While he surges in the polls, some within the Republican establishment have begun wishing Donald Trump would leave the race.
Trump responded with a threat that could spell huge trouble for the GOP: a third-party run.
"So many people want me to, if I don't win ... I'll have to see how I'm being treated by the Republicans," he said in an interview with The Hill.
For now, he's decidedly running as a Republican, and he's even admitted an Independent run could be bad for the party.
"The best way of defeating the Democrats, and probably Hillary – I think it's going to be Hillary – is to run as a Republican. If I do the third-party thing it would be, I think, very bad for the Republicans," Trump said.
But the Republican party has not fully embraced the brash White House hopeful, even if some of the voters have.
The head of the RNC reportedly asked Trump to tone down his controversial rhetoric after his critical comments of immigrants and Mexicans specifically.
After Trump's comments about John McCain, the GOP said in a statement, "There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably."
"I think that candor, I think voters are really hungry for, and outside of Washington I think there's a section of the Republican Party that that really resonates with," said The Hill reporter Kevin Cirilli.
That's part of why an Independent run from Trump could create such a problem, as his appeal with Republican voters could pull some from voting for the GOP candidate in a three-way race. Businessman Ross Perot's candidacy is largely considered to have been a significant factor in why Bill Clinton beat incumbent George H.W. Bush in 1992.
Mr. Humble , a few words if you please :
Trump is one sandwich away from assisted living, are you people joking.
This isn't as critical as made out to be. Trump is exactly what the GOP needed to get off their butt. Liberals are not swing voters. Unions are not swing voters. Illegal aliens are not swing voters. Not every democrat is a liberal. Many democrats are chomping at the bit to get America back on track.
Trump is only trying to get the GOP to quit being middle of the roaders and revert to being Republicans. He has no real intention of going through with this race (it would cost him too much money annually) and, honestly, who would want those headaches. But he's stirring up enough interest that people are starting to listen and agree with him so maybe it will cause trouble for Hillary!
Trump is hot right now but he needs to tone it down and show some humility. People are getting tired of his bragging about how rich he is and how great he is and how no one can do anything better than he can. A little of him goes a long way and that may be his undoing.
Trump is going to bail out before any debate. He knows damn well he has no clue about foreign policy, or strategic military interests. He know nothing about health care or the budget process, mandatory spending versus discretionary or appropriations, omnibus, supplemental spending etc etc etc. He will tuck tail and run when he is asked routine questions like the names of world leaders. But the hillbillies want this jerk to be President lmao. He's an ass Goobers. Figure it out.
If anyone thinks that they are going to vote for someone with all good and no bad, then that person is living in fantasy land or illusion-ville. On election day, people are going to be weighed - the good and the bad will be put on a scale. May the best candidate win!
What I will say about Trump is "in the land of the blind the one-eyed man is King"and that is why he is ahead in the polls.
I need him to continue ....For my own entertainment purposes...Got to give him this, He doesn't give a frogs fat ass what anyone thinks
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