Trump Threatens Independent Run if GOP Doesn’t Play Nice
The Continued Devolution of the GOP Primary from an Argument over Modes of Conservatism to a Omnidirectional Donald Trump Cage Match took its expected plot twist Thursday morning as celebrity plutocrat Donald Trump hinted to The Hill that he would consider a third-party run if the GOP doesn’t play nice.
“I’ll have to see how I’m being treated by the Republicans,” Trump said. “Absolutely, if they’re not fair, that would be a factor.”
Trump’s move seems fueled entirely by hostilities between him and the Republican field, hostilities mostly of his own creation.
“The RNC has not been supportive,” he said. “They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy. The RNC has been, I think, very foolish.”
Thus far Trump’s independent intentions have been more speculation; this is the strongest he’s indicated any desire to run under his own banner, a move which drew immediate comparisons to idiosyncratic businessman Ross Perot, who split the vote in 1992.
Conventional wisdom has it that a Trump third-party run would largely steal votes from the eventual GOP nominee, all but dooming the party in the general election.
[h/t The Hill]
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