Reince Priebus on Donald Trump's Taco Tweet: 'He's Trying'

Priebus said Trump is working hard to woo Hispanic voters.

“He’s trying. Honestly, he’s trying," Priebus told Politico's Mike Allen at a breakfast event on Friday. "I honestly think he understands that building and unifying and growing the party is the only way we're going to win. I think he gets that.”

Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics! https://t.co/ufoTeQd8yA pic.twitter.com/k01Mc6CuDI

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2016

Trump's stance toward the nation's immigration policies have been widely criticized. He's referred to undocumented immigrants as "rapists" and "murderers" and his call for the construction of a wall along the Mexican border has become a rallying cry for his supporters.

The most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that eight in 10 Hispanic voters have a negative view of Trump.

Priebus said Trump called him shortly after Ryan revealed he wasn't ready to support Trump as the party's nominee. "You know, it wasn't like furious or anything," Priebus said. "It was like, what do I need to do? And so, I said 'Listen, my view is just relax and be gracious and I'll talk to Paul and we'll try to work on this.'"

Priebus said that Trump could calm fears from conservatives by releasing a short list of names to be Supreme Court nominees, suggesting that focusing on appointing a conservative to the bench would help unite the party around Trump.

"I think things like that would be helpful in kind of re-calibrating some people's minds as far as, okay, what is this about? Why do we need to support the Republican nominee?” he said.

Priebus was also asked whether it was possible for a last-minute rule change to block Trump from winning the nomination in Cleveland.

“Look, my personal view is, it is highly, highly doubtful," he said. "As I said before, the rules committee of 2016 writes the rules for the convention. I don't write the rules...nothing’s impossible, like I said, I said this many times, highly, and I add another one, highly unlikely.”

Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics! https://t.co/ufoTeQd8yA pic.twitter.com/k01Mc6CuDI

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2016

Trump's stance toward the nation's immigration policies have been widely criticized. He's referred to undocumented immigrants as "rapists" and "murderers" and his call for the construction of a wall along the Mexican border has become a rallying cry for his supporters.

The most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that eight in 10 Hispanic voters have a negative view of Trump.

Priebus said Trump called him shortly after Ryan revealed he wasn't ready to support Trump as the party's nominee. "You know, it wasn't like furious or anything," Priebus said. "It was like, what do I need to do? And so, I said 'Listen, my view is just relax and be gracious and I'll talk to Paul and we'll try to work on this.'"

Priebus said that Trump could calm fears from conservatives by releasing a short list of names to be Supreme Court nominees, suggesting that focusing on appointing a conservative to the bench would help unite the party around Trump.

"I think things like that would be helpful in kind of re-calibrating some people's minds as far as, okay, what is this about? Why do we need to support the Republican nominee?” he said.

Priebus was also asked whether it was possible for a last-minute rule change to block Trump from winning the nomination in Cleveland.

“Look, my personal view is, it is highly, highly doubtful," he said. "As I said before, the rules committee of 2016 writes the rules for the convention. I don't write the rules...nothing’s impossible, like I said, I said this many times, highly, and I add another one, highly unlikely.”

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