Donald Trump says Ted Cruz “illegally stole” Iowa, then claims he merely “stole” it.

Trump is having a tough time dealing with his loss in Iowa. The successive stages of his bewilderment have been silence, whining, and excuse-making, and now he is accusing his chief tormentor of committing crimes, not just against Trump’s ego, but against the American people. Trump this morning tweeted, then deleted, this


He amended that rash claim in a subsequent tweet:

It turns out Trump is referring to some sketchy mailers sent out by the Cruz campaign and attempts by the campaign to spread rumors that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race. Trump is now hilariously calling for a re-do.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect new developments in Trump’s Twitter meltdown.