Trump to GOP: Humor me, boys, or I’m going third-party

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While I have no intention of turning this into a Donald Trump blog, you can’t ignore the political story of the day and maybe the week. And when Trump explicitly threatens the Republican Party with a third-party candidacy, as he did in an interview Wednesday … well, let’s say the price of poker just went up.

“The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy,” the business mogul told The Hill in a 40-minute interview from his Manhattan office at Trump Tower on Wednesday. “The RNC has been, I think, very foolish.”

Pressed on whether he would run as a third-party candidate if he fails to clinch the GOP nomination, Trump said 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,” Trump said. “Absolutely, if they’re not fair, that would be a factor.”

Is that a bluff? Maybe. But when you’re across the table from an unpredictable, petulant egomaniac with billions of dollars to spend, it’s a bluff that the Republican establishment can’t afford to call.  They desperately need the Trump voters, without whom they have little chance of winning the White House in 2016. But keeping the Trump voters while shedding themselves of Trump the candidate is a delicate business at best.  And I’m not sure how they pull that off.

At the moment, Trump is getting a lot of attention — which he loves — and that attention is only likely to increase as we enter debate season. With his drag queen’s thirst for the spotlight, it just isn’t realistic to hope that at some point he will just walk away from it gracefully. Graceful exits are not in his DNA.

And if he won’t go voluntarily, he also won’t respond well to other means. Basically, he has now told the party establishment and his fellow candidates that if they try to muscle him out of the race or try to exclude him from debates, he will become their worst nightmare. It would be foolish, very foolish. Something only stupid people — very stupid people — would do.

“I’m not in the gang,” as Trump told The Hill. “I’m not in the group where the group does whatever it’s supposed to do. I want to do what’s right for the country — not what’s good for special interest groups that contribute, not what’s good for the lobbyists and the donors.”

That’s total BS, of course — Trump’s first and last priority is Trump — but it’s BS that sells to a certain crowd. And I’d be willing to bet that Democratic and Republican operatives have already dissected the third-party ballot-access laws in strategic states, just to see how much damage the man could really do if properly motivated.

 

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lvg
lvg

Hilary is toast;   Time for Biden to step in  Only possible candidate with experience and capability to be president. Like Truman he will say what  is on his mind when he gets the urge and screw the talking points.. Need a Biden/Trump debate for entertainment.  Biden will do to him what he did to Palin and Ryan.

notagain
notagain

Good man for the job,now it's Tea time.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

"With his drag queen’s thirst for the spotlight"


Please don't demean drag queens by comparing them in any way to D. Trump!

lvg
lvg

Another day of mud pie fights by the GOP clowns under the big tent with Rinse a Peanus presiding as ring master -Free Admission to all!

stogiefogey
stogiefogey

Most of the announced Republican candidates don't give a rat's patoot about the RNC, at this stage they're in it to win.

Look for some of the cagier ones to maneuver around, maybe by supporting some of Trump's ideas or some such, so as to be in a position to pick up his endorsement when he inevitably falls out of the running.  

Lucifer12345
Lucifer12345

I am absolutely loving this. He calls Lindsey Graham an "idiot," he calls McCain a non-hero, he calls Perry a person who wears glasses to look smart and he is not, etc.  It's about time a fellow Republican stood up and put these buffoons in their place!

JamVet
JamVet

If elected, Donald will remove that American prisoner from the POW flag and replace it with his visage.

A modern day profile in courage, this Republican!

fedup52
fedup52

Does not sound like a woman preparing to commit suicide.

++++

Charles Blow has a detailed article in NYT today.  There he said the cop was tailgating Sandra.  So in a hurry she moved over with turning on the turn signal.  Seems the cop was up to no good in this case.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@fedup52 Based on the video, the cop was waaaaay out of line.

That's about all we know, though.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@InTheMiddle2 

... since you take deliveries in the rear.

More projection than an IMAX theater.

Just sayin'.

LeninTime
LeninTime

The fact that a women is murdered by police and made to look like she hanged herself in her jail cell suggests that the rottenness goes well beyond the local jail itself. 

If it indeed was what it appears to have been - a staged suicide to conceal a police murder - its perpetrators clearly committed the act with no worries of their act being subject to any serious investigation.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@LeninTime   the act with no worries of their act being subject to any serious investigation.


Given what we have seen recently why would they be worried about any investigations ?

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Hedley_Lammar @LeninTime 

Well, after the widely publicized spectacles that we've seen in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, one might have thought that the police in such a small town might not have particularly wanted to turn their town into the epicenter of another wave of violent social unrest and national attention.

But maybe that doesn't worry them too much. Maybe they've got friends in high places?

fedup52
fedup52

What - no blog post on the jobless numbers??

++++

Your party is in charge of the house and the senate.  Call them.


While you are at it ask them to raise the minimum wage and increase the taxes on the non productive Wall Streeters.

JamVet
JamVet

Breaking news.

Cobb County is still the epicenter of the Moron Belt.

Even if their public school science books don't have moronic stickers in them anymore...

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@JamVet Based on your assessment, it's safe to say that you must have received your education in Cobb County?

JamVet
JamVet

@DownInAlbany @JamVet 

Sure, unread one.

I was already a United States Air Force veteran when I moved to Georgia.

So, no, I did not have to suffer the eternal embarrassment of being almost educated in the Peach State, like you...

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Live from Laredo: Donald's motorcade is on I35 with 20 plus escort vehicles & 2 greyhound buses filled with reports. Heavy security all over... Go Donald

fedup52
fedup52

@Bulls_3y3 If he is nice to the President, he might send a few F16s fly overhead.  It will be cool.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@fedup52 And if he's not nice, the President might send a squadron of C130s to slowly circle overhead drowning out the noise on the ground.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Bulls_3y3 Lay the foundation for the wall, while you are there, Donald.  You can finish the job in 17 months.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Hedley_Lammar Not real difficult with a teleprompter.  AND, without Donald sitting on the same stage.  Kind of like the bad@sses around here, anonymously bloviating.

Yeah, absolutely destroyed him...in his mind.

snirt

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@DownInAlbany @Hedley_Lammar  Not real difficult with a teleprompter.  AND, without Donald sitting on the same stage.

LOL The teleprompter thing again. LOL


Obama would wipe the floor with Donald. 

JamVet
JamVet

@DownInAlbany @Hedley_Lammar 

What IS it with you rabid Republicans and teleprompters?????????????

Do you think they still read long speeches that were typed on IBM Selectrics?

Friggin' Luddites...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany @Hedley_Lammar

They riffed on this back in 2009...


Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Good evening. You know, I had an entire speech prepared for this wonderful occasion, but now that I'm here I think I'm going to try something a little different. Tonight I want to speak from the heart. I'm going to speak off the cuff. (Teleprompters rise.) (Laughter and applause.)


[it's at the 19:52 mark if you want to see the visual gag.]


http://www.c-span.org/video/?286242-2/2009-white-house-correspondents-dinner

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Hedley_Lammar @DownInAlbany

>>Not real difficult with a teleprompter

>LOL The teleprompter thing again. LOL

At the risk of picking nits--isn't he actually reading off a printed speech? He doesn't appear to be working a TP in that clip. Not that it matters, or that I care, and not that every President since LBJ has used them...

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@LeninTime @Hedley_Lammar Well last I heard Obama isn't in favor of building a wall and making Mexico pay for it


Nor is he in favor of repealing Obamacare. 


Nor does he want to pull out of the deal with Iran..........


You get the picture. Id say the differences are many and significant 



DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@KUTGF What does a woman preparing to commit suicide sound like, actually?

LeninTime
LeninTime

@KUTGF 

The depths of the ordeal to which she was being subjected make it possible. But the chances of it are exceedingly small. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@KUTGF  Does not sound like a woman preparing to commit suicide. 


Is that they lie they are pushing ?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@DownInAlbany @KUTGF Usually depressed. For most its a cry for help anyway and they don't really mean to kill themselves


My dad worked in ER's for years and could tell you that is true. 

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Hedley_Lammar @KUTGF NPR reported it very interestingly yesterday...during the report they said she was "hanged in her cell"...when I could have expected them to say "found HANGING in her cell"

Caught my attention, for sure

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Hedley_Lammar @DownInAlbany @KUTGF Da-yum.  Earlier we were over-run with constitutional lawyers.  Now, we've got to put up with the wanna be Doctors, too.

hedwee, janitors tell a lot of stories.  Some are true.  Some are not.