An aide from the Donald Trump presidential campaign warned the Republican National Committee Tuesday against GOP donors pooling funds to coalesce his rivals against him, suggesting that Trump would reverse his pledge not to launch a third-party candidacy if he felt he was being treated unfairly.
Michael Cohen, who serves as special counsel to the billionaire Republican candidate, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that it would be a “bad, bad decision” for super PACs to unite against Trump’s candidacy.
“Donald Trump wants to be treated fairly,” Cohen said sternly. “He will demand the GOP treat him fairly.”
Cohen’s comments came a day after Trump tweeted frustrations with the the Republican Party over former GOP strategist Liz Mair’s proposed efforts to “defeat and destroy” the real estate celebrity’s presidential bid.
“If they treat him fairly, he will honor the pledge because he’s an honorable guy,” Cohen told Cuomo. “If they break that agreement with him, as they say, ‘woe be on them.'”
The super PAC leading the charge against Trump is New Day for America, which supports Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The super PAC’s spokesman, Matt David, said Sunday that the organization has picked up 10 new donors since publicizing its plan to attack Trump in New Hampshire.
The RNC has said it is playing no role in any super PAC decisions and would remain “neutral” throughout the presidential nominating process, according to Reuters.
“For any attorney to suggest the RNC can control how or who supports or opposes particular candidates shows a basic misunderstanding of politics, free speech and the law,” RNC spokeswoman Allison Moore told Reuters in response to Cohen’s comments.
Cohen, however, has dismissed the RNC’s statements, insisting it is the party’s obligation to ensure Trump is treated “fairly.”
“If they don’t, this will be a very, very bad thing for the Republican Party,” Cohen said.
Watch Cohen’s interview on CNN below (relevant comments begin at 6:45):
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