Trump: 'I always' stay on message
© Greg Nash

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE tweeted late Sunday and early Monday that he plans to "remain true to self" despite the urging of Republicans that the GOP presidential nominee change his general-election strategy.

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Trump also claimed that he has "always" stayed "on message," accusing media of misrepresenting his comments and also swiping at former GOP rivals.

Trump regularly gains attention for unscripted remarks at rallies and in interview and for doubling down on factually challenged claims, such as last week's claim that President Obama "founded [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria]."
 
Trump also sparked a political firestorm last week by suggesting "Second Amendment people" could stop Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonEverytown urges Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign over newly uncovered remarks Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed support on Facebook for violence against Democrats McConnell last spoke to Trump on Dec. 15 MORE, his Democratic presidential rival, from appointing liberal judges if she were elected president. 
 
His campaign later had to tamp down allegations that his remarks were inciting physical action against his opponent. The controversy came a day after his carefully scripted speech on the economy, accompanied by an email to supporters arguing it was "time to focus on the issues."
 
Trump has taken to blaming the press for his lagging poll numbers in recent weeks. Over the weekend, he said he was running against media, not Clinton.