(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) Slowly and reluctantly, Republicans are beginning to take on Donald Trump.

It might just be that they can’t avoid the 69-year-old billionaire businessman/entertainer. At every turn, reporters are asking the GOP presidential candidates and other Republicans if they have a problem with Trump, also a White House contender, for referring to illegal immigrants from Mexico as “rapists,” among other things.

Some have sought to sidestep the question. Others, like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, have praised Trump for speaking aggressively about the need to secure Mexican border. But a growing number of GOP 2016’ers are attempting to distance themselves, and the Republican Party, from rhetoric they fear could alienate voters and boost presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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