On May 12th, while Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, met at R.N.C. headquarters, in Washington, Representative Darrell Issa tried to figure out how to leave the building. The sidewalk in front was blocked by protesters and reporters, and Issa, who had recently endorsed Trump, expected to be harassed by them. “I wish you had a back door,” Issa said, according to a reporter inside who overheard the remark.

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