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NYT: Trump Claims 'Mandate' to Be Provocative, Unorthodox

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By    |   Wednesday, 11 May 2016 10:14 AM

Donald Trump believes he has a "mandate" from his supporters to run an unorthodox, fiery and word-of-mouth campaign for the White House — even as GOP leaders worry it may not translate to a November win.

In a telephone interview with the New York Times posted Wednesday, the brash billionaire said voters like him just the way he is — and like a baseball team, "you win the pennant and now you're in the World Series — you gonna change?"

"People like the way I'm doing," he said, adding:

"I think I have a mandate from the people. The people are tired of incompetent leadership at the highest level. They're tired of trade deals that are ripping our jobs apart and taking their wages."

The term "mandate" is most often claimed after a presidential candidate wins a general election, not a party nomination, the Times points out — which has some GOP leaders concerned.

"Donald Trump did earn a mandate from Republican primary voters," GOP Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick Toomey tells the Times. "My advice to him is that he should now consider how he will appeal to the many Republican and non-Republican voters who have serious concerns about his candidacy."

Former Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire tells the Times mandates mean nothing compared with "ideas in the center that unite people."

"I don't even think the 1980 Reagan landslide gave Reagan a mandate," Gregg tells the Times. "He was effective because the country was in terrible shape and he was able to bring large numbers of people behind his ideas. Trump hasn't done that."

But conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan tells the Times that Trump's mix of conservative ideas and anti-establishment populism echo Ross Perot's appeal in his failed 1992 presidential campaign — only Trump can win.

"With the largest Republican turnout ever, Trump eliminated 16 rivals and is on track to winning more votes than any Republican nominee in history," Buchanan tells the Times. "That gives him a mandate to lead the Republican Party and move ahead with his plans to secure the border, pull back from foreign interventions and wars, and end these terrible trade deals."

Trump himself believes "word of mouth" will get him where he wants to go.

"In a Broadway theater, the best, the best, absolute best sale is called 'word of mouth,'" he tells the Times, which reports he once "dabbled in theater producing."

"If people love a Broadway show, it's better than if you write a good review. Word of mouth is the No. 1 thing. And the word of mouth at my rallies is like, 'You've got to go see it.' And, you know, one person goes and they talk about it to 20 people."

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