DNC chief: Trump is not a fringe candidate
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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz had some scathing words for the Republican Party after its front-runner, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: GOP in shock over White House drama The great divide: The American people and the partisan American government Risks of accidental nuclear war with North Korea must be accounted for 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 RubioEx-Cruz aide: Trump presidency 'is effectively over' Mexican politicians have a new piñata: Donald Trump Bush ethics lawyer: Congress must tell Trump not to fire Mueller 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 Rodham ClintonTrump: ‘Russia was against Trump in the 2016 election’ More than 100 conservatives sign letter supporting Sessions Sally Yates: Justice system 'may be broken beyond recognition' under Trump MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from ObamaCare repeal’s collapse Live Coverage: Senate votes down 'skinny' ObamaCare repeal Sanders: Senate healthcare fight 'totally bananas' 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.”