Whether or not the Republican National Committee (RNC) is taking Donald Trump seriously as a candidate seems like a question which has now been answered. Reports indicate that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus placed a phone call to Trump and asked him to tone down his rhetoric when it comes to Mexico and illegal immigration.

Report from CBS News:

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called presidential candidate Donald Trump Wednesday and asked Trump to soften his controversial comments about Mexican illegal immigrants, CBS News has confirmed.

The Washington Post was first to report that Priebus asked Trump to tone down his remarks.

But the controversial candidate is still doubling down on his rhetoric, reports CBS News correspondent Julianna Goldman.

In television interviews Wednesday, Trump stood by his claim that the Mexican government is shipping drug dealers and rapists to the United States.

“You wouldn’t even be hearing about the word immigration if it wasn’t for Donald Trump,” he told NBC News. “I will win the Latino vote because I’m going to put them to work.”

He responded to questioners in typical Trump fashion.

“You’re not bringing up anything new. You’re acting like you’re the great reporter. Bah-bah-bah,” he said. “Don’t be naive. You’re a very naive person.”

“Come on, try getting it out.” Trump continued. “I don’t know if you’re going to put this on television, but you don’t even know what you’re talking about. Try getting it out. Go ahead.”

Here’s Trump’s recent interview with NBC News from Wednesday. You tell me if this tone is “softened.”

I can’t see Trump bowing much to Priebus’ request given that the billionaire is where he is mostly because of his strong statements and media mega-phone. The conventional wisdom inside the beltway is that Trump is hurting the Republican brand. I think if you ask many people, especially conservatives in the party, they’ll tell you Republicans have done enough over the past several years to hurt themselves and Trump may be a blessing in disguise.

Looking at his poll numbers, it’s clear he’s tapped into a slice of the base that has been yearning for a voice in the party. In fact, many candidates make similar statements as Trump, they just don’t do it in a way that makes headlines or is so resonant.

Is Trump hurting, helping, or having no impact on the Republican brand heading into 2016?

8 COMMENTS

  1. First, since when does a party chair tell a candidate what he can or cannot say??

    Second, they say there is no such thing as “bad PR.” As long as your face is in the media, no one else is. So, despite the recent condemnations, Trump is doing what he always wants to do–make a big deal of being “The Donald.”

    As for the party, likewise, the media are full of what’s going on the GOP. It’s not always bad to have one jackass.

    • I think the party chair is taking a barrage of angry correspondence from donors who are irritated over Trump. In fact, I bet they’re mostly irritated because Trump doesn’t need them and couldn’t care less what the donors think.

    • What do you mean? The RNC GIVES them talking points, as the wealthy donors do. You don’t really believe either major party’s candidates have their OWN points of view, do you?

  2. I, as a Republican, am telling you, Republican National Committee …… to BACK OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You don’t want to infuriate the Republican party any further than our own politicans and you have in the past. It has gained NADA!

    Donald Trump had better be in those debates and allowed as much leeway as the other contenders for the Republican nomination. Donald Trump is the only one with the skill set, the history and the morals to get this going for Republicans.

  3. You would not believe the “slush” I have found on the other nominees and if he is not allowed his proper stance …. it is going to pour as from a lemonade pitcher. It is all there … people just don’t know it. I do.

  4. It is refreshing to listen to a candidate who is consistent with his opinions…..no flip flopping, no apologies!

    • Kathy M Johnson — spot on!

      While I find Trump to be a pompous self-promoter — kudos for not backing off the truth!

      Illegal aliens are CRIMINALS by the very FACT that they have broken the law by ILLEGALLY crossing our sovereign border, thus INVADING our nation!

      Therefore, ALL (“good” and bad) illegals MUST be sent back without EXCEPTION!

  5. Is there no way in the rule book that a RNC chairman can disqualify a candidate to run on his party ticket??

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