After last night’s five state sweep, Donald Trump declares himself the presumptive nominee and sets his attacks on Hillary. He has even given her one of his ‘nicknames’.
Donald Trump said the Republican party’s presidential nomination is his to lose after he scored five crushing victories out of five over his two remaining rivals in primary elections last night.
‘I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely … I think everybody does,’ the longtime front-runner said during a press conference inside his gleaming namesake Trump Tower in New York City.
In Connecticut, Trump more than doubled up Ohio Governor John Kasich by a 57.7 per cent to 28.5 per cent margin, leaving Texas Senator Ted Cruz a distant third with less than 12 per cent of the vote.
That overwhelming margin, nearly on a par with his performance a week ago in his native New York, won Trump a sweep of Connecticut’s 28 delegates.
In Rhode Island it was 64 per cent for Trump, 24 per cent for Kasich and just 10 per cent for Cruz.
Delaware was another landslide: Trump won with 61 per cent, compared with 20 per cent for Kasich and less than 16 for Cruz. Maryland’s totals read 54 per cent for Trump, 23 per cent for Kasich and 19 per cent for Cruz.
Pennsylvania was the only state where Cruz took second place. Trump beat him 56.7 per cent to 21.6 per cent, with Kasich at 19.3 per cent.
That makes it mathematically impossible for Cruz to secure a majority of delegates at the convention, the Gateway Pundit reported – although Trump has also still to do so, meaning a contested convention remains possible.
Trump telegraphed his impatience with the primary process on Tuesday, dismissing the two GOP contenders still standing in his path and focusing far more on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
‘The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card,’ he said of Clinton, the former secretary of state, responding to her speech a half-hour earlier. ‘And the beautiful thing is: Women don’t like her.’
‘Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man I don’t think she would get five per cent of the vote,’ Trump declared.
‘We will beat Hillary so easily,’ he predicted, stopping himself to insert his preferred nickname for her.
‘I call her crooked Hillary. She’s crooked. She’ll be a horrible president,’ he said.
Trump was being flanked by supporters while he went after Clinton for playing the ‘woman’s card.’ One of them was Mary Pat Christie, the first lady of New Jersey ad wife of Republican Governor Chris Christie, who has endorsed Trump.
When Trump delivered his Clinton diss, Mary Pat Christie appeared to roll her eyes and look downward in apparent displeasure.
A total of 172 delegates to the Republican National Convention were up for grabs on Tuesday in territory where Trump has led wire to wire in opinion polls.
The businessman won nearly all of the delegates in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Rhode Island, along with the handful of Pennsylvania delegates whose loyalty could be locked down at the ballot box.
The result, he said through a wide smile, was ‘a far bigger win than even we expected.’
Trump’s campaign and corporate staff celebrated in the food court beneath the skyscraper’s lobby, along with special guests including Christie and ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Willie Robertson.
Each time a cable TV network awarded Trump a state, cheers erupted from beyond a silent escalator.
Shouts of a different kind rang out 670 miles to the west where Texas Senator Ted Cruz was licking his wounds at an election night rally in the next big battleground state, Indiana.
He had to contend with a heckler, a burly man who yelled out: ‘You’re not even eligible – you’re a Canadian!’
Cruz supporters confronted him. The man nearly took a swing. The senator asked his crowd to give the protester some space.
‘If this were a Trump rally, I would be encouraging people to punch him,’ Cruz said.
Trump said Tuesday night that when he heard Cruz would be making a speech before the polls closed on the East coast, he thought it would be an announcement that he was pulling out of the race.
Told that Cruz was stubbornly beginning to sift through a list of potential vice presidential running mates, Trump scoffed: ‘He’s wasting his time.’
But he returned to his marginally more polite form from a week ago, when he declined to refer to Cruz as ‘Lyin’ Ted.’
‘Senator Cruz and Governor Kasich should get out of the race,’ he said matter-of-factly. ‘They have no path to victory. Honestly they should get out of the race and heal the Republican Party.’
But most of his ammunition was reserved for Clinton, in an aggressive preview of November’s likely general election matchup.
‘She will be terrible on jobs. She knows nothing about jobs, except for jobs for herself,’ he said.