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Trump: ‘I don’t want to pivot’

Greg Nash

Donald Trump 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 Clinton.

{mosads}“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 Cruz (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.

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