Trump: Cruz-Kasich alliance 'horrible act of desperation'
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“It is sad that two grown politicians have to collude against one person who has only been a politician for ten months in order to try and stop that person from getting the Republican nomination,” Trump said in a statement early Monday after his GOP rivals telegraphed their strategies.

Kasich will clear a path for Cruz in next week’s Indiana primary, while the Texas senator will back down in two other states as part of a strategy to deny Trump the nomination.

Trump said Cruz is in “free fall” after a “total disaster” in New York.

“Governor Kasich, who has only won 1 state out of 41, in other words, he is 1 for 41 and he is not even doing as well as other candidates who could have stubbornly stayed in the race like him but chose not to do so,” Trump added.

“Collusion is often illegal in many other industries and yet these two Washington insiders have had to revert to collusion in order to stay alive,” Trump said. “They are mathematically dead and this act only shows, as puppets of donors and special interests, how truly weak they and their campaigns are.

“This horrible act of desperation, from two campaigns who have totally failed, makes me even more determined, for the good of the Republican Party and our country, to prevail!”