Open Line Friday today on the show, plus more Donald Trump news.

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Trump vs. the Republicans

Donald Trump isn't backing down and according to the Washington Post he may not support the eventual Republican nominee.

“So many people want me to run as an independent — so many people,” Trump said. “I have been asked by — you have no idea, everybody wants me to do it. I think the best chance of defeating the Democrats and to make America great again is to win as a Republican because I don’t want to be splitting up votes.”

Pressed about whether he would back the Republican ticket if he fails to win the nomination himself, Trump left the door open for a third-party bid of his own. “I would have to see who the nominee is,” he said.

Trump’s comments came in a call to The Post to dispute some of the details reported Wednesday night about his phone call with Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Trump said that the Wednesday afternoon call with Priebus lasted between 10 and 15 minutes and was “congratulatory” with regard to Trump’s ascent in recent polls. He said that near the end of their discussion, Priebus did ask him to speak in a more measured way about immigration.

“He started off saying, ‘Wow, you really hit a nerve,’ ” Trump said. “He said, ‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this since I’ve been in politics.’ ”

Trump added, “Then, in closing, he said, ‘You know, if it would be possible, maybe you could tone it down just a little bit, but you are who you are, and I know you have to do what you have to do.’ ”

Trump said the call from Priebus “was meant, in my opinion, to be a congratulatory call . . . It wasn’t a lecturing-type call. He’s going to lecture me? Give me a break.”

Is anyone else getting the feeling that Donald Trump is only running so he can torpedo the GOP's chances of winning the White House? Donald Trump is right that not everyone coming across the border is a good person. While he is right on that, I still don't trust him and believe that there are much better candidates out there.

I could see the following play out going into 2016. Trump fires up the Tea Party crowd while continuing to bash the Republicans and declares that he is running as an Independent. He takes 4-6% of the vote or more and Hillary Clinton sails to victory.

Confederate Symbols at the U.S. Capitol

Because we haven't gone far enough yet in wiping clean all symbols of our history, Speaker John Boehner wants a review of all Confederate symbols inside the Capitol building according to the Washington Post.

Some Democrats have introduced resolutions asking that any Confederate symbols be removed from the U.S. Capitol — where statues of Jefferson Davis and other Southern Civil War-era soldiers are prominently displayed — and a potential vote on the issue was only making matters worse for Republican leaders trying to embrace the national mood following the mass murder last month in a Charleston church.

Instead, Boehner said he was going to establish a working group of Democrats and Republicans to review the issue, both in terms of symbols inside the Capitol and with regard to Confederate issues that would come up in other annual spending bills for the federal government.

“Listen, we all witnessed the people of Charleston and the people of South Carolina come together in a respectful way to deal with, frankly, what was a very horrific crime and a difficult issue with the Confederate flag,” Boehner said Thursday at his weekly news conference. “I actually think it’s time for some adults here in the Congress to actually sit down and have a conversation about how to address this issue. I do not want this to become some political football.”

I can't wait until our politicians move on to the next faux-outrage.

Other Must Read Links:

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Rick Perry Gets It

Obama Administration to Unveil Major New Rules Targeting So-Called Segregation

Hillary Clinton on the GOP and Immigration

Hillary Clinton on People Who Diss the Government

Voters are Shifting to Democrats

These and many more topics coming up on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show. Tune in mornings 8:30-11am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App. All guest interviews can be heard on our KFYO YouTube page after the show and online at kfyo.com.