Trump: I’ll Be ‘Happy’ Either Way, But Losing Would Sure Be A ‘Waste Of Time’

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During his rally in Fletcher, North Carolina, on Friday, Donald Trump told the crowd that he’ll be happy with his effort on the campaign trail whether he wins or loses, but later on in his speech, he said losing would make his campaign a “waste of time.”

Trump made his initial comment while boasting about his packed campaign rally schedule, saying that he does several events in a day.

“I don’t know what kind of shape I’m in but I’ll be happy, and at least I will have known, win, lose or draw — and I’m almost sure, if the people come out, we’re going to win, but I will be — I will be happy with myself because I always say, I don’t want to think back, ‘If I only I did one more rally, I would have won North Carolina by 500 votes, instead of losing it by 200 votes, right? If only I did,'” Trump said. “So I never want to ever look back.”

“I never want to say that about myself. We have to work, you have to get everybody you know out there,” he added.

But later, after the crowd in North Carolina began chanting, “Lock her up,” Trump offered a different perspective.

“Let’s do this. November 8th, let’s win. Let’s win. Let’s win,” he said following the “Lock her up” chants now prevalent at his rallies. “We win, we have lots of options but we got to win. What a waste of time if we don’t pull this off.”

“You know, these guys have said, doesn’t matter if you win or lose, there’s never been a movement like this in the history of this country. I say it matters to me whether we win or lose because—” Trump continued, trailing off as the crowd cheered.

He then launched into a confusing bit about how much money he has put into his campaign.

“So, so I’ll have over $100 million of my own money in this campaign. So if I lose, if I lose, I will consider this — and the nice part about saying that, I only tell you that because that means I’m not taking all of this money from all of these people that Hillary is taking money,” he said, before complaining that Hillary Clinton has not contributed as much as he has to her own campaign.

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