Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” while discussing the GOP pledge all the candidates signed to support whomever is the GOP nominee, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump warned that pledge could be a weapon for him if required.
Partial transcript as folllows:
TAPPER: I know you’re big on Twitter.The hashtag — #neverTrump hashtag exploded on Twitter this weekend. These are Republicans saying they will never vote for you. Marco Rubio himself even used that hashtag. What do you think of that?
TRUMP: Well, he can do whatever he wants. You know, I signed a pledge. And the pledge is a two-way street. And if it’s not that way, you’re going to have a big problem. They’re going to have a big problem with me. We have tremendous amounts of people. We have — as you know, you know, I’m going to Alabama today. We’re going to have 25,000 people and probably more than that.
We had to go to a football stadium because no building held it. And we’re going to have an amazing crowd. And yesterday in Tennessee, I had 15,000 people in a hangar. In Arkansas, you probably saw that one in the morning. In Arkansas, we had about 15,000 people in a hangar.
And, you know, we have a lot of people. I’m representing people. I’m not representing myself. I’m representing a lot of anger out there, and there’s — we’re not angry people, but we’re angry at the way this country’s being run. And a lot of them are angry — angry at the way the Republican Party is being run, Jake.
TAPPER: Yes, I want to ask you about…
TRUMP: And the Republican Party is not being run properly.
TAPPER: I want to ask you about that, because Republicans in Washington, D.C., are starting to tell Republican senators that they don’t have to go to the convention if you’re the nominee, that they should think about running against you if you’re the nominee.
That, combined with Marco Rubio doing the #neverTrump hashtag, do you think Republicans are violating the pledge?
TRUMP: Totally. Totally.
I mean, if they want to play that game, I can play it much better than they can. And I have a lot more people than they do — and, you know, totally. If they’re doing that, that’s a total violation of the pledge, yes.
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