Trump verbal volleys leave jarred GOP bracing for convention


WASHINGTON (AP) — If Donald Trump’s Republican Party were a family and its national convention a reunion, a therapist might say there are issues to resolve.

For all his harangues, the blustery billionaire remains on track to become the party’s nominee at its Cleveland gathering next month. Yet his incendiary comments following the Orlando massacre have rattled the GOP, and pockets of apprehension and outright defiance are, if anything, growing.

More congressional Republicans are not endorsing Trump and planning to skip the convention.

And there’s a longshot movement among conservative delegates and operatives — including supporters of Trump’s vanquished rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — to change party rules so the convention can pick a different nominee.

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