Republican presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson has joined Donald Trump with his own threat to leave the Republican party.
The retired neurosurgeon lashed out at party heads in a statement Friday after the Washington Post published an article Thursday, detailing a meeting held by Republican leadership discussing contingency plans for a contested convention.
“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,” his statement said, according to Yahoo News.
The Post reported that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stood silent while other leaders of the party discussed a plan to challenge Trump at the convention, if he wins the majority of delegates in the primaries, by rallying around a “mainstream” candidate.
“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,” Carson added in his statement.
Republican spokesman Sean Spicer told the Post that the meeting was simply intended to discuss every possible scenario to “ensure a successful nomination.”
Carson remained unconvinced and was angry the meeting happened at all.
“I pray that the report in the Post this morning was incorrect. If it is correct, every voter who is standing for change must know they are being betrayed. I won’t stand for it… This process is the one played out by our party. If the powerful try to manipulate it, the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next summer may be the last convention,” he said. “I am prepared to lose fair and square, as I am sure is Donald. But I will not sit by and watch a theft. I intend on being the nominee. If I am not, the winner will have my support. If the winner isn’t our nominee then we have a massive problem. My campaign is about ‘We the People’ not ‘They the Powerful.’”
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