Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman who once stood on wishy-washy ground with Donald Trump, has been singing a new tune in recent weeks, standing firmly in the camp of supporting the GOP nominee.
And his most recent statement, aimed at those who once competed with Trump for the Republican ticket for president, sings even louder. His blunter-than-blunt message for these dozen-plus people?
“Those people need to get on board,” Priebus said, during a Sunday television appearance on CBS News.
In fact, those who don’t end their opposition to Trump and continue to try to stymy the candidate at every step of the campaign way, could face party penalties in their own political careers, Priebus said.
Priebus, in particular, was talking about Jeb Bush, Florida’s former governor, and about Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who have yet to endorse Trump – or even quit speaking ill of him in public.
“If they’re thinking they’re going to run again some day, I think that we’re going to evaluate the process of the nomination process, and I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for them,” Priebus said, the Huffington Post reported.
Priebus reminded that Bush, Kasich and Cruz all “gave their word” and promised to endorse the eventual Republican candidate. And, he went on, the way the process is set up, “candidates [have] to endorse the nominee if they want to be on the ballot in certain states, which could complicate matters in 2020 or 2024,” the Huffington Post reported, paraphrasing Priebus.
So what’s the RNC going to do if not all in its party support Trump?
“[If] those participants don’t follow through with the promises that they made in that process, what should a private party do about that if those same people come around in four or eight years?” Priebus asked.
He then said “it’s not a threat, it’s just a question that we have a process in place,” the news outlet reported.
Source: Huffington Post