“I think that the closest thing I can think of is Reagan, but I don’t think it’s the intensity that we have,” the billionaire told Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann just minutes after he finished a rousing speech to a capacity crowd of 10,000 inside a Pensacola, Florida, arena on Wednesday night.
“Now, Reagan had a little bit of this, but I don’t think to the same extent—but he also won,” Trump said.
Trump sought to emphasize that those who turned out to see him speak weren’t simply there for entertainment value.
“It’s not just like, ‘Gee. It’s a little political rally and people are showing up to have fun.’ These people are committed,” he said.
He criticized pundits who question whether his supporters, many of whom haven’t voted in at least several election cycles, will show up at the polls. “Why would a person stand in line for seven hours and then not want to go into a voting booth?” he said. “It takes 10 minutes. So I think they’re going to vote.”