(MSNBC) Donald Trump’s march to the Republican nomination has forced a crisis in the party. As opposition to the billionaire front-runner began boiling over months ago, especially after Trump’s initial refusal to denounce former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke in an interview, a growing list of GOP elected officials and top strategists stepped forward to declare their opposition to Trump’s candidacy. Some threatened to vote for his Democratic rival instead come November. On Twitter, #NeverTrump became a way for party stalwarts to voice their dissatisfaction.
But that was before Trump’s victory in the Indiana primary all but clinched him the Republican nomination outright, eliminating closest rival Ted Cruz, who dropped out of the race. Earlier that day, Cruz issued a blistering attack on Trump, calling him a “serial philanderer” and “pathological liar.” Cruz’s strong words did little to sway voters, however, and calls for unity within the fractured GOP began.
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