The News About Washington Post Complains Trump’s Pledge Isn’t Legally Binding

You have to hand it to the Washington Post. The Jeff Bezos-owned legacy media outlet is consistent in its hypocrisy, casting doubts and aspersions on all who are not reliably in the corner of the Democratic Party as well as those who are not reliably in the corner of more and bigger government, which all too often today includes the leaders of the Republican Party.

You might have heard in recent days that billionaire real estate mogul and leading 2016 GOP presidential contender Donald Trump signed a “loyalty pledge” to the Republican Party, a non-legally binding document that ostensibly prevents Trump from making a third-party bid for the White House should he lose the Republican presidential nomination as the GOP leadership hopes.

It was bad enough having to crawl to Trump – he was visited in Trump Towers by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus – to get him to sign; the fact that he signed it was another signal that he is simply too smart for the current crop of GOP “strategists,” major candidates and party operatives.

Trump outfoxes everyone

In the weeks before this “historic” signing, the Republicans’ preferred candidate, Jeb Bush, complained that The Donald has been a Democrat longer than he’s been a Republican.

Trump’s signing of the document pledging that he’s a Republican and that he’ll support the eventual Republican nominee if it is not him makes him a bona fide Republican, and that destroys the claim by Bush and others that Trump is “not really a Republican.”

Check and mate for Trump.

It appears that someone at the Washington Post is upset that this pledge wasn’t some sort of court affidavit or other “legal” document. They claim the Trumpster can back out of it at any time.

The Post’s Chris Cillizza, who writes “The Fix” blog, laments:

GOP front-runner Donald Trump signed a formal pledge crafted by the Republican National Committee that he will not run for president as an independent if he doesn’t win the party’s nomination….

But there is absolutely no reason to think that simply by the act of signing this pledge, Trump will somehow be legally bound to not run as anything but a Republican in 2016. He won’t be.

This pledge is not…a legally binding document. It’s like the sort of pledge you get your kids to sign that they will do their homework, make their beds and eat their vegetables before they can play with your iPhone. It’s a statement of intention, but not a binding one.

Faux outrage

Were Cillizza and Co. at the Post equally concerned about Barack Obama violating about 700 promises regarding Obamacare? Did they lose sleep over his broken pledge regarding executive amnesty for illegal aliens? Did they call out his reversal on the traditional definition of marriage?

Obama promised that his Affordable Care Act would lower monthly insurance rates, but that hasn’t happened for most Americans.

He promised that if we liked our health insurance, we could keep it, knowing full well that Obamacare’s mandated coverage minimums meant that Americans could not keep the plans they had.

He repeatedly said – 22 times – that he did not have the authority to issue the executive amnesty that he ultimately issued after the 2014 elections.

When running for the presidency the first time, Obama was adamant he believed in traditional “Christian marriage” before changing his position after the 2012 election and ordering his Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionally passed Defense of Marriage Act.

The Washington Post and its incessant defense of Obama and fellow Democrats is par for the course, as is its faux outrage over a promise that Trump hasn’t even broken yet – and might never break.