“Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.” ~Jesus (Matthew 5:37)
“I think we have to start with a journalistic note, which is that you [Bret Baier] posed the question…Trump supporters and Trump himself thought was somehow unfair…I think what we saw today was retroactive vindication, not only of the legitimacy of your question but its importance. We had a whole day devoted to this. And I think you asked the right question at the right time and now we have a different answer.” – Charles Krauthammer on “Special Report with Bret Baier.” Watch here.
Here is the exchange from the debate.
“Gentlemen, we know how much you love hand raising questions so we promise this is the only one tonight,” Fox News’ Bret Baier opened the debate by asking. “The only one. Is there anyone on stage—can I see hands—who is unwilling tonight to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of the Republican Party and pledge to not run an independent campaign against that person? Again, we’re looking for you to raise your hand now, raise your hand now if you won’t make that pledge tonight.”
Trump raised his hand.
“Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump, to be clear, you’re standing on a Republican—“ Baier started to follow up.
“I fully understand,” Trump said.
“The place where the RNC will give the nominee the nod,” Baier interrupted.
“I fully understand,” Trump said again.
“And the experts say an independent run would almost certainly hand the race over the Democrats and likely another Clinton. You can’t say tonight that you can make that pledge?” Baier followed up.
“I cannot say,” Trump responded. “I have to respect the person that if it’s not me, the person that wins. If I do win–and I’m leading by quite a bit–that’s what I want to do. I can totally make the pledge if I’m the nominee. I am discussing it with everybody. But I’m talking about a lot of leverage. We want to win and we will win. But I want to win as the Republican. I want to run as the Republican nominee.”