Trump resurrects hints of third-party run

By Ann Marie Awad  |  Feb. 15, 2016 at 4:13 PM
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump accused the Republican National Committee of being "in default of their pledge," hinting once more that he'll run as a third party candidate.

At a town hall in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Monday, Trump doubled down on accusations that the RNC fills debate audiences with "special interests and donors." He'd made the claim in the last two Republican presidential debates, each time while he was being booed in heated exchanges with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

"The whole room was made of special interests and donors, which is a disgrace from the RNC," Trump said Monday. "The RNC better get its act together because, you know, I signed a pledge. The pledge isn't being honored by the RNC."

The pledge he referred to was one signed by all Republican candidates, in which they vowed to support whoever eventually becomes the Republican nominee. Trump has flirted with a third-party run before.

"I signed a pledge, but it's a double-edged pledge. As far as I'm concerned, they're in default on their pledge," Trump said.

An RNC spokesman told The Guardian: "The language of the pledge is pretty straightforward," saying that it "simply states the candidates pledge to run as a Republican and support the nominee. Nothing more and nothing less."

Those were not the only fighting words Trump had Monday. He also threatened a lawsuit against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, after calling him "a totally unstable individual," "a basket case" and "unhinged." The lawsuit, which he's threatened before, would allege that Cruz is ineligible to run for president because he was born in Canada.

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