Despite several suggestions to the contrary following what many have called his roughest week in the polls, Republican nominee Donald Trump insists he will not change his strategy or temperament.
Appearing Tuesday on Fox Business Network, Trump said, “I think that my temperament has gotten me here. I’ve always had a good temperament and it’s gotten me here. We beat a lot of people in the primaries and now we have one person left, and we’re actually doing pretty well there, but we’ll see how it call comes out.”
Trump’s poll numbers have taken a downward trend in the past week after a war with Khizr Khan – the father of a soldier who died in Iraq – made a speech criticizing him at the Democratic National Convention. He also upset those in his own party by refusing to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sens. John McCain and Kelly Ayotte in primary races. Trump eventually did endorse them, but his poll numbers and momentum continued to decrease.
Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo asked Trump what his campaign needs to do to get things going in the right direction, but the businessman insisted that nothing was wrong and change wasn’t necessary.
“I certainly don’t think it’s appropriate to start changing all of a sudden when you’ve been winning,” Trump said. “I mean I’ve beaten many people, and now we’re down to one. And we’ll see how it all works out, but I think it is going to work out well,” he said.
Clinton now leads Trump by 7.5 points in the RealClearPolitics national polling index, but there are several surveys that show her ahead by double digits.
And he has generated plenty of negative publicity from the lack of support from within his own party. One of the big hits in the past week was the revelation that 50 Republican national security experts signed a letter warning that the election o Trump would jeopardize the nation’s security.
But Trump reminds people he became the party’s nominee by bucking the Republican establishment.
“This is the way I won in the primaries. I mean, I won the primaries by fighting all of these insiders,” Trump said.