So Donald Trump was in meetings today with House and Senate Republicans at the RNC HQ in DC.
The meeting went as badly as you would expect given how many people in the GOP actively dislike Trump with a passion, and how many want to dump him at the convention for Ted Cruz.
Here’s how things went in the House meeting which included Trump’s biggest critic in the House our very own RINO Adam Kinzinger(from the Dekalb Daily Chronicle):
Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, an outspoken Trump critic, said there was a lack of energy in the room. “You could feel it,” he said.
“I’m not a Never Trump guy, I’ve said I want to get there. I’m a Republican and I want to support the nominee,” Kinzinger said after leaving the meeting early. “But things like the Saddam Hussein comment are not helping me get there,” Kinzinger added.
He was referring to Trump having praised the late Iraqi dictator’s terrorist-killing prowess. Trump defended himself over those comments Thursday, telling lawmakers it was an example of the media twisting his words, according to Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, a strong Trump supporter.
Things got a lot more testy between Trump and Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk during his meeting with Senate Republicans which Kirk skipped, as Trump called Kirk a “loser”(From Illinois Review):
Trump also called out Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) — who withdrew his endorsement of Trump last month, citing the business mogul’s racially based attacks on a federal judge — and said he did not approve of the senator’s action, the officials said.
Characterizing Kirk as a loser, Trump vowed that he would carry Illinois in the general election even though the state traditionally has been solidly Democratic in presidential contests. Kirk did not attend the meeting with Trump.
Asked later in the day about Trump’s comments, Kirk declined to comment other than to say: “I guess he lit me up.”
Later Kirk went farther and called Trump and privileged bully, from Quad Cities Times:
Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois says Donald Trump is an “Eastern, privileged, wealthy bully.”
Trump called Kirk, one of the more vulnerable GOP incumbents, a loser at the closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Kirk did not attend meeting, but The Washington Post described the presidential candidate’s comments.
Asked about them later, Kirk told The Associated Press: “I’ve run for election six times in Illinois. Really tough races for the Congress and for the Senate and won every race. Otherwise I wouldn’t be here.”
On why Trump would say Kirk would lose: “I guess the bully side of him. We haven’t seen a personality like his too much in the Midwest. Eastern, privileged, wealthy bully. Our bullies are made of better stuff in Illinois. We’re much more practical and polite.”
“I think I’m not on the Christmas card list now,” added Kirk.
At this same meeting Trump also got into it with Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake. Eventually Trump said he wouldn’t help Flake in his reelection and wanted to see him defeated. One problem their smart guy John McCain’s running for reelection, not Flake. Although both do deserve to lose.
Yeah can we just go ahead and nominate Ted Cruz in Cleveland already and be done with this disaster of a candidate.