If Donald Trump truly wants to make America great again, he’s going to have to do it as a Republican...at least on paper.
Trump met with Republican National Committee brass on Thursday and signed a pledge stating that he would not fund his own campaign in the event that he is not chosen as the Republican nominee for president. The pledge also promises that Trump will support whomever the nominee is, assuming he is not chosen.
It is not, however, legally binding, so in theory, Trump would be free to fund his own campaign and run on his own party platform if he’s not chosen as the GOP nominee. Trump remained firm on Thursday that he plans to back the Republican Party no matter what and sees no reason why he would tear up the pledge he signed.
As has been the case with most of the things he’s done since entering the presidential race, reactions to Trump signing the pledge have been mixed. Some say it’s yet another brilliant PR move by the eccentric real estate mogul, others believe it could eventually cost the party the presidency.
Do you think that Trump will follow the terms of the pledge? What effect will this pledge have on the Republican nominating process? If a candidate breaks the pledge, would that turn voters off to that candidates third party candidacy?
Holly Turner, attorney, Republican political strategist, former candidate for the Texas House of Representatives, and co-founder and chief financial officer at Stampede Consulting, a political consulting firm based in Austin, TX
Erikka Knuti, Democratic strategist with Purple Strategies, a political consulting firm in Washington, D.C. She has also staffed for members of the U.S. House and Senate