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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — CBS4’s Jim DeFede interviewed Republican nominee Donald Trump Sunday afternoon at Trump’s resort in Doral, Florida.
Part of the interview included a discussion about Trump’s belief he will win, his thoughts about losing, and how this campaign has changed him. The following is the transcript of that conversation.
DEFEDE: Mr. Trump, thank you for taking the time. So let’s talk, how are you feeling about the election?
TRUMP: I think it’s going really well. I’m, right now, going to Naples and we’re going to be in Miami, we’re in Florida for the next two or three days. We’re having tremendous crowds. I think it’s going really, really well. We just had three polls come out saying that we are winning nationally. So I think it’s going to be a very interesting day.
DEFEDE: Are you going to win?
TRUMP: I really do. I think we are going to win. I think there will be some Brexit involved, a lot of people saying, there’s a lot of people, a lot of support out there. And I think we are going to do very well.
The conversation also touched on Trump’s claims that the election was rigged.
TRUMP: Number one there are one million eight hundred thousand people who are dead who are registered and some of those people vote. So you tell me how they do that?
DEFEDE: Well of course people die.
TRUMP: No, I know, but some of those people are voting. Number two you have two thousand, or two million seven hundred thousand people where they say they are registered in two states. In other words they are registered in Florida and another place. That’s no good. And then you have 24 million people who are improperly registered. Thats according to Pew Research, one of the most respected outfits out there. So all of that is not good. People know there are a lot of rigging of elections, you look at certain cities and, I mean, you take a look at some of the cities that you know about, you know about very well, whether its Philadelphia, St Luis, Chicago, there are a lot of things going on and these things shouldn’t be going on. Number two the media is totally rigged. You look at what’s going on with the media, totally rigged. And Hillary Clinton is getting a free pass. Hillary Clinton is guilty of so many crimes and frankly she shouldn’t be allowed to run for President. And I say this, I say this in my speeches. I’ve said it many times before and I think that’s a bad system when she is allowed to go out and she’s allowed to run when she has done so many things wrong. She’s lied to the FBI.
DEFEDE: You’ve said in the past that if you weren’t to win, that this would be a huge waste of time. Do you still feel that way?
TRUMP: I do. I feel that way. I feel that if I don’t win – look I’ve done something that nobody else has ever done, in getting the nomination and winning all these states. I got 14 million votes which is more than anybody has ever gotten by far in the history of the Republican Party primaries. So I’m very honored by all of that and people have given me a lot of credit for that. And they said frankly that if you don’t win it’s very historic. I don’t agree with that. If I don’t win to me it will be a giant waste of time, energy and money.
DEFEDE: How did this process change you?
TRUMP: Well I think I’ve learned a lot. I learned that we have the greatest people on earth. This country has the greatest people on earth but we are being led down a horrible, horrible bad highway. Our jobs are disappearing. You look at our gross domestic product, you look at the numbers. Look at our trade deals. We lost 70-thousand factories
DEFEDE: But I meant you personally, you personally? How has this race affected you?
TRUMP: I think in many ways I’ve become a little bit jaded, more jaded toward the press at the same time I’m so honored by having met so many people, millions of people throughout the country. We have phenomenal people in this country. We have people; I mean I just love the people of this country. I love their spirit. That’s why when she gets away with murder like this… I mean I have people that are fierce. We talk about it in speeches. For instance right now I’m drawing thousands, thousands of people and they can’t stand to even listen about the dishonesty of our country.
The interview continues: