Donald Trump is predicting an easy win in November’s general election, saying he will defeat Hillary Clinton the same way he ran through the GOP field.
“You are going to have an unbelievably good result in November,” Trump said Friday at the California GOP convention just outside San Francisco.
“Every week — boom, boom, boom, I knocked them off,” Trump said of his GOP opponents. “She’ll go down easier than any of the people we just beat.
“Do I look forward to beating her, do we look forward to winning?” he asked rhetorically.
The businessman is campaigning in California ahead of the state’s June 7 primary, the same day rival Ted Cruz was endorsed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Trump, who previously called Pence “a great guy,” did not mention the endorsement. He instead played up his endorsement by legendary Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight.
And he downplayed the role of endorsements in the presidential race in general.
“Ideally we’re going to be together. I think I will win even if we are not together,” Trump said. “There are some people, I honestly don’t want their endorsement, I just don’t want it.”
For example, he said, Ted Cruz. “If he wants to endorse me, that’s fine, but I don’t care,” Trump said.
Same for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: “At this point, who cares?”
Trump acknowledged the importance of Indiana’s primary next Tuesday. The state’s 57 delegates are key to the efforts by Cruz and John Kasich to stop Trump from clinching the nomination.
“It’s going to be a biggie,” Trump said.
Trump said he was “honored” that Cruz and Kasich teamed up in an effort to deny Trump delegates in upcoming contests including Indiana, Oregon and New Mexico.
“They’re working the system,” Trump said, before mocking his rivals’ mixed signals on their agreement.
“There has to be unity in our party,” Trump said. “Can I win without it? I think so.”
He bashed “lyin’ Ted” for having performed poorly in the New York primary earlier this month. “He’s hovering around the 10 percent mark,” Trump said.
Trump also dismissed Cruz’s pick of Carly Fiorina as his presidential running mate Thursday. Fiorina, who ended her own presidential campaign in February, has gone to bat ripping Trump on several issues.
“I like Carly, but when she left she had no votes,” Trump said.
Trump’s speech Friday was marred by protesters crowded outside the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, Calif., threatening to block him from entering the building.
Trump was spotted in aerial footage walking over an undeveloped strip of grass while entering the back of the building, where no protesters where spotted.
“That was not the easiest entrance I’ve ever made,” Trump said to laughs once he took the stage. “It felt like I was crossing the border, actually.”
At the end of his speech, Trump joked he’d have to go “under a fence, through a field” to safely leave.
The Trump event was the second consecutive day of protests after violence erupted at a rally Thursday night in Costa Mesa, Calif.
“They slowed him down a little bit,” state GOP Chairman Jim Brulte told attendees on Friday, praising police and highway patrol.
Kasich is speaking during a convention dinner Friday night, and Cruz will address the group Saturday.
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