From the Washington Post:
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) issued a stern rebuke Tuesday to his party’s presidential front-runner, calling Donald Trump’s recent equivocation about receiving support from white supremacists a “fundamental” break from conservative orthodoxy.
“This party does not prey on people’s prejudices,” Ryan told reporters at the weekly House GOP leadership news conference.
Without addressing Trump by name, Ryan noted that the Republican presidential campaign had veered into topics such as views on “white supremacists” that should prompt “no evasion” of the topic other than repudiation of those values.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined in the condemnations Tuesday afternoon after exiting a party luncheon. He did not reference Trump by name, but denounced “one of our presidential candidates and his seeming ambivalence about David Duke and KKK.”
“Let me make it perfectly clear: Senate Republicans condemn David Duke, the KKK, and his racism,” McConnell said. “That is not the view of Republicans that have been elected to the United States Senate, and I condemn his comments in the most forceful way.”