Trump Shuts Down Speculation Over Key Issue

( Former President Donald Trump refused to commit to backing the 2024 Republican nominee if he fails to win the nomination.

During an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt last Thursday, Trump said whether or not he supports the eventual nominee “would have to depend on who the nominee was.”

Trump’s refusal to support the Republican ticket in 2024 stands in stark contrast to other potential Republican candidates who have vowed to support the GOP nominee no matter what.

During the interview, Hewitt told Trump that former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, an outspoken anti-Trump Republican who has been mentioned as a possible primary candidate, had said he would support Trump if he wins the nomination.

Hogan, who appeared on Hewitt’s program earlier, said he didn’t think Trump is going to be the Republican nominee, “but I’ll support the nominee.”

After Trump’s response to Hewitt, Hogan clarified on Twitter saying if Trump “won’t commit to supporting” the eventual nominee, then he wouldn’t commit to supporting Trump.

In an interview on CNN last week, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, another possible Republican also-ran, said he didn’t believe Donald Trump would win the nomination, but added that he would support whoever is nominated.

Trump’s comments to Hewitt echo the response he gave to Fox News host Bret Baier during a 2106 primary debate. When Baier asked the same question, candidate Trump said it would “have to depend on who the nominee was.” All Trump would commit to at the time was not running as a 3rd party spoiler.

Currently, Donald Trump is the only prominent Republican who has officially launched a 2024 presidential campaign.

According to a Club for Growth poll released this week, in a multi-candidate hypothetical primary match-up, the former president holds a narrow 3-point lead over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, 37 percent to 33 percent, while the rest of the candidates polled in the single digits.

In a head-to-head match-up between just DeSantis and Trump, the popular Florida governor holds a nine-point advantage over the former president, 49 percent to 40 percent.