CLEVELAND — It is not too late to turn the page on Donald Trump’s long-standing claim that he would have beaten Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election if he were running in 2020.
Trump has been the target of a relentless attack since the 2016 presidential election, with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus calling him “unfit to be president.”
He is also under fire for his alleged involvement in a fraudulent voter registration campaign that allegedly helped propel Sen. Elizabeth Warren to the U.S. Senate seat that Trump lost to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in November.
The billionaire is also facing mounting pressure from Republicans who say he should resign as president and that his election results are illegitimate.
But Trump said Friday he would not quit.
“I will not quit,” Trump told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show.
“I will fight for my country and fight for the people of this country.”
Asked whether he would accept the nomination from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is also seeking the presidency, Trump said, “No.
I will not accept.””
I am going to fight for people who believe in me, and they’re going to get to vote,” he added.
Trump, who has consistently maintained that he did not cheat during the 2016 campaign, has repeatedly been caught up in the scrutiny over the integrity of the election.
Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Trump also said that the GOP could do worse than nominate someone like Ohio Gov.
John Kasich, the former Ohio governor who won a plurality of the Republican primary votes but is viewed by many as too moderate.
“There’s no way Kasich is going to win,” Trump said.
“He’s a moderate, and he doesn’t have a big tent.
I have a huge tent.”
Trump also expressed hope for a Republican victory in 2020, saying that the party is not likely to win a majority in the Senate.
“If we do have a majority, we have a great opportunity,” Trump continued.
“We’re going into 2021 with a much better chance.”
“We’re not going to have a Democratic Senate majority,” he said.
The Republican National Convention is set to kick off Sunday in Cleveland.