Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump is receiving support and unity from GOP leaders.
The same was reflected when Florida Republican National Committeeman Peter Feaman addressed Jeb Bush, who has said that he would neither support Trump nor Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, on Thursday, saying, “To my friend Jeb Bush and to others: You have to live up to your pledge. If we’re going to take back the White House in November 2016, you’ve got to live up to your pledge so we’ve all got to get united behind Donald Trump, period, end of discussion.”
As reported by My Palm Beach Post, Trump’s remarks about illegal immigration and his reference of Mexicans as “rapists” have resulted in a loss of Latino voters for him.
“When you put us all in one group and say you’re going to do a mass deportation … it automatically closed ears” with many Hispanics, according to Hendry County Republican Committeewoman Margie Nelson, who is of Mexican heritage. “If he does not come out and publicly say, or amend what he has said and smooth things over, he’s not going to get them on his side. We’ve got to mend it in our community and we’ve got to start from the top.”
Trump’s behavior around women has also come under scrutiny. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that the business mogul “is going to have to answer for” the same, but added that neither his campaign nor character should be judged or evaluated on the account of his personal life.
“It’s not necessarily that people make mistakes or have regrets or seek forgiveness; it’s whether or not the person launching the charge is authentic in their own life and can actually be pure enough to make such a charge,” Priebus said. “That’s what I think most people can look at when they evaluate people’s character.”
Priebus also said that the thrice married Trump is not being judged by voters on his personal life.
Trump’s convention manager Paul Manafort backed the GOP presumptive nominee’s refusal of releasing his tax returns. This comes in light of Trump saying that his tax returns since 2009 are a subject of the Internal Revenue Service audits, as reported by CNN.
“This is an issue the media is interested in. It’s not an issue the rest of America is interested in, frankly,” Manafort said.
Nevertheless, a potential Clinton presidency is believed to be the biggest reason GOP leaders are uniting behind Trump. “Florida, I know, it’s a place where people pull together. … I know every one of you in this room believes in defeating Hillary Clinton in November,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said.
Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said, “Obviously after any primary, the more heated it gets, the more time it’s going to take to bring everybody together. This election is no different. Our opinion as the party is that we’re going to do whatever we can to make sure Hillary Clinton never sees the inside of the White House.”