In case you were under the delusion that Donald Trump had any interest in striking a conciliatory tone, or making any legitimate effort to heal the breach that he has caused in the Republican party with his boorish behavior and ignorance of the basic issues, think again. Maybe it has something to do with the size of his hands, but Trump is simply genetically incapable of being the bigger man.
From the stump yesterday:
For the next 25 minutes, though, Mr. Trump spoke little of California or its June 7 primary. Rather, he wrestled with whether he wanted to begin healing the fractured party he was seeking to lead. Mr. Trump, the Republican front-runner in the presidential race, mocked his conservative critics and his current and former rivals as dumb, “disgusting” and losers. He claimed at least twice that he could win even if the party did not come together. And with some conservatives still uneasy about his beliefs, he breezily dismissed questions about his principles.
“Folks, I’m a conservative, but at this point, who cares? We got to straighten out the country,” he said at a subdued luncheon of party activists who seemed more curious about seeing a celebrity than enthusiastic about their potential presidential nominee.
During the same speech, though, he called for party unity to defeat Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic standard-bearer.
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“Ideally we’re going to be together,” he said. But then he said: “I think we’re going to win even if we’re not together. There are some people I honestly don’t want their endorsement.”
At another point, he said, “There should be and there has to be unity,” before adding: “Would I win, can I win without it? I think so.”
There you have it, folks. Right from Trump’s mouth. He doesn’t need us to win, he said it himself. So if he loses, don’t blame us; blame him for following through on his promise.