Amidst the bipartisan outcry after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call on Monday to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., the Republican National Committee’s Chairman Reince Priebus backed away from Trump and his statement, according to the Washington Examiner:
“I don’t agree,” Priebus said. “We need to aggressively take on radical Islamic terrorism but not at the expense of our American values.”
Priebus, speaking to the Washington Examiner during an interview on next week’s televised Republican presidential debate hosted by CNN, joined a growing chorus from within his party that has criticized Trump over his plan to implement a religious test for entry into the country. The New York real estate mogul and reality television star, a front-runner for the GOP’s 2016 nomination, has been criticized by most of his Republican primary opponents, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, rank-and-file conservatives and center-right foreign policy strategists.
Priebus’ remarks are the latest in the condemnations coming from rank-and-file Republicans, GOP leadership, and Democrats in what has become the Trump sideshow of the 2016 campaigns. Will this now open the door for Trump to run as an independent by declaring that the RNC isn’t “treating him fairly”? Stay tuned.