By Ben Kamisar
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) warned that Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: Voters prefer Clinton to Trump on terror Obama: Trump ‘embodies global elites’ Obama warns against ‘hysteria’ over Brexit MORE would "tear the Republican Party apart," suggesting he wouldn't back him if he won the nomination.
"I have to search my soul. I think he's very dangerous for the country, very dangerous for the party," the former Texas lawmaker said on MSNBC on Super Tuesday about whether he would support Trump.
"He will tear the Republican Party apart. If you listen to what he's saying, he wants to be king; he doesn’t want to be president.”
He added that he voted for Texas Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump hires ex-Cruz aide as communications director Overnight Tech: Judiciary leaders question internet transition plan | Clinton to talk tech policy | Snowden's robot | Trump's big digital push Kasich doesn't expect to speak at convention MORE in the state's primary.
DeLay's comments came after Trump racked up wins in the majority of Super Tuesday states, with more potential victories on the table. The night will likely expand his delegate lead and put him in a solid position for the nomination.
Cruz won in Texas and neighboring Oklahoma.
DeLay cautioned that the party may not choose Trump if he comes into the convention with a plurality of delegates.
"All you guys that are saying Trump is now the nominee is going to have egg on their faces," he said.
“The delegates get to choose. It is a party function. The party is putting up a nominee.”
A GOP candidate only locks up the nomination with a majority of delegates. A plurality does not secure the nomination. If no candidate wins on the first convention ballot, many of the delegates become free to side with another candidate.
"All hell could break loose," DeLay said, describing that situation.