The Republican National Committee (RNC) has not violated the pledge signed by Donald J. Trump. I know that because there is nothing in the pledge for the RNC to violate.
In case you missed the news, Trump said yesterday that the RNC is “in default” of the pledge he signed. He also said that it’s a “double-edged pledge,” meaning that the RNC has to live up to its end of the bargain.
There’s a problem with that assessment. There’s nothing in the pledge that requires the RNC to do anything.
Here’s the entire pledge, in all its glory:
I [name] affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is. I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.
That’s it. That’s the whole thing.
Do you see anything in there that mandates the RNC to treat Trump a certain way?
No. You don’t. Because it’s not there.
Trump was wrong, it’s not a “double-edged pledge” at all. It’s very much single-edged.
He promised to support the eventual nominee. End of story.
The good news for Trump here, of course, is that it looks like he could be the nominee.