DNC chief: Trump is not a fringe candidate
© Anne Wernikoff

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz had some scathing words for the Republican Party after its front-runner, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE, continued to pile up primary wins Tuesday night.

“Let’s dispel with the notion that Donald Trump is a fringe candidate – tonight he became the presumptive Republican nominee," she said in a statement, echoing a line Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDem scores upset over Republican in Florida county commissioner race GOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border McCain, Coons: Trump should withdraw controversial refugee nominee MORE repeatedly used at a recent debate. 

"Let’s also be clear: This is not a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. This is the culmination of years of divisive and extreme politics embraced by Republican leaders more concerned with obstruction and Washington power grabs than the hard work of governing on behalf of all Americans."

Wasserman Schultz went on to compare Trump's divisive rhetoric to that of Republicans in the past.

“Donald Trump is the standard-bearer of a Republican Party that produced candidates like Todd Akin, who said there was such a thing as ‘legitimate rape;’ Newt Gingrich who said laws preventing child labor are ‘truly stupid;’ and Mitt Romney who said African Americans trade their votes for ‘free stuff’ and coined the term ‘self-deportation,’ " she said. 

"Today’s Republican Senate leaders cling to obstruction, which comes with the dangerous risk of handing Donald Trump the next Supreme Court pick."

Wasserman Schultz also touted her party's candidates as a stark contrast to the GOP.

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonLewandowski says 'womp womp' at story of young girl being separated from mother at border Giuliani: FBI asked me about tease of a 'surprise' before election Republicans tear into IG finding on Clinton probe MORE and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHeckler yells ‘Mr. President, f--- you’ as Trump arrives at Capitol Veteran New York Dems face upstart challengers Senate passes 6B defense bill MORE continue to keep the focus on ensuring everyone in America has a fair shot. They know how to build on the progress we’ve made over the last seven years, which is why one of them will be our next President.”