nominee Donald Trump is reportedly planning to invest tens of millions
of dollars to put an end to the political lives of two of his former
primary opponents John Kasich and Ted Cruz after they refused to endorse
him this week.
Citing an unnamed source, Bloomberg
reported on Saturday that Trump “plans to create and fund super-PACs
specifically “aimed at ending the political careers of Cruz and
Kasich should either run for office again.”
The report said Trump
would invest some $20 million or more in one or two outside groups about
six months before their respective election days if they stand for
According to the source, the mogul “would be willing
to invest tens of millions more if necessary to ensure his former
competitors didn’t win another race.”
Cruz refused to endorse
Trump during his Republican National Convention speech on Wednesday,
instead urged the audience to vote their “conscience” in the
Kasich also refused to show up at the convention although it was held in his home state Ohio.
This is a combination of file photos of former Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz (L) and John Kasich. © AFPTrump’s
feud with the Texas senator boiled during an event in Cleveland on
Friday, suggesting that he would fund an outside group against Cruz if
he wins the presidential race in November. He said Cruz had “ruined his
“Maybe I’ll set up a super-PAC if he decides to run,” Trump said of the Texas senator.
source familiar with Trump’s thinking, however, said the presidential
nominee would consider forming the super-PAC whether or not he wins the
According to Federal Election Commission rules, if he
doesn’t win the presidency, he is clearly free to set up and fund a
The source also suggested that the outrage that Trump
has exhibited in the aftermath of the nomination contest could fade over
time, leading him to drop the plan.