The leader of the Republican Party refuses to support the outcome of the Republican Presidential nominating process… unless the outcome is his own nomination. AP’s Jill Colvin reminds us of Donald Trump’s lack of party spirit as part of its report on his refusal to debate Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, and six other contenders Wednesday in Milwaukee:
Trump has also said that he will not sign a pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee if he loses the nomination — a requirement set by the Republican National Committee for appearing on stage.
“Why would I sign it?” he said. “I can name three or four people that I wouldn’t support for president. So right there, there’s a problem” [Jill Colvin, “Trump Says He Will Skip GOP Presidential Primary Debates,” AP, 2023.08.21].
Trump isn’t the only Republican who has balked at signing the RNC’s nominee-loyalty pledge as a condition of participating in primary debates. But Trump is the one saying there are at least “three or four” Republican competitors he wouldn’t vote for, not for any explicit good reason—like Asa Hutchinson’s reasonably principled statement that he won’t vote for a convicted felon—but likely just out of his own sheer egomania. Trump lacks the grace and selflessness to boost the party’s brand with a simple statement like, “Every Republican in this race would be a good President. I’d pick any one of them over the current President any day. I’m just making the case to the voters that I’d be the best among all these good choices, but whomever the Republican primary voters choose, I’ll support.”
Trump’s refusal to support another nominee, as well as his refusal to share a stage with his competitors, show he’s in the race for himself, not for the good of the Republican Party. He’d rather see his own name on the national ballot again than get behind another candidate who has a better chance of beating Biden. Republicans, get the hint already: fight for yourselves and for your party, and nominate someone else.