Trump says he’ll decide ‘very soon’ on whether to rule out independent bid

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

NASHVILLE — Donald Trump promised Saturday to make an announcement “very soon” on whether he will rule out running as an independent candidate, saying that “a lot of people are going to be very happy.” In order to appear on the South Carolina GOP primary ballot, the Republican presidential candidate must pledge by Sept. 30 that he will not launch an independent or third-party bid if he fails to win the nomination. Donald Trump handily won the straw poll at the National Federal of Republican Assemblies event in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, becoming both the first and second top pick among conservatives here after delivering another boisterous speech. “I don’t want it to be about me.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.

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. This is about common sense,” Trump said, even as he extolled his surging numbers. “Normally I wouldn’t say this, but I need your frickin’ votes!” he exclaimed at another point.

Don’t worry, I argued, this was a summer silly season story; come September’s return to reality, our strutting impresario would succumb to the laws of political gravity – but that, even so, he was a nightmare for the Republican establishment. 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.

Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican who trashed him during the first debate. “I would like to see Carly on stage because from the last debate to now she has been doing better than a lot of the ones who will be on stage,” Trump said. “She’s been killing Rand Paul, but he’s on stage and she’s not.” “I want the hedge fund guys to pay more in taxes,” he said, as he worked the crowd on his way out of the event. Ted Cruz and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson were the second and third choices, respectively, in the NFRA straw poll for first and second-choice candidates.

These are people that work hard and they love the country and then they get just beat up all the time by the media.’ ‘‘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. In Greenville, S.C., Trump told media, “we’ll we have plenty of time to think about it.” But while he demurred on questions of an independent candidacy, he was forceful when it came to defending comments he made Friday about one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides, Huma Abedin. “I think it’s a very dangerous thing when she is the receiver of so much of this very important information and she’s married to guy that obviously is psychologically disturbed,” Trump said, doubling down on previous remarks about Abedin’s husband, sex scandal-plagued former Congressman Anthony Weiner. “So how can she be married to this guy who’s got these major problems?

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. The event came the day after Trump held a glitzy $100-per-person campaign event — which he repeatedly insisted wasn’t a fund-raiser — outside of Boston. He trashes a beloved national war hero, picks a feud with the star female anchor of Fox News, his party’s in-house propaganda arm, and calls his opponents schoolyard names. 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. 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.

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. 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.” 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. In other words, he’s obliterating the rest of a 16-man field, one of the strongest in memory, stuffed with bright young senators and eminent past and present state governors. 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.

Or the upstart Bill Clinton in 1992, the same year the Texas businessman/billionaire Ross Perot – in some respects a prototype Trump – at one point led all presidential polls and, despite a string of self-inflicted wounds, won 20 per cent of the general election vote? These days, barely a third of the population thinks America is “on the right track”, and frustration at the failure of the country’s politicians to do anything about it merely grows. 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.

Trump rants against immigration, just like the nativist, nationalist parties in France, Britain and Germany – Front National, Ukip and so on – who say an influx of foreigners is driving their countries to the dogs. Republican voters simply grow more furious, even at the young guns they voted into Congress, and look for new heroes unsullied by the place, people who sound as if they have the answers.

Throw in the former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and her 5 per cent, and almost half of all Republican voters support candidates never elected to any political office. Meanwhile the establishment’s Jeb Bush, son and brother of presidents and early favourite for the nomination, has sunk to just 7 per cent (in fairness, it should be said that Bush’s efforts thus far, to use a favourite Trump adjective, have indeed been “pathetic”). And Trump knows exactly what he is doing, as evidenced as long ago as 1987 in his book The Art of the Deal. “The final key to the way I promote is bravado.

That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts.” Bravado, hyperbole – weapons aimed at the heart, not the head: everywhere tools of strongmen, and self-promoters on ego trips. When was the last time they dropped planned programming to air a candidate’s campaign meeting live, 14 months before election day, as has happened a couple of times with Trump of late? Naively perhaps, I still believe the novelty will wear off, that Trump will self-destruct, and that one of his rivals, a more conventional politician who can nonetheless portray himself as an outsider will prevail.

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