Ben Carson threatens to bolt Republican Party
It’s not just Donald Trump. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is threatening to bolt the Republican Party.
Carson remains among the leading contenders for the GOP presidential nomination, though his poll numbers have dropped in recent weeks. He suggested in a statement Friday that he would consider an independent bid, following a Washington Post story about Republican leaders preparing for the possibility of a brokered convention. The story said several Republican power brokers argued that if Trump storms through the primaries, the GOP establishment must lay groundwork for a convention-floor fight in which the party’s mainstream wing could rally around an alternative.
“If the leaders of the Republican Party want to destroy the party, they should continue to hold meetings like the one described in the Washington Post this morning,” Carson said. “If this was the beginning of a plan to subvert the will of the voters and replace it with the will of the political elite, I assure you Donald Trump will not be the only one leaving the party.”
Trump, who’s leading nationally in polls for the nomination, has suggested he’d be willing to run as an independent if he feels he’s not being treated “fairly” by Republicans. He again stoked speculation about a third-party bid earlier this week by tweeting a poll that showed 68% of his supporters would stick with him if he quit the GOP.