Trump wants to liven up GOP convention
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE on Wednesday said that he wants to liven up the upcoming Republican National Convention to prevent a repeat of last one.

“The last convention was the lowest rated convention in the history of the convention,” he said of the 2012 event in Tampa on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360." "I would like to add something that would make people happy.


“Ultimately it has to be more about ideas than exciting, because it’s the ideas that matter," the presumptive GOP presidential nominee added. "That, to me, is more exciting than making the convention more exciting.”

Trump said that an invigorating convention is necessary because of the current mood he said hangs over the country.

“Our country is very depressed,” he said. "President Obama has not done a good job in terms of promoting our country, in terms of being a cheerleader. Everybody is fighting, whether it is black versus white or rich versus poor. I think we’ll get it changed. I think we’ll change it rapidly.”

Trump on Tuesday won Indiana’s GOP presidential primary, securing him enough delegates and voter support to become the party’s presumptive nominee.

Trump’s victory leaves him with 1,053 delegates, just 184 shy of the 1,237 he needs to avoid a contested convention in Cleveland this July.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on late Tuesday called on his party to coalesce around Trump’s campaign.

“@realDonaldTrump will be presumptive @GOP nominee, we all need to unite and focus on defeating @HillaryClinton,” he tweeted of the Democratic presidential front-runner, adding the hashtag “Never Clinton.”

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz slams Jim Carrey's 'vicious, angry' painting of Alabama governor after abortion ban Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults MORE (R-Texas) and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) — Trump’s last two primary rivals — sought a contested convention for keeping Trump from their party’s nomination.

Trump repeatedly predicted “riots” if the GOP kept him from becoming its presidential standard-bearer despite his lead in delegates and voter support.