Former President Donald Trump has stated that he will not sign a loyalty pledge to the Republican Party, casting uncertainty on his participation in the upcoming Republican primary debates.
Trump’s decision not to sign the pledge raises doubts about whether he will engage in debates with fellow GOP candidates.
In an interview with Newsmax, Trump explained his stance, saying, “I wouldn’t sign the pledge.
Why would I sign a pledge if there are people on there that I wouldn’t have? I wouldn’t have certain people as, you know, somebody that I endorse.”
He expressed concern about endorsing or supporting candidates he does not endorse personally.
Trump particularly criticized the relatively low polling percentage and national support required for entry into the Republican debates.
He questioned the fairness of allowing candidates with minimal polling support to ask him “nasty” questions during debates.
Citing past Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon as examples, Trump questioned the rationale behind participating in primary debates when leading by a significant margin.
He acknowledged considering the decision seriously, as he believes he possesses strong debating skills and wants to appear as a smart and capable candidate.
Trump’s decision not to sign the loyalty pledge and his concerns about the debate format reflect his desire to navigate the primary process strategically, leveraging his popularity and strengths while minimizing potential risks.