Did Priebus Just Threaten Bush, Cruz and Kasich For Not Backing Trump?

The GOP chairman suggested there will be action against former presidential candidates who won’t support Trump — but added “it’s not a threat.”

Since the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, several GOP members have questioned whether the media mogul even belongs in the party.

In fact, in the wake of Trump’s incendiary rhetoric, a growing number of both current and former GOP lawmakers — nearly two dozen — have come out against Trump.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state the rift within the Republican Party is forever widening, which is why the RNC chairman appears to be resorting to desperate measures to get (read: force) GOP elders like Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and John Kasich aboard the Trump Train.

In an interview with John Dickerson CBS News’ "Face the Nation," Reince Priebus suggested former candidates ought to pledge their support to Trump — or they’ll have to face consequences if they plan to run again in 2020.

“Those people need to get on board,” Priebus told Dickerson. “And if they’re thinking they’re going to run again someday, I think that we’re going to evaluate the process, of the nomination process and I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for them.”

Priebus said his statement, which most definitely sounded like a threat, wasn’t a threat.

“It’s not a threat, but that’s just the question that we have a process in place,” he added. “If a private entity puts forward a process and has agreement with the participants in that process, and those participants don’t 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?”

This isn’t the first time Priebus has issued a veiled threat to force rebellious party members into rallying behind Trump — while completely ignoring the nominee’s divisive shenanigans during and after the primaries.

In May, The New York Times reported the RNC told some of its staffers to endorse Trump or “they should leave.”

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