Before Donald Trump claimed that the national presidential election was rigged (in favor of Democrat Hillary Clinton), candidate Trump accused the GOP itself of being rigged when he thought his GOP rival Ted Cruz might be named the nominee at the Republic National Convention in July. Trump said publicly then that RNC chair Reince Priebus, “should be ashamed of himself.” Priebus’ job was to unify his party or risk losing the election in November.
After Trump’s dig at Priebus, Priebus was asked if Trump “gets under his skin.” Priebus said, “No, he doesn’t because I kind of know where he’s coming from. I’m not unfamiliar with his opinions. So it doesn’t really bother me because I know what the truth is.” An anonymous RNC member told Reuters in April: “They’re not best buddies or anything but they have a pretty good relationship.” President-elect Trump named Priebus as White House chief of staff in November. He and Trump both had steak while Mitt Romney had the lamb chops at Jean-Georges last week. You could say Trump and Romney haven’t been “best buddies” either, since Romney called Trump a “fraud” and a “con man.” It would appear that Trump, who seems to like to hold a grudge, is also adept at calling acrimony water under the bridge when it serves his needs.