Donald Trump balks at idea he has 'too many' campaign errors: 'You'll have to define what a mistake means'
Donald Trump refused on Thursday to acknowledge that he had "made too many errors" in recent days, despite his numerous comments that have embroiled his campaign in controversy.
In an interview with CNBC, the Republican presidential nominee brushed off concern from campaign allies that his criticism about the father of a slain Muslim-American soldier was a mistake.
"You'll have to define what a mistake means," Trump said. "It's been put to bed for a long time, and I don't think there's any reason for you to reopen it."
Throughout the interview, Trump appeared unconcerned with the network's questions about recent headline-grabbing controversies.
The real-estate magnate asked CNBC whether people were complaining that he called President Barack Obama the "founder of ISIS."
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Trump also stood by his suggestion that gun-rights advocates could stop Hillary Clinton from appointing Supreme Court justices who wish to regulate firearms — he had later said he meant they would do so through political, not violent, means.
"Everybody came to my defense because there was nothing said wrong," Trump said. "I'm talking about the power of the voter. Nothing was said wrong."
He added: "Only the haters tried to grab onto that one, and it was very unsuccessful. It has tremendous support and tremendous power at the voting booth."
The New York businessman said refusing to speak his mind was not worth it, adding that if he loses the presidential race, he'll take a "very, very nice, long vacation."
"If at the end of 90 days, if I fall short because I'm somewhat politically correct, even though I'm supposed to be the smart one, and even though I'm supposed to have a lot of good ideas, it's OK," Trump said. "I go back to a very good way of life."
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