Donald Trump is not the only one suggesting to run an independent campaign anymore, as Ben Carson has issued a threat of his own if the Republican National Committee continues to have its reported discussions to control the GOP convention in July.
While Trump has signed the pledge saying he would support the Republican nominee, he has teased running independently again recently after criticizing how mainstream officials have responded to his inflammatory ideas. As a result, numerous reports have emerged, suggesting that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and others have been formulating a plan for the mainstream Party to support an alternative if Trump holds onto his lead for the primary vote.
Responding to these reports, Carson’s campaign issued a statement for the RNC to stop trying to broker the convention, saying it will be a subversion of the voters. Carson’s campaign continued saying that Trump, “will not be the only one leaving the party.”
“If the leaders of the Republican Party want to destroy the party, they should continue to hold meetings like the one described in the Washington Post this morning,” the statement said:
“I pray that the report in the Post this morning was incorrect. If it is correct, every voter who is standing for change must know they are being betrayed. I won’t stand for it… This process is the one played out by our party. If the powerful try to manipulate it, the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next summer may be the last convention. I am prepared to lose fair and square, as I am sure is Donald. But I will not sit by and watch a theft. I intend on being the nominee. If I am not, the winner will have my support. If the winner isn’t our nominee then we have a massive problem. My campaign is about ‘We the People’ not ‘They the Powerful.’”
Update — Dec. 11, 4:57 p.m. ET: Carson clarified his comments Friday, telling Fox News he would “never” campaign against the GOP. Carson noted he would consider registering as an Independent again, but “wouldn’t in any way try to destroy what was going on.”
Referring to reports that members of the GOP are plotting to derail Trump’s campaign, Carson said he “would not want to be a part of the deception.”
[h/t Talking Points Memo]
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