Donald Trump has a Utah problem, according to Donald Trump.
A day after his political rival, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, wrote an opinion piece for the Deseret News (and almost a week after a third-party candidate did the same), Trump revealed his thoughts about how he’s faring in Utah to a room of evangelical pastors in Orlando, Florida, at the American Renewal Project.
He at least admitted he’s having a problem in the Beehive State. Give him that.
Donald Trump says his campaign is "having a tremendous problem in Utah." https://t.co/r4GSg06J23— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 11, 2016
"I'm having a tremendous problem in Utah. But Utah's a different place." Guess that's his Deseret News op-ed, in short— David Gibson (@GibsonWrites) August 11, 2016
"Utah is... a different place... Is anyone here from Utah? I didn't think so." Trump, disparaging state where he's RAPIDLY losing support.— Nick Morrow (@NRMorrow) August 11, 2016
More than just those soundbites, Trump also placed blame for his Utah struggles on a false narrative.
Speaking in Florida, Trump blames "false narrative" for closeness of the race in Utah, calls it "a different place." pic.twitter.com/ipWqVlWhvr— Adam Aigner-Treworgy (@AdamATCBS) August 11, 2016
Twitter immediately mentioned the flaws with Trump’s remarks and how that really could hurt him in Utah this November.
Trump admits he has a Utah problem. But he didn't make a pitch to Mormons. He borderline chastised them and blamed false narrative.— Francis (@smelllikesugar) August 11, 2016
@Charmed86"'Utah is... a different place...Is anyone here from Utah? I didn't think so.'Trump, disparaging state where he's RAPIDLY losing"— Karen Springer (@SpringerKM) August 11, 2016
I think Trump needs to really devote himself to Utah. Get a backpack and a jeep and ride around Canyonlands for a month or two.— InternetContrarian (@bogcommenter) August 11, 2016
Donald Trump asks for help with Utah in a room of evangelicals. Doesn't even get why that's a problem. https://t.co/ZHZZHutaSA— Natalie Andrews (@nataliewsj) August 11, 2016
Trump has also previously been skeptical of the faith, at one point even calling it an “alien” religion, according to The New York Times.
Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.