Is Donald Trump reconsidering a third-party bid for President? It’s starting to look more likely after comments the GOP front-runner made Sunday morning on ABC’s “This Week”.
“I will see what happens,” Trump responded when asked how he would react if his Republican rivals tried “to take you out.”
“I have to be treated fairly. If I’m treated fairly, I’m fine,” Trump concluded.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, Trump’s poll numbers have continued to climb, making some in the establishment wing of the party nervous that his candidacy is now a serious threat to knock off the preferred nomination of Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio or John Kasich.
In response to the sentiment that RNC members don’t want to see a candidate win the nomination who has never held elected-office before, Trump said, “They can’t understand . . . how come an outsider can be doing so well within the party.”
Then on Monday, Trump tweeted the following:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2015
Also on Monday, John Kasich’s campaign released the following anti-Trump ad:
Then, later in the day, a pro-Kasich super-PAC called New Day for America released a Trump blooper video entitled “Trump’s Greatest Hits”:
New Day for America spokesperson Connie Wehrkamp commented following the release of the video that, “Brussels is on lockdown, Paris remains under a state of emergency and cities across America are implementing measures to prevent a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. The times are far too serious to entrust America’s ‘entertainer in chief’ with the grave responsibilities that come with the title of commander in chief.”
Reince Priebus and those state GOP chairman around the country who dislike Trump have a fine-line to toe; an independent run by the New York real-estate billionaire will certainly throw the election to the Democratic nominee next November.
Either roll the dice with Trump now, or get burned later.
[AP] [Columbus Dispatch]