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Mary Katharine Ham: The Media’s Trump Obsession Frustrates Cruz


Federalist senior writer Mary Katharine Ham joined CNN Sunday morning to explain how the media’s obsession with Trump is frustrating other GOP candidates.


Federalist senior writer Mary Katharine Ham joined CNN’s “Inside Politics with John King” Sunday morning to talk about how the media’s obsession with Donald Trump is frustrating the other Republican candidates, particularly Ted Cruz.

“As much as there were problematic things about [Marco] Rubio’s approach attacking Trump or say Mitt Romney’s un-endorsement of Trump. . . what they did was change the coverage,” Ham said.

Over the past couple of weeks, Rubio has been hitting Trump with personal, often below-the-belt attacks, which have garnered a lot of media attention and caused Trump to become publicly unhinged and flustered. Last week, Romney denounced the real-estate mogul as a danger to democracy. In late February he trolled Trump by suggesting Trump has a bombshell in his tax returns.

“I think the Cruz camp will be looking to see if they can break through and find some sort of creative way to figure out how to flip things up, because Rubio did find a way, Mitt Romney found a way,” she said. “The Cruz camp has yet to find that secret formula.”

On Super Saturday, Cruz won both the Kansas and Maine caucuses, narrowing the delegate gap between him and Trump. Cruz now has 300 delegates and Trump has 382. To win the Republican nomination outright, a candidate must get 1,237 delegates before the GOP convention this July.