Trump knocks Virginia GOP for voter loyalty pledge

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJeb Bush: Reports of father supporting Clinton were 'inappropriate' Trump: I have 'very good' marital history Report: Trump Foundation lacks proper certification MORE took to Twitter Sunday night and blasted the Republican Party of Virginia over its plan that primary voters must pledge commitment to the party. 

The real estate mogul said that requiring voters to sign a statement vowing that they are Republicans will dissuade independent and new voters from participating in the primary. Virginia has an open-primary system where any registered voter can cast a ballot in one of the primary elections. 

Trump tweeted:

He continued:

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told The Washington Post that the billionaire businessman is pushing the Virginia GOP to back down on the pledge. 

“That’s a real problem for a party that wants to be inclusive instead of exclusive,” Lewandowski said. “We want to have as many people participate as possible, right?” 

The state party didn’t respond to the Post, but a statement from earlier this month by executive director John Findlay said the plan was “a reasonable threshold” that wasn’t aimed at hurting any specific candidate or voter group.

A few months back, the Virginia GOP considered requiring Republican presidential candidates to sign a loyalty pledge to the party. This followed the first GOP presidential debate, where Trump wouldn’t rule out launching a third-party bid.

Trump has wavered on his commitment to the party but as of now says he won't run as an independent. At the most recent debate, he pledged that he’s committed to the Republican Party.