Snapshot from the trail: Donald Trump in Phoenix
Donald Trump grumbles about tepid support among top Republicans
Donald Trump complained Saturday about his tepid support from top Republicans, an extraordinary public display of the acute tensions within the party’s top ranks a month before its national convention.
Trump told supporters at a Las Vegas casino rally that he believed it would be illegal for delegates at the GOP convention in Cleveland to nominate anyone but him for president, as some of his critics within the party have suggested they should.
“Who are they going to pick?” Trump asked. “I beat everybody. And I don’t mean beat – I beat the hell out of them. And we’re going to beat Hillary, and it would be helpful if the Republicans could help us a little bit.”
Trump’s comments to cheering followers in a Cirque du Soleil theater at the Treasure Island resort came as top Republicans are fretting – some in public – that his recent inflammatory remarks about Latinos and Muslims could endanger GOP prospects not only for the White House, but for Congress and other races, in the November election.
Among other things, Trump has said an Indiana-born federal judge’s Mexican ancestry should disqualify him from presiding over a fraud suit against Trump, and suggested a Muslim judge would also be unable to treat him fairly in court.
After a gunman shot and killed 49 people and wounded dozens of others at a gay nightclub last weekend in Orlando, Trump broadly accused American Muslims, without evidence, of failing to tell authorities about terrorist plots.
Trump’s stop in Las Vegas came after several days of raising money for his campaign and the Republican National Committee at events in Georgia, Texas and Nevada.
He is scheduled to raise more money Saturday afternoon in Arizona at the onetime home of Barry Goldwater, the late staunch conservative senator whose 1964 Republican bid for the White House ended in a landslide defeat.
Trump’s failure to raise money aggressively, compared to traditional major-party White House nominees, has been a source of growing frustration for many Republicans.
On Saturday, he blamed the party for not helping him.
“Right now, I’m raising a lot of money for the Republican Party, and a lot of beneficiaries, and I like doing it – but we have to have help,” Trump told the crowd in Las Vegas.
“You know, life is like a two-way street, right? It’s a two-way street. So that’s it. Otherwise, I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing. I’ll just keep funding my own campaign.” But hopefully, he added, “I can continue to go the way we’re going.”
Trump said he wants the party to unite.
“But if for any reason they get a little bit like they don’t want to help out as much, then I’ll fund my own campaign,” he said.
The New York businessman has long boasted of “self funding” his campaign, saying that he – unlike his rivals – would not be beholden to donors.
But the most recent finance reports show that Trump accepted $14 million in campaign contributions through the end of April. And his campaign can repay the $43 million in loans that it has reported receiving from Trump.
The bulk of Trump’s donations during the primaries came from small contributors, many through purchases of hats and other merchandise. But much of the money he is raising now with the party comes in large checks from Wall Street bankers and other wealthy donors.
Trump showed no sign of moderating his rhetoric to accommodate his critics, including fellow Republicans, who question his temperament.
He mocked Karl Rove, a Republican political consultant who was a top aide to President George W. Bush, and conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer for casting doubts on his candidacy from the outset.
He called President Obama “pathetic,” said Secretary of State John F. Kerry was “an idiot” and described Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, as “weak.”
“You think she’s a president?” Trump asked. “Take a look at her.”
Clintons welcome second grandchild
Hillary Clinton’s history-making month just got even better.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee on Saturday welcomed her second grandchild, a boy: Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky.
Clinton and former President Bill Clinton said in a statement that they were “overjoyed” at the news.
“We are all over the moon as Chelsea and Marc welcome Charlotte’s little brother to the world, and grateful for our many blessings,” the Clintons said.
Daughter Chelsea and son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky welcomed their first child, Charlotte, on Sept. 26, 2014, just as the former secretary of State was gearing up for the presidential campaign.
The former first lady regularly talked on the campaign trail about her joy at becoming a grandparent, joking about how she and her husband sing and talk endlessly to the little girl.
“She does have some Clinton genes,” she said of Charlotte at one event. “Her problem is probably she’s talking too much.”
During an appearance on “The View” in April, Clinton said she regularly used FaceTime to check in on her granddaughter.
“It’s so exciting because she calls me Grandma,” she said. “I don’t know where she got that. She calls me Grandma. She calls Bill Pop-Pop.”
After some time with her daughter and grandchildren this weekend, Clinton is set to return to the campaign trail Tuesday.
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