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When Donald Trump speaks, Republicans listen, sometimes reluctantly.
On more than several occasions, Trump has found himself at odds with members of his own party, and not just with Republican National Convention scene-stealer Ted Cruz or the Republican elected officials who didn’t even go to Cleveland.
“In most presidential elections, the presumptive nominee or actual nominee is a member of the party establishment, and thus, there is usually a close correspondence of opinions between the party, the party platform, and the nominee,” says Mike Purdy, an historian who blogs at PresidentialHistory.com.
Trump met with Republican Senate leaders ahead of the convention in an attempt to mend fences after a contentious primary season, but the meeting became tense and combative after heated exchanges with some senators, according to multiple media accounts.
The gathering in Cleveland didn’t seem to bridge differences.
“Ultimately Trump’s vision of the world will probably trump any Republican Party platform positions,” Purdy says
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