Election 2016

Priebus Warns Trump He Might Wave His Finger at Him

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump recently said he would not necessarily abide by the GOP pledge to support their presidential nominee regardless of who it is.

This was only a surprise to those who thought Trump actually meant it when he signed the pledge; a list of people that may or may not include RNC chairman Reince Priebus.

The impotent and ineffectual Priebus appeared on ABC yesterday where he warned Trump that there will be "consequences" for backing out of the pledge.

"Those kinds of comments, I think, have consequences," Priebus said on ABC's "This Week."

"And so when you make those kinds of comments, and you want people to fall in line for you, it makes it more difficult."

Oh no, it makes things "more difficult."

Even when Donald Trump explicitly says he won't support the GOP nominee if he isn't it, the rest of the GOP still can't bring itself to say the same of Trump.

A wide range of party representatives including their own Speaker of the House and the other presidential candidates have denounced frontrunner Trump to varying degrees, but none of them have said they won't support Trump even if he says he won't support them.

With threats as weak as these, there's no clear motivation for Trump to "fall in line." Why should he? Priebus may as well be one of Trump's doormen.

  • muselet

    “Consequences.” Ooh, Donald Trump will be quaking in his boots at the very thought.

    What the hell leverage does Reince Priebus think he has over Trump that he can impose any sort of consequences? That’s not snark, I genuinely don’t understand.

    Priebus may as well be one of Trump’s doormen.

    I believe that last word should be “doormats.”


  • Aynwrong

    I believe the correct term for what will happen to poor Priebus if he tries to hold Trump to any consequences is schlonged.

  • Draxiar

    If Trump were serious in winning this (which is still, in my mind, debatable) he’d go all Nader on the GOP in November. If he’s not serious he’ll concede being passed over for nomination and then brag, gloat, and be a general pimple of annoyance in never shutting up about how he would do it better than the nominee or how he would have won the general election rah blah blah. No matter what, Trump won’t shut the fuck up about the election until he dies.