Donald Trump’s vow to self-fund his campaign after threats of a delegate revolt at the Republican convention fired up his base yesterday as tension in the GOP party threatened to challenge his candidacy once again.
At a rally in Las Vegas, Trump blasted the “insurgent group” behind a push to allow delegates pledged to the presumptive GOP presidential nominee to vote for another candidate, saying it wasn’t allowed by party rules. Trump added he would self-fund his campaign if the Republican party didn’t support him.
And despite his talk otherwise, Trump needs that help, strategists said.
“ ‘I’m going to do it on my own’ sounds great, but it’s problematic,” GOP strategist Ford O’Connell told the Herald. “People like Trump because he’s the antithesis of the GOP establishment. He represents a giant middle finger to the Washington establishment ... but he still needs 90 to 92 percent of registered Republicans to vote to win in November.”
O’Connell said that scenario has almost no chance of succeeding.