Republicans struggle with Trump fallout

Supporters of US Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump hold up signs at a campaign rally in Manassas, Virginia, on December 2, 2015Republicans struggled to deal with the fallout from Donald Trump’s widely condemned remarks on Muslims Wednesday, worrying the controversial mogul could torpedo their 2016 White House hopes. The party — which hopes to end eight years of Democratic White House occupancy — faces a stark choice between turning on their presidential frontrunner and tethering a 161-year-old brand to the whims of a billionaire many Americans see as a bigot. “I like and respect Donald Trump,” said Senator Ted Cruz, who is a favorite of conservative Republicans.

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