• Carson Threatens To Leave GOP: ‘Will Assess His Party Participation Going Forward’

    Ben Carson threatened Friday to leave the Republican Party if reports of a brokered GOP convention prove true, in what would be a nightmare scenario for the GOP.

    Carson was responding to accounts that surfaced Thursday in the Washington Post claiming several high ranking GOP delegates met to discuss the sustained strength of billionaire businessman Donald Trump and the possibility of a brokered convention to decide the eventual nominee at the Republican National Convention.Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly attended the meeting.

    “If the leaders of the Republican Party want to destroy the party, they should continue to hold meetings like the one described in the Washington Post this morning,” the retired neurosurgeon said in a Thursday statement. “If this was the beginning of a plan to subvert the will of the voters and replace it with the will of the political elite, I assure you Donald Trump will not be the only one leaving the party.”

    “I pray that the report in the Post this morning was incorrect. If it is correct, every voter who is standing for change must know they are being betrayed. I won’t stand for it,” Carson added. “I am prepared to lose fair and square, as I am sure is Donald, but I will not sit by and watch a theft. I intend on being the nominee. If I am not, the winner will have my support. If the winner isn’t our nominee then we have a massive problem.”

    When asked if Carson is seriously considering breaking the RNC pledge, his campaign issued the following statement:

    The pledge, and Dr. Carson’s support for the Party, is predicated on an even playing field. If it turns out that Party bosses have been or are conspiring to block a popularly elected candidate, e.g. Trump or anyone else not in their favored club, then Dr. Carson will assess his Party participation going forward. What is certain is that Dr. Carson abhors their apparent duplicitous, inside the Beltway games.

    Carson is slipping in recent polls, but an independent bid that scrapes away even a few percentage points away from the party’s nominee could make itimpossible for the Republican nominee to win the general election.

    The last time a brokered convention played out was in 1976.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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