All eyes on Trump as crucial Tuesday primaries approach
Republican leaders continued to agonise yesterday over how to stop Donald Trump's outsider drive for the presidential nomination ahead of Tuesday's crucial primary elections in Florida and Ohio, while even Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders mocked the brash billionaire in their latest debate.
Tuesday's outcome could seal Clinton's overwhelming lead in delegates who choose the party nominee this summer. For Trump, the Florida and Ohio votes likely would strengthen his front-runner status but would not secure his nomination.
Trump has been very popular with Republican primary voters, but is feared unelectable in the November general election because of his off-colour language, his proposal to build a wall along the Mexican border, and his denigration of Hispanics, Muslims and women.
In his latest blast, Trump on Wednesday night told CNN that "I think Islam hates us".
"There's a tremendous hatred," he added. "We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable hatred of us."
Trump has said he would temporarily ban non-citizen Muslims from entering the country.