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Will the Republican establishment run a third party candidate if Donald Trump wins the nomination?

December 22, 2015

 Much has been made about the possibility of Donald Trump running as a third party candidate if he does not win the Republican nomination, however he emphatically stated during the last debate that he would not do so. (Personally I do not trust him but that is neither here nor there for the sake of this post.) But while all of the focus has been on what happens if Donald Trump does not win the nomination nobody has asked what happens if he does.

  When I first read this Politico story a couple of days ago about the possibility of the Republican establishment running a third party candidate if Donald Trump wins the nomination I wrote it off as a left-wing website trying to stir the pot a little bit but here is part of what the article said:

With Trump as its standard-bearer, the GOP would suddenly be asked to rally around a candidate who has been called by his once and former primary foes “a cancer on conservatism,” “unhinged,” “a drunk driver … helping the enemy.” A prominent conservative national security expert, Max Boot, has flatly labeled him “a fascist.” And the rhetoric is even stronger in private conversations I’ve had recently with Republicans of moderate and conservative stripes.

This is not the usual rhetoric of intraparty battles, the kind of thing that gets resolved in handshakes under the convention banners. These are stake-in-the-ground positions, strongly suggesting that a Trump nomination would create a fissure within the party as deep and indivisible as any in American political history, driven both by ideology and by questions of personal character.

Indeed, it would be a fissure so deep that, if the operatives I talked with are right, Trump running as a Republican could well face a third-party run—from the Republicans themselves.

  While I thought this was probably nothing more than pot-stirring I am now beginning to wonder if there is something to this notion after all. Despite Jeb Bush’s campaign being in free-fall the Bush family still has major connections in the Republican party and I found it interesting, and telling, that Jeb Bush recently refused to state he would support Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.

  And now the editor-in-chief of Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol tweeted out the suggestion that the establishment Republicans should run a third party candidate if Donald Trump is the choice of the Republican voters.

Crowd-sourcing: Name of the new party we’ll have to start if Trump wins the GOP nomination? Suggestions welcome at editor@weeklystandard.com

— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) December 20, 2015

  And there is more:

Last week, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said that former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour “and a lot of the Republican leaders would much rather Hillary Clinton be President of the United States than have Donald Trump represent them as a Republican.” And in November, The Hill reported that “GOP establishment donors have confided to The Hill that for the first time in recent memory, they find themselves contemplating not supporting a Republican nominee for president.”

  donald trumpWhile the Republican establishment demanded, and eventually got, a pledge from Donald Trump to support the Republican nominee if it is not he they seem to be unwilling to reciprocate the pledge–the height of hypocrisy!

  It matters not who runs as a third party candidate–Donald Trump as an Independent against the Republican establishment candidate and Hillary Clinton, or the Republican establishment candidate as an Independent running against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton–the result will be the same and that result will be a Hillary Clinton Presidency.

 The hypocrisy abounds if this is the case because while the establishment Republicans talk about how Donald Trump running as a third party candidate would ensure a Clinton Presidency they are willing to ensure a Clinton Presidency, if this scenario is true, in order to stop Donald Trump, proving once and for all in my opinion that both parties are on the same side and they will protect the establishment candidate no matter which political party that candidate happens to belongs to.

  The question is; was Politico simply successful in stirring the pot or is there something to this? I am now of the opinion that the Republican establishment will do whatever it takes to defeat Donald Trump, even if it means putting Hillary Clinton in the White House.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 22, 2015 8:18 pm

    GOP is getting more twisted and convoluted by the day!

    Liked by 2 people

    • December 22, 2015 9:11 pm

      They are becoming unhinged…

      Liked by 2 people

      • December 23, 2015 5:35 am

        Exactly. Turning into the scheming kooks just like the DNC has. Birds of a feather.

        Liked by 1 person

      • December 23, 2015 6:33 am

        They honestly cannot believe they are being beaten by Donald Trump and it is driving them insane. I don’t like Trump but this is actually kind of entertaining.

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  2. December 22, 2015 11:34 pm

    I’m supporting Trump. Rand Paul is the only other one I would vote for and no way will he be the nominee. I absolutely will not vote for Cruz or Rubio. I will have to think very, very hard about voting for one of the others.

    I don’t trust Trump, but I don’t trust anyone else, either.

    I don’t know if Trump will keep his word, I know the other candidates won’t – they are all liars.

    Trump may not be the right man, but I know none of the others are.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 23, 2015 6:34 am

      Rand Paul is my guy but sadly you are right about him not going anywhere. I thought the NSA spying program would be a winning issue for him but apparently nobody really cares about the Constitution any more.

      Liked by 1 person

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