Donald Trump is threatening to bail on the GOP and run as a third-party candidate. Which party? His own, of course.
Donald Trump says the chances that he will launch a third-party White House run will “absolutely” increase if the Republican National Committee is unfair to him during the 2016 primary season.
“The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy,” the business mogul told The Hill in a 40-minute interview from his Manhattan office at Trump Tower on Wednesday. “The RNC has been, I think, very foolish.”
Pressed on whether he would run as a third-party candidate if he fails to clinch the GOP nomination, Trump said that “so many people want me to, if I don’t win.”
“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.”
He jumped into the race as a Republican, insulted every other candidate already running — and some not yet in the mix — by reeling off a list of how they’re “idiots” and “unprepared” and “terrible,” and then threatens to take his ball and go home if they don’t treat him with respect? Talk about an easy lay-up; given Mr. Trump’s ego and propensity for doing stunts, it’s only a question of when.