Many on the GOP side of the aisle were relieved when Donald Trump signed the pledge to support the GOP nominee — whoever that turns out to be — and not run as a third-party candidate.
As the months have gone on, it increasingly appears Trump himself has a very good chance of being that nominee, as his momentum shows little sign of slowing.
Today, however, Trump accused the Republican National Committee of breaking their pledge to him. He’s hinted that he may, in return, still choose to back out of his pledge to the RNC.
During a Monday afternoon campaign appearance in South Carolina, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump declared the Republican National Committee in “default of their pledge.” Here’s the full quote:
But what happened is that some of the college kids sold their [debate tickets] to the special interests for good money, they made a couple of bucks, I don’t blame them. But the RNC does a terrible job. A terrible job. And just remember what I said, remember in this room: I signed a pledge, but it’s a double-edged pledge. As far as I’m concerned, they’re in default of their pledge.
According to Ali Vitali at NBC News, Trump is referring specifically to the “terrible job” the RNC did when it comes to those invited to the primary debates. The State adds, “Trump said the debate audience was stacked with lobbyists and big Republican donors.”
The “pledge” in question is the one Trump signed last year agreeing not to run as a third-party candidate. In exchange, however, the Party agreed to a level playing field.
See a copy of the actual pledge here.
Later that same day at a South Carolina town hall covered by Breitbart’s Alex Swoyer, Trump repeated his assertion that “the pledge isn’t being honored by the RNC.”
Hear Trump’s words for yourself (H/T RedState):
Whether you see this latest move by Trump as him being a “manipulative bully” or consider Trump justified given what may have been the RNC’s “stacking” of the debate audience may depend on your personal view of the man himself.
But I’ll ask anyway: do you think Trump is right to threaten a third-party run if he’s not ultimately selected the nominee?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]