(CNN) – There is one person Republicans on Capitol Hill do not want to talk about, Donald Trump. Sen. Mark Kirk (R), Illinois said, “Don’t think we’re doing any Trump questions this week.”
And they’ll avoid uttering his name.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), Majority Leader said, “I’m not going to be commenting on the presidential candidate today.”
Reporter: “Why have you not endorsed Donald Trump?”
Trump has been the presumptive nominee since May, but some hill republicans seem to be in denial.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) Tennessee: “I’m going to endorse the republican nominee when we have one. The Republican convention is in July. It’s the job of the convention to nominate a president of the United States.”
Reporter: “You don’t think that he may be the nominee?”
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) Tennessee: “I’m not sure.”
The anxiety shows how badly divided the party is while Hillary Clinton gets daily support from democratic leaders. There’s a deafening silence from trump’s own party and the GOP push back to Trump’s often-controversial comments has been fierce.
The latest; doubling down on his demand to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R) House Speaker: “I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest.”
Senate Republicans in difficult re-election races are keeping their distance.
Reporter: “Are you feeling any more comfortable with the prospects of Donald Trump as your nominee?”
Sen. Ron Johnson (R) Wisconsin: “Oh, I wouldn’t say that’s necessarily the case.”
Sen. Pat Toomey (R) Pennsylvania: “I’m going to see how this plays out and see if Donald Trump can earn the support of republicans like me.”
Reporter: “Are you concerned about his rhetoric? Donald Trump’s rhetoric?”
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) Tennessee: “Yes I am. I don’t think you can go around the country saying that we need to keep people out of the country based solely on their religious belief and expect to be President of the United States, but hopefully he’ll change that.”