George Pataki panned GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE on Wednesday over his continued fury at the party's primary rules and process.

“It’s absurd on its face,” Pataki said on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily." "It’s one of many reasons I don’t think he’s fit to be president."

The former New York goveror, who ended his own Republican White House bid after failing to gain much traction, made his comments days before the Empire State's presidential primary, which Trump is expected to win with flying colors.

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“He’s the ultimate spoiled rich kid [and] he’s used to getting his way,” Pataki said. "I think that all the fighting over the rules shows that Trump is starting doubt that he can be the nominee.”

Trump on Tuesday slammed the Republican National Committee for its nominating process, which he says is “rigged” against him. He has repeatedly slammed the RNC’s rules for letting Cruz remain competitive despite trailing in both delegates and voter support.

Pataki said that he would reconsider voting for the GOP standard-bearer if Trump ultimately secures the nod.

“I am expecting to vote for the Republican nominee, but I pray it’s not Donald Trump,” he said. "I am not a Trump supporter. We have to nominate someone who can win in the fall. If you look at the national polls, Trump gets crushed. He’s not going to be the nominee.”

Pataki said that either one of Trump’s primary rivals is a major improvement over the billionaire.

“You have to be able to govern, [and] I think John Kasich has shown that,” he said, referencing the governor of Ohio.

“I think [Sen]. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet 228 Republican lawmakers urge Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade GOP, Democrats battle over masks in House, Senate MORE [R-Texas] has the right vision of a constitutional republic,” Pataki added. "I think that’s something Americans can rally behind.

Pataki added that he plans on formally endorsing either Cruz or Kasich before next Tuesday’s New York primary.

Trump leads Cruz and Kasich by nearly 32 points in his home state, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.