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Trump rhetoric raises nerves on the Hill

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>> But I say he's got I wanna build a wall.>> Even as Donald Trump seems unscathed by his inflammatory rhetoric, Republicans on Capitol Hill facing reelection are getting more and more nervous. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Republicans in Congress are reeling over Trump's slash and burn tactics.
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Most recently, his refusal to back down from his charge that a Mexican-American judge is biased against him because of his heritage. Some of the most vulnerable incumbents on Capitol Hill are worried that Trump's teflon persona won't extend to them as they face tough races back home that could shift the balance of power in Congress back to the Democrats.
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We saw this on Sunday when Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman who's facing a tight reelection battle back home condemned Trump's remarks. We also saw how Speaker Paul Ryan who recently endorsed Trump having to turnaround and say that this type of behavior is unacceptable. This comes as the Republicans are already playing defense in the Senate, where they're trying to hold on to their narrow majority, who are retaining vulnerable seats in Wisconsin, Illinois, and New Hampshire, places that often vote Democratic in presidential years.
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Now Republicans have a bigger majority in House of Representatives and most election analysts expect they will be able to hold on to that chamber, that is, unless Trump really falls apart and loses in a landslide in the fall. Even with a neutral likeable non-controversial presidential candidate, these incumbents would be in tough shape but with Donald Trump out there throwing bombshells, it makes it harder and harder for them to make their own case.
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This leaves Republican leaders like Ryan and senate majority Mitch McConnell in a tough spot. Now, they can't actually undermine their presidential candidate. He's been selected by more Republican voters than anybody else, he's their only option at this point. At the same time, they can't embrace these statements, that many people are saying are just flat-out racist.
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Trump's showing no signs of letting up, and in fact he's raising the ante, now raising questions about Muslim judges. The billionaire keeping tensions high in a party already frayed at the edges as the general election approaches.