If Donald Trump’s presidential campaign thrust the GOP into the five stages of grief, then it looks like many Republicans have finally reached acceptance.
Trump is their likely nominee.
That realization, however unfathomable it may have seemed just a few months ago, seemed to sink in this week during the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting, held Wednesday through Friday at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood. It helped Trump that the meeting began a day after he thumped his competition in the New York primary.
“Is Donald Trump gaining support? Absolutely,” Massachusetts committeeman Ron Kaufman said. “When you win a state as diverse as New York, when you win a state as big as New York by 40 points it tells you a whole lot. Trump is doing so well. It’s pretty stunning.”
It also helped that Trump dispatched the latest additions to his campaign team, both Republican veterans, to assure the party elite Thursday night — in a private, happy-hour briefing that included oysters, shrimp dipped in remoulade and an open bar — that he doesn’t really view the GOP as the nemesis he portrays on the stump.
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