Priebus to Trump: "Delegates And Voters Choose The Nominee"; People Don't "Give A Darn" About Colorado

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Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, called Donald Trump complaining about the way Colorado's delegates were chosen "distracting." Priebus said it "really isn't something that most people give a darn about." Priebus said not moving past this gets in the way of unifying the party.

Priebus tried to distance himself from the controversial process, saying he doesn't write the rules for the Republican party, "the delegates at the convention write the rules." However, he also said it's "pretty much the same system the Democrats use; delegates and voters choose the nominee."

"It's pretty much the same system the Democrats use; delegates and voters choose the nominee," Priebus said on Friday's broadcast of NBC's TODAY. "That's what's happening. And, quite frankly, the complaining that goes on is something that I think probably distracts from what we need to do, which is to come together as Republicans."

"It gets distracting and it really isn't something that most people really give a darn about," Priebus added.

"[Trump's] not alone in thinking the system is a little odd. One where its party activists and delegates who choose the president and the voters. There was no caucus. There was no primary in the state of Colorado. There are people who say that is anti-democratic, including many of the millions and millions of people who support Donald Trump. Don't you think as you look at it from a common sense point of view that there is something strange about that system?" co-host Willie Geist asked the chairman.

"No," Priebus said, laughing off Geist's premise. "What about caucuses? Is that strange? Who is to say that a primary is the only way to choose delegates?"

"It isn't really strange; it's very grass roots," Priebus said, defending the delegate-choosing process.

"I think it's a little too late to complain after the fact that a particular state's process isn't something that you like," the party's national chairman said. "What is true is that the system can be changed, but it has to be changed at the [national] convention if people want to change it with the delegates. That's how our system rules are written."

"I don't write the rules for the Republican party, the delegates at the convention write the rules for the Republican party," Priebus said.

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