Before he became Trump's Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus was the Republican National Committee Chairman that shocked the GOP elite by threatening crooked politicians who not support Donald Trump’s campaign.
Preibus told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that anti-Trumpers in Washington need to “get on bored” if they want to succeed in future campaigns.
The disruption during the campaign certainly called for tough wording and Pribus wasn't afraid to voice his opinion. His comments lead to his eventual hiring as Donald's right hand man. The chairman suggested that regulations in some states could have disqualified candidates who refused to back Trump. For example, in South Carolina you can only make the ballot if you pledged your support to the republican presidential nominee. “So what’s the penalty for that?” said Priebus.
The consequences were expected to hurt big GOP politicians like John Kasich, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. These seasoned traitors have become the faces of the #NeverTrump movement that attempted to halt Donald’s campaign before the RNC. Kasich and Cruz are the most fearful out of the bunch because of their aspirations to run in 2020.
“If they’re thinking they’re going to run again someday, I think that we’re going to evaluate the nomination process and I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for them,” said Priebus.
The chairman’s statements struck a chord with Kasich’s office. Top aid John Weaver told the press that the Ohio Gov. will not be “bullied by a Kenosha political operative that is unable to stand up for core principles or beliefs.”
A total of 13 Republican elected officials and candidates refused to endorse Donald. Before Donald takes office, these politicians will have to change their allegiance before they lose their seats in Washington. Mr. Trump is ready to unite the party, but those who don’t jump on board quickly may get left behind.