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Tom DeLay: Trump's Claims He Won't Be Influenced 'Naive'

(Fox Network's "Mornings with Maria")

By    |   Monday, 23 May 2016 12:35 PM

Donald Trump's contention that he won't be influenced by the money donated toward his campaign if he's elected president is "so naive, it's amazing to me," former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Monday.

"It's the person who is in the office that allows somebody to influence them," the former Texas Republican congressman told Fox Network's "Mornings with Maria" program.

"So if he's strong, nobody's going to influence him by giving him money. And the point is, if he keeps saying he doesn't want the conservatives, doesn't want the evangelicals, doesn't wouldn't the donors, how is he going to win?"

DeLay said he is sure that Trump, who until now has self-financed his campaign, will be able to raise the money he needs moving forward, but still, he is not showing that he "understands that he's got to put together a huge coalition in order to overcome the already natural Electoral College votes Hillary [Clinton] has already got."

"He's starting off from behind and what he's doing is constantly cutting off the very people that he needs to bring in to build a coalition," DeLay continued. "It's just really stupid politics."

DeLay said if he was Trump's campaign strategist and was to offer him direct advice, he'd tell him to "start thinking in visions, not in issues and little policy nuggets."

"He needs to present to the base that he needs to win over, a vision for how he wants to carry America forward," said DeLay. "Just putting a slogan on a cap doesn't get it. He's got to bring people together. He's got to convince people that he is real and that you can trust him, and that he has the same values as his base has or he's not going to go anywhere."

And, said DeLay, if he were Trump, he would "call for a revolution for the Constitution. I would invoke the Constitution and stand on that principle."

Doing so would send a message that Trump understands "how this country was created, how prosperity is created by standing on the Constitution, and that gives him the opportunity to build a vision," said DeLay. "Right now, playing these little games back and forth, I'm for the Second Amendment or I'm for this or that, that doesn't send a message to the base. Right now he needs to be working on the base, not the establishment against the base."

DeLay also mentioned that he does not think it is a good idea for Trump's camp to be calling for people to vote for him to block Clinton from the White House.

"Look at his unfavorables and look at the fact that in the latest polls over the last week, 30% of the base is not going to vote for Donald Trump right now," said DeLay. "He's got a lot of work to do to bring that base together, just to get started in a general election."

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Donald Trump's contention that he won't be influenced by the money donated toward his campaign if he's elected president is so naive, "it's amazing to me," former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Monday.
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