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Donald Trump is now the GOP's de facto presidential nominee, and Republican politicians and operatives are starting to come to terms with it.

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The evolution has not exactly been subtle.

It started with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

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Next there was Rick Perry, the very first victim of the Donald Trump Republican primary.

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And hey, remember when Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was going to save the Republican Party from itself in 2013?

… or in 2015?

… oh well.

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New York Rep. Peter King was a longtime critic of Trump.

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But the top prize goes to Utah's Chris Stewart.

Or maybe he meant it as a compliment?