Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump said in an interview Wednesday that he was “disappointed and surprised” by Republican leaders who criticized his comments about a federal judge as “racist.” Trump also lightly makes notion towards his massive win and record-breaking delegate count on Super Tuesday.
After House Speaker Paul Ryan called Trump “racist,” VP possible Newt Gingrich called him “inappropriate” and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commented chastised his leadership, the Republican presidential candidate in an interview with TIME said he was upset with the GOP leaders.
“I was disappointed and surprised,” he said Wednesday morning at Trump Tower in New York. “I had just won more votes than anyone in the history of the party, so I was a little bit surprised when they said that I didn’t think it was necessary. But you know, they have to say what they have to say. I’m a big boy. They have to say what they have to say.”
Trump noted the disloyalty came just as he was set to formally clinch the required number of delegates to win the nomination. Tuesday night during his winning speech, Trump didn’t mention the attack on the judge, as he sought to set his tone to appear more presidential. But don’t expect this to become a continuous trend; Trump notes he specifically used the teleprompter and tamed manner due to the occasion being a “special moment.” Basically, Trump is still going to be Trump in his forthcoming events and speeches.
“I felt it was an important time somehow, so I thought I wanted to give a very detailed oriented speech,” Trump said. “By nature when you give a detail oriented speech you’re going to be a little bit more low-key.”