At a press conference, Donald Trump brought down the hammer on the Republican National Committee. He is now saying that he might run as a third party candidate, despite previously signing a pledge not to do this. Trump feels he is being mistreated by the RNC and therefore, his pledge is void.
If Trump holds true to this threat, it could have a devastating impact on the race. The last significant third party challenger was Ross Perot in 1992. Perot’s presence helped propel Bill Clinton to the White House. So, the RNC is likely quite concerned about the possibility of another credible third party challenger once again giving an advantage to a Clinton.
At the same press conference, Trump also threatened to sue Ted Cruz unless Cruz apologizes for continually lying. Trump said he would file a lawsuit challenging Cruz’s eligibility to be President since Cruz was born in Canada.
Trump and Cruz previously had a congenial relationship. The two even had a joint rally together on the Iran Deal. Cruz was biding his time, waiting for Trump’s support to erode. His strategy was to play nice with the real estate mogul so that he could later court Trump’s supporters. Now this strategy has blown up in Ted’s face.
A third party run by Trump really could have an impact on the general election. But with sore loser laws in place in so many states, Trump would have a challenging time getting on the ballot everywhere since he already filed to run as a Republican.
Would you support Donald Trump if he ran as a third party candidate? Please share your thoughts.
H/T: Right Scoop