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Trump ‘can win one way or the other,’ as he loses GOP support, Larry Hogan, Fred Upton

Donald Trump says “it would be nice” if the Republican Party gets behind his presidential candidacy, but the self-described “different kind of candidate” is prepared to go it alone if necessary, standing strong behind his divisive comments.

“I think that I win either way,” Trump told NBC’s Meet The Press in an interview that aired Sunday. “I can win one way or the other.”

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As a rising number of Republicans announced they would not support Trump, the presumptive presidential nominee sent mixed messages during his nationwide fundraising tour last week. Trump expressed frustration with the party and indicated he didn’t care about its support at one time and then he bragged about fundraising numbers other times.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and other Republican officials announced they would not vote for Trump in the November election.

Critics cited any number of Trump actions and statements, ranging from his criticism of a federal judge’s “Mexican heritage” to his claims of credit for predicting the terrorist attack in Orlando.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., while he has endorsed Trump, told NBC’s Meet The Press that he wouldn’t force GOP lawmakers to go against their consciences when it comes to support of the volatile nominee. “This is a very strange situation,” Ryan said. “This is a very unique nominee.”

Trump denounced those alleged anti-Trump plans as “a hoax” invented by the media.

In his NBC interview, Trump noted he won the Republican primaries without establishment backing. “You know, I’m an outsider and I won the primaries,” Trump said. “I do believe that we can win either way, but it would be nice if we stuck together.”

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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