– Revolt? –
Trump also brushed off the difficulty he has had in getting Republican leaders on board with his campaign.
“They will probably eventually come on. Honestly, if they don’t, it’s just fine. I can win it either way,” he told NBC Tuesday.
“I may be better winning it the opposite way than the more traditional way.”
But a revolt of sorts appeared to be brewing at next month’s Republican National Convention, one that could complicate his efforts to win the nomination.
As many as 400 of the party’s 2,472 delegates who formally elect the Republican nominee have expressed support for a movement to stop Trump, according to the Washington Post.
Organizers of the anti-Trump movement were aiming to draw bound delegates – who must vote in line with primary results – to the cause by insisting they be allowed to vote their conscience and select whomever they please at the July convention, according to the paper.
Trump’s performance in the polls is another sign of the challenges he faces in November. He trails Clinton nationally by some 5.8 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls. They were neck and neck in late May.
One positive sign for Trump: he leads Clinton by 51 percent to 43 percent on handling the economy, and 48 percent to 45 percent on handling the fight on terror, according to a new CNN poll.
But Republican strategist Rory Cooper, who helped spearheaded the “never Trump” movement earlier this year, warned that Trump’s poor fundraising report and “extraordinarily incompetent” campaign could not only lose the White House in November but put House and Senate seats in jeopardy.
“Even if the RNC (Republican National Committee) were to write off the Trump debacle, it would still be a cinder block dragging the entire Republican infrastructure underwater,” Cooper wrote on the website Medium.