Election 2020

Predictably, Trump Threatens to Renege on Third-Party Pledge

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At a town hall today in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Donald Trump floated the idea — without explicitly threatening to do so — that he may run as an independent candidate.

Trump attacked the Republican National Committee, saying it “better get its act together” and it “does a terrible job.” Trump said he believes the RNC treated him unfairly.

Trump also went off on the crowd that booed him during Saturday night’s GOP debate in South Carolina: “Look at it, that was a wealthy room.”

“The whole room was made of special interests and donors, which is a disgrace from the RNC,” Trump said. “The RNC better get its act together because, you know, I signed a pledge. The pledge isn’t being honored by the RNC.”

Trump signed an RNC pledge in September, agreeing not to run a third-party candidacy and to support the eventual Republican nominee.

“I signed a pledge, but it’s a double-edged pledge. As far as I’m concerned, they’re in default on their pledge,” Trump said of the RNC.

This gets to the heart of my opposition to Trump’s candidacy. Forget the litany of things his other detractors repeat ad nauseam in a futile attempt to sway the Trump faithful, my problem with him is that there is nothing–NOTHING–in his behavior and track record to indicate that he will follow through on any of what he is promising on the campaign trail. The leap of faith being taken by his supporters makes the Obama faithful from 2008 look like reasonable lovers of facts. I know a few diehard Trump supporters who are single-issue illegal-immigration voters. I sincerely believe that they’re going to find out the hard way the difference between an opportunist and an ideologue if Trump should ascend to the presidency.

The suspension of disbelief required to not find Trump’s casual bouncing between positions problematic is staggering. Many have complained about “low-info” voters in the past. In the Trump phenomenon we’re seeing “reject the info” voters.