RNC chief Reince Priebus threatened John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush today on “Face the Nation” after their refusal to endorse record-setting GOP nominee Donald Trump.
Priebus said the RNC may block future runs by the Republican candidates who used tools from the RNC, then lied and refused to endorse the GOP presidential nominee.
Bush, Kasich and Cruz have yet to endorse Donald Trump.
The pro-Hillary website Redstate reported:
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus during an appearance on Sunday’s edition CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said that it’s time for Donald Trump’s former primary challengers to support his campaign. Priebus even suggested there could be trouble for them in 2020 or 2024 if they don’t:
Those people need to get on board. And if they’re thinking they’re going to run again someday, 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.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have still not yet endorsed Trump. And nobody really thinks they will.
When asked explicitly whether that meant there would be penalties for those 2016 Republican hopefuls who have not endorsed Trump if they run again in 2020 or 2024, Priebus said nothing has been decided but that it’s something the party will look at.
All 17 of the major Republican candidates signed a so-called “loyalty pledge” last summer stating that they would support the eventual Republican nominee “regardless of whom it is.” The pledge was the result of Trump suggesting that if the GOP didn’t play “fair” he might run as a third party. While the document is not legally binding, some states have “sore loser” laws that would prevent a candidate who appeared in a party’s primary and didn’t get the nomination from filing as an independent candidate in the general election.
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