On Tuesday, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump took the Indiana primary, and his rival, Senator Ted Cruz, subsequently bowed out of the race. As the presumptive nominee, the ball is now in Trump’s court. The boisterous billionaire has to unify the party, right?
Appearing on the “Today” show with hosts Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer, Trump explained that he didn’t need to unite the whole party; those in the GOP who have dared to be critical of the real estate mogul can all go take a hike. Trump did have the courtesy to welcome his critics back, though, after his eight-year reign in the White House, of course.
"I am confident that I can unite much of it. Some of it I don't want,” declared the Great Unifier.
Illustrating his exceptionally thin-skin, Trump added: "There were statements made about me — those people can go away and maybe come back in eight years after we serve two terms," he said. "Honestly, there are some people I really don't want."
“I don’t think it's necessary; people will be voting for me and not for the party,” he concluded.
Ironically, Trump also remarked that Cruz dropping out was the right thing for the senator “and for the party.” The Manhattan socialite only cares about the whole party when it’s advantageous for him, apparently.
Time and again Trump has made it crystal clear that he is not a conservative. Now, he has made it obvious that he doesn’t want or need the support of dissenters, typically true conservatives, within the party. Uniting the whole party is not only not a priority for the presumptive Republican nominee, but something he's completely indifferent to. Let that sink in.
The transformation of the Republican Party is underway; free trade, the pro-life platform and small government falling to the wayside, isolationism and populism taking precedent.
"Honestly, there are some people I really don't want."
The party of Lincoln is seemingly a mere reflection in the rearview mirror now.
h/t The Hill