GOP pledge now void: Candidates walk back nominee support pledge
GOP pledge? What GOP pledge are you talking about? Last night, during the CNN Townhall, with different words, all three candidates hoping to be the nominee announced they are no longer respecting the pledge they took during the first debate where they promised to support the GOP nominee, no matter, who it would be.
Also, the GOP pledge is out the door. Last night, the three remaining Republican candidates – businessman Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Ohio Governor John Kasich – took part in a CNN town hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin moderated by Anderson Cooper.
There were many questions about Muslims, Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who was charged with simple assault in connection with an incident involving former Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields, Trump’s re-tweet of a side-by-side image of his model wife, Melania and Heidi Cruz having a bad hair day, and ISIS.
However, the question that made headlines was the famous GOP pledge. In August 2015, during the first famous or infamous debate on FOX where Megyn Kelly was one of the moderators, all the candidates, minus Trump, signed the Republican loyalty pledge where they promised to support the Republican Party nominee for the 2016 general election, whomever the nominee may be.
By September Trump eventually had a change of heart and held a press conference where he agreed to the pledge. So much has happened, so many insults were traded, so many lines were crossed in this primary contest, which would explain why all three politicians have revealed that the pledge is void.
Asked about the pledge, Trump said:
“No, I don’t anymore. I have been treated very unfairly. I’m the front-runner by a lot. I’m beating Ted Cruz by millions of votes. This was not going to happen with the Republican Party. People who have never voted before, Democrats and independents are pouring in and voting for me.”
“I’m not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and attacks my family,”
Moreover, Kasich shared:
“If the nominee is somebody I think is really hurting the country, and dividing the country, I can’t stand behind them.”
Will this party ever unite? These three men have officially confessed to not liking one another, and Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio plotting to have an open convention.