Last week, Donald Trump was in an orange hued paroxysm of rage over Jeb Bush’s refusal to throw aside his values and reputation and endorse Trump:
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday hit on Jeb Bush for not honoring his pledge to support the Republican nominee.
“I actually felt badly for him. He’s talking about upholding the Constitution, but he doesn’t uphold his pledge,” Trump said on “The O’Reilly Factor,” in response to the former presidential candidate saying he can’t vote for either major party’s presumptive nominee.
“He signed an irrevocable pledge. It was a pledge not subject to whims and whatever he might think or his loss. He signed a pledge. If you read that pledge you will see it is a strong statement that he will support the candidate, the nominee.”
Trump said Bush “violated” the pledge but noted he doesn’t need the support of the former Florida governor.
“But when you sign a pledge, you know, I signed the same pledge, and the reason they signed it was so I would sign it because I’m the one they wanted to sign it, I’m the one they were worried about,” Trump said.
“If I would have lost, I will tell you, I would have honored that pledge. He signed something, in writing, as strong as it could be.”
He is still rankled. As my colleague, Susan Wright, reported earlier today, Donald Trump
mini-me surrogate Newt Gingrich was on Good Morning America and complaining at his master’s behest and calling Jeb Bush “childish”.
There is a lot less to this story that meets the eye. Back on March 29, in Milwaukee, WI, Donald Trump, himself, said that he was withdrawing his own pledge to support the eventual nominee. Pick it up at 1:00.
Donald Trump says he no longer plans to support any Republican nominee not named Donald Trump.
Trump said he’d been treated unfairly by the GOP establishment and the Republican National Committee. When asked if he believed the Republican establishment was plotting to take the nomination away from him during the national convention in Cleveland, Trump said he didn’t know.
Trump also told Cooper he did not want support from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
“He doesn’t have to support me,” Trump said. “I’m not asking for his support.”
Earlier in the town hall, Cooper asked Cruz if he would support Trump as the nominee.
“Nominating Trump would be an absolute train wreck,” Cruz said, but even when pressed did not directly say if he would not support Trump were he to be the nominee.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined the two candidates in walking back a previous pledge to support the nominee. Cooper asked Kasich if he was waiting to see what happens as the race continues.
“That’s a good way to describe it,” Kasich said. “I got to see what happens. … We have a ways to go.”
And that, my friends, is the status of the the “pledge.” It doesn’t exist as it was repudiated by all parties at the same time.