What Happens if President Trump Refuses to Endorse the GOP Presidential Candidate in 2024?

Former President Trump is the only Republican candidate who has announced their candidacy for the presidency. It is early in the election season, and most people will announce their candidacies by the summer. Many believe that Governor Desantis of Florida is a likely candidate for President. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Trump’s former secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, have also been floated as possible candidates.

When questioned about that topic, the former President said: “It would depend. I would give you the same answer I gave in 2016 during the debate. … It would have to depend on who the nominee was.”

This response makes many Republican pundits nervous. What would happen if the former President refused to accept and support the nominated candidate? Would he then decide to run as a third-party candidate like Theodore Roosevelt did in 1912?

This pronouncement is not new for Trump; it is unusual for a candidate for President to announce he won’t support the chosen primary candidate.  

Do you think Trump would run third-party? Would he be willing to fracture the Republican base in that way? Would a third party be a good thing for the American political system? Leave your comments below.

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