For perhaps the first time in his improbable presidential campaign, Donald Trump is playing ball.
“I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party and the conservative principles for which it stands,” Trump said Thursday afternoon. “And we will go out and we will fight hard and we will win—we will win and, most importantly, we will make our country great again.”
At a Trump Tower press conference in New York City, the branding baron tried to put to rest speculation that he wouldn’t sign a GOP pledge forbidding him from launching a third-party run—and dragging scores of GOP voters along with him. After meeting with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to discuss the pledge—which is nonbinding and totally unenforceable—he assured the crowd that he was taking it seriously.
“I see no circumstances under which I would tear up that pledge,” Trump said.
For a campaign built on the idea of Trumpian Exceptionalism, its candidate briefly took an uncharacteristically egalitarian approach to the 2016 race in explaining his support for the party in his opening remarks.
“I have wanted fairness,” Trump said. “I don’t have to be treated differently than anybody else. I just wanted fairness from the Republican Party.”