GOP rivals questioning whether they'd back Trump as nominee
By Staff report
Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and John Kasich are suggesting they might not be able to support Donald Trump if he becomes the GOP nominee.
Rubio says Donald Trump is "dividing both the party and the country so bitterly" that the Florida senator may not be able to support the businessman if he becomes the GOP nominee.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Rubio says Trump is engaged in an "ongoing pattern" of encouraging supporters to respond to protesters aggressively.
When asked whether he would look for a third-party candidate to support if Trump does become the nominee, Rubio says that's not his preference. But he says the fact that he was even asked the question shows why Trump is a problem for Republicans.
Kasich said the "toxic environment" Trump is creating "makes it very, extremely difficult" to support him.
But Ted Cruz is standing by his pledge to support Trump if he becomes the nominee. The Texas senator told reporters today, "I committed at the outset, I will support the Republican nominee, whoever it is."
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