>> Thank you, everybody, what a crowd.>> With the Republican nomination already in his pocket, Donald Trump's swing west to California this week shaping up to be as much about getting wayward party leaders in line as it is about courting voters. Emily Stevenson, traveling with Trump, says he's been taking the fight to cities and states where GOP leaders refuse to support him.
>> Trump seems to be doing these rallies in places where he's gone after Republicans who are leaders, or the Republicans who are mayors of these towns and not endorsed him. On Friday, Trump was in Fresno, California where the mayor backed Republican John Kasich, and he has a second rally on Friday in San Diego where the mayor, another Republican, has said he will not endorse Trump.
So Trump seems to be kind of spoiling for these fights. And this is part of his effort on this western swing to convince people that he's not a regular Republican. He claims he could put 15 states in play in the general election.>> You ready?>> One of those 15, California itself.
The state hasn't voted Republican in the general election since the 1980s. Trump says he'll flip the script.>> I want to make a big play for California. Should I?>>
>> He does this while going after other members of the Republican party who are from the establishment wing. He's trying to both appeal to Democrats and Independents, and also just people who are fed up with politics in Washington.>> But after blasting several former 2016 rivals this week in Fresno, he gave a hint he'll ease up on at least one of them.
His fiercest opponent on the trail, Senator Ted Cruz.>> Lyin Ted, well, I'm gonna retire that from Ted. I'm not gonna call Ted that anymore. Not gonna call him.>> Cruz dropped out of the race three weeks ago after losing Indiana and calling Trump a pathological liar. Cruz still not saying whether he'll give the billionaire his endorsement.