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Donald Trump Withdraws His Pledge To Support The GOP Nominee

Posted by on Mar. 30, 2016 at 1:01 PM
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Donald Trump Withdraws His Pledge To Support The GOP Nominee

Cruz and Kasich back off the pledge, too.

 03/29/2016 10:38 pm ET | Updated 3 hours ago

Republican front-runner Donald Trump said Tuesday he doesn’t plan to honor his pledge to support the party’s nominee for president if it’s not him. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Trump’s rivals, also backed away from similar pledges, inserting a new kind of acrimony into the already heated race.

“No, I don’t anymore,” Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper during a town hall event in Wisconsin, when Cooper asked if Trump still planned to adhere to the pledge he signed last fall. 

“I have been treated very unfairly” by the Republican National Committee, Trump said without elaborating.  

Trump said he wouldn’t expect his main rival, Cruz, to support him, should Trump win the nomination. “I’m not asking for his support,” Trump said.

That’s a good thing, because Cruz has no plans to back him. “I’m not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and attacks my family,” Cruz told Cooper, referring to Trump’s repeated swipes at his wife, Heidi Cruz.

Kasich, too, declined to say he’d honor the pledge he made to the Republican party last year.  “I’ll see what happens,” he said.

With only four months to go before the GOP convenes in Cleveland to select a nominee, all three of the remaining candidates seemed to dig in their heels this week, each vowing to fight to the bitter end in his quest for the nomination.

Trump recently hired longtime GOP lawyer and operative Paul Manafort to help his campaign navigate the delegate and convention process. On Tuesday, Trump expressed dismay at the delegate apportionment in the recent Louisiana primary, where Cruz emerged with more delegates, even though Trump won the plurality of votes.

Trump has also toyed with the idea of mounting a third-party campaign, and harness voters’ discontent with both major parties. 

“I just wanted fairness from the Republican Party,” Trump said when he signed the pledge in September of last year. “I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party, and the conservative principles for which it stands.”

This story has been updated to include responses from Cruz and Kasich.


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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Mar. 30, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Who didn't see this coming? 

Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 1:12 PM
Nobody supports Trump as the nominee so I don't know why he would support them honestly.
BluesPagan2.0
by IWantTacos on Mar. 30, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Oh please let him run 3rd Party!  Please!  Then we can definitely say there will not be a Republican in the White House.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Mar. 30, 2016 at 1:19 PM

You mean you didn't believe he would stick to his pledge? 

Quoting Bookwormy: Nobody supports Trump as the nominee so I don't know why he would support them honestly.


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numbr1wmn
by Lina on Mar. 30, 2016 at 1:21 PM
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Cruz went before him and reneged.  Trump was right here.

numbr1wmn
by Lina on Mar. 30, 2016 at 1:21 PM
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I am not a trump fan. But I would vote for him before I voted for a murderer or Sanders any day

4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Mar. 30, 2016 at 1:27 PM
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Trump lied? Must be a day ending in "y".
Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 1:36 PM
If Trump doesn't get the nomination, he is welcome to run third party. Wish he had all along.

The real question then becomes will & can Sanders convince all of his supporters to vote for Clinton. If so, then Clinton will win the WH for sure. If not, then it is a complete crap shoot who ends up in the WH. We could end up with President Trump & it may be Sanders' supporters' fault.
Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Mar. 30, 2016 at 1:39 PM
I didn't expect, back in the day, for the Republican Party to hate him almost as much as most liberals do!

Quoting NWP:

You mean you didn't believe he would stick to his pledge? 

Quoting Bookwormy: Nobody supports Trump as the nominee so I don't know why he would support them honestly.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Mar. 30, 2016 at 1:42 PM

Its possible no one could get enough of a majority and then we would have to kick in the 12th amendment.

Holy crap this is a crazy election year. 

Quoting Bookwormy: If Trump doesn't get the nomination, he is welcome to run third party. Wish he had all along. The real question then becomes will & can Sanders convince all of his supporters to vote for Clinton. If so, then Clinton will win the WH for sure. If not, then it is a complete crap shoot who ends up in the WH. We could end up with President Trump & it may be Sanders' supporters' fault.


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