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By Philip Primeau, Crisis Magazine, Aug. 23, 2023
Philip Primeau is a layman of the Diocese of Providence. His writing has appeared in Catholic World Report, Aleteia, Catholic Exchange, and Homiletic & Pastoral Review.
If by some chance Donald Trump loses the GOP nomination, he’s likely to run as an independent candidate, thus throwing the whole election into even further chaos.
During the 2016 cycle, Trump angered Republican grandees by refusing to rule out an independent bid for the White House, shrewdly protecting himself against underhanded machinations by maintaining maximum freedom of action. There is every reason to think that he would have pursued this course had he lost the nomination, especially if his loss had been attributable to the meddling of GOP bigwigs.
Today, Trump commands a formidable lead over his rivals, so much so that he’s not participating in the GOP primary debates, including the one scheduled for tonight. …