Those who take Trump’s promises seriously will be among the very few surprised to learn that he has already hedged on his loyalty pledge not to run as an independent and thereby throw the election to the Democrats out of spite:
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump did not close the door Monday on a possible third-party run, accusing the Republican National Committee of breaking its pledge to stay neutral in the race.
“The RNC is in default,” Trump said during a news conference here. “When somebody is in default, that means the other side can do what they have to do.”
This was as inevitable as a hard turn to the left (which has already begun). Whenever Trump does not get exactly what he wants, he will claim the other side is in default, and threaten to pull a Ross Perot, which would cost the GOP the election. There is a word for this tactic: extortion.
The current trumpertantrum was set off by the boo birds who have been rattling him at debates. Trump wants the RNC to stop selling tickets to the supposed “special interest” and “big donor” audience members who jeer him. There must be no booing the Donald as he spews his Code Pink–style moonbattery.
Further, Trump wants the GOP to stop Ted Cruz from attacking him, bullies being far better at dishing it out than at taking it. Here he characteristically combines the third party threat with the birther canard and the threat of a lawsuit:
“He doesn’t even have the right to serve as president, or even run as president. He was born in Canada. So I will bring that lawsuit if he doesn’t apologize,” Trump told reporters at a press conference.
Simultaneously, his campaign issued a statement detailing Cruz’s allegedly false statements about his positions on abortion, ObamaCare and more.
“If he doesn’t take down his false ads and retract his lies, I will [file suit] immediately. Additionally, the RNC should intervene and if they don’t, they are in default of their pledge to me,” Trump said in the statement.
He is the kind of guy who likes to sue, as he has proven many times.
The Donald also wants the party to rescind Cruz’s big win in Iowa, although it is not clear whether that is a condition of his not going third party or launching a lawsuit.
One way or another, if Trump is on the ballot in November, a lot of Republican votes will go to a third party, and the Democrats will win. If he gets the Republican nomination, it will be good news for the Libertarian Party, but no matter what happens, Trump is bad news for the GOP.
On tips from Torcer.