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Trump Won’t Debate, Won’t Support GOP Nominee Not Named Trump

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.


  1. P. Aitch 2023-08-22 07:39

    I predict that if Mr. Trump doesn’t win his party’s nomination he’ll still claim victory.
    You see, when you’ve a “victim mentality” any loss is automatically invalid.

  2. John 2023-08-22 08:31

    Agee, PA. trump supporters have idolatry.

  3. jerry 2023-08-22 08:54

    trump is so weak, so weak and afraid…gotta love it man, gotta love it

  4. jerry 2023-08-22 10:07

    To weak to make the debate. Gotta get fingerprinted, removal of his make up (kind of prissy) and then the mugshot. Hope they take the turd’s DNA for future serial rape trials. The surrender is on Thursday. Will pop some corn and crack a brew or two for this.

  5. Donald Pay 2023-08-22 13:35

    About the only thing Trump and I agree on is that these pledges are bogus. Everyone knows that if Trump doesn’t get the nomination, he’s going to run as an independent, and destroy what’s left of the Republican Party. Republicans know that as well, so whatever they do dooms the party in 2024, unless they pull off another attempted coup.

  6. Ryan 2023-08-22 14:17

    trump will flee to a country without extradition before the election. remember i said that.

  7. e platypus onion 2023-08-22 16:06

    drumpf won’t flee and leave his money behind. If he tries to transfer large sums of money judges can toss his ass in jail as a flight risk.

  8. Arlo Blundt 2023-08-22 18:46

    eplatipusEtc. –How much money Trump actually has at his disposal is in question…he’s a billion (with a b) in debt for various loans and motgages taken out on Trump Tower, the golf courses and a couple hotels…all other “Trump” hotels and casinos are franchise deals and he depends on them for cash flow…Weisburger, his CFO who has worked for Trump Inc. longer than Donald has been sentenced to considerable time for a man his age, in the crowbar hotel. Trump only has actual money at the benevolence of Citi Bank and other financiers including Duetch Bank and the Saudi Royal Family.

  9. leslie 2023-08-22 22:53

    Another vast pool of conservative wealth at Trump’s disposable is beginning to get a strong look by the DC AG and a lawsuit has been filed against Leonard Leo who created the present 6-3 SCOTUS which Trump believes will eventually save him from prison if all the rest of his evasive maneuvers fail in the four major criminal and civil cases pending against him and his motley crew.

    Clean-up required for accountability after Republican administrations, Fox News and “think” tanks, for the havoc and espionage they create, enable, spin and wreak is enough to cancel their treasonous obnoxious existence.

    Trump is a soft ball second stringer in the hardest political game our democracy has yet faced.

  10. leslie 2023-08-23 00:17

    Cory: “Republicans, get the hint already: fight for yourselves and for your party, and nominate someone else.”

    A nyt article about witness Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, is followed by this comment:

    Chicago Guy
    Chicago, Il
    Every year, for the last five decades, it seems that the United States has been on the verge, politically, of total collapse at any moment. From the 8-0 Supreme Court decision which forced Nixon to release his tapes, until now.



    Imagine what it would be like to live in a country where you never really had to hear or worry about politics because the people involved viewed their positions through the lens of “public service” not “self-enrichment”.

    Imagine no Trump. No Bush Jr. No “freedom caucus”. No Trump supporters.

    Instead, we have a deadly insurrectionist with visions of a personal dictatorship threatening to “terminate” the Constitution, leading in the Republican polls.

    (no pay wall)

    extraordinary lawyering is going on, on many sides of the Trump prosecutions. while i once taught Bush v. Gore as a “good” civics lesson, college students quoted Bill O’Reilly as authority in final papers to my
    dismay, and i am not sure the nation can endure many more such intense all-or-nothing political contests.

  11. larry kurtz 2023-08-24 09:13

    Nikki Haley clearly won the contest last night but Chris Christie put on one helluva show, too but Asa Hutchinson is old and the rest of field is freakin’ nuts.

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