Twitter Roasts Priebus, Ryan over Trump Candidacy

Critics take aim at Taco Bowl-Gate, establishment mentality

With Donald Trump the presumptive presidential nominee, the pot continues to stir in the GOP ranks. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
With Donald Trump the presumptive presidential nominee, the pot continues to stir in the GOP ranks. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
Posted May 6, 2016 at 1:32pm

Armchair strategists Friday morning stormed the social mediasphere to critique the civil war brewing within the Grand Old Party.  

Coming to grips with the brash real estate mogul now standing to be the party’s standard-bearer in Cleveland has provoked a very visceral reaction.  

Those emotions boiled over Thursday after Trump declared his affection for Hispanics — but not, presumably, the “rapists” and “drug dealers” he’s vowed to shield Americans from by erecting a monolithic barrier along our southern border — by broadcasting a picture of the taco bowl he’d ordered on Cinco de Mayo.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus offered up his thoughts about the heavily dissected lunch order — “He’s trying,” Priebus offered up, several times — during a discussion with Politico columnist Mike Allen.

“I honestly think he understands that building and unifying and growing the party is the only way we’re going to win,” Priebus said during the Playbook Breakfast meeting.

The seasoned power broker also mentioned that he’s hoping to arrange a meeting between Trump and Speaker Paul D. Ryan in the near future.

Ryan late Thursday publicly announced that he isn’t comfortable endorsing Trump, yet.

The break in the ranks has caused consternation that unifying the party might not happen before the nominating convention takes place.  


[Related: Ryan “Not Ready” to Support Trump]

It’s also fired up the constituency that views Trump as the solution to, rather than a cause of, our increasingly fractured political system.

Contact Rojas at

warrenrojas@rollcall.com

and follow him on Twitter at

@WARojas.


Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone or your Android.