David French: Trump operative tried to ‘intimidate’ me

David French said Tuesday that someone who identified themself as affiliated with Donald Trump’s campaign tried to “intimidate” him while he was considering an independent presidential bid.

“It was probably one of the more ham-handed attempts at intimidation out of the Trump operation,” French, a constitutional lawyer, said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

{mosads}French, who announced Sunday night he would not launch a White House bid in opposition to Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, said the person called a family member of his wife in Tennessee.

“I considered it a ham-handed effort to intimidate,” French said when asked if he thought it was a threat.

According to French, the operative said, “I’m sorry but I’ve been asked by the Trump campaign to make sure that David knows that this will be really bad for him.”

“I have been against Trump for sometime, and the assaults on my family have been overwhelming, just as a writer,” French, who writes for the conservative National Review, said.

The lawyer pointed to an “online racist mob” that Trump often “stokes” with controversial retweets in discussing attacks on his multi-racial family from Trump supporters.

“They have gone after my youngest daughter in the worst way imaginable,” he said.

French insisted that “there’s a path” for someone to launch an independent bid, saying most Americans want to consider a candidate beyond Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“There’s a hunger out there,” French said, adding a possible independent candidate needed immediate resources or have access to resources to launch a viable campaign. 

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