Priebus: Trump’s Threat to Run Independent Hurts Chances to Win Nomination

Priebus: Trump’s Threat to Run Independent Hurts Chances to Win Nomination April 4, 2016

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, seems to think that he can scare Donald Trump into withdrawing his threat to run as an independent if he doesn’t win the Republican nomination and isn’t “treated fairly.” I don’t think he realizes who actually has the leverage here.


In several television interviews, Priebus, who chairs the Republican National Committee, said candidates sometimes make such statements in hopes of gaining leverage over the party, but that it would not work.

“Those kinds of comments, I think, have consequences,” Priebus said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And so when you make those kinds of comments and you want people to fall in line for you, it makes it more difficult.

“… And certainly, you know, if you were running for president of the Kiwanis Club or the Boy Scouts and you said you don’t know if you like the Kiwanis or the Boy Scouts, I think that makes your challenge even greater to ultimately win those kinds of posts,” he said. “It’s no different for the Republican Party.”

On Tuesday, Trump backed away from the loyalty pledge he signed in September promising to support the party’s eventual nominee and not to run an independent campaign for the White House.

The RNC pledge has unraveled as Trump’s remaining rivals, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Governor John Kasich, also indicated they were unlikely to observe the pledge if Trump was the nominee.

Sorry Reince, but Trump has all the leverage here. He has you over a barrel. If he wins the nomination, you’re screwed and the Democrats win the White House (and quite possibly the Senate too). If he doesn’t win the nomination and he runs as an independent, which I absolutely believe he will do, you’re screwed and the Democrats win the White House. Either way, you lose.

And don’t think for a moment that Trump would care that he’s costing you the White House with an independent run. This is all about his ego. That’s all it’s been about from the start. In fact, he would be thrilled if he got revenge on you for denying him the nomination by denying you the presidency. He’s consider it a notch on his belt.

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