Help us defeat Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump tells Republicans
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump dismissed reports of what he termed a “delegate revolt” after various U.S. media outlets reported that many Republican delegates were attempting to block the billionaire-businesman from picking up the GOP nomination at next month’s convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
“Who are they going to pick? I’ve beat everybody. But I don’t mean beat. I beat the hell out of them. And we’re going to beat Hillary. And it would be helpful if the Republicans could help us a little bit, okay? Just a little bit,” Trump said.
Some Republican leaders and lawmakers in the House of Representatives are struggling to get behind the New York businessman, who last month became the party’s presumptive nominee for the Nov. 8 election.
Trump’s proposal – reiterated after the massacre of 49 people in a gay bar in Orlando on Sunday – to temporarily bar Muslims from the United States has come in from sharp criticism from within the GOP and has worried some lawmakers concerned about their own election prospects, particularly in close races.
All 247 House Republican seats are up for grabs in the election.lawmakers.
Trump’s embrace this week of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and potential gun control measures, in contrast to general Republican orthodoxy have also thrown conservative lawmakers.
Still, Republican leaders have to reconcile their unease with the fact that primary Republican voters opted for Trump. He has never held elected office before but won more than enough delegates to secure the party’s nomination at the Republican convention in July.
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