Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made clear Tuesday that he has no intention of changing despite polls showing him trailing badly nationally and in swing states.
During an interview with WKBT in La Crosse, Wis., on Tuesday, Trump said that he will not "pivot" or "change" from what brought him success in the primaries because of recent polls. This comes despite calls from Republicans for Trump to adapt as he falls further behind Hillary Clinton.
He made the comment when asked if he needs to change up his "tactics" or appeal for the general, particularly in Wisconsin where he trails Clinton by 9.4 points, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average.
"Well possibly, I do, but, you know, I — I am who I am. It's me. I don't want to change," Trump told the station. "Everyone talks about 'oh well you're going to pivot, you're going to' — I don't want to pivot. I mean, you have to be you. If you start pivoting, you're not being honest with people. And — because I've heard this over the years and, you know, with politics, with general politics, also having to do with me."
"No — I am who I am. I've gotten here in a landslide and we'll see what happens," Trump said. "I mean, in the end — don't forget when I lost Wisconsin, it was over for Trump. Except for one problem, I then went on a very good run. But no, I am who I am."
As he noted, Wisconsin was a trouble spot for Trump during the primary season, as he lost to Sen. Ted Cruz after most of the state's GOP and conservative voices came out for the Texas senator, including Gov. Scott Walker. However, Walker has endorsed Trump, his onetime presidential opponent, with the governor set to attend Trump's events in the state on Tuesday.
The GOP nominee is slated to hold a rally Tuesday night in West End, Wis., as well as a town hall with Fox News in Milwaukee.