Donald Trump has the GOP worried.
Weeks into his 2016 presidential campaign, the billionaire entrepreneur’s fiery rhetoric about illegal immigration has gotten the attention of Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, the Washington Post reports.
In an hourlong phone call with Trump Wednesday, the Post says Priebus urged Trump to “tone down his inflammatory comments that have infuriated a key election constituency.”
Other lawmakers have echoed those sentiments. The Post cites former senator Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah) who says “if Trump can keep this going, it will be truly worrisome.”
The concern is that Trump is quickly becoming the face of the GOP this election season.
Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants have been well-documented, and they have cost him several business partnerships in the last few weeks. Still, Trump has steamrolled ahead, doubling down on his sharp criticism against Latinos, despite the significant voting power they wield.
The Post writes of the phone call with Priebus, it “underscores the extent to which Trump has gone from an embarrassment to a cause for serious alarm” amid Republican leaders. Trump has undoubtedly dominated much of the conversation amid a field of nearly two dozen GOP candidates — much to the chagrin of donors and politicians alike.
Despite the many pratfalls that have befallen Trump in recent days, the ever-confident businessman seems unbothered by the fallout, even declaring during an NBC interview Wednesday that he would get the Latino vote if he wins the GOP presidential nomination.
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