The chairman of the Republican National Committee called out Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his complaints about the primary election system and the delegate process.
“Nomination process known for a year + beyond,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted on April 13. “It’s the responsibility of the campaigns to understand it. Complaints now? Give us all a break.”
Priebus’ tweet came following an interview with Trump in which he said Priebus should “be ashamed of himself” because “he knows what’s going on.” Trump also called the nomination process a “scam” and a “disgrace” in the interview, CBS News reported.
Trump has, as of late, been expressing his disdain with the nomination process and has accused the Republican establishment of playing a part in rigging the system and stealing the election from him.
“Our Republican system is absolutely rigged. It’s a phony deal,” he said, The New York Times reported. “They wanted to keep people out. This is a dirty trick.”
Throughout the primary process, Trump has had a history of blaming his losses on other candidates and the problems with the process.
“If Trump can’t win something, he’ll always say it’s someone else’s fault,” Republican strategist Stuart Stevens told The New York Times. “Donald Trump is a place you go to settle scores. And that’s what he’s selling. ‘You’ve been cheated here, you’ve been cheated there. I’ll get you yours.’”
Following the Iowa caucus, Trump accused rival Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas of stealing his win because his campaign attempted to convince then-candidate Ben Carson’s voters that he had dropped out of the race and that they should support him.
“Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it!” Trump tweeted at the time.
The front-runner’s issue with the process appears to be the number of votes against the actual number of delegates he received in the states he has lost. In Louisiana, for example, Trump won the popular vote 41 to 38 percent but garnered the same number of delegates as Cruz.
“I know that it's stacked against me by the establishment. I fully understand it,” he told CNN in a town hall event following the Louisiana primary.