Trump: Rivals Who Don’t Back Me Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Run for Office
Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his former primary rivals are breaking a pledge to back him after he became the GOP’s nominee.
The Hill reports:
Trump said his primary opponents who now refuse to support his candidacy should not be allowed to run for office in the future, since they’ve gone back on their word.
“It was a rough campaign, and I wasn’t nice, but they weren’t nice either,” the presumptive GOP nominee said at a rally in Bangor, Maine.
“Honestly, you sign a pledge, you’re supposed to honor the pledge,” he continued.
Trump called them “really sore losers” and said they only signed the pledge so he would do so as well.
“They broke their word, and in my opinion, they shouldn’t be allowed to run for office again … because what they did is disgraceful.”
Several of Trump’s former rivals have so far declined to endorse Trump for president.
Among them are Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former New York Gov. George Pataki and businesswoman Carly Fiorina.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said earlier this year he would endorse the eventual GOP nominee, but distanced himself from Trump in interviews earlier this month.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has left a gray area, criticizing Trump at times but saying he will support whoever the GOP nominates.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are among the former presidential candidates who have enthusiastically backed Trump.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry have also endorsed Trump.