Trump: 'I don’t want to pivot’
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE on Tuesday said he is not interested in moderating his tone for the general presidential election.

“Well, possibly I do, but you know, I am who I am,” he told News 8 reporter Brittany Schmidt when asked whether he needs to change tactics before November as recent polls show him behind Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Trump says he's not prepared to lose in 2020 MORE.


“Everyone talks about, ‘Oh, you’ve got to pivot,’” Trump added in La Crosse, Wis. "I don’t want to pivot. I don’t want to change.

"You have to be you. If you start pivoting, you’re not being honest with people. No, I am who I am.”

Trump said critics had inaccurately predicted the failure of his Oval Office bid several times during the GOP primaries.

“Don’t forget, when I lost Wisconsin, it was over for Trump,” he said. "Except for one problem: I then went on a very good run."

“I’ve gotten here in a landslide,” the Republican nominee added. "So we’ll see what happens. I am who I am.”

Trump, who lost Wisconsin’s GOP presidential primary to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage 2020 Democrat Bennet releases comprehensive government reform plan GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE (R-Texas) last April, also vowed he would perform better there this fall.

“I think we’ll do well here,” he said. "I understand what I’m up against. I have many friends in Wisconsin [and] they’re the ones who ask me to come here.

“It’s been a long time since anybody won Wisconsin. I believe that was [former President] Ronald Reagan. That’s a long time, in terms of a Republican.”

Multiple GOP lawmakers and strategists have expressed gloom over Trump’s chances of winning the White House amid his falling poll numbers.

Clinton leads Trump by about 9 points in Wisconsin, for example, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls in the state. She holds a lead of approximately 7 points nationally in the same index.