Florence in a spin at fes­ti­val

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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.

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