Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump shocked the establishment media by backing off from his pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee. The Stalinist oath was the brainstorm of RNC boss Reince Priebus and was rolled out to much fanfare last August when talk of a possible Trump third-party run had spooked the RNC and their one time dream team of seventeen candidates. Now that the field has been winnowed down to three and the party bosses no longer even bother to lie about a brokered convention it is clear that the game is being rigged against Trump.
Politico is reporting that “Trump takes back pledge to support GOP nominee”:
Donald Trump has rescinded his pledge to support the Republican nominee for president.
Asked during a CNN town hall whether he stood by the earlier pledge — which he signed in September after meeting with party chairman Reince Priebus — Trump said: “No, I don’t.”
“We’ll see who it is,” he told moderator Anderson Cooper.
Trump said he had been treated “unfairly” by the Republican National Committee and the GOP establishment. He said he was unsure whether the Republican establishment was plotting to take the nomination away from him during the convention in Cleveland.
He also said he didn’t need Ted Cruz to promise to support him should Trump win the nomination.
“I’m not asking for his support,” Trump said.
“I don’t want his support; I don’t need his support; I want him to be comfortable,” Trump said, taunting Cruz for dancing around the issue of whether he would support Trump if Trump were the nominee.
The Cruz campaign declined to respond to Trump’s comment, referring to Cruz’s earlier statements, when he repeatedly dodged whether he would back Trump as the nominee.
“Ted has said he does not make a habit of supporting people who insult his wife,” Cruz communications director Alice Stewart said when asked whether Trump’s remarks affect Cruz’s decision regarding backing the nominee, echoing comments Cruz has been making for several days.
Given the bad blood and white hot acrimony between the outsider Trump and the establishment’s last great hope Cruz it’s mind-boggling that at one point the media was criticizing the “bromance” between the two candidates.
Trump’s caveat has always revolved around being treated fairly and that isn’t happening. As establishment frustration has mounted so have efforts to sink Trump. There have been debates set up specifically to attack Trump, open boasts of millions of dollars in negative advertising, coordinated smear campaigns, denunciations by sitting Republican politicians and even the audacious efforts of a former presidential nominee to back a shadow campaign to deny Trump the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Now if that is being treated “fairly” perhaps one would be interested in purchasing a nice bridge to nowhere or some nice oceanfront property in Nebraska.
Trump has already called out the RNC for being in violation of it’s own pledge is totally justified in telling the party big shots exactly where they can stick their it.