Nothing To See Here! RNC Head Says Reports Of GOP Discord Are ‘Fiction’

June 16, 2016 2:56 p.m.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Thursday swore that there was no truth to multiple reports that the GOP was collapsing under the strain of a presumptive nominee who frequently mocks his party’s own leaders.

Priebus called the dozens of stories about the clash between Donald Trump, the RNC and Republican officials “pure fiction,” noting that he was accompanying Trump on a flight to Dallas:

In the past two weeks, Republicans on Capitol Hill have alternately distanced themselves from or stayed silent on Trump, who has waged a public, racially-tinged smear campaign against a prominent federal judge, accused President Barack Obama of secretly supporting Islamic State terrorists and claimed that Muslims are incapable of assimilating into American culture.

Get TPM in your inbox, twice weekly.
Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Trump’s unfavorables have soared, with a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finding that seven in 10 Americans have negative views of the Republican candidate. Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) are among the Republicans who’ve said they cannot support Trump in the last two days alone.

Meanwhile, Democratic leaders including Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rushed to embrace Hillary Clinton as she emerged as the presumptive nominee.

This series of events lent Priebus’ account of everything being peachy the same wince-inducing quality as his assurance in April that he was “not pouring Baileys” on his cereal.

Latest Livewire
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: