According to a breaking tweet from Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, another presidential candidate—an independent—is set to enter the race for the White House. Kristol sent the message out as a “heads up over this holiday weekend.”
“There will be an independent candidate,” Kristol tweeted. “An impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.”
Kristol did not give any more information beyond the tweet, which was vague and provocative. But Donald Trump was quick to respond on his own Twitter account, calling on the GOP party to unite against this unnamed opponent. He also implied that if an independent were to run, a Clinton victory would be in the future.
“If dummy Bill Kristol actually does get a spoiler to run as an Independent, say good bye to the Supreme Court!” Trump tweeted.
“The Republican Party has to be smart & strong if it wants to win in November,” he added. “Can’t allow lightweights to set up a spoiler Indie candidate!”
He then targeted Kristol directly.
“Bill Kristol has been wrong for 2 years—an embarrassed loser, but if the GOP can’t control their own, then they are not a party. Be tough, R’s!” he concluded.
Kristol responded hours later, returning fire at the GOP candidate.
“I’m traveling, so hadn’t realized I’d so upset @realDonaldTrump,” Kristol tweeted. “I’m sorry the mere mention of an independent candidate has so unnerved him.”
“I hope my mention of an independent candidate didn’t distract him while paying respects during whichever Memorial Day ceremony he attended,” Kristol added.
It is true that Kristol’s original tweet was a little far-fetched. Another source told CBS News’ Julianna Goldman not to expect an announcement for a couple of weeks.
Around two weeks ago, The Washington Post did report that GOP operatives were mounting an effort to derail Donald Trump by bringing in another conservative candidate. Goldman confirmed that several names were being considered at the time, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
One should note that Trump and Hillary Clinton have the highest unfavorable ratings in CBS News/New York Times polls going back to 1984. Some have argued that this is an opportunity of a strong independent to enter the race.
What do you think? Do you support Trump?
Source: American News