Donald Trump's Independent Bid Is Republicans' Worst Fear In The 2016 Presidential Campaign

Donald Trump has the Republican Party establishment right where he wants them.

The divisive billionaire’s renewed threats to bolt from the GOP and run as an independent in the general election has party elders on edge that he’ll guarantee four more years of a Democrat in the White House.

“If he runs, Hillary’s the President. The numbers just don’t add up any other way,” said GOP strategist Ford O'Connell.

“I think he’s bluffing 100%. He’s doing it so that everyone else will back off of him and let him win this nomination in the way that he sees fit. He’s using it as leverage, and it’s a smart play for him,” said O’Connell.

Read more from Cameron Joseph at the New York Daily News

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