Priebus: We’ll ‘win with or without’ Trump critics
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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus says Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE can become president without converting his GOP detractors.

“The problem that these guys have is that we’re going to win with or without them,” Priebus said Thursday on “The Mike Gallagher Show.”


“We’re not talking about the vast majority of Republicans in this country,” he added of those withholding their support from the presumptive presidential nominee.

“Trump won more votes than anybody in the history of our party. We had an increase of almost 70 percent of turnout. For the most part, we’re breaking records when it comes to Republicans participating.”

Priebus said Republicans steadfastly refusing to back Trump, including multiple senators and former White House candidates, are putting their party's goals at risk.

“This is it. We have the House, we have the Senate, we need to win the White House. This is our chance to actually govern in this town and actually change things for the better. For some people to take a pass, it is unfathomable why people would have that attitude. It is maddening.”

Priebus added Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Heller embraces Trump in risky attempt to survive in November Live coverage: Cruz, O'Rourke clash in Texas debate MORE, the presumptive Democratic nominee, presents far-reaching consequences for conservatism.

“It’s important for all those folks to understand that support for someone else or nobody else is support for Hillary Clinton and [Justice] Sonia Sotomayor and a lot more of them on the Supreme Court,” he said.

“They’re not just screwing around with the next four years,” Priebus added. "Some of these folks are screwing around with the next 40 years.

“If you actually believe this stuff, and you actually want to have a conservative Supreme Court and you think it matters, and you want someone to actually sign a budget bill that balances hopefully in the next 10 years, for God’s sake, then you’re going to need a Republican in the White House."