GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump called into Trump & Friends--sorry, Fox & Friends--Monday morning to talk about a broad range of subjects. During his segment, the topic of the infamous Republican pledge came up.
Host Brian Kilmeade asked Trump:
"Do you think that there should be retribution, and they should not be allowed to run again?"
"Well, they signed a contract, Brian. And the contract is so clear. It's so clear. It said 'I will endorse the person that, you know, wins the primaries' right? And I won--not only did I win, I got 14 million votes...They signed an agreement...They say 'what wonderful people.' Nobody talks about the fact that they violated the pledge."
After co-host Steve Doocy breathlessly asked how anyone could possibly trust these terrible pledge violators in the future, Trump made his position very clear:
"These people all wanna run in four years, right? If I were the head of the Republican Party, I'd say 'You can't do it!'"
On Sunday's Face the Nation, RNC Chair Reince Priebus issued a similar threat to those who dare violate the precious pledge.
Interestingly enough, both Trump and Priebus seem to be forgetting about when the mogul broke the pledge in March during a CNN town hall:
ANDERSON COOPER: "Do you continue to pledge whoever the Republican nominee is?"
TRUMP: "Uh, no I don't anymore."
Regardless, it appears that Trump and the RNC will have only one answer going forward for former GOP candidates who now refuse to back Trump:
Trump mocked your wife's appearance in front of millions? Pledge.
Trump implied your father was in cahoots with Lee Harvey Oswald? Pledge.
Trump says he's going to start a Super PAC to knock you out of the senate? Pledge.
Trump doesn't have a conservative bone in his body? Pledge.
Trump himself broke the pledge? Pledge.