GOP official says party ‘terrorized’ by Trump
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A member of the Republican National Committee used a closed-door GOP meeting Thursday to lash out at voices he said were ruining the GOP’s brand.

Holland Redfield, an RNC committeeman, didn’t mention GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE by name, but said Republicans were “almost terrorized” by the party’s angriest voices.


Politico reported on Redfield’s outburst after he provided them with a video of his five-minutes address.

Redfield, who represents the Virgin Islands, also alluded to Trump’s threat to run as an independent.

“You can argue with me, but we're almost terrorized as members of our party,” he said at a party breakfast. “Shut up. Toe the line, embrace each other, and let's go forward. I understand that. But there is a limit to loyalty. I am loyal to this party by speaking out on these very issues.

“As a party we owe it to ourselves to speak up, and not let the tail wag the dog, and not let someone say, all of a sudden, ‘If you don't play my game, then I'm running as an independent.’ ”

Republicans have been battling internally for months over Trump’s ascendancy, which as been a shock to the GOP system.

The real esate tycoon entered the race for the White House in June and rocketed to the top of polls. The poll numbers for Jeb Bush, initially thought to be the party's top choice for the nomination, have meanwhile steadily fallen.

Ted Cruz, another conservative “outsider” voice in the GOP, is now battling with Trump for the lead in the Iowa caucuses.

Many Republicans fear either candidate could lead the party to a defeat in November, though others believe the GOP would be better off with Cruz or Trump as the standard-bearer.

Redfield, suggested in his comments that he is with the former group.

“We have to draw the line,” he said. “Because sooner or later, somebody has to pick up the pieces.”

The committeeman at one point compared some of the party’s candidates to children.

“You’ve got a situation here,” he said, “that when someone is listening to this, either a conservative or a Democrat, or a Republican, or an independent, there are things that are said on that stage and in the media, that if your child was doing that, you’d put that child over your knee and spank them.”

A new national poll by The Wall Street Journal and NBC News on Thursday found that 65 percent of Republican primary voters could see themselves backing Trump for president in 2016.

In March, only 23 percent said they'd get behind the candidate when asked the same question. 

While that is a huge improvement for Trump, he’ll likely need to unify the party more to win in November.