Donald Trump: ‘We Have to Unify as a Party’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the Palm Beach County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner at the Mar-A-Lago Club, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla.
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GOP frontrunner Donald Trump called for the Republican Party to unify during his keynote speech at the Palm Beach Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner.

“We’re about unity tonight. I will not say it. I refuse to say ‘Lyin’ Ted.’ I will not say it. Officially, I have not said ‘Lyin’ Ted,'” the real estate mogul stated, referencing rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). “We have to unify as a party. The biggest story in politics worldwide is the tremendous number of people turning out in Republican primaries and caucuses.”

“You’re gonna love me so much as president. You’re gonna be so proud of me as president,” Trump told the attendees. “I will be the most presidential president this country has ever had, except for Honest Abe Lincoln … If we bring our party together, we will win by numbers you’ve never seen before.”

According to the Sun Sentinel’s Dan Sweeney, the billionaire addressed the violence at his campaign rallies in his speech.

Trump blamed the protesters, and not his supporters, for the recent violence. “He said that an African-American Trump supporter arrested in Tucson for hitting a protester at a rally Saturday attacked the man because he was wearing ‘a Ku Klux Klan hat,’” Sweeney reported.

Former GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who recently endorsed Trump, also spoke at the dinner.

“We’re gonna have him totally involved,” Trump said of Carson.