During the first Republican Debate on Fox News, Donald Trump was the only candidate who said he may not support the nominee if it was not him. Before the second debate, he signed a pledge promising to do just that. Now, after four debates and a large lead in the polls, it seems the businessman is willing to keep at it as an independent if the Republicans choose someone else.
Asked numerous times if he would run as an independent if he lost the GOP nomination, Trump wouldn’t give much more than a “we’ll see.” The last time, Trump’s response was “I’m going to have to see what happens. I will see what happens. I have to be treated fairly. You know, when I did this, I said I have to be treated fairly. If I’m treated fairly, I’m fine.”
Knowing the chances of victory are higher with a Trump independent bid, Democrats pushed for the possibility to become reality.
“The GOP can be very mean. If the Donald’s feelings are hurt by them, he absolutely should run as an independent!” Hilary Rosen, a Democratic consultant, told the Wall Street Journal.
In other controversial comments on the show, Trump said he would brink back waterboarding, the interrogation technique that drew much criticism from politicians and foreign governments during President George W. Bush’s time in office.
Trump said this is much more humane than what the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are using.
“They don’t use waterboarding over there; they use chopping off people’s head,” he said. “I would bring it back. I think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they’d do to us…”