DAVENPORT, Ia. – Republican presidential frontrunner and billionaire entrepreneur Donald Trump declared at a campaign rally this weekend that should the GOP attempt to wrestle the presidential nomination away from him, he will buy the Republican National Committee for $2 billion and replace its headquarters in D.C. with a luxury hotel.
Trump lashed out at fellow conservatives Sunday afternoon, saying, “There are some within my party who believe I shouldn’t win this nomination. My message to them is simple: Come January 2016, one way or another, I will be in charge of this country.” Mr. Trump called on fellow Republican contenders to step down and pledge allegiance to him or face “harsh consequences” at the start of his presidency.
Following a prolonged standing ovation, Trump said he would not hesitate to throw members of his own party in prison over their failure to acknowledge the legitimacy of a Trump presidency. “This so-called ‘doctor’ Carson thinks he can usurp me. Well I’ve got news for you, Ben,” Trump roared. “I’ll have you performing brain surgery in Leavenworth by this time next year.”
In an internal email obtained by The New York Times, RNC chairman Reince Priebus privately expressed concerns over the Trump Organization’s recent decision to purchase a decommissioned Russian aircraft carrier and six F-35B Joint Strike Fighters for more than $888 million. Addressing other members of the RNC leadership, Mr. Priebus said he hopes “Mr. Trump isn’t planning some sort of coup.”
On the contrary, Trump told supporters Sunday, he merely intends to “make America great again.” The entirety of Mr. Trump’s plan will be unveiled following his inauguration, but in the meantime “folks can look forward to living in an immigrant-free America, where women and children are able to leave their homes without the threat of being raped or killed by an illegal alien.”
Trump, who recently hired former members of Executive Outcomes, a now-defunct South African private military contractor, to serve as his personal security detail, holds a twenty-point lead over Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who recently surged ahead of retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, in the polls.