Donald Trump has broken the Republican Party. On Thursday, he took his most visible steps to fix it.
With a looming loss in Wisconsin vastly increasing the odds of a contested convention, Trump trekked to Capitol Hill to meet with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, with whom he has had a lukewarm relationship.
The huddle came at a critical juncture for the Republican frontrunner, who is emerging from the most turbulent – and perhaps damaging – stretch of his campaign. It follows an array of negative headlines, stretching from the conduct of his campaign manager to questions about his position on abortion.
“Trump for the last two weeks has been stuck because the tactics that got him to this point will not lift him to the nomination, and will not lift him to a win in the general election,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has informally advised Trump.