The political earthquake of Donald Trump's stunning victory on Nov. 8, was greeted with surprised relief by most Republican elected officials.
It was a quirky victory based upon less than 85,000 votes in Michigan and Pennsylvania, while he was losing the overall popular vote by more than 200,000.
For many months, there had been pent-up pressure and hostility emerging that had conflicted even those congressmen and senators who did not bolt and associate themselves with the "never Trump" movement. In truth, many of the Trump loyalists believed that this presidential candidate was hurting the party, but they calculated it would only do greater harm to publicly express their concerns.
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