I don’t know about any of you, but I’m full-on with The Onion at this point: I really just want to see how this Trump thing plays out. Having been in politics for over a decade now, I know it’s way too early to start lobbing predictions over who will peak and who will valley and who will have a nervous breakdown on the trail and start screaming about how no one one they’ve hired can get them a Diet Sprite quickly enough so why even bother. Trump, at least, makes this all interesting. Otherwise, I’d jsut be covering Hillary Clinton taking foundation money from people who still stone women for driving.
Anyway, Donald Trump has repeatedly said that, if this whole Republican thing doesn’t work out, that he’d simply go back to his day job investing in real estate and designing spread-collar shirts. Today, though, as he makes his way to the Mexican border for what will no doubt be an insightful public spectacle, Trump announced that his plans have changed. If the GOP doesn’t respect him, he’ll fire them and make his own party.
The GOP is getting sick of Donald Trump—and it turns out the feeling is mutual.
Trump, the real estate billionaire running for the Republican presidential nomination, told The Hill that the Republican National Committee’s treatment of him during the primary season has led him to consider a third party bid for the White House.
“The RNC has not been supportive,” Trump said. “They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy. The RNC has been, I think, very foolish.”
Of a potential third party bid, he said, “So many people want me to, if I don’t win… I’ll have to see how I’m being treated by the Republicans. Absolutely, if they’re not fair, that would be a factor.”
Some people are shocked – shocked, I tell you – that Trump would even consider pulling a Ross Perot, as if that wasn’t his intent right from the beginning. Trump didn’t hire campaign slouches. His managers pulled off impressive wins for people like Santorum. And he’s currently in a retirement phase of his career, meaning that he has all the time in the world to devote to disrupting the political process. And he’s been an “independent” from the beginning: Trump gives to and supports whoever is best for Trump, and for the most part, that’s been Democrats, including Hillary Clinton and Rahm Emanuel. In the case of the latter, Emanuel was the least union-bought-and-paid-for candidate in the Chicago mayoral race (and best bet), and Trump gave accordingly, so that his Chicago Trump Tower faced no effective opposition, something he’d run up against regularly in the Daley administration.
He’s the Donald. He does what he wants. Including running a Presidential campaign until he can’t run it anymore. Which is a shame, because those spread-collared shirts from Macys were really nice.