Trump says he will announce third-party decision soon

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Donald Trump Says He’ll Decide On Third Party Bid Soon.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Donald Trump will decide soon whether to mount a third party bid if he loses the Republican nomination for president, the real estate mogul said Saturday. “I think over the next couple of weeks you’re going to see some things that are very interesting,” Trump said after a speech in Nashville to a gathering of tea party activists. NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 29: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) Presidential Preference Convention at Rocketown on August 29, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.NASHVILLE — Before the crowds, cheers, chants, protests and droves of media that accompany GOP presidential contender Donald Trump rolled in to Nashville on Saturday morning, Janet Newlon and Richard Snowden were waiting and ready to help anyone who wanted to add to their political attire.Campaigning in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump on Saturday paid homage to his supporters — claiming they are a part of “a movement” and using colorful language to beg for their support. “This is a movement,” said Trump, who often speaks about himself in campaign appearances. “I don’t want it to be about me.

Trump has so far refused to pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee, saying his refusal to commit gains him leverage over the party establishment, which has been caught off-guard by his early dominance in the race. But his hands are largely tied: He’ll have to sign a pledge to do so if he wants to appear on the ballot in South Carolina and potentially several other states.

With arms full of “Make America Great Again” hats and Trump buttons, the pair couldn’t wait to hear from perhaps the biggest name in American politics. Second, Trump’s appeal is oddly like that of Franklin Roosevelt, in the sense that he’s a rich, well-connected figure — a rich New Yorker, at that — who’s campaigning as a traitor to his class. Beyond the bragging, Trump’s appearance represented something more tangible: evidence of a campaign that has grown more tactically serious as it wears on. Trump made clear Saturday that he welcomes tea party support. “I love the tea party!” he told the crowd during a meandering, hourlong speech at a Christian music venue and skateboard park, making the case that they hadn’t been treated fairly. “The tea party people are incredible people.

Although the venue south of downtown Nashville is typically reserved for small concerts or used as a skate park, more than 500 people craned their necks, stood on chairs and pushed through crowds to get a glimpse of the controversial business tycoon. “We’re going to take this country back and make it so great again, so strong again,” Trump said at the beginning of a wide-ranging speech that drew consistent cheers and applause from the audience. The group that describes itself as “a grassroots movement of Republicans that seeks to restore the conservative principles of the Goldwater / Reagan Republicans.” In other words, the sorts of Republicans whose support Trump will have to solidify as the nominating contest continues. These are people that work hard and they love the country and then they get just beat up all the time by the media,” he added. “You don’t know the power that you have.” The event came the day after Trump held a glitzy $100-per-person campaign event — which he repeatedly insisted wasn’t a fundraiser — outside of Boston. Trump bounced from topic to topic, returning several times to his poll numbers in between discussion of health care, veterans rights, national debt, his television show The Apprentice, his books, his family, police brutality and a slew of other topics. So long as there are only two competitive parties, the political diversity of the country will be channeled through their sluice gates, and the (mostly upper-class, highly-educated, self-consciously globalist) people who run the parties will exercise disproportionate control over which ideas find representation.

But multiple signs posted at the property’s entrance and along a staffed check-in table told those arriving to “Please have cash ready or make checks payable to: Donald J. He pledged to “repeal and replace Obamacare,” joked about holding fundraisers in the White House instead of using taxpayer money to fly to events, blasted the media for only focusing on the “bad apples” among police and not the majority of law enforcement officers and criticized fellow Republicans. “I’m a Republican, I’m conservative. While Trump claimed to be vessel for something bigger, he used long stretches of his speech to tout his smarts, his business savvy and his “vision.” “I said don’t go into Iraq even though I’m a very militaristic person,” he said. “I’m much more militaristic than Bush, even the brother.” Mixed in with Trump’s talk of a “silent majority” was a call for “law and order.” He decried the rioting that took place in Baltimore in April in response to the death of a young black man in police custody. “The police were not allowed to protect people,” said Trump. “We have to be tough.

Trump for President, Inc.” Another read, “Entry Fee $100 Per Person.” Trump also defended a personal attack he launched Friday against Huma Abedin, a top aide to Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been swept up in the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Trump again speculated that Abedin had shared classified information with her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned after sending sexually explicit images of himself to women he’d met online. A spokesman for Clinton’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but said in an emailed statement Friday that there “is no place for patently false, personal attacks towards a staff member” and that Trump “should be ashamed of himself.” At one point, as Trump was criticizing CNN’s coverage of a fundraiser he held on Friday — “We had this incredible event and they destroyed it,” he said — a supporter got his attention by shouting about “the criminal media.” Trump used it as an opportunity to again emphasize the importance of his supporters. The libertarian who wants to cut defense spending, the anti-abortion voter who favors a bigger welfare state, the immigration skeptic who wants to keep Social Security exactly as it is … all these voters and many others choose the lesser of two evils every November, because neither party’s leadership has any interest in representing their entire worldview.

After labeling most immigrants from Mexico as rapists and thieves in his presidential announcement speech, Trump said Saturday he employs many Hispanics within his private enterprise who are “great people.” But he also criticized the concept of “sanctuary citizens”; conservatives have blasted policies that allow undocumented immigrants to remain in the country after committing crimes. Elites can have wisdom that populists lack, certain ideas deserve suppression, and multiparty systems are more likely to hand power to extremists or buffoons. (It’s a good thing for the country that neither Henry Wallace’s effectively pro-Soviet leftism nor George Wallace’s segregationist populism outlived their respective third-party bids.) And when the two-party system is functioning at its best, party leaders can integrate compelling third-party ideas, or even reorient a party entirely to react to a public discontented with its options. But it has been more than four decades since the last such reorientation, and two decades since the last time a third-party candidate saw his ideas even co-opted by the major parties. With banners that read “We are not criminals, we are Tennessee,” they marched to chants of “Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go.” The Tennessee Immigrants and Refugee Rights Coalition joined with Workers Dignity, another activist organization, to create the rally. TIRRC co-executive director Stephanie Teatro said they wanted to rally Saturday because they believe presidential campaigns aren’t accurately portraying immigrant communities amid the ongoing debate on immigration reform. “As immigration takes center stage in the conversation in the presidential debate, we’ve seen it take a turn for the worse.

Really devaluing immigrant communities, undervaluing their many contributions,” Teatro said. “We’re here to change the narrative and uplift the community, and remind all candidates that we’re here and we’re paying attention, and that Tennesseans want real immigration reform.” After the event, Austin Fiala and Elizabeth Reavis posed with a Trump poster in front of dozens of chanting protesters. Fiala, from Tullahoma, said he agrees veterans are too often overlooked and thought Trump earnestly wants to help those in need. “He’s very genuine about the way he presents himself. He regularly attacks the entire Iraq misadventure, in its Bush-era and Obama-era manifestations alike, in a way that neither mainstream Republicans nor Hillary Clinton can plausibly manage.

And he’s coming at all these issues, crucially, from a vantage point of privilege — which his critics keep highlighting as though it discredits him, when in reality it lends his populism a deeper credibility. He’s the Acela Corridor billionaire (albeit tackier than most) who promises to reveal what the elites are really up to, the crony capitalist who can tell you just how corrupt D.C. really is, the financier who’ll tell you that high finance can afford higher taxes. It’s precisely because he isn’t a blue collar outsider that he may seem like a credible change agent: Because he knows Wall Street, and because he doesn’t need its money to campaign, it seems like he could actually fight his fellow elites and win.

In a healthy two-party system, the G.O.P. would treat Trump’s strange success as evidence that the party’s basic orientation may need to change substantially, so that it looks less like a tool of moneyed interests and more like a vehicle for middle American discontent.

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