On this weekend’s Face the Nation, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus let down a major wing of the Republican party, again. He admitted to essentially exiling top members who are declining to support Donald Trump, thus inhibiting future conservative wins in the process. Priebus’ threats come in response to former candidates who declined to support the party’s nominee in the general election.
When host John Dickerson asked Priebus about those who failed to uphold the pledge, Priebus responded:
Those people need to get on board. And if they’re thinking they’re going to run again someday, you know, 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.
Without naming names, Priebus is referring to Governor John Kasich, Senator Ted Cruz, and former Governor Jeb Bush. For them, this election is now a catch-22. If they do support Trump, any conservative credit they may have evaporates for the 2020 election. But if they don’t support Trump, the RNC is going to inhibit their ability to run in the future.
Since when did we sideline members of the party for a conscientious choice?
It is clear that, for some Republicans, Donald Trump is not an adequate representation of the party platform. Of course, the same rules don’t apply to Trump. The Republican flag-bearer was the only candidate in the full group of 17 to adamantly refuse the loyalty pledge. Others held their tongue and doubted a Trump candidacy. Yet, back in March, Trump said he would not honor the pledge he signed in September.
Gee, the guy with two ex-wives wouldn’t stay faithful to the party he recently joined? Color me surprised.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this piece, this move will only alienate younger voters in the “big-tent party.” Most millennials already feel like this election is a joke, and our options for further ones are apparently limited. Young conservatives have worked hard to further the cause, but the Republican party has now made it clear that there is no place for us unless we get in line and risk parting with the convictions we hold so dear.