Trump Scorns Riots, Focuses on Clinton 05/01 10:59
Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed reports of a riot
outside his rally in California, pressing ahead with his claim that Democrat
Hillary Clinton is only in the presidential race because she's a woman. And he
said Clinton rival Bernie Sanders, who had questioned her qualifications, is
going to help him.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed
reports of a riot outside his rally in California, pressing ahead with his
claim that Democrat Hillary Clinton is only in the presidential race because
she's a woman. And he said Clinton rival Bernie Sanders, who had questioned her
qualifications, is going to help him.
"Bernie Sanders, what he said was a lot worse than what I said and I'm going
to use that. We'll have that teed up," Trump said on "Fox News Sunday." Sanders
questioned Clinton's qualifications for being president and later retreated
from those remarks. Nonetheless, Trump said, "It's a sound bite."
The change of subject reflects Trump's conviction that the race for the
Republican presidential nomination is essentially "over," with GOP rivals Ted
Cruz and John Kasich unable to catch up to Trump's delegate haul --- but Trump
himself short of the 1,237 delegates required to clinch the nomination. Win or
lose the Indiana primary Tuesday, Trump is relentlessly focused on a general
election matchup against Clinton. He previewed it as a six-month clash that
could be focused substantially on gender politics and personal details. Clinton
has said she "couldn't care less" what Trump says about her.
Even as he focused on the general election, Trump was among the candidates
courting Indiana voters Sunday ahead of the state's vote with 57 GOP delegates
at stake. Clinton, too, was speaking there. The other candidates were facing
questions about why they're still running.
"It's difficult, it's not impossible," Sanders said on CBS's "Face the
Nation" of his increasingly bleak challenge to Clinton.
Cruz wasn't surrendering to the delegate math, even after a tough week in
which former House Speaker John Boehner called him "Lucifer in the flesh" and
"a miserable son of a bitch." Cruz pointed out on several shows that Indiana
Gov. Mike Pence and former California Gov. Pete Wilson have endorsed him and
that Trump can't get a majority of Republicans to back him.
"We're going the distance," he said on ABC's "This Week." ''We're going into
Cleveland, and it will be a contested convention."
But Trump continued to dominate the conversation Sunday. On ABC, the first
question posed to former CIA director and defense secretary Robert Gates was
about what a Trump candidacy would mean for the nation's national security.
"I think based on the speech you'd have somebody who doesn't understand the
difference between a business negotiation and a negotiation with sovereign
powers," Gates, who has worked for both Republican and Democratic presidents,
replied. "He doesn't understand that there's a give-and-take in international
relations that is different than in the business community."
On CNN, Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has endorsed Cruz even though he has said
he loathes the Texas senator, said Trump's foreign policy amounts to
"isolationism. It will lead to another 9/11."
Graham added on CBS: "Hillary Clinton is an incredibly flawed candidate, but
she will mop the floor with Donald Trump."