Donald Trump met a group of about 200 House Republicans in an effort to ease tensions within their ranks about his nomination.
But as usual, he couldn't help himself, even if he tried to be more civil and restrained, many members came away feeling the same towards the ignominious candidate.
He arrived 20 minutes late.
For some already skeptical members, the meeting–which had been billed as an opportunity to finally let the rank and file get comfortable with their sometimes bombastic nominee–left a lot to be desired.
It's awkward. It's really awkward," Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said when asked what it was like to sit in a meeting when the nominee doubled down on his stump speech line that Saddam Hussein had killed a lot of terrorists. "There is a lack of enthusiasm. You can feel it."
Kinzinger said that at one point, Trump had used the Saddam story as just one
example of how the media has treated Trump unfairly.
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) said that members asked about his effect on the House and Senate races. One member asked pointedly about Trump's comments about Hispanic voters.
"He said Hispanics love him," Dent said, noting that the polls showed no such thing. "All I can say is that I haven't endorsed him. I believe he has a lot of persuading to do."
Some of his supporters in the House were pleased with his performance, but it appears he did nothing to endear himself to those not on board with the Trump train.
— Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) July 7, 2016