Reince Priebus Hints At Penalties For Former GOP Candidates Who Don't Endorse Trump

He's looking at you, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and John Kasich.
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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday that GOP candidates who ran against Donald Trump and lost may face penalties if they don鈥檛 endorse Trump but try to take another shot at the presidency later.

鈥淭hose people need to get on board,鈥 Preibus said of Trump鈥檚 primary challengers.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz have yet to endorse Trump, despite the real estate mogul securing the nomination in July.

鈥淚f they鈥檙e thinking they鈥檙e going to run again some day, I think that we鈥檙e going to evaluate the process of the nomination process, and I don鈥檛 think it鈥檚 going to be that easy for them,鈥 Priebus told CBS鈥檚 鈥淔ace the Nation.鈥

Priebus added that those candidates 鈥済ave [the RNC] their word鈥 and used information provided by the party.

He said that the process requires candidates to endorse the nominee if they want to be on the ballot in certain states, which could complicate matters in 2020 or 2024.

鈥淧eople in our party are talking about what we鈥檙e going to do about this,鈥 Priebus said. 鈥淭here is a ballot access issue in South Carolina. In order to be on the ballot in South Carolina, you actually have to pledge your support to the nominee, no matter who that person is. What鈥檚 the penalty for that? It鈥檚 not a threat. It鈥檚 just a question that we have a process in place.鈥

鈥淎nd if a private entity puts forward a process and has agreement with the participants in that process,鈥 he continued, 鈥渢hen those participants don鈥檛 follow through with the promises that they made in that process, what should a private party do about that if those same people come around in four or eight years?鈥

Editor鈥檚 note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims 鈥 1.6 billion members of an entire religion 鈥 from entering the U.S.

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