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donald trump declares himself the nominee after sweeping five northeastern states. ted cruz says the media are thrilled to boost the billionaire and the pundit debate when this race is over. >> i think he is the presumptive nominee and it isn't going to be the easy path that the democrats would like. >> is he the presumptive nominee? >> i would say yes. >> the time has come to admit that republican voters want donald trump as their nominee. do you see that? >> are the pundits who mocked trump's chances finally coming out of denial?
and is the press being critical of cruz picking carly fiorina as his running mate? and also one of his oldest friends, a conversation with geraldo rivera. hillary clinton winning four out of five states bristles at the suggestion that she might notwi >> that was june 7th, 2008, when you got out of the race and endorsed president obama. june 7th, 2016, will be the california primary. >> i am ahead in the polls. i am way ahead. >> what about bernie sanders complaining that the press is unfairly writing him off? plus, a report from last night's white house correspondents' dinner and president obama's last chance to stick it to the press and other favorite targets. >> i want to thank the washington press corps, i want to thank carol for all that you do. you know, free press is central
to our democracy and -- nah, i'm just kidding. you know i've got to talk about trump. come on! [ applause ] >> come on. i'm howard kurtz and this is "mediabuzz." it was only a couple of weeks ago that donald trump was calling most of the media dishonest. >> do we like the media? >> no! >> do we hate the media? >> yes! >> yeah! but after he won pennsylvania, maryland, delaware, connecticut and rhode island mostly by landslide margins, he softened his view, at least for the moment. >> i want to thank the media. the media has covered me very fair for the last two hours. [ applause ] no, they've been really very fair over the last few weeks. >> but a very different message
from ted cruz as he was finishing third behind john kasich in four of those five states. >> donald trump is likely to win some states and the media is going to have heart palpitations this evening and the media is going to say, the race is over. >> there was a ton of media attention when the cruz and kasich camps announced they would split up three states to give the other a better chance of derailing trump at least until the reporters got to ask the candidate about the deal. >> tell your voters in indiana to support ted cruz? >> no. no. i'm not going to tell anybody how to vote. look, i mean, this is a party of resource. >> is this collusion? >> what does that even mean? >> how is it not collusion? what do you say to those that it is collusion. donald trump is saying that
you're kol lewding. >> i understand that donald is going to whine. that's what he does. he's a soar loser. >> joining me is amy holmes and susan with the washington examiner and joe trippi, democratic stat strategist and fox news reporter. he was talking about the pundits coming around on trump after the five-state sweep. take a look. >> people have allowed, reporters have allowed, journalists have allowed their own biases and hatred against donald trump. i hate to sound like a broken record, but you keep doing it. >> do you agree with this? >> i would agree that donald trump and the media is frenemies. but if you're unhappy with
donald trump being the front-runner, she says blame tv and points to some really startling statics. reporting that the donald trump has earned $2 billion in free media, that he gets -- >> hold on. >> -- six times the appearances. >> he's gotten way more coverage. some of that is trump appearing on many of the television shows that his rivals wouldn't. >> but it's also the media covering him campaign stops and rallies. >> i agree with that. >> on the one hand, yes, the media has been hostile towards trump but they've also given him a lot of free advertising. >> i can't argue with that part. by the way, there's a new poll out today showing trump with a 15-point lead in indiana which is a make or break state for ted cruz. but when the press now says trump is pretty crows to unstoppable, do you think that's going too far? >> no. i think the press was really excited about the prospect of a contested convention because we've never seen it. we go to these conventions, they
are pretty boring. >> exactly. >> but that's looking less and less likely because the math and he's much more likely to become the nominee. ted cruz has no path there. this big win where he got 60% of the vote, that's when you really saw the shift, where the media started to say, you know what, this probably is going to happen. and the chance of a contested convention is really shrinking down to unlikely just because cruz has deflated in these -- >> what about scarborough's point, that perhaps they would have come to this consensus early, either they don't like trump personally or they were invested in this notion that he's a crazy outsider. >> when he says the media, who is he talking about? i'm just a were reporter talkin about the race. there has definitely been a concerted effort to be the anti-trump in the media, if you will. so there's some truth to what he's saying. >> joe trippi, what do you make
of ted cruz saying that the media has heart palpitations and trump is the chosen candidate and then there's this twist that they are confident that he will lose to hillary in the fall. >> i think that's what you say when you're losing six straight contests. the fact still is that cruz -- i mean, he picks fiorina right now as vp. why? to get attention. that's what trump has been doing. he says things that gets attention and the press is going to cover that. >> when you ran campaigns, didn't you try to do things? >> exactly. sometimes it's a policy speech to try to get people to cover you. but when rubio -- rubio tried to start saying outlandish things to get attention, it worked. it just didn't get him any votes. >> ted cruz also -- there's another strategy at work. it's not just to deflect attention from his losses but blaming the media, attacking the
media is the red meat that the right loves. the media is the right favorite target. >> right. >> it worked for trump because trump has been blaming the media all along. >> always been in the business of being attacked by both liberal pundits. now you have this whole other debate. is trump being presidential enough? when he called john kasich's eating habits disgusting, people said he's being less presidential. overall, has he toned it down on twitter, he is not going after journalists by name the way he used to. he's even sitting down with megyn kelly. i would say that he has toned it down. >> he is still trump and talked about lying ted and so forth. the media is actually, once again, following donald trump's queue when he says donald is going to be more presidential.
the media is on the lookout to find evidence of this new presidential tone. >> there was a story that said his new convention manager and senior adviser, paul manafort, was imposing a more disciplined campaign and then there was a story saying there was tensions between him and the campaign manager, corey lewandowski, and and my sources say, look, every campaign has tensions but this is all overblown. as somebody who has been on the inside when you've had different factions, how does it feel to you? >> probably that there's too factions and they are kind of trying to -- but in the end, trump is going to be donald trump. i don't think there really is a manager -- either one of them is in charge. they both have their lanes and try to tug him in either direction. in the end, he's going to -- you can't jump in front of the microphone. the candidate is the one out there and donald trump is going to say what he wants to say.
>> susan, there was a big story at the beginning of the week that ted cruz and john kasich and their team have reached this agreement. cruz gets through the campaign in indiana without kasich and kasich gets oregon and what was the other state? >> washington. >> washington, yeah. so the media kind of laughed that out of the room as being a ridiculous idea. do you think that was warranted? >> i don't know why that was laughed out of the room. that kind of behind-the-scenes scheming to try to deceive one candidate, all of this behind-the-scenes stuff happens quite regularly. >> the problem is as soon as we show, well, john kasich, this isn't a very big deal at all. even though it had been advertised as being some kind of -- >> and it has fallen apart, actually. >> there's been a lot of o
occluding going on. the only difference is none of the front-runners in the past have actually put out press statements and then we were appalled that they were not interested in the statement of colluding. >> the media's reaction to ted cruz's running mate, they said this was a desperate move. maybe it was a desperate move but i'm surprised to see that news story. how would you describe the reaction to carly? >> it seemed to be overwhelmingly desperate. a hail mary pass and disrespectful to carly fiorina and the ted cruz campaign. they are in it to win it, whether or not we can prog naft indicate that that will succeed, i think it should be covered fairly neutrally. >> cruz needed to do something.
he needed to change the story line. he keeps getting whipped by trump. at least it got him some attention when he gave a speech introducing her, all of the networks covered it live. >> a day after he got trounced in five primaries. when he's not done well in the primaries. cruz is running out of the hail mary passes because the game is about to end. >> when i interviewed carly fiorina when she was a presidential candidate a few months ago, there was chatter about the vp slot. let's take a look at what she said to me. >> exhibit a, how often have i been asked the question whether or not i'm running for vice president. my male counterparts in this race are not asked that question. so there's no doubt that women still are characterized differently.
>> she views that as sexist but i think a lot of candidates decide they may not go all the way and are trying to be the number two. >> a lot of people thought that about martin o'malley and people are asking that about kasich as well. or rubio early on, whether he was going to end up on the ticket. so it -- i don't think it was that at all. i think it was kind of desperate for cruz to do it when he did it. but the real play there was, frankly, to try to get women in the party who trump has huge problems with to try to get them in some way that it was a hail mary to get them to -- >> just briefly, susan, a mockery of carly fiorina singing a made-up song to ted cruz's daughters, these are the pundits who said she's too stern and so it seems in some ways she can't win. >> i question that whole singing business but, you're right, there is a double standard for her. women, i think -- if there's one
that her father, before he married her mother, fathered a son with another woman, a son that donald trump has never met. joining us now is gossip reporter at "the washington post." this is about melania's father back in slovenia, in 1965, is guy who has never been part of the family. is that news? >> is it news? it is what anyone who is running for president or married to someone who is running for president is going to have to deal with. >> i understand melania could be first lady but her father who isn't a public figure and doesn't live in this country. >> it would be hard to argue that this is relevant but it's hard to imagine a world in which interesting details about someone's family history do not come out. i mean, this is so much of what we do in journalism when it comes to the presidents and their families, getting into their origin stories, looking for some kind of meaning. >> you're saying it has no
connection to the presidential campaign but this is the world we live in? >> listen, if you're doing a biography of first lady melania trump and did all of this research, would you find this out and i don't see any reason why you would ignore it. >> the tone of the piece, not just the $100,000 dior wedding dress but comfortable with being admired as a specimen of physical beauty, she's not a bimbo but not particularly clever. condescending? >> it's not kind. is it condescending? i don't know if you'd say it's condescending. it's obviously not a story she would be hoping to see. >> how much more do you need to say something condescending? >> i felt like the overall impact of the story is not rough on her. it's probably rough for her, though. this is really her first exposure to this kind of scrutiny that any member of a first family or major -- part of
a major family gets. she's largely been in the shadow of her husband even though she's been a model. >> i've had a couple of short conversations with melania trump. she seems to be a very savvy and classy lady with no desire to be in the spotlight at this time. i wonder if there's media elite snobbery. she wants to be a mom, she wants to be with her family, as being too boring or pedestrian, to be anything other than a trophy wife. >> you know, here's the thing. this is an exotic and new thing for the media, for the country to have not just a world famous reality star billionaire. >> yes. >> on a ticket with a very colorful past but who has a potential first lady who is a former exotic slovenia model. you know, this is all about the human interest and texture and detail.
honestly, there's more interesting textured details of somebody whose job was being a lingerie model than somebody whose job was a hospital vice president or lawyer. >> amy, great to see you. thanks for stopping by. >> great to see you. >> i will say the author, yulha gotten a ton of anti-semitic threats online. some people who like trump or his wife have really unloaded. ahead, we'll talk to geraldo rivera about beating up on trump despite their 40-year friendship. first, the white house correspondents' dinner. president obama's last chance to whack the press. h
of course, the dinner is supposed to be about journalists and politicians putting aside partisanship for one night. but in past years, we were overrun by the likes of tom cruise, kevin spacey all on donald trump. this year when it was less of a hot ticket, not so much. i took my iphone to the red carpet and looked at all -- there were a lot of people as the stars came through. a lot of big stars like, for example, reince priebus, the republican national chairman. and we also had aretha franklin, the queen of soul. this is a victoria secret model named adriana lima. bryan cranston from "breaking bad." a guest of fox, jeff, big star in my eyes is michael kelly who plays in "the house of cards."
but on a night like this, we have scottie nell hughes of the tea party network, big trump supporters and the two of them and katrina pierson introduced by jeff zeleny of cnn. for the president, it was a final chance to take jabs at the press and contemplate what it will be like after he leaves the white house. >> even reporters have left me. savannah guthrie, she's left the white house press corps to host the "today" show. norah o'donnell left the briefing room to host "cbs this morning." jake tapper left journalism to join cnn. >> he's about to go from commander in chief to couch commander. >> [ bleep ]. chuck todd. >> that's a joke you make when you're not coming back. and comedian larry wilmore, i thought he went over the line with some of his racially
the media consensus of hillary clinton winning four out of five states and the democratic front-runner on the eve of the primaries getting aggravated when rachel maddow asked what will happen if she's ahead in delegates in june. >> i have great respect for bernie but what he and his supporters are saying just doesn't added a up.
i have 2.7 million more votes than he has. i have more than 250 more pledged delegates. >> susan, why was hillary getting so exercised? that wasn't a hairball question from rachel. >> she went through the same process in 2008. she dropped out when she had even better prospects and then bernie sanders has right now. she stuck all the way through it but i think they had been cutting -- >> was it an overreaction to what was not a hostile question? >> i think she's defensive about it because the problem she has is that bernie sanders still has a lot of momentum. he may not be winning delegates. >> and money. >> his fundraising is dropping off but he just raised $20 million in april. >> the question now is what does bernie want? why doesn't he tone it down? >> well, he can go -- and as you point out, money can go all the way to the convention.
>> talk about the pundits who are now saying, oh, we just think this is too much and he really needs to behave. >> well, i think that's wrong. i mean, i think he's let bernie be bernie, let him -- hillary clinton did. the point she is making and i think it's laughable in the coverage, is she got 58% to his 42 in new york. we all called it a wipeout. she's beaten him 58-42. so that frustration going on with him with maddow, hey, it's not close, guys. >> so donald trump is getting a lot of heat over this woman's card issue. he called in to the "today" show and spoke with savanne vanna gu
savannah guthrie. >> you said the only thing she has going for her is that she's a woman. not because she's a lawyer, former secretary of state. do you understand why people would find that to be a demeaning comment? >> no. i would find it that it's a true comment. the only thing she has going for her is that she's a woman. >> amy holmes, does it seem that the press is siding with the view that it was sexist of him to say that? >> it seems like it. there were two parts to his statement, which is that hillary clinton is playing the woman's card and the second part which i agree is a bit on the sexist side. i don't think that's the only thing she has going for her. i think that went too far. >> what about the first part? >> but the first part, i think donald trump is being unfairly attacked because hillary clinton has been playing the woman's card. she's been playing it explicitly and embraced it just this week and said, if i'm playing the woman's card, deal me in. i think it was a fair criticism of donald trump but to get back
to the why won't bernie drop out with the media, it's because the media gets bored and they want the news story and move on from this because they are also smarty pants and think they know what is going to happen. let's start with that new headline. >> on the discussion about the hillary and trump discussion, here's the trump attack. this is the "new york times." he's likely to attack her precisely because she is a woman in ways that many women find sexist. that's done as a statement of fact. >> well, he's de it so far. he's gone after women based on their appearance or based on the fact that they are women. he went after megyn kelly in a way that some felt was sexist. he has a track record of doing this. and i don't doubt that he will quit doing this going forward. he's established himself as someone willing to go after a woman based on the fact that she's a woman. many consider that to be a sexist move. >> but that could be -- >> i consider it a fact.
it's true. he's done it over and over and over again. i don't think anyone in the trump camp would deny it either. listen to what he says. >> of course they would deny it. >> no. they wouldn't deny what he says. he has come out and said the attacks on rosie o'donnell and -- >> hold on. the question is should "the new york times" be saying this is what he's likely to be doing in the future? >> i don't think it's -- >> he's running as hillary clinton. >> right. >> all right. so the hillary camp leaks a very specific story in "the new york times" and says she's having discussions with 15 possible vp candidates, mccain, mark warner sherrod brown and duval patrick. you've been through this kind of thing. is the press being used here? not that they are not considering vps but they want these stories out to show what? >> of course the press is being used here. you put this out, you float
names. some of it is trial balloons. and you do point out that there's a lot of precedence for picking someone of the same gender and everybody sort of chuckles at that and it makes the case that -- >> she had no plan to pick elizabeth warren, it helps with the party that she's at least considering her and makes her look like the virtual nominee. >> yeah. it's about being the virtual nominee and it is about -- i mean, there does have to be some -- i think that we are looking at progressives and not necessarily just elizabeth warren but to get that out there that there's room and that we're looking for -- >> you said that the press is being used for -- joe trippi, susan, amy holmes, thank you for stopping by this sunday. ahead on "mediabuzz," the press rips apart will ferrell and has an impact. first, geraldo rivera, what he says about trump publicly and privately.
for you. >> i was very excited when he announced his candidacy. he's a good friend and i love the guy. we were together every day on "the apprentice" for six weeks and that was in february and this is in june. and when he started speaking i was thrilled. i thought that it was -- you know, he showed he was a movie star and had a grasp of the general terms in the issues. >> and then he started speaking about immigration. >> and then he said mexican immigrants were dope dealers and racists and i assume there are good things mixed in and i was shocked. i was hurt by it. because that's not the donald trump that i know. >> you said you shouldn't be going there in these issues and so forth? >> we were together as recently as tuesday night in new york. with he had a nice chat. i didn't bring up immigration but he knows and i have said
publicly that though i have this deep affection for him and respect for him and his family, a lovely family, i could never vote for him unless he moderates that position. >> doesn't it -- is it hard for you to go on the air and criticize him sometimes in very strong language when he is your friend? >> you know, people take in this building particularly with all of the irish catholic colleagues that we have, abortion is an issue that really is deeply personal to many of our colleagues. immigration is my abortion issue, so to speak, my litmus test. it is easy for me to say -- to draw my line. i can go that far but no further. you have to be compassionate to this population. i've written two books about them. they are my constituents, in a sense. it is impossible for me to be for someone who would deport american families that have
citizen children. donald knows that you about i fully expect -- and i want to be very clear about this, howard -- i fully expect that all of the trump naysayers are correct, cruz is correct, donald doesn't really mean it. the donald trump i know would never break up american families to make a political point. >> but then you're accusing him of using some pretty strong rhetoric about deportation even though you say you believe as his pal that he doesn't really mean it? >> i think that you have to be a crazy person to get the republican nomination these days. >> you said that to howard stern. i was going to ask you about that. cruz, trump, they are crazy? or they have to act crazy? >> they have to tow a line that is intolerable for a reasonable person. you have to clear the stephen king issue, the congressman that said of mexican immigrants that
they have the calves the size of cantaloupes because they are all carrying dope across the border. if you have to please that person to get past the nation's first primary election, then you are doomed to a radical position that will never fly with the american electorate and you can never be elected. >> you considered running for the senate in new jersey as a republican. >> i am. i am a republican. >> did you conclude you're not crazy enough to run as a republican candidate? >> i concluded that once the koch brothers got involved, the mayor of new jersey, $5 million, that the 5 million i had stashed away, my family and i, would have easily been exhausted. >> you were going to lose? >> a loser, as trump would say. you hit trump pretty hard when he started talking about new york values in iowa. you felt it was a coded anti-semitic -- >> i don't agree. >> i disagree. when you go back to jesse
jackson, 1994, the only reason ted cruz didn't say new york was taken by reverend jackson. what is new york and then you throw in money and power and media, you are talking about jews and i know it. i sense it. i am a very defensive about my people. my mom's people, particularly. >> have you talked to the senator or if he's here at fox do you go the other direction? >> no. i generally don't want to confront him. we have had -- i have interviewed senator cruz. i was at an off-the-record fund-raiser that some parents at my kids' school and that new york values hit on the eve of iowa was premeditated. i have no doubt but that he did that to signal that he was against those people, meaning me. >> finally, what compelled you
to say "yes" to "dancing with the stars"? >> you know, i've been asked several times to do it over the course of the years when i was more physically able to dance. my kids said, daddy, don't do it. you're going to have an affair with the professional dancer. they all do. >> that would be so unlike you. >> so i said, no, no, no. finally, it was on my bucket list at the age of 72 and i said "yes" and you can watch me in the finale on may 24th. >> i give you credit for taking it on. geraldo. >> my pleasure. after the break, nearly nine out of ten people don't have much faith in the news they read on facebook. what that means in our digital download. [vet] two yearly physicals down. martha and mildred are good to go. here's your invoice, ladies. a few stops later, and it looks like big ollie is on the mend. it might not seem that glamorous having an old pickup truck for an office... or filling your days looking
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just barely above congress, but even with a slight majority of americans now getting some of their news on social media, the verdict there isn't much better, just 12% of those who get their news from facebook say they trust it a lot or a great deal that. rises to 17% for instagram, 18% for twitter. joining us now is shana glenser, technology commentator in washington. 12% trusting name on facebook. what do you make of such a low figure? >> i was shocked. expected it to be at least 50%, right, especially the survey or study showed so many people are consuming from social media, the first news source and they don't trust any of it. >> do you have the sense of distrust when you look at what people put up on facebook about news? >> yeah. i think given the survey, i'm
more trusting in the news that i'm reading on social media, but i do judge the news that i'm seeing first and foremost by based on who is sharing it. so if a friend is sharing it who i know is biased on a certain issue, then i don't trust what they are sharing as much as somebody who might have a more, you know, more moderate perspective on that issue. one of the researchers actually talked to someone named sonia who said about the same topic, i look at who shared it. if i have a friend that's a creep, i might not believe what they post, but if i have a friend who is in a certain field then i might believe what they post. it's reflected in the story as well. >> creeps have a credibility gap on facebook. you know who you are. i was surprised because these are people -- news is coming from people who you accept as friends, though a lot of people accept a lot of people they don't know. look, it's no secret facebook is a lot more polarized in this campaign, pro-trump people, anti-trump people, bernie versus hillary, sometimes it gets ugly and friendships are lost. >> yeah. >> could it be a factor in
doubting the news sources? >> i think it's a huge factor this political season and especially just how there's so much vitriol and in the commentary that there's there's more and more outrageous headlines. i don't know if you're seeing it in your news feed. >> big time. >>i dismiss those outright and it it a i fekts the credibility in which i view the other news being shared about, you know, specifically about politics. i also see this trust issue reflected in another way this political season and that's because so few people trust the news that they are reading on facebook and that's where they are getting their news, that real verified stories about candidates aren't having the same impact that they had where they may have been able to sway voters in the past. they are not swaying voters this season about their candidate, or at least that's what i feel the trust issue is being reflected in the candidates. >> right. now, look, obviously people have doubts about the mainstream media as well, but i'm always struck by when i see a headline that seems off the wall, doesn't seem true, like a conspiracy
theory, i look at the little link and it's a sight i've never heard of and makes me wonder about the credibility as well. talking about twitter this, week former house speaker dennis hastert was sentenced on charges relating to this awful situation related to sexual abuse of boys that he had coached in wrestling, and major news organizations put out tweets while the judge was doing the sentencing. buzzfeed, cnn, "washington examiner" saying former house speaker das test sentenced to two years of supervised release and an hour later the a.p. goes on twitter say he's also getting 15 months in prison so that would tend to undermine the view of even when blue chip organizations are using twitter for news. >> set us up perfectly for the story, did they not? a sad state. but shows the pressure to be first, especially in the age of social media and twitter and the importance of this 140 characters that you get when you're sharing, you know. it holds a lot of weight. >> the judge is still speak, why not wait 20 more minutes, 20
more seconds in some cases, to find out what the sentence actually was. shana glenzer, thanks so much. good to see you. >> will farrell and a proposed story about ronald reagan's alzheimer's. kelly ripa speeds up her tv divorce and the media and acela primary, how it got seriously rerailed on local tv.
the film a heartless move ferrell's people backtracked and was considering a project and the media somewhat hyped the story but may have succeeded in killing what was truly an awful idea. kelly ripa returned to her morning show after her boycott after abc blind-sided her by telling her at the last minute by telling her cohost michael strahan was moving full time to "good morning america." apologies were made and show and the former nfl star tried to make up, tried to make up on camera. >> transpired though over the course of a few days has been extraordinary in the sense that it started a much greater conversation about communication and consideration and most importantly respect in the workplace. >> you love this show. you love the fans. you love the staff. i love you. >> but no one was really buying that and for good reason. strahan who had within slated to
join "gma" in september will leave the show in less than two weeks despite his love for kelly. >> amtrak has a spy-speed train from washington to new york and boston favored by the media elitist called the acela so the media bestowed that name on the five-state northeastern primary and some anchors found it a tad challenging. >> was build as the acela primary. >> what's billed as aslay, is that how you say it. >> >> what's billed as the aslay primary. >> the acela primaries. >> the acela primary. >> the aksccelerated primary, i it acela train, melissa? >> yes. >> what some are calling the acela primary. >> what some are calling the -- the acela primary. >> okay. anyway. >> what a train wreck. all right. maybe amtrak should have picked an easier name to pronounce but maybe all the media should have looked it up. that's it for this edition of "media buzz." i'm howard kurtz. like our facebook page, send us questions there.
firstname.lastname@example.org and i'll respond on twitter @howardkurtz. back here next sunday. hope you'll join us then fo an epic showdown months in the making is about to rock america's heartland. i'm patti ann browne. this is "the fox report." the stage is indiana. and how hoosiers vote on tuesday could determine whether the republicans head to a contested convention in cleveland. donald trump, ted cruz and john kasich all spending significant time there. indiana is winner take most. a win for trump could go a long way toward preventing a contested convention in cleveland. he's won 52% of all the delegate as warded so far but now needs 56% of the remaining delegates to get to that magic number, 1237. trump says the continued primary fight is, quote, aas