Donald Trump's response to the Orlando terrorist attack has many in his party worried that he will never understand the demeanor it takes to be president, Politico reports
Many mainstream Republicans have criticized Trump's statements in the aftermath of the massacre as another missed opportunity to show the wider American public that he has the ability to elevate himself by dealing with an event, especially a national tragedy, on a non-political level and not always looking to score points.
The disappointment was even greater because it came on the heels of a week in which Trump received widespread criticism, including from many Republicans, for his accusations that Judge Gonzalo Curiel was biased in his court rulings due to his Mexican heritage.
The Republican mainstream has been hoping that since Trump has wrapped up the party's nomination, he would start to refine his comments and behavior to appeal to moderate GOP supporters and discontented Democrats, but so far there has been little evidence of such a switch.
Instead, Trump's address after the Orlando terrorist attack was considered by many in the GOP as too big on fear-mongering and too little on empathy. Even though Republican faithful could agree with some of the criticisms of the Obama administration, many felt that they were not framed in a way that could appeal to the wider public.
Leading New Hampshire Republican Tom Rath told Poltico that Trump's performance after the mass shooting has renewed doubts about whether he has "the kind of sensitivity or understanding of ... a president's role."
And there was also disappointment that Trump brought up again his call for a ban on Muslim immigrants, Bloomberg reported
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed the opinion of many Republicans by saying "You don't ban people based on race or religion" and bluntly said he does not see Trump's plan even coming to the chamber's floor for a vote.
Trump's reaction to the Orlando attack is yet another example of a general weariness in the GOP to his unpredictability.
Sen. Roger Wicker, who is leading the Republican efforts to keep control of the Senate, perhaps expressed it best when he declined to comment on Trump, saying "I'm not gonna make a career out of responding to every comment and every tweet."
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