Donald Trump is renewing his threats to run as a third-party candidate — and it looks like he could keep top Republican officials sweating a potential independent bid all the way through next summer.
As backlash grows over Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, he is apparently reconsidering his September pledge not to run as an independent should he lose the GOP nomination.
Trump tweeted a poll citing the support he would garner as an independent. On “Live With Kelly and Michael,” he said that he would consider splitting from the Republican Party if he wasn’t “treated fairly.”
History isn’t in Trump’s favor in terms of a presidential victory. George Washington was the first candidate to run as an Independent, and the only one to ever win. In 1992, Texas billionaire Ross Perot ran as an independent, and was able to get his name on the ballot in all 50 states by mobilizing thousands of volunteers. He made it on to the debate stage, and received approximately 19 percent of the popular vote. His run was deemed the most successful independent one since Teddy Roosevelt’s in 1912 – but he got zero electoral college votes.
A new poll indicates that 68% of my supporters would vote for me if I departed the GOP & ran as an independent. https://t.co/ztP5d2ctZl— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2015