NEW YORK, NY — Donald Trump announced that he is the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee from his own Trump Tower in Manhattan, on Tuesday night following a clean sweep of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island in what has been dubbed the “Acela Primary”.
“I consider myself the presumptive nominee,” Trump said to the crowd of reporters and supporters who had gathered. “As far I’m concerned, it’s over. These two guys don’t have a path,” he said of his fellow Republican presidential contenders Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Tuesday’s primary was dubbed “Acela” because the five states that held primaries on that day coincide with the route of Amtrak’s speediest carrier.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) were among those present in the crowd.
In addition to thanking his constituents in the states he won, Trump jestfully extended his gratitude to the media for covering him “very fairly… for the past two hours.”
Trump’s wins in the Northeast were indicative of his ability to pander to a diverse constituency; a point he made no secret of during his victory speech.
“Every state is so different,” Trump said, noting that “this is one diverse victory.”
After he addressed Cruz and Kasich, Trump took direct aim at the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, while foreshadowing a more in-depth strategy for his foreign policy platform. Both during a press release and in his remarks on Tuesday evening, Trump said he will address national security and other pressing issues during a noontime Wednesday press conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.
“I will do far more for women than Hillary Clinton will ever do, including protecting our country” Trump said. “The only card she has is the woman’s card,” he added. “And frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote.” Clinton has benefited from support from females over her Democratic presidential rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who has far greater backing from millennials in addition to being the more popular candidate.
A McClatchy-Marist poll released earlier this month indicates that 25% of Sanders supporters say they would not vote for Clinton if she were to become the Democratic nominee.
In order for Trump to cinch the Republican Party’s nomination outright, he must achieve 1,237 delegates. After tonight’s primary, he is clocked in at 1,055 leaving him just 182 delegates away from achieving that goal.
Trump also addressed the issue of immigration in his speech. “And, by the way, I want people to come into our country. But I want them to come in legally. They have to come in through a process.”
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