The Republican National Committee, under increasing pressure from the big money donors has now apparently decided to confront the Trump problem head on. According to multiple media sources the party power brokers have decided to implement a loyalty oath to be taken by every one of the seventeen candidates to swear to not mount an independent bid and to essentially pledge allegiance to Jeb!. The oath is the most serious effort yet to sink the renegade campaign of billionaire Donald Trump and get on with the business of forcing the Bush restoration down the throats of voters.
As reported by Politico “GOP Circulates Loyalty Pledge to Box Trump In”:
The GOP is taking its most aggressive step yet to force Donald Trump’s hand.
The Republican National Committee on Wednesday privately reached out to GOP presidential candidates to ask whether they’d be willing to sign a pledge stating they would not run as an independent candidate in the event they fail to win the Republican nomination in 2016.
The move is an implicit challenge to Trump, who pointedly refused to rule out a third-party run during the first GOP debate. He was the only candidate who declined.
The language of the draft pledge speaks directly to the issue vexing Republicans – the possibility that the billionaire could choose to wage a third party bid if he fails to win the GOP nomination, a prospect that could seriously damage the GOP’s prospects of reclaiming the White House. Tapping into deep anti-establishment animosity among the conservative grassroots, Trump has surged to the lead of the deepest presidential field in recent memory. If Trump were to pull just a fraction of the vote as an independent, write-in or third party candidate, it could be enough to sink the eventual Republican nominee.
“I [name] affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is,” the pledge reads. “I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”
It is a damning indictment of our already dysfunctional democracy when it has come to the establishment demanding loyalty oaths to prevent any serious outsider from challenging the existing racket. According to some sources, Trump will agree to the demands of RNC boss Reince Priebus and the paymasters which would represent an enormous tactical blunder on his part. He may be leading the pack now, but signing off on such a deal would make it far easier for him to be Bushwhacked. There is an old saying that one should never give an enemy the knife that they will use to cut your throat with and by taking the pledge the Donald is doing exactly that.