Not everyone feels that way. Michael Steele, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, told The Hill that he believed the party would rally behind Trump if he became the nominee.
“You’ve got Republicans who say, ‘I will never vote for him, I will vote for Hillary.’ That is just silly talk,” Steele complained. “If you are a party leader or a party official, you have got to be about keeping the GOP competitive, and the only way you are going to do that is to be on the same page as the nominee.”
Similar predictions of unity are coming from other major players in GOP fundraising.
Fred Malek, the finance chairman of the Republican Governors Association, told The Hill on Friday that “the majority of donors want to see a Republican victory. They might prefer somebody other than Trump, but if he gets the nomination, they will fall in line.”
Those who are optimistic about a detente between Trump and the GOP establishment take heart from the more temperate tone the businessman adopted in last week’s debate in Miami, as well as a broader shift in his rhetoric toward a general election footing.
Some see that shift as a recognition from Trump that his fiery tone during the primary won’t get the job done in November.