closed party caucuses in the U.S. In Iowa, for instance, 186,795 of 1,060,896 Republican voters (17.6%) showed up to caucus this year — only 8 percent of the state’s eligible voting population.

It isn’t just independents and voters outside the two major parties who are disenfranchised by the caucus system, but also registered members of the Republican Party.

Unlike a primary system, voters do not get the luxury of voting early (which is not even available in all primary states) or going to their local polling location at whatever time is most convenient for them on election day. All voters in Nevada caucus at the same time, so if you have to work or are unavailable for any other reason, you are out of luck.

Though Trump may have his own success in mind, he is right: the caucus system is indeed dangerous. Limiting voter access and participation to such a severe degree that even party members are discouraged from participating or shut out completely results in an election system that is far from democratic.

Currently, there are 13 states and three U.S. territories who use a caucus system in the first stage of the presidential election process. Interesting note, the Colorado GOP actually cancelled its caucus, which was scheduled for March 1 (Super Tuesday), because party leaders said new RNC rules diminish the state’s influence in the nomination process.

According to Real Clear Politics, Trump has a commanding lead in public opinion polls in Nevada — leading by as much as 26 percentage points (CNN/ORC). However, when voter turnout is as low as it is expected to be, the results can be much more unpredictable than in primary states.

The Nevada Republican Party caucus starts at 7 pm PT / 10 pm ET.

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126 comments
Matthew Scott Nicholson
Matthew Scott Nicholson

He is absolutely correct that the election system in America is rigged and run by the crooks running the two party system.

Terrence Weseloski
Terrence Weseloski

Trump is right our entire governmental system is fuc completely needs to be redone back to the original Constitution

Neil Daniels
Neil Daniels

Trump is dangerous... To American Freedom

Joe Truch
Joe Truch

Why won't Donald Trump release his tax returns

JakeLeone
JakeLeone

Most H-1b visas are used by Offshore Outsourcing companies, in order to move entire departments overseas.


The Offshore Outsourcing companies sponsor, literally, only a handful of people for a Green Card (of the hundreds of thousands of H-1b visas they take up each year).


If Offshore Outsourcing companies were barred from the H-1b system, as they should be, we would never have seen a year, since inception, where we ran out of H-1b visas.


It's about time someone running for Office in this country spoke up about the aweful truth of the H-1b non-immigrant visa U.S. Federal Government program.

Sharon McMaugh
Sharon McMaugh

He is dangerous, behold people the new modern Hitler,then you ask can what happened in WW2 happen again? If he gets in,not only can it happen again,but it will so the next question you might want to ask is when?

Derek Piper
Derek Piper

If we had a two-round system we wouldn't have this issue.

Aaron Pearson
Aaron Pearson

Bernie resisted arrest to.fight segregation. He's the courageous leader we need!

Aaron Pearson
Aaron Pearson

All I heard was blah blah morons blah blah idiots blah I'm a Republican blah blah.

Aaron Pearson
Aaron Pearson

I'm voting for Bernie. Hoping he can use the system to break it.

Aaron Pearson
Aaron Pearson

Not to mention the unbalanced recognition Iowa gets

Aaron Pearson
Aaron Pearson

Trying to ignore a justice vote...it's disgusting

Aaron Pearson
Aaron Pearson

We need a more inclusive system so tea party and progressives and greens can all participate and get equal representation.

WrightDumark
WrightDumark

@ivn I think they provide meaningless information on candidates. Small sample sizes and inaccurate results.

Kathy Parslow
Kathy Parslow

I totally agree with him on this one, the caucus system disenfranchises voters

Marcel Betts
Marcel Betts

I hold people to their statements, and I happened to agree with this one. ( I am bipartisan & Solutions as well as empowerment of the citizenry always stimulate me)

Sage Ray
Sage Ray

I never thought that I would be agreeing with him but I guess even a broken clocknus right once a day.

John Strombeck
John Strombeck

Yes it pools all the idiots into two groups that think they are the only ones that matter! We need to change it!

Rod Taylor
Rod Taylor

Crocodile tears. He knows how to manipulate the system better than anyone.

Chris Warner
Chris Warner

Sean Carnage, unless it's a 24hour clock :)

Kenneth J Conte
Kenneth J Conte

This is an old antiquated system which does not represent the true feelings of AMERICANS ?

Paul Lillebo
Paul Lillebo

A party has a right to decide on the process for choosing its nominee. If you or I started a party, we would want that right. What it does not have a right to is public funding for its process. The immediate solution for voters is to not vote for either major party's nominee, since we know the system they represent is corrupt. A long-term solution is to institute a form of open, non-partisan preference voting (e.g., ranked choice).

Sean Carnage
Sean Carnage

A broken clock is right twice a day. That's what Trump is: a broken clock.

Dave Utterback
Dave Utterback

Watching France24 and they just for the most part report the news. CNN and FOX make up the news. Thats not right.

Jody McIntosh
Jody McIntosh

I agree the caucus system needs to go away. This election has shown just how poorly it's run. Way to much cheating! An election this important, selecting a leader for your country, needs to be done exclusively by private ballot. Election personnel need to check each and every voter for photo ID.

Marcel Betts
Marcel Betts

Don't agree with Trump on this? I did , I misjudged.

Judy Lou
Judy Lou

Glenn Henault Sad that Bernie Sanders HAD to go with the Democrat Party so he could be accepted.... It'll take a few more years before the Independent Party will have enough people to win an election. I registered Democrat today... FIRST time in 50 years... Always an Independent.

Chris Warner
Chris Warner

Glenn Henault I tend to agree, I voted for him in the last election.

Chris Warner
Chris Warner

Russ Bischoff, jeez dude, can you just give the cliff notes and not the novel? I don't need to read a response longer than war & peace just to understand that you're a foolish trump fan..

Russ Bischoff
Russ Bischoff

– And Yes – I know Fiorina, Christie and Bush have already dropped out, but the point is that they're proponents of the traitorous trade and immigration policies that have destroyed the real American economy and the future of the American people – And not the kind of people that we need representing us.

Russ Bischoff
Russ Bischoff

– No Cruz – No Rubio – No Bush – No Fiorina – No Christie – And Absolutely NO HILLARY – Enough bought and paid for puppet politicians that are proponents of the traitorous trade and immigration policies that have destroyed the real American economy and the future of the American people. Bought and paid for puppet politicians and media pundits masquerading as " constitutional conservatives " doesn't mean crap, if they’re just using it to distract conservative Americans from the fact that they're selling us out. Wake up America – Our Constitution is Great – Our Traitorous Trade and Immigration Policies are Not Thank goodness Trump is stepping up for the American People – Because, we desperately need actual Loyal American Leaders who will put the best interests of our own citizens and country first and foremost, especially our veterans. For the last 25-years our government has allowed and enabled our country's industries to get sucked out to other countries like communist China, India and Mexico and allowed illegal aliens and foreign H1B / H2B visa workers to continue to pour into our country and take away income-tax-paying American's jobs and drive down wages. Good news for the American People would be more full time jobs with occasional wage increases and without getting benefits taken away – And we all know that that's not happening. It's Not Rocket Science – Since the free traitors have had their way of it, our largest export has been American jobs and money. Our huge trade deficits and indebtedness to foreign countries like communist China are obviously not in the best interest of our country or the American people. Enough of the bought and paid for puppet politicians and the traitorous trade and immigration policies that have destroyed the real American economy and the future of the American people. Although, I like that Sanders has helped to bring some of the core economic issues out into the light of day – He's way too far to the left and can be more easily marginalized by both parties and the corporate media as some crazy old loon, which he actually may be – Let's face it, if it wasn't for Trump our bought and paid for puppet politicians and media would still be talking about peripheral social issues rather than the core issues that have destroyed the real American economy and the future of the American people – And Trump will not allow himself to be marginalized or pushed aside. Most Americans realize that they missed the boat by not electing Ross Perot and have been waiting a long time for another loyal American to step up like that and now we a chance with someone even better – Let's not miss the boat again this time. If more Americans would have listened to Ross Perot back in 1992, we wouldn't be in this mess right now – The American people and the real American economy would have been much better off today – I and many other people, who were able to see through all of the left vs right BS, did vote for Perot, because he was straight forward and just used common sense – He got involved because he cared about his country and the American people and didn't like the direction that our political leaders were going in – Turns out that he was right. Let's face it America, if it wasn't for Trump, our politicians and media would still be talking about peripheral social issues rather than the core issues facing the American people, the real American economy and the future of the American people. What we really need are actual loyal American leaders who will actually put the best interests of our own citizens and country first and foremost, especially our veterans. God help us if Hillary gets in – And Trump is the only one that can beat her and appears to be the guy to get us headed back in the right direction.

Russ Bischoff
Russ Bischoff

– None of the other bought and paid for puppets is the answer.

Glenn Henault
Glenn Henault

Chris Warner Sadly, NO ONE in the two "main parties" are qualified to hold the office. Career liars, or unstable fits them all. I am even finding it tough to find an actual independent candidate worthy (a first for me). Gary Johnson is looking the best, to me, so far.