GOP frontrunner Donald Trump considers himself the presumptive Republican nominee, having swept five states. He won by more than 50 percent in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Rhode Island.
“This was to me our biggest night,” Trump said during his victory speech from Trump Tower. “I consider myself the presumptive nominee.”
Looking toward the general election, Trump said, “We will beat Hillary so easily.”
“Senator Cruz and Gov. Kasich should really get out of the race now,” the real estate mogul added.
Trump said tonight was a “diverse victory,” adding that “every state is so different.”
“I’ll be leaving tomorrow afternoon for a long stay” in Indiana, he added. “We’re going to be spending a lot of time with Bobby,” Trump said of Bobby Knight, saying that Knight endorsed him and the “people of Indiana love him.”
He said he plans to go on to Oregon, Washington, and New Mexico where he will be “fighting really hard.”
“When you crack 60 [percent] with three people, that’s very hard to do,” Trump said of his victory in the New York primary last week, adding that when a candidate hits 60 percent it’s a “massive landslide.”
Trump commented on Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Ted Cruz announcing a plan to coordinate in upcoming primary states to stop Trump from clinching the nomination and reaching 1,237 delegates.
“It shows weakness. It shows ineffectiveness. It shows failing campaign,” he jabbed, saying it’s “collusion.”
“The Republican Party needs something much different than that,” he added.
As Cruz spent much of his speech Tuesday night bashing the media, Trump said, “I want to thank the media,” saying they’ve covered him fairly for the last few weeks.