Presidential candidate Donald Trump signed a pledge last week promising that he would run as a Republican in the 2016 election, rather than turning over to a third party.   

 

After Trump faced heavy criticism from fellow Republican candidates over his negative comments about veterans and Mexican immigrants, many believed he would leave his place among the Republicans. In July, Trump said he had been asked to run as an independent candidate multiple times and that his decision would be made based on the way Republicans treat him in the near future.      

 

 

Why does it matter that Trump signed a loyalty oath with the Republican party? According to recent surveys done by Public Policy Polling, Trump is in the lead when compared to other Republican candidates at around 30 percent. If he were to run as a third party member with the many supporters he’s gained, some of these potential voters would stick with him. This could result in the Republican frontrunner losing votes to Trump, and potentially causing a change in the election’s results.       

 

Governor Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he will support Trump if he wins the Republican primary. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Now that Trump has signed this pledge, it’s unlikely that he would break the promise he made. If Trump goes back on the oath, his supporters may view him as dishonest, and it could stop the momentum he’s gained. Trump seems confident in his decision to make the oath, and stated that he sees “no circumstances under which I would tear up that pledge.”

 

Trump had a rocky start with his fellow Republican party members, but recently this has started to change. On “Good Morning, America,” Republican candidate Jeb Bush stated that he would support Trump if the former “Apprentice” host is nominated as their party’s front-runner.           

 

What does Trump’s pledge mean for the Republican party? Do you think he should have gone independent? Leave a comment or talk to me on Twitter @Karbowski_Devon.