Look Out, Ted, John, and Jeb: Priebus Threatens GOP Candidates Who Won't Support Trump

On Sunday on Face the Nation, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus threatened 2016 GOP primary candidates who would not openly support Donald Trump for president.

Priebus is the same guy who saw to it that a roll call vote at the Republican National Convention to discuss the rules of the convention was shut down. The secretary of the convention was even hiding behind armed guards so the petitions for a counter rules proposal couldn’t be taken.

On Sunday, speaking to John Dickerson, Priebus said:

People who agreed to support the nominee, that took part in our process, they used tools from the RNC. They agreed to support the nominee. They took part in our process. We’re a private party. We’re not a public entity … Those people need to get on board. And if they’re thinking they’re going to run again someday, you know, I think that we’re going to evaluate the process of the nomination process, and I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for them.

Asked by Dickerson if candidates who took the pledge to support the eventual nominee and haven’t done so (presumably Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and John Kasich) would be penalized, Priebus warned, “I think these are things that our party’s going to look at in the process. And I think that people who gave us their word, used information from the RNC, should be on board. I mean why take part in the process –

Dickerson interrupted, “John Kasich?” Priebus: “Sure.”

Dickerson continued, “Governor John Kasich. So if he wants to run again, it seems like he might want to, he might be out of luck as far as the RNC goes?”

Priebus answered:

Well, I -- look, people are -- in our party are talking about what we’re going to do about this. I mean there’s a ballot access issue in South Carolina. In order to be on the ballot in South Carolina, you actually have to pledge your support to the nominee, no matter who that person is? So what’s the penalty for that? It’s not a threat. It’s just a question that we have a process in place. And if a private entity puts forward a process and has agreement with the participants in that process, and those participants don’t follow through with the promises that they made in that process, what -- what should a private party do about that if those same people come around in four or eight years?

Priebus can bloviate all he wants about candidates who took the pledge to support the eventual nominee, but that’s supremely ironic since Donald Trump, when asked in late March if he would keep the pledge he had signed the previous September, said flatly, "No, I won’t," then said he wouldn’t because "I have been treated very unfairly."


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