Florence in a spin at festival
Donald Trump is fighting efforts by some frustrated Republicans planning a last-ditch effort to stop him becoming the party’s presidential nominee, threatening at one point to stop fundraising if Republicans don’t rally around him. Speaking at a theatre at the Treasure Island hotel on the Las Vegas strip, Trump referred to “an insurgent group” trying to deny him delegates at the party’s July convention. “Now you have a couple of guys that were badly defeated and they’re trying to organise maybe like a little bit of a delegate revolt,” he said at Saturday’s rally. “I thought they already tried that.” Trump pushed back against such efforts several times during his speech, claiming they were somehow “illegal” then dismissing them as a media-generated fabrication. “It’s all made up by the press,” he said. “It’s a hoax, I’m telling you.” While Trump dismisses the effort as invented, more Republicans in Congress are saying they will not attend the party convention and are not endorsing his candidacy. Meanwhile, a movement exists among some conservative delegates and operatives to change party rules to allow a different nominee, though it’s a longshot effort lacking sufficient backing and a candidate to offer up at an alternative. Indeed, Trump wondered aloud who his opponents would pick as a replacement, a problem that has plagued the “Never Trump” movement for months. “Who are they going to pick? I beat everybody,” he said. At one point in his speech, Trump asserted without offering evidence that former rival Jeb Bush and a second Republican whom he did not name were part of the movement opposing him. Neither Bush nor another former rival, Senator Ted Cruz, have endorsed Trump. Trump has continued to face resistance from Republicans who have voiced increasing concern over his inflammatory rhetoric. And he appeared increasingly frustrated on Saturday, saying, “It would be helpful if the Republicans could help us a little bit.”
Florence Welch of the group Florence + The Machine performs on day three of the 2016 Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware in the United States.
STANDING FIRM: Donald Trump