The fiery tone of Mr. Trump’s speech on immigration tore a painful new wound in his relationship with the Republican National Committee. The RNC was ready to praise Donald Trump after the speech expecting a compassionate approach to immigration, but after the speech decided not to say anything.
Pressure built on the candidate to withdraw from the presidential campaign as party leaders urged the G.O.P. to shift its focus to down-ballot contests. Republican leaders began to abandon Donald J. Trump by the dozens on Saturday after the release of a video showing him speaking of women in vulgar sexual terms, delivering a punishing blow to his campaign and plunging the party into crisis a month before the election.
Fearing damage to the Republican Party’s image, they called on the national committee to back away from the nominee, with one contributor citing “obvious moral failings.”