Billionaire and GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump went on the warpath this weekend after learning about changes to the Virginia primary that seem designed to harm his campaign.
Virginia will hold its presidential primary on March 1, and for the first time ever voters will be forced to sign a loyalty pledge claiming they are members of the Republican party.
In the past, independents and unaffiliated voters have been allowed to vote in the Virginia GOP primary. And demanding that voters be a member of a party isn’t all that unusual.
But the fact that Virginia Republicans have decided to make the move this presidential cycle is what has Trump and his supporters upset.
Trump has been polling very strongly among independents, and his campaign has been lauded for its ability to bring new voters under the Republican tent. Now, a significant portion of those voters may stay home on March 1 if Virginia requires them to sign a loyalty pledge.
“It begins,” tweeted Trump on Sunday. “Republican Party of Virginia, controlled by the RNC, is working hard to disallow independent, unaffiliated and new voters.”
Trump also claimed that the voters the Virginia Republican Party will exclude with its new rule may exact revenge come November.
“The Dems LOVE it,” he tweeted. “Be smart and win for a change.”