Key Senate Republicans swing behind Trump; doubters remain

"He's our nominee and there's no reason for me not to be happy about it", asserted South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, who is up for re-election. "I'm not there right now".

Yet the question might not be so ridiculous in an election year where the GOP has been set against itself, perhaps irrevocably, by a divisive billionaire who spent years as a registered Democrat and has managed to insult women, Hispanics, disabled people and others. Despite sustained blistering offensives from across the complete political spectrum - ranging from the Tea Partiers through the libertarians out to the communists - the entire mainstream plus alternative media scene was unable to make a negative dent no matter what they said. Trump doesn't say anything, and Clinton's numbers drop on their own. Clinton lost West Virginia to Sen.

On Thursday, Trump will meet on Capitol Hill with Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has offered his guarded support, and other GOP leaders in the House and Senate.

Pressed by supporter Glenn Beck in an interview if he could consider jumping back into the 2016 race if he wins Tuesday's nomination contest in Nebraska, Cruz said, "My assumption is that that will not happen". It's not likely, because he's focused on uniting a fractured Republican Party, which is an untenable coalition that includes the anti-LGBT industry and voters who oppose equality.

After the IN primary decision, IN which Trump won all 57 of the state's delegates, Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, called him the "presumptive GOP nominee". "I think it's a process that needs to begin in earnest", Ryan said, adding there are still two months before the July convention that he is supposed to chair. Ryan himself declared there's no point in trying to "fake" party unity.

"The concept of some entertainment from a great singer, a great group I think would be something maybe to break things up", Trump said.

"The site has been chosen and the arena is fine, but I'd want to have - you know, the last Republican convention was extraordinarily boring", Trump said in one of two phone interviews Wednesday.

Ryan declined to endorse Trump last week, telling CNN: "I'm just not ready to do that at this point. I think I'm going to win the race either way".

But Ryan's reluctance seemed to embolden others to withhold their support.

In Pennsylvania, however, in a matchup between Vermont Sen.

"His vulgarity, particularly toward women, is appalling. His lack of appreciation for constitutional limits on executive powers is deeply concerning", Toomey wrote of Trump. "In short, I find his candidacy highly problematic", Toomey wrote of Trump.

There's no way to square these two sentiments, that Trump is dangerously unfit for office on the one hand and that he's owed unthinking partisan loyalty on the other, and Rubio knows it. Watch the clip and you'll see him barely even attempt to answer Tapper's question about it. He keeps droning through the same pat incoherent reply, that his views on Trump are well known and he stands by them but also that he made a pledge to support the nominee and intends to stand by that too. Even in the House, where Republicans command the largest majority in decades and are unlikely to lose control, vulnerable members are visibly nervous.

Former Barack Obama advisor Van Jones, who is an outspoken Trump foe, took to Facebook recently to warn his fellow liberals/progressives that "Donald Trump not only can win the presidency, he probably will win the presidency..."

The gyrations plaguing the Republican Party revolve around the insistence that those shell-shocked GOP establishment leaders, unable to accept Donald Trump's nomination, rally to his side because "the people have spoken".

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, said that he could not support Trump until the NY businessman changes his tone and demonstrates that he shares the party's values.

Another of Trump's vanquished opponents, Sen.



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