Donald Trump disputes the notion that he has made mistakes in his presidential campaign, vowing to remain the same candidate and continue in the same spirit in the general election as he did in the primaries.
When asked in a CNBC phone interview what he planned to do to close the polling gap with Hillary Clinton, he replied, “Just keep doing the same thing I’m doing right now.”
“At the end it’s either going to work or I’m going to, you know, I’m going to have a very, very nice long vacation,” he added.
The CNBC hosts quested Trump about accusing President Barack Obama as the “founder of ISIS.”
“Look, all I do is tell the truth. I’m a truth teller. All I do is tell the truth,” he replied. “If at the end of 90 days I fall short because I’m somewhat politically correct even though I’m supposed to be the smart one and even though I’m supposed to have a lot of good ideas, it’s OK. I go back to a very good way of life.”
Trump dismissed his comments about the Second Amendment, as the Clinton campaign protested that he was suggesting that his supporters assassinate her.
“Only the haters tried to grab on that one, and it was unsuccessful,” he said.
Trump pointed out that he defeated every one of his Republican rivals for president, arguing that means he was doing something right.
“I beat these people very badly … that’s when I did best, I mean frankly when they were fighting me, that was really when I did best,” he said.
Trump appeared pleased that his straight talk was resonating with voters, despite multiple attempts by the media to portray him as unfit for office.
“Whatever happens, happens,” he said. “I’m giving it straight, I don’t know that it will work because I am a non-political person and I’m proud of that but I’m giving it straight. I’ve done a great job and now I’m doing a good job politically.”
Trump pointed to his enormous crowd sizes at his rallies as evidence that he was making an impact.
“We’ll see what happens, I have a whole group of people out there that people don’t even know about,” he said, referring to his supporters.