As part of the current primary election cycle, Republicans are being asked to sign a pledge to support the party's eventual nominee in order to receive permission to participate in debates.
Former President Donald Trump has such a commanding lead over the rest of the field, however, that he's completely broken the system.
GOP brass aren't the people calling the shots anymore, Trump is.
Trump's stance is that he doesn't owe the GOP anything. He sure isn't going to be bullied into signing their little mission statement. He said:
I have a problem with the debate for another reason. I wouldn’t sign the pledge. Why would I sign a pledge if there are people on there that I wouldn’t have? I wouldn’t have certain people as, you know, somebody that I’d endorse. So, they want you to sign a pledge, but I can name three or four people that I wouldn’t support for president. So, there is a problem right there.
"Somebody like Asa Hutchinson, who’s polling at zero, will ask me nasty questions," Trump said. "Somebody like Chris Christie, he’s polling at 1% and he’s going to ask me nasty questions, and others too, and then you have some that are very good. I mean, Tim Scott has been very nice, and Ramaswamy has been very, very nice. I mean, these are, you know, very capable people, very good people, but why would you do that when you’re leading by so much? Ronald Reagan didn’t do it, Nixon didn’t do it, many people didn’t do it, but I’m going to look at it very seriously."