Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Gilley's in Dallas

Trumped by candidate's rhetoric, Republican lawmakers at a loss for words

Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Gilley's in DallasBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The awkward efforts of Republicans to embrace their party’s standard-bearer Donald Trump looked particularly painful in Congress this week as lawmakers ducked into elevators, dashed away from reporters, ignored questions or, worse, tried to answer them. Only days after a furor over his criticism of a Mexican-American judge, the presumptive presidential nominee sent Republicans reeling again by renewing his call for a ban on Muslim immigration after a gunman who pledged allegiance to Islamic militants killed of 49 people at a Florida nightclub. Then former reality TV star Trump waded into two sensitive topics for social conservatives by embracing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and suggesting the country may need certain new gun control measures.

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