Donald Trump has the Republican party worried, they are afraid he will become the face of the GOP.
The head of the RNC, responding to demands from increasingly worried party leaders, spent nearly an hour on the phone with Donald Trump last week, urging him to tone down his inflammatory comments about immigration that have infuriated a key election constituency.
The Washington Post reported:
The call from Chairman Reince Priebus, described by donors and consultants briefed on the conversation and confirmed by the RNC, underscores the extent to which Trump has gone from an embarrassment to a cause for serious alarm among top Republicans in Washington and nationwide.
Priebus’s decision to reach out to Trump came after days of talks with Republican donors and officials about how best to manage Trump’s outsize presence on the airwaves. Many financiers who are influential at the RNC have been fuming about Trump’s ascent and told Priebus that he must ensure that the RNC’s efforts over the past year to win more of the Hispanic vote is not harmed.
The call lasted about 45 minutes, the donors said, and Priebus was cordial, updating Trump on the party and the primary calendar while also urging him to “tone it down” — a phrase used repeatedly by those with knowledge of the exchange.
“I think he’ll self-destruct relatively quickly. The dynamic, I think, will change very dramatically, and Trump will be yesterday’s news,” said former senator Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah). “But if this does have legs, if Trump can keep this going, it will be very worrisome.”
The fear expressed by Bennett and others is that Trump will set back the party’s efforts to rehabilitate its image and broaden its reach. And it appears likely that he will be onstage in the presidential debates that begin next month — a dissonant figure in what GOP leaders had hoped to present as a substantive, experienced and appealing field of candidates.
“The fact that he is rising in the polls has something to do with tapping into an angst and anger, especially on immigration, that the other candidates have been unwilling or unable to harness,” said Reed Galen, a Republican operative based in California.
Only Ted Cruz has been brave enough to defend Trump, and those who have condemned him were slow to do so and treading lightly due to his growing popularity.
Republican leaders are reassuring themselves that the infatuation that some voters feel with Trump will fade and that they will turn to more even-tempered candidates.
I don’t believe that to be the case, Trump is saying what many Americans have been thinking for a long time that the other candidates are not willing to discuss. Take Benghazi and Hillary’s emails, Trump was brutally honest, and the American people appreciate his candor.
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