The head of the Republican National Committee tried his best Monday to show that he — and not Donald Trump — was in charge of the GOP.
Reince Priebus assured conservative radio host Mike Gallagher and anxious Republicans that Trump, the presumptive nominee, would not remake the party in his own image, reported Right Wing Watch.
“Number one, Donald Trump is not wanting to rewrite the platform, okay?” Priebus said. “He’s just not. So all that anxiety, just take it off the table — not willing to do that. But, you know, get into that, tell people that, that you don’t want to rewrite, you — like, you appreciate and agree with the platform the way it is.”
Trump actually said during an April 21 town hall that he would change the Republican Party platform on abortion to include exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.
Priebus also said he was confident Trump would release a suitably conservative list of candidates to be named to fill the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
“I think that they ought to release however many names — five, 10 names — people that would make great Supreme Court justices, from which you’re willing to choose a justice from,” Priebus said. “You know, something that the Federalist Society and the Heritage folks — you know, solid names that we can say, okay, this is what this is about. This is what this is about. It’s about a conservative Supreme Court for generations.”
Gallagher asked whether Priebus believed Trump would release that list, and the RNC chairman admitted he didn’t know how much work his campaign had put into the effort at this point.
But, he said, “I think they’re open to it.”