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Influential Conservative Group Wrangles Over Trump Candidacy

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 May 2016 11:44 AM

The dilemma among conservatives whether to back Donald Trump and compromise on their principles, or reject him and practically ensure a Hillary Clinton victory, is being played out all across the country ever since Trump l became the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

And, as CNN reports, nowhere is that predicament more pronounced than at The Council for National Policy (CNP), an influential conservative group.

Trump was never the favorite among CNP members. National Review reported that at the end of last year the council decided to back Sen. Ted Cruz in the primaries, seeing him as someone who most represented their grassroots conservative values. And in February, when Cruz was not bringing in the expected results, it was Sen. Marco Rubio, not Trump, who was seen as the CNP's possible alternative.

But now that Trump is the sole survivor in the primaries, pragmatists within the CNP argue that even with his problematic and unpredictable record on conservative issues, he is still much better than Clinton.

Tony Perkins, who heads CNP's executive committee, described the soul-searching going on among its members.

"Many conservatives want to be able to be for Donald Trump because they fear the alternative, but they have not yet seen in him what they need to see to make the transition,"  Perkins told CNN. "There is not a lot that has transpired since Ted Cruz left the race and Donald Trump has been on the path to being the nominee — he has not done anything that would make people change their minds."

Perkins emphasized that Trump must now take tangible steps to calm the nerves of many in the movement if he wants a strong Republican turnout in November, especially since CNP's members are seen as vital in galvanizing support for Trump's presidential campaign among social and evangelical conservatives.

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