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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2016
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.
@thehill If he was “trying” Priebus, he would be meeting with leaders in the Hispanic community.
— Jeff P (@jjpetr777) May 6, 2016
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.
Reince Priebus, or, The Saddest Bond Villain https://t.co/gyuneFj4wQ
— Brooks Sherman (@byobrooks) May 6, 2016
Ryan late Thursday publicly announced that he isn’t comfortable endorsing Trump, yet.
So many great endorsements yesterday, except for Paul Ryan! We must put America first and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 6, 2016
The break in the ranks has caused consternation that unifying the party might not happen before the nominating convention takes place.
— Jeanena (@TXluvsnoBSTrump) May 6, 2016
It’s also fired up the constituency that views Trump as the solution to, rather than a cause of, our increasingly fractured political system.
@TIME Priebus wants a puppet. The rest of us want an honest man.
— Lady Pat (@LadyPat18) May 6, 2016