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 John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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 RubioOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court Ex-Obama counterterrorism official: Huawei could pose security threat to international intelligence community The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate 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 ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Biden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced 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.”