Donald Trump said Friday that the Republican Party has “lost its way,” and that the multitude of voters he has brought over to the GOP is one of the biggest stories in the world.
The comments came in response to a question about whether there is a disconnect between GOP leadership and the electorate.
“There’s a big disconnection between the so-called leadership. I don’t even know what the leadership is. I can’t define the leadership because no-one knows what it is,” said Trump. “There’s a big disconnect between the so-called leadership and the people. But the people to me are much more important because they do the voting. That’s why I’m standing here today and other people aren’t.”
The New York real estate developer continued to say, “The Republican Party lost its way. They’ve lost two elections they should have won, certainly the last election they should have won — easily.” (RELATED: Why Endorsements Aren’t Mattering For The GOP In 2016)
Trump added, “The Republican Party now, something has happened, you can call it a miracle, you can call it what ever you want to do, but they’re talking about it all over the world, its one of the biggest stories in all of politics one of big stories of the world — the millions of millions of people pouring into the Republican Party, not to the Democrats.”
“These are people that are disenfranchised. These are people that haven’t had a pay increase in twenty years, these are people who have seen their jobs go to China, and to Mexico and to Japan and to Vietnam and to every other country but us. It’s going to all end,” said Trump. (RELATED: Poll Finds Widespread Opposition To Free Trade)
Trump was at his Mar-a-Lago, Fla., property holding a press conference in which Ben Carson announced his endorsement for the New York real estate developer.