Real-estate tycoon Donald Trump is furious over how the press interpreted his recent statements about what would cause him to drop out of the 2016 presidential race.
“It’s so disgusting. I’ll tell you what, the media is so dishonest. It’s so disgusting,” Trump reflected Tuesday on CNN.
During several interviews, including “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Trump said that if he felt he had no shot at winning, he would end his campaign.
But Trump argued Tuesday that he was simply being honest and pointed to the polls showing him holding onto his primary lead.
“I’m not going anywhere, Chris. I’m leading every poll. I’m leading every state. I’m not going anywhere, OK?” he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
“I gave a very honest answer. I said, ‘Look, if there’s some reason I had no chance and I collapsed, [I would get out,]’ They take that and say, ‘Oh, maybe there’s a little weakness in Trump in terms of the answer,'” Trump added angrily. “There’s no weakness. I’m not going anywhere. I’m leading every poll. And I’m going to win. And I’m going to make our country great again.”
Cuomo said some of the recent polls showed that there was a “contraction” in Trump’s numbers, which he said were “coming down a little bit.”
“There’s contraction in your mind, Chris,” Trump shot back, touting other polls showing him with a wider lead.
“There’s contraction in maths. It’s maths, not my mind,” Cuomo insisted.
Later in the CNN interview, Trump ripped CNN for its September debate, in which he went a period of time without getting a word in.
“When you talk about the 39 minutes [when] I didn’t say anything. You know why I didn’t say anything? Because they didn’t ask me any questions. Because [in] the first two hours, all they did was ask me questions and they felt stupid,” Trump said.
“CNN felt stupid and probably guilty,” he continued, “and I agreed with them because every question was about me.”
Watch Trump insist on ‘New Day’ that he’s not going anywhere below:
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