Hours after expanding his delegate lead by at least 200 over Ted Cruz, Trump had some foreboding words about things he thinks will happen if he doesn’t make the delegate vote, particularly if he misses it just slightly, and is passed over at the Republican Convention as the presidential nominee. As his rallies get stranger and more hostile, with many people being removed by his guards, he offered a sober warning to Americans, according to the New York Times.
“I think we’ll win before getting to the convention, but I can tell you, if we didn’t and if we’re 20 votes short or if we’re 100 short and we’re at 1,100 and somebody else is at 500 or 400, because we’re way ahead of everybody, I don’t think you can say that we don’t get it automatically. I think it would be — I think you’d have riots. I think you’d have riots. I’m representing a tremendous, many, many millions of people.”
With Marco Rubio now out of the race, Ted Cruz is no doubt Trump’s main contender for the nomination. And although he says he won’t be personally involved, he seems pretty certain that chaos would break out in the streets if he doesn’t receive the nomination.
“If you disenfranchise those people and you say, well I’m sorry but you’re 100 votes short, even though the next one is 500 votes short, I think you would have problems like you’ve never seen before. I think bad things would happen, I really do. I believe that. I wouldn’t lead it but I think bad things would happen.”
Trump needs 1,237 delegates to capture the nomination, and political analysts, for the most part, believe that will happen. However, many of the party’s donors have reservations about the impact his nomination could have on other elections down the line, such as for the Senate and Congress. While Trump says the party “will heal itself” once the nomination is sealed, there seems to be little healing on the campaign trail. A rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago was cancelled on Friday as pro-Trump and anti-Trump clashed outside the arena, and police feared it would turn even more violent.
Trump says he listens to himself on foreign policy, he has previously endorsed the use of torture against prisoners, and he also said he wants to destroy the Islamic State while ordering 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops in Syria.
“I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things. My primary consultant is myself and I have — you know, I have a good instinct for this stuff.”
He has not commented if he has any counsel beyond himself. After the primaries end, the party convention will be held on July 18 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Meanwhile, a Risk Analysis Group says that nominating Donald Trump would drag down financial growth. The Economist Intelligence Unit, based in London, says severe concerns are being raised about the possibility of Trump becoming the U.S. President, according to The New York Times.
“In the event of a Trump victory, his hostile attitude to free trade, and alienation of Mexico and China in particular, could escalate rapidly into a trade war. His militaristic tendencies towards the Middle East (and ban on all Muslim travel to the US) would be a potent recruitment tool for jihadi groups, increasing their threat both within the region and beyond.”
This would affect the economy globally, the risk analysis group said. Robert Powell, an analyst who works on the unit, says he can not remember a time when the possibility of a certain presidential candidate was placed on the list of top ten financial risks.
“The impact for the world would be bad. The impact for the U.S. would be even worse.”
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