Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won at least five states on Super Tuesday. In his victory speech, he proclaimed he could revive the long-fractured Republican Party.
"I am a unifier. I know people are going to find that a bit hard to believe but believe me, I am a unifier,” he told CBS News during a press conference at his resort Mar-a-Lago in Florida. "I think we're going to be more inclusive, I think we're going to be more unified, and I think we're going to win in November.”
Republican voters showed up in droves on Super Tuesday and Trump said he believes the party is growing. Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who recently endorsed Trump, said at the conference that he believes the race is now Trump’s. "Tonight is the beginning of Donald Trump bringing the Republican Party together for a big victory this November," he said, though he was notably subdued.
Although Trump claimed he could unify the right, he’s already at odds with Republicans on Capitol Hill. "Paul Ryan, I don't know him well but I'm sure I'm going to get along with him, and if I don't, he's going to have to pay a big price, okay?” Trump mentioned during his address.
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It’s widely believed that Trump’s candidacy is opposed by some high-ranking members of the established Republican Party. Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to lay out a case against Trump later this week and Karl Rove warned Republican governors and donors about Trump’s rise on Feb. 19, the New York Times reported. Rove reportedly said that Trump’s candidacy would be disastrous for Republicans.
Still, some believe they’ll be forced to rally around Trump for the sake of the Republican party, whether they like it or not. “There’s this desire, verging on panic, to consolidate the field,” said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “But I don’t see any movement at all.”