Donald Trump called out the primary election system during a campaign stop in Rochester, New York — calling it "corrupt."
"I watch Bernie," Trump said, referring to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. "He wins, he wins, he keeps winning, winning and winning and then I see he's got no chance," Trump said, according to UPI. "They always say he's got no chance. Why doesn't he have a chance? Because the system is corrupt, and it's worse on the Republican side."
Trump said that he's received more votes than his rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, from voters who rarely vote and from registered Democrats. However, he could still end up with fewer delegates than Cruz in the end because Cruz is expected to receive the delegates left behind by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who suspended his campaign.
"I say this to the RNC [Republican National Committee] and I say this to the Republican Party: You're going to have a big problem folks, because there are people who don't like what's going on," he said to the crowd of about 7,500, UPI reported.
"We've got a corrupt system, it's not right. We're supposed to be a democracy. We're supposed to be: You vote and the vote means something ... and we've got to do something about it."
During an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, Trump campaign official Paul Manafort accused the Cruz campaign of "Gestapo tactics" when securing delegates.
"It's not my style, and it's not Donald Trump's style. … But it is Ted Cruz's style." He then called the Cruz campaign's methods "Gestapo tactics, scorched-earth tactics," Manafort added, "We're going to be filing several protests because reality is, you know, they are not playing by the rules."
The Cruz campaign responded to Manafort's claims, accusing Trump of trying to "distract from their failure."
"It's no surprise that Trump's team will lash out with falsehoods when facing a loss to distract from their failure, as they have the entire time," Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said, NBC News reported.
"We have earned our success by working hard to build a superior organization and are working within the process and rules that have been established- which has led now to four consecutive wins, 12 wins total."