Donald Trump: ‘Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it’

Donald Trump just accused Ted Cruz of stealing the Iowa caucuses over the Cruz campaign’s admission that it helped spread a rumor that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race:

The thought here is that Carson votes went to Cruz after the rumor was started and that it only took a small number of voters per caucus site to give Cruz the win.

CNN had reported that Carson was taking a break from the campaign before the caucus even started, which is where Cruz’s campaign allegedly first heard the story (note the countdown clock at the bottom-left):

Cruz went on to apologize to Carson over spreading the rumor:

Trump also hit Cruz over the controversial mailer designed to “shame” voters into caucusing:

Our coverage of the mailer story:

Daughter claims Ted Cruzs vote shaming mailer gave her dead mother an F

Disabled woman who cant caucus this year calls Ted Cruz a bully after getting named on his mailer

Ted Cruz says hell use every tool he can, including controversial vote shaming mailer

Update. Trump added another tweet after we published the post:

Update 2. Oh boy:

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