Trump to Savage: I’m not shifting my position

By WND Staff

Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)
Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

In an interview Monday with one of his strongest supporters, GOP presidential primary front-runner Donald Trump assured Michael Savage and his “Savage Nation” audience that “moderate influences” in his campaign would not shift him to the center politically.

Savage reminded Trump, a regular guest on the show, the “reason you are popular is because of borders, because of immigration, because of the flood of Muslims coming into the country.”

“I would almost say, Donald, please don’t let the moderate influences in your campaign take you off point. It’s what got you where you are,” said Savage, who aired the interview in two parts after recording it Monday morning.

The talk host asked Trump if he would now “modify” his policies “and move a little bit more to the center now?”

“You know,” Trump replied, “you just said it better than anybody could. It’s what got me here.”

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Trump emphasized he has “millions of more votes” and a substantial delegate lead over Sen. Ted Cruz.

“You see what’s happening,” Trump said. “It’s the biggest story in politics, is all these people coming out to vote for me.

“And the last thing I should be doing right now is changing, Michael,” he said.

“So, I don’t think you have anything to worry about. OK?”

Savage noted Trump recently hired Paul Manafort, 66, an adviser to Bob Dole’s 1996 campaign who is tasked with leading Trump’s effort to secure delegates. The hire, Savage said, “sends chills up my spine, because what they’re going to do is tell you to move to the center.”

“I think that’s a disastrous mistake,” Savage said. “The country is in turmoil. It’s falling apart. Obama is acting in a more draconian way than he’s ever acted. He goes to Cuba, doesn’t leave a ball game. Bombs going off in Brussels, flies to South America, says there’s no difference between communism and capitalism. He’s going crazy.

“We need someone to counterbalance the disaster of the last eight years. You’re it. None of the others can do it. Ted Cruz is part of the establishment. He’s a sitting senator. We all know that, Donald.

“We need you to stay strong,” Savage said.

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“I mean, I’m almost imploring you to listen to ‘The Savage Nation,'” Savage said with a chuckle, “not to the campaign advisers, who have destroyed more men than you could imagine.”

Trump assured Savage he should not worry, emphasizing “that’s a delegate man I hired.”

“He’s excellent for delegates, but he has nothing to do with policy. Nobody does. We’ll see what happens,” Trump said.

“I have experts, but ultimately I call the shots.”

Manafort also helped manage nomination fights for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

“No, the wall is going to be built,” Trump continued. “The border is going to be strong. The military is going to be strengthened tremendously. We’re not going to be pushed around, and we’re going to renegotiate trade deals, and we’re going to get the country back. We’re going to take back our jobs, and we’re going to bring them back from Mexico and all these places that have robbed us from our jobs.

“Do not worry, Michael. Do not worry.”

‘Garbage’ story

Savage’s previous interview with Trump, March 28, followed the talk host’s warning that he might withdraw his support of the real-estate billionaire’s White House bid if he did not denounce the anonymously sourced National Enquirer sex-scandal allegations against Ted Cruz.

When Savage later pressed Trump to affirm the campaigns should move on from the personal insults that culminated last week with the Enquirer story, calling it all “garbage,” Trump agreed.

“He started it. But I think it’s now total garbage. Absolutely. It’s ridiculous,” Trump said.

Trump referred back to a previous remark Savage made about “having been smeared like I’ve never seen anyone smeared before.”

“You’re right, somebody in your world called me and said they have never seen anybody slandered like I’ve been slandered over the last week, about the whole woman thing,” Trump said.

“Nobody respects women more than I do, Michael. You know that.”

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