Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus suggested Monday that presumptive nominee Donald Trump could “lower the temperature” in the contentious presidential race by openly embracing his party’s platform.
“Donald Trump is not wanting to rewrite the platform, okay?” Priebus told conservative radio host Mike Gallagher in an interview flagged by Right Wing Watch. “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 raised the hackles of the anti-abortion movement in April when he said, point-blank, that he would “absolutely” change the Republican Party platform to allow abortion exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.
Priebus put the onus on Trump to draw GOP voters and politicians who have vowed to never support his candidacy into the fold, saying he should also release “five, 10 names” of potential Supreme Court nominees who could fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat.
“You know, solid names that we can say, okay, this is what this is about,” he said. “This is what this is about. It’s about a conservative Supreme Court for generations.”