Trump Warns GOP Leaders He Might Mount Third-Party Campaign

Donald Trump is once again threatening to run for president as an independent candidate if Republican Party officials do not treat him fairly, The Hill reported.

During an interview broadcast Sunday on Fox News, the real-estate developer responded to a question about whether he would consider launching a third-party bid for the White House if Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or another contender captures the GOP nomination. “It’s not a question of win or lose; it’s a question of treatment,” Trump said. “I’m by far the front-runner. I want to run as a Republican. I will beat Hillary Clinton. I’m going to have to see how I was treated.”

The billionaire candidate expressed concern that Republican operatives might attempt to “steal” the nomination from him if he fails to earn enough delegates to win the first round of balloting at the convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July.

According to many analysts, Trump is unlikely to amass the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. If he does fall short of that number, his pledged delegates will be free to vote for other candidates after the first ballot.

Trump has been threatening to run as an independent since last summer, when he declared during an interview with The Hill that he might drop out of the GOP race if the Republican National Committee actively opposed his candidacy. A third-party White House bid would be unlikely to succeed, according to pundits and other political experts. Most observers predict that the Democratic Party’s nominee would easily win a three-way contest.

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