Donald Trump’s campaign team is apparently fed up with Republicans publicly expressing reservations about their presumptive nominee.
“Either they want to get behind the presumptive nominee who will be the nominee of this party and make sure that we do everything we can to win in November or we’re just asking them if they can’t do that, then just shut the hell up,” Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis said Thursday on CNN’s “New Day.” “That’s what we’re asking them to do.”
Trump earned fresh rebukes from Republicans on Capitol Hill for his recent attacks on the “Mexican” heritage of a federal judge and for his renewed fixation on banning Muslim immigrants from the United States. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) called Trump’s comments about the judge the “textbook definition” of racism, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) worried aloud that Trump could be the party’s next Barry Goldwater.
The negative comments about Trump have sounded in statehouses, too. This week alone, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said they couldn’t stomach voting for the New York businessman.
According to Clovis, Republican leaders need to “figure out what they want.”
“It’s either the leadership that’s wrong or we’re wrong. And it can’t be both,” Clovis said. “And I think right now we’re the ones that are winning. They’re not.”
“They haven’t done anything to stop the expansion of government,” he went on. “They haven’t done anything to work toward the balancing of the budget. They have gutted the military and they’ve done nothing to protect the cultural values of this country. So I’m really tired of the Republican establishment coming out and shooting their mouths off and talking about how we need to comport with them. That’s not the way this works. We’re the people, we’re going to win this election.”