Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus defended his party Sunday, after exit poll results from South Carolina showed more than half of voters felt “betrayed” by the Republican Party.
Priebus argued that it was not reflective of his party, but instead of more widespread anger at the federal government and politics in general.
“I think that if you look at all these exit polls on both sides of the aisle, I think people are just sick and tired of politics in general, sick and tired of Washington, D.C., and I think just actually sick and tired of both parties,” Priebus said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.
Priebus also said the party would be ready to support Donald Trump if he won the nomination, despite his past support of Democrats and many liberal positions.
“If the delegates, you know, get accumulated in such a way that any one of these candidates becomes the nominee, it’s our job to support that nominee and we will,” Priebus said. “So, yes, we’re prepared to support whoever the nominee becomes.”
Priebus also said that he would be “prepared for anything” at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, including a possible brokered convention.
“I don’t think there are too many people that are more familiar with the procedures of nominating someone at a convention than I am,” Priebus said, citing his work as general counsel for the party before becoming chairman. “So I am prepared and we will be prepared if that happens. But again, I don’t think that’s going to be the case.”
Trump told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that he expects to win enough delegates to clinch the Republican nomination before the party’s convention in July.
“I don’t think we’re going to have a convention, a brokered convention. I think it’s unlikely. I think I’m doing better than that,” he said.