Trump’s decision to suspend his campaign at the end of July has put the spotlight on the fractured field of candidates in the Republican presidential primary.
The Republican National Committee has raised eyebrows for its decision to hold its first convention in New York City since its inception in 1872, but it has not given up on its bid to unify the party ahead of a May 19 primary.
The RNC’s decision came after Trump, who has never held elected office, said on Wednesday that he would step down if he can’t win the nomination by the July convention.
Trump’s camp argued that the GOP has the power to choose its nominee, but they were met with criticism that the decision was a non-starter.
“It’s not a zero sum game, the RNC can’t choose between winning and losing,” Trump’s campaign chairman, Rick Wiley, told the Associated Press.
“The only way to win is to get a majority of delegates.
If we don’t win, it will be because the delegates are being divided.”
The RNC is not the only party to be caught in a political crisis.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is running out of time to win the Democratic nomination before the Republican convention, and she’s also running out for a third term in office.
Trump, who’s a self-proclaimed businessman who has made millions of dollars in real estate investments, has made the most of his status as a billionaire.
Trump has said he will continue to donate to Democratic campaigns, even if they don’t meet his personal requirements.
But he has also said that if he loses, he’ll donate to his wife’s campaign.
The Trump campaign has been critical of the RNC for not holding the first primary since it’s inception.
The Republican National Committeewoman, who is also the chair of the party’s campaign arm, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called on Trump to withdraw from the race on Wednesday.
“Donald Trump’s choice to suspend campaign at this critical moment would be a serious blow to the Republican Party and to our campaign.
He has chosen to ignore the RNC’s rules, and instead he is engaging in a desperate attempt to maintain his status and power,” the committee said in a statement.”
We must all rally around the nominee and stop him from being forced to quit before the next primary,” the statement continued.
But the Trump campaign’s strategy appears to be working.
The former reality TV star has won four states since July, and his team has focused on winning the remaining primaries and caucuses in states such as Utah, Nevada, Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
He currently leads the Republican race in Iowa by 11 percentage points, according to RealClearPolitics.