Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump opened the door to a third-party run for the White House if he does not win the GOP nomination.
— The Hill (@thehill) July 23, 2015
In an interview with The Hill Wednesday, Trump bemoaned his current relationship with the Republican National Committee. “The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy,” Trump said from his Manhattan office at Trump Tower. “The RNC has been, I think, very foolish.” Trump was asked directly if he would run on a third-party ticket and did not rule it out, noting that “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.
The comments come only a few weeks after Trump revealed the details of a call during which RNC chairman Reince Priebus advised the real estate mogul to “keep it down a little bit” with regard to his rhetoric.
More recently, Trump, who has been leading recent polls, drew fire from several of his fellow GOP presidential candidates for asserting at a forum in Iowa Saturday that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was “not a war hero” in the Vietnam War. “I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump said at the time.
One of said candidates was Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who called Trump a “jackass” for his comments. At a rally in Graham’s home state of South Carolina Tuesday, Trump responded by calling the senator an “idiot” and releasing his personal cell phone number.
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