Trump spent years donating to Democrats and the Clinton Foundation. He defended those political donations to Democrats by telling Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity earlier in the month, “So, what am I going to do, contribute to Republicans? Am I going to contribute to, I mean, one thing I’m not stupid. Am I going to contribute to a Republican for my whole life when they get, they run against some Democrat. And the most they can get is one percent of the vote.”
He added that he has a good relationship with New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer.
“I mean, I’ve contributed to Schumer, I contribute — I’ve known Schumer for many, many years. And I have a good relationship with him. The fact is, that I think it is time maybe that we all do get along,” he told Hannity.
Donald Trump said he will “absolutely” consider mounting a third-party bid for the White House if the Republican National Committee doesn’t treat him “fair.”
“The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy,” Trump told The Hill in an interview published Thursday. “The RNC has been, I think, very foolish.”
The billionaire business mogul said there are “so many people” who want him to run as a third-party candidate if he doesn’t win the Republican presidential nomination.
“I’ll have to see how I’m being treated by the Republicans,” Trump said. “Absolutely, if they’re not fair, that would be a factor.”
Trump’s comments to The Hill — his strongest yet about a third-party candidacy — came less than a day after he told TheBlaze TV’s “Dana” that his “total focus is to run as a Republican.”
“I only want to run as a Republican. I want to win, because that’s way we’re going to win, the best way,” Trump told host Dana Loesch. ”That being said, I will tell you so many people want me to run independent. But my total focus is to run as a Republican and to win.”