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Donald Trump taunts ‘rigged, corrupt’ US political system

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in Staten Island, New York City on April 17,2016. (AFP photo)

US Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has once again condemned the American political system and Republican nominating process for being “rigged and corrupt.”

“It’s a rigged system. It’s a crooked system. It’s 100 percent crooked,” Trump told reporters on Sunday at a hotel in the New York City borough of Staten Island.

“You’re basically buying these people (delegates),” he added. “That’s a corrupt system.”

Trump’s comments were the latest barrage in an escalating war against the Republican National Committee over how delegates were being selected in the presidential race.

“Politicians furiously defended the system,” Trump wrote Friday in The Wall Street Journal. He equated the party’s nomination procedures with the “unfair trade, immigration and economic policies that have also been rigged against Americans.”

On Tuesday, Trump rebuked the politicians he said were trying to stop his nomination and denounced the Republican Party, which he cast as complicit in the corruption.

“Our Republican system is absolutely rigged. It’s a phony deal,” he said, accusing party leaders of maneuvering to cut his supporters out of the process. “They wanted to keep people out. This is a dirty trick.”

His effort to sow doubt about the system plays into the suspicions and anxieties that many of his strongest supporters have about the US political process which they believe has intentionally marginalized them.

The New York state primary elections will be held on Tuesday, where polls show Trump has a wide lead over rivals Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

On the Democratic side, the New York primary is expected to be closer between Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who are spending the day in the state to drum up support.

Sanders has also repeatedly condemned America’s corrupt campaign finance system, huge wealth inequality and lack of universal healthcare, drawing significant support for his presidential campaign.

Sanders has frequently criticized Clinton for receiving large campaign contributions from Wall Street donors and wealthy corporations.

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