Trump to 'Foolish' RNC: I May Make 3rd-Party Run

'RNC has not been supportive,' real estate mogul says in interview
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2015 10:29 AM CDT
He's mad as hell and he's not gonna take it anymore (as a Republican, anyway—maybe).   (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

(Newser) – Donald Trump says he's not a Washington insider, which is why the GOP is treating him so badly—and why he'll entertain a third-party run, he tells the Hill. "So many people want me to, if I don't win [the GOP nomination]," he said during the 40-minute conversation in Manhattan's Trump Tower. "I'll have to see how I'm being treated by the Republicans. Absolutely, if they're not fair, that would be a factor." Ostensibly among his beefs are being taken to task by RNC chief Reince Priebus for his recent immigration comments, as well as GOP pushback for insinuating Sen. John McCain isn't a war hero. "The RNC has not been supportive," he continued. "They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy. The RNC has been, I think, very foolish."

As for his outsider status, "I'm not in the gang. I'm not in the group where the group does whatever it's supposed to do. I want to do what's right for the country—not what's good for special interest groups." Other nuggets on his plans if he becomes No. 45: He'd appoint Supreme Court judges with a "conservative bent," support congressional term limits, and work closely with China because "they love Trump." He didn't say much about upcoming GOP debates, other than: "These politicians debate every night. That's all they do is talk. I don't do that. I'm a job creator." But despite citing his high polling numbers, Trump said it would be "presumptuous" to declare his nomination in the bag. (If you're feeling left out of Trump's line of fire, get yours here.)

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