Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Reince Priebus insisted to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on Wednesday that his party was not fracturing over the popularity of Donald Trump.
Following Trump’s Tuesday win in the Nevada caucuses, Camerota asked Priebus if it was time for the entire GOP to embrace the frontrunner.
“I embrace all of these candidates,” Priebus said. “There folks are competing to join us. They are competing to join the Republican Party as our nominee depending on what the delegates decide to do or who wins the requisite amount of delegates.”
“In Cleveland, we’re going to vote on the floor for who that nominee is,” he continued. “That nominee joins the Republican Party. That’s what’s happening.”
“But you’re making it sound simpler than, in fact, it is,” Camerota pointed out. “Because as we have heard time and again over the past few weeks, there is a whole chunk of the Republican establishment that is not embracing Donald Trump. In fact, they’re rejecting him. We have heard about all of the big donors, all of the Republican Party elders, all of the people in Congress who are basically saying anyone but Trump.”
“You can’t pretend that there’s not a large chunk of the Republican Party that doesn’t want Donald Trump,” the CNN host charged.
“And it’s a big party,” Priebus replied. “We’re in great shape to win in November. But yeah, we have drama, there’s some intrigue going on in our party. But there’s intrigue going on on the other side too.”
Watch the video below from CNN’s New Day, broadcast Feb. 24, 2016.