Tuesday, October 11, 2016

GOP Leaders' Painful Split Over Trump

At Real Clear Politics by Caitlin Huey-Burns & James Arkin

The GOP is in a grand ol’ predicament.

In the wake of the recording heard ’round the political world, the Republican Party establishment is split on whether to support its presidential nominee or pull its resources from him to stave off a down-ballot disaster.

Party leaders are weighing the risk of angering hard-core Trump supporters — who could punish congressional Republicans who abandon the nominee — against the risk the GOP will lose moderates and independents turned off by Trump’s toxicity and vulgar comments.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has essentially called the race for Hillary Clinton, focusing his efforts now entirely on preserving his majority, and a cascade of Republican lawmakers and officials have fled their nominee.

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