According to the publication The Hill, Donald Trump said that the chances that he will launch a third-party White House run will “absolutely” increase if the Republican National Committee is “unfair” to him during the election season.
“The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy,” the Trump told The Hill in a 40-minute interview at Trump Tower on Wednesday. “The RNC has been, I think, very foolish.”
Asked whether he would run as a third-party candidate if he doesn’t seize the GOP nomination, Trump said that “so many people want me to, if I don’t win,” according to The Hill.
“I’ll have to see how I’m being treated by the Republicans,” Trump said. “Absolutely, if they’re not fair, that would be a factor.”
The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, called Trump earlier this month asking him to “tone down” his controversial rhetoric. More recently, the RNC rebuked him for saying that Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) is not a war hero. Trump didn’t apologize but has since said that the 2008 Republican presidential nominee is a war hero, according to The Hill.