Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that Donald Trump won’t run as a third party candidate because “I don’t think he likes to be seen as a loser.”
Appearing on Fox News’s “Special Report” with guest host Shannon Bream on Wednesday, Krauthammer suggested that if Trump starts slipping in the polls “he’ll say this had to do with unfairness or whatever, ganging up, and then he will have the option of leaving.”
The All-Star Panel was asked to comment on Trump’s interview with CNN’s Don Lemon on Wednesday, regarding a third party run, where Trump suggested, “I think it’s highly unlikely unless they break the pledge to me… if they don’t treat me with a certain amount of decorum and respect. If they don’t treat me as the frontrunner, by far the frontrunner, if the playing field is not level, then certainly all options are open, but that’s nothing I want to do.”
Krauthammer explained that Trump was, “Kicking open the doors of a saloon is the way I see him talking right there. Look, he, what he is saying, ‘That pledge isn’t worth the paper it’s written on because I will decide if the terms have been observed. It’s not going to be an outside committee, it’s going to be me and he’ll decide.'”
“I suspect though, that his ego… would restrain him from running as a third party,” Krauthammer argued, “assuming he doesn’t win the nomination because is going, it’s going to be a lot harder than he thinks and there will be a bar, sort of an invisible bar and I think that’s going to be the Ross Perot number of 19 percent.”
“I don’t think he would come anywhere near that in a general election. And that will be his mark on history and I don’t think he likes to be seen as a loser. The Republican nomination is his shot and I think that’s what he wants to go for,” Krauthammer suggested.
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