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Leader of #NeverTrump movement seeks third party to challenge Clinton, Trump

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Published: May. 4, 2016 at 6:38 PM PDT
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Conservative blogger and radio host Erick Erickson said Wednesday he's had a number of conversations about laying the groundwork for a third-party candidate to oppose Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the general election.

Erickson, a leader of the #NeverTrump movement, told CNN that he plans more such conversations in the coming days, and that the consensus among anti-Trump conservatives is that voters who won't support Trump or Clinton need another option.

"Donald Trump cannot consolidate the Republican base and many Republicans cannot accept a Hillary Clinton donor as the Republican nominee," Erickson said. "If the delegates ratify this madness in Cleveland, many of us will look elsewhere for a credible candidate to oppose both Trump and Clinton."

He added, "We will begin now laying the groundwork for an exit strategy from Donald Trump's Republican Party."

Erickson said several names are being floated, but wouldn't say whom. Erickson added that he and other conservatives interested in a third-party candidate understand that they're facing a tight window to recruit a candidate and launch a campaign.

Erickson tweeted about his commitment to stopping Trump on Tuesday night, after the real estate mogul won Indiana's primary and knocked his strongest rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, out of the race.

"Reporters writing about the 'Stop Trump' effort get it wrong. It's 'Never Trump' as in come hell or high water we will never vote for Trump," Erickson tweeted.

He also had harsh words for Republicans who were rallying around Trump. "The Republican Establishment would vote for David Duke or Hitler over Hillary Clinton if either was the party nominee," he wrote.

On Wednesday, Erickson continued with that criticism, saying: "People without principle don't understand how people with principle could oppose both Trump and Hillary."

He also tweeted about two anti-Trump conservatives -- Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. "Ben Sasse - Ken Cuccinelli 2016. Because principle matters," Erickson wrote.