The infighting amongst establishment Republicans and the Republican National Committee has been simmering for months and may have finally come to a boiling point. Individuals who ran for the Republican presidential nomination are facing sanction if they do not fall in line and endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. If this occurs it would be the first time the party has taken action against its members for such an action.
Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, was a guest on CBS’s “Face The Nation” and described the quagmire Republicans presently face, “People who agreed to support the nominee, that took part in our process, they used tools from the RNC. They agreed to support the nominee, they took part in our process. We’re a private party. We’re not a public entity. Those people need to get on board. And if they’re thinking they’re going to run again someday, I think that we’re going to evaluate the process – of the nomination process and I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for them.”
Such a rebuke from Priebus is telling about the frustration the RNC feels towards its members, and he has a fair point. The RNC supported all candidates financially, and they all knew only one of them would actually win the nomination. Priebus outlined a rule within the South Carolina Republican party as a primer for how dissenters may be handled in the future. He said, “I mean there’s a ballot access issue in South Carolina. In order to be on the ballot in South Carolina, you actually have to pledge your support to the nominee, no matter who that person is.”
Thus far John Kasich and Ted Cruz have declined to endorse Donald Trump’s presidency, and if they continue to hold out they may find themselves locked out of future Republican contests.