Republican Party officials are courting conservative radio hosts Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, and others in an attempt to hold the GOP together in the wake of the "Never Trump" movement, the Washington Examiner reports
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, chief strategist and communications director Sean Spicer, and party spokesman Marlon Bateman met with Limbaugh at his studio in late April for 90 minutes, according to the paper.
Limbaugh has publicly spurned the GOP, refused to endorse Trump
, and will not speak at the Republican convention.
Bateman told the Examiner that Limbaugh's producer told him, "You guys haven't reached out in 10 years."
"These top talkers, they're principled guys, they're not going to sell out their audience for anybody," Bateman said. "They've done it their way. And especially people like Levin, Hewitt, Rush, [Sean] Hannity, they're not changing for anybody. It's what they do. And all we can do is engage with them and answer their questions."
Meanwhile, Beck, who was a Ted Cruz supporter, says Priebus was supposed to meet with him but didn't. He lashed out at Republican leaders for not getting together, according to Mediaite.
"They don't want to be around us," Mediaite quoted Beck
. "They only using us for their own power."
However, the GOP says the two men have patched things up and will get together soon, according to The Times.
As for Levin, no meeting has been set yet. Asked whether Levin would consider meeting Priebus, a spokesman told the Washington Examiner, "I don't know . . . I don't know what would happen between them."
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