A first: GOP leaders like Trump speech

“Trump is helping himself a lot with this speech,” Ari Fleischer, a former press secretary for President George W. Bush, echoed on Twitter. “It will resonate well with a lot of traditional peace through strength Republicans.”

Even Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement that Trump “delivered a very good foreign policy speech.”

The reactions seemed to mark a tipping point for Republican Party opinion of Trump. If the GOP in this election has endured the five stages of grief vis-a-vis Trump, beginning firmly with denial, many party activists and elected officials are now reaching the final phase — acceptance.

“It seems some Republicans after [Tuesday’s primaries] are willing to wave the white flag of surrender,” said Ryan Williams, a Republican strategist and former aide on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.