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A change of heart

RNC chairman praises Trump as a 'net positive' for the Republican Party

After months of trying to get Donald Trump to tone down his fiery rhetoric and stop threatening a third-party run, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus seems to be changing his tune on the Republican Party's most outspoken 2016 candidate, BuzzFeed reports. In an interview this weekend with WISN's Upfront, Priebus said that Trump has certainly "tapped into" a certain voter group that is dissatisfied with Washington and that Trump has increased interest in the presidential primary.

"I think it is a positive for our party. When you have 30 million people watching, not to mention that fact that we have 16 other incredible candidates out there I think we are showing America that we are the young, diverse party, offering a whole slew of options for people and that's a good thing," he said. Asserting that likability is "the number one thing on the ballot in a presidential election," he said Trump's ability to channel "your own concerns and frustrations" will help the GOP in a big way.

"He's always been good to our party," Priebus said in another weekend interview on the radio show Cats Roundtable. "He's always been good to me personally and as chairman of the party he's been generous to us. He's a Republican running for president and we're built to support whoever the nominee should be."