Straying from his trademark bravado Cheap New Balance 574 Floral , Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday that his presidential campaign is facing challenges and could ultimately fall short — a rare expression of humility by the Republican presidential nominee.
Trump's most explicit concession came as he pleaded for support at a gathering of evangelical ministers, where Trump observed he was "having a tremendous problem in Utah." The same day, the billionaire celebrity acknowledged that his lack of political correctness could cost him the election if Americans reject his blunt approach.
"We're having a problem," Trump told the ministers, adding that the next president could get to nominate up to five high court justices. "It could cost us the Supreme Court."
After trouncing 16 challengers in the Republican primary, Trump is encountering worrying signs as his campaign moves into the general election. Democrat Hillary Clinton's lead over Trump in national polls has widened in recent days Cheap New Balance 574 Classic , while a growing number of fellow Republicans have declared they won't support their own party's nominee.
Trump's exercise in self-awareness was a marked departure from his usual tenor on the campaign trail, where for months at rallies he would tick through poll numbers showing him winning as if they were sports scores of his favorite team.
"We're going to win so big," Trump told a roaring crowd one month ago at the Republican National Convention.
Yet on Thursday, Trump was reduced to citing a poll that actually showed him a few points behind Clinton and arguing the race between them was close. Asked by CNBC how he planned to reverse Clinton's advantage, Trump said he simply planned to do "the same thing I'm doing right now."
"At the end, it's either going to work Cheap New Balance 574 Orange , or I'm going to, you know, I'm going to have a very, very nice, long vacation," Trump said.
In Utah Cheap New Balance 574 Black , typically a reliably Republican state, Trump's challenges have been particularly striking. The state's large Mormon population has voiced serious skepticism about Trump, though the state's GOP governor has endorsed him.
"We've really been given a false narrative," Trump said of his struggles in Utah.