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Confident Trump Says Could ‘Shoot Somebody’ And Not Lose Voters

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By Steve Holland and Ginger Gibson

PELLA, Iowa /ANKENY, Iowa (Reuters) – U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump expressed confidence on Saturday that he could push back attempts by his rivals to knock him off his top perch, saying he could stand on New York’s Fifth Avenue “and shoot somebody,” and still not lose voters.

Nine days from the first nominating contest in Iowa, however, it was Republican rival Marco Rubio who won the endorsement Saturday from The Des Moines Register, the state’s biggest and most influential newspaper. On the Democratic side, the Register picked Hillary Clinton.

The endorsements were big developments for both Rubio and Clinton. Rubio, a Florida senator, has been running third behind Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz in Iowa, while Clinton has struggled to fend off a challenge to the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders.

Trump and Cruz, Trump’s chief obstacle to a victory in Iowa, held competing rallies across the state while in New Hampshire, other candidates battled for votes in that state’s Feb. 9 first-in-the-nation primary for the Nov. 8 election.

Trump, the New York billionaire and former reality TV star who has been virtually impervious to attacks from his opponents, pushed the limits of his political rhetoric again in Sioux Center, Iowa.

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” he said.

Trump has been a difficult target for criticism from his rivals because not all of his supporters are conservatives and many are most interested in his projection of strength, not where he stands on a particular issue.

The latest Reuters-Ipsos tracking poll had Trump pulling in 40.6 percent support of Republican voters nationally. A CNN/ORC poll has Trump up in Iowa with 37 percent to 26 percent for Cruz, who has led in some other Iowa polls.

Trump did not repeat the “shoot somebody” line at a later rally in Pella, while stressing to the crowd there that he would tone down his rhetoric as president.

BECK BACKS CRUZ

Cruz responded to Trump at an event in Ankeny, where he picked up the endorsement of conservative firebrand Glenn Beck, a counterweight of sorts to Trump’s endorsement by 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

“Listen, I will let Donald speak for himself. I can say I have no intention of shooting anybody in this campaign,” Cruz said.

Beck was more direct.

“There is one thing to have a healthy ego, there is another to give a man who believes those kind of things, who has a habit of anyone who stands in his way of destruction,” Beck said. “To give that man the full power and scope of the office of the presidency is something we will grow to regret.”

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley was an introductory speaker at Trump’s Pella event. Grassley did not endorse Trump but repeated Trump’s signature phrase, saying Republicans have a chance to “make America great again.”

During his speech, Trump called Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly biased and said she should not be a moderator at a Fox-hosted Republican debate in Des Moines on Thursday. Kelly’s questioning at an Aug. 6 debate in Cleveland had prompted Trump to unleash a series of insults at her.

There was no indication that Fox planned to remove her as a moderator.

“Megyn Kelly has no conflict of interest. Donald Trump is just trying to build up the audience for Thursday’s debate, for which we thank him,” said a Fox News spokesperson.

BLOOMBERG CONSIDERING INDEPENDENT BID

The potential for more chaos in what has been a turbulent race on both the Republican and Democratic sides emerged on Saturday with the news that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg might launch an independent run for president.

A source said part of Bloomberg’s concern was the problem that Clinton is having in defeating Sanders.

“I hope he runs,” Trump told reporters in Pella.

At a First In The Nation forum for candidates in Nashua, New Hampshire, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was notably withering in his criticism of Trump.

He reminded voters of Trump’s dismissal of Senator John McCain as not a hero because he got captured during the Vietnam War. McCain spent 5-1/2 years as a prisoner of war. He was a two-time winner of the New Hampshire primary and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.

“It is not strong to insult women. It is not a sign of strength when you insult Hispanics. It is not a sign of strength when you say that a POW was a loser because they got caught. John McCain is a hero,” Bush said.

(Additional reporting by Dustin Volz in Washington and Alana Wise in New Hampshire; Editing by Sandra Maler and Mary Milliken)

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50 Comments

  1. Otto Greif January 24, 2016

    Liberals have no sense of humor.

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    1. bobnstuff January 25, 2016

      Yes they do, they know Trump is a joke.

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    2. FireBaron January 25, 2016

      Oh, we do. Otherwise we wouldn’t allow you to post your flames here anymore. You provide a great example of the amoral followers blindly supporting THE DONALD through his hypocrisy, lies and bombast, his white-supremacist, exclusionism, etc.

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    3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 25, 2016

      Many of them find you humorous in a counter-intuitive way, Otto.

      There is nothing humorous about a boorish person performing in public in order to gain attention. An old saying–“Children should be seen, and not heard”, is more appropriate for certain adults nowadays.

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    4. pjm19606 January 25, 2016

      So, senseless death is humorous to you, Otto?!

      Reply
  2. bobnstuff January 25, 2016

    I guess Trump is tired of just firing people, now he wants to shoot them. Doesn’t he know that he is insulting his supporters, or maybe his supporters are to stupid to know that he is.

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    1. The lucky one January 25, 2016

      They are. Otto’s post is further proof of that.

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    2. Jim Tatman January 25, 2016

      That’s it. Have you read any of the thousands of comments written by Trump supporters over the past seven months? Most of them can’t write a proper sentence. They are the dumbest of the dumb. And Trump knows it. He even once said something to the effect that the right wing voters in America are so stupid, they will believe anything he says. And he was right about that, at least.

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      1. notafoxfan January 25, 2016

        have you seen the interviews with them on various networks?..it is not only eye opening but appalling how most of them say they don’t care what he says or if there is any truth in it..i guess they don care to hear the truth about his personal life,bakruptcies,etcetera either as they think he will “share” his billions with the masses!

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    3. mossycoves January 25, 2016

      GREAT COMMENT!

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  3. greenlantern1 January 25, 2016

    Ever hear of police officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo?
    They were gunned down by Jerad Miller and Amanda Miller!
    Their gang leader was Cliven Bundy!
    Any anger, from Trump, when Rand Paul met with him?
    Ever hear of fellow Americans Ray Kot, Sunil Rattu and Martin Caballero?
    They were murdered at Trump Taj Mahal!
    Any difference between “muslim” murderer Jihadi John and “Christian” murderess Karla Faye Tucker?
    Ask Billy Graham!
    Ask Franklin Graham!
    Ask Trump!
    Still laughing?

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 25, 2016

      The ironies and trends you point out are right on target. Something is indeed “rotten in Denmark”—and the whiff is emanating from a “rightward” orientation.

      Reply
    2. Jim Tatman January 25, 2016

      So where ARE all the really negative, salacious, criminal stories about the REAL Trump. There have been affairs and rapes of other women, the divorces, business rivals who “mysteriously disappeared,” deals gone bad and “consequences” paid, bankruptcies, murders, extortion, shady land deals, and who knows what. Someone who has been involved in the mega-business deals that Trump has engineered during his long career has to have more skeletons in his closet than a Halloween orgy. Why have none of the candidates used any of this history to let the voters know who the real Donald trump is?

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      1. greenlantern1 January 25, 2016

        CIVIL prosecution is taking place right now!
        Criminal prosecution will take place later!

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        1. Jim Tatman January 25, 2016

          “Later” might be way too late. If that idiot gets to the White House, America will have its very own version of Adolf Hitler.

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      2. mossycoves January 25, 2016

        And to add, he epitomizes Government LAND GRAB, you know , IMMINENT DOMAIN,

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      3. latebloomingrandma January 26, 2016

        Everyone is scared to death of him. They are getting ready to elect a gangster, an actual “Don” as president.

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    3. Otto Greif January 25, 2016

      Ask them to adjust your medication.

      Reply
  4. FireBaron January 25, 2016

    The real scary thing is given the nature of THE DONALD’s supporters, he probably could! They would think the folks he shot deserved it!

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    1. dpaano January 25, 2016

      No, they’d blame it all on President Obama!

      Reply
  5. The lucky one January 25, 2016

    “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” he said. He is probably correct. His supporters are really that stupid.

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    1. paulyz January 25, 2016

      Many of his supporters are Democrats, Blacks, “Legal” Hispanics, the young, & women as well. They have all had enough with Socialism.

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      1. The lucky one January 25, 2016

        And your source for “Many of his supporters are Democrats, Blacks, “Legal” Hispanics, the young, & women” is what, the Duck himself no doubt. he never tires of telling everyone how smart and popular he is. Never any evidence to support that however. There are probably a FEW African-American, Hispanic and women voters who support Trump although all the demographics indicate he scores poorly with those groups. You won’t find many Democrats either, if in fact any at all.

        How can they have had enough of socialism when we’ve never really tried it. Capitalism rules in USA Inc.

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        1. paulyz January 28, 2016

          Haven’t you seen non-partisan stats showing Trump popular with over 20% of the African American vote, high numbers of LEGAL Hispanics, & the Reagan Democrats as well? Add them to Millions of others & that is why his numbers are so very high.

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          1. The lucky one January 28, 2016

            Well first off I don’t believe there is any such thing as “non-partisan stats” but no I have not seen any polls indicating support for Trump among the groups you identify. Even if correct regarding African-Americans and that is very doubtful 20% is still a minority. Reagan-Democrats? There is no such thing. His numbers are high compared to the other GOP candidates which is like asking do you prefer hanging, lethal injection or a firing squad.

            Polls mean very little IMO but I did look for the polls you mention and couldn’t find any indicating what you claim. Provide sources if in fact any exist.

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          2. paulyz January 29, 2016

            There are many polls showing this, you must not research very well. Try the American Thinker Poll, or a Survey USA Poll, showing high minority Trump support during a “General Election.”

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          3. The lucky one January 31, 2016

            Despite The American Thinker being a right wing “news” and opinion site a search revealed no polling data to support your contention that minorities support trump. Likewise a search on Survey USA Poll site failed to show what you contend. I can see why you like the Duck, you both just pull your info out of your butt with no concern for reality.

            Below is what my search did reveal:

            “In a poll of registered Latino voters in battleground states, only 15 percent expressed support for Donald Trump.

            In August, although Donald Trump claimed to have the support of a majority of African-Americans, a Quinnipiac poll found that only 8 percent of African-American respondents indicated that Donald Trump cared about their concerns, and that only 3 percent of African-American respondents would vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. A November Public Policy Polling survey found that Donald Trump had just a 9 percent favorability rating among African-Americans.

            In short, there is absolutely no evidence that Donald Trump has strong support from any minority group in the United States. Ethnic minorities are strongly opposed to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The Trump agenda of ethnic and religious and broad cultural hostility seems to have alienated almost everybody but heterosexual European-American Christian Republicans.”

            http://irregulartimes.com/2015/12/31/fact-check-does-donald-trump-have-strong-minority-support/

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          4. paulyz February 1, 2016

            Yeah, like I care about your REALLY biased polls? LMAO. Try joining the mainstream of OUR Country, instead of always Fighting it.

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          5. The lucky one February 1, 2016

            Not surprising, you only care about the ones that support your bias. I think all polls are biased but at least the ones i cited actually exist rather than yours that were just totally made up. But you are being consistent since your hero is well known as someone who just pulls his “facts” out of the air and often claims that “a lot of people agree with me on this” though he never produces any evidence that anyone other than the looneys like you do agree with him. The Duck is a long ways from being the mainstream of OUR country.

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          6. The lucky one February 2, 2016

            Pauly, wha happened???? Your “polls” had the Duck winning but not only did he LOSE but Rubio polling in the low teens nearly beat him as well. Sure your boy will claim that this is insignificant but we all know he’d be braying a different tune if he had won. Bwah hahahaha. Get used to it Pauly, the Duck will have string of losses and then he’ll be gone.

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          7. paulyz February 2, 2016

            Makes no difference to me or MILLIONS of disgusted with Washington voters if Cruz or Trump becomes President. Either one will reverse the failed Socialist direction of our Country!

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          8. The lucky one February 2, 2016

            It’s unchecked capitalism that is ruining the country. The slide started with Reagan and was greased by Clinton and Bush II. Cruz is the only one who would actually be worse than the Duck due to his religious fanaticism. But neither will be the GOP candidate, it will be Rubio.

            Agreed that millions are disgusted with Washington but a big part of that disgust is directed at tea baggers like Cruz who are willing to destroy the country to suit their ideology.

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          9. The lucky one February 2, 2016

            Hey, good news pauly, apparently Cruz stole votes from Carson by having his minions falsely spread the news that Carson had dropped out. Since both Carson and Cruz are favorites of the nutjob religious crusaders it’s logical that Cruz picked up votes by spreading that lie. So maybe the Duck did “win”. It won’t matter though because Rubio will be the GOP candidate and he will get thumped by either Clinton or Sanders.

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  6. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 25, 2016

    Once you’ve immersed yourself in gangsterism, whether you wear coats with wide lapels, suits and red ties, turbans, or baggy pants, etc., the stain is hard to remove.
    Instead of talking in a normal manner, one reverts to metaphors like “shooting” or “firing” to describe how to deal with opposition.
    As for Beck giving his support, an endorsement from the “Prince of Conspiracy Theories and Paranoia” is a sure sign of which alternate way to turn to in order to find sanity.

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  7. oldtack January 25, 2016

    One positive accomplishment of Trumps Campaign. He has stripped all of the facade surrounding these founding family Prima Donnas and the carefully chosen ones of the money cartels and revealed them in reality. I am not in the Trump camp by any stretch of imagination but Washington DC Politics has need outsiders like this for many years. Someone with enough capital to not be bought and paid for by the money cartels..

    When he stripped away their carefully manufactured facades he exposed them for what they are, just greedy career politicians for sale to the highest bidder striving to attain their ego satisfying goal of PRESIDENT.

    Look at some of these candidates in real light. Ted Cruz legal or not hwo speechifies about building up our military power and “Carpet Bombing” the middle east and totally destroying every vestige of ISIS. ISIS is alive and well here in our Country. Is he going to carpet bomb part of this country also? And where will he get the money and the personnel for this gigantic Army? You can be assured the needed troops will not come from the elite The forces will come from the Middle class and the poor. My wife and I assist in a banquet each year honoring Gold Star Families, those that have lost a loved one in this debacle. We house them in hotels and provide personal transportation to take them to where ever they need to go while here. In all of the eight years we have done this I have yet to find anyone from above middle class.

    Rubio – same dialogue. Build up the Armed forces and bomb hell out of the entire world. To hell with problems here at home.

    Bush – a pathetic baby boy from a corrupt dynasty begun by his Grandfather Prescott Bush the one that had his interests curtailed in WWII under the “Trading with the Enemy Act” The only person I know that is more ignorant than his brother George.

    Sadly it is no different on the Democrat side.The Clinton dynasty against a Socialist.

    Thank you Donald Trump. We know what you are and now you have managed to show us what the other contenders are.

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    1. TheSkalawag929 January 25, 2016

      “Sadly it is no different on the Democrat side.The Clinton dynasty against a Socialist.”
      I disagree. There is a vast difference between the democrat candidates and the republican candidates.
      And you should not fall into the trap of voting against the definition of a word (socialist) rather than examining the candidate’s policies.

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      1. oldtack January 25, 2016

        My intent was to say – there is no difference in the modes of the df the Democrat side. No, I will examine the Candidates policies very carefully before I cast a vote. that is what all voters should do. Vote the Individual and don’t just vote the Party – either side.

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        1. TheSkalawag929 January 25, 2016

          I’m not sure what you mean by “modes”.
          On the democratic side there are disagreements between the candidates but they are on the issues important to the country. Whereas on the republican side there is not much more than vitriol, hyperbole and mudslinging rather than a discussion on the substantive issues.

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    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 25, 2016

      You are so right as far as alluding to the inherent futility and “terminal cancer” that ravages America’s bi-partisan system and the archaic format that hamstrings its electoral processes.

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      1. oldtack January 25, 2016

        Thanks.

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    3. kingartie1 January 25, 2016

      Pretty much well said. My observations quite closely to yours on the issue of poor and middle class in the military. Further to that, one of my pet theories is that these self-righteous flabby ass non-veteran arm chair sociopathic cowboy quarterback warmongers are also uniformly against female reproductive health and by extension, abortion. Adamantly against it, to the point that their obsession with it seems to surpass even that which has been prompted by the misguided deluded evangelical Bible dumpers. They have projected their demographics 20 – 25 years out, to the next generation of soldiers they must prep to fight their profit-center wars, and if they 1) raise the minimum wage to a living one for all and 2) do not restrict abortion and 3) get off their morally corrupt soul-rotting asses and actually create meaningful jobs bills, and when they do the math they may see a shortage of VOLUNTEER bodies that could then require them to consider a return of the DRAFT or at least short-term mandatory service in the military. The Lord and the 98% know the elite would never let their sons and daughters and grandchildren be endangered in a combat zone or even in weapons training. Body bags and flag-draped caskets will never be seen by the 1, 5 or even the 10%. Defending us will be the one sure job for the Mexicans and all other under- and unemployed whose mothers were forced to term during the tenure of Trump or his almost inevitable corporate stooge successor. I can 99% predict that no children of Cruz, Rubio, Trump or any other power-mad spiritually vacuous carpet-bombing faux macho Republican’t will ever put on a uniform, unless one considers a designer power suit a uniform.
      So all you “conservative” $8 /hour ladies of Walmart and all detractors of Planned Parenthood, et al, and all you sheeple Fox watchers, vote Republican’t, volunteer your hijacked wombs and uteri to the Republican’t plan so that the ranks of the military will be stocked with enough poor and middle class divisions for war with China in 2040.

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  8. FT66 January 25, 2016

    Come on folks, don’t translate what Trump said literaly. He was just trying to emphasize how loyal he sees his supporters are. By the way, we know those who shot others for no any wrong doing, and they continue to enjoy the full support from citizens.

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    1. paulyz January 25, 2016

      It reminds me of when John Lennon said “The Beatles are more popular than Jesus Christ”. Just mentioning how popular he is, like the Beatles were.

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    2. mossycoves January 25, 2016

      R U Kidding? He is a plain to see HUCKSTER!

      Reply
  9. Sanity Please January 25, 2016

    If Trump wants to stand on 5th Avenue and let somebody shoot him, that works for me.

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  10. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 25, 2016

    The current “circus/rodeo” show of the Presidential Electoral process in America has been both informative and troubling.

    The Right Wing for some mysterious reason is quite fond of “The Final Solution” method of problem-solving, as presented by various candidates, pundits, and Right-Wing media outlets. The causal agent seems to work as a “virus” that spreads though the air and attacks the mental faculties of the more vulnerable in America.

    The philosophy of “Alterity” is a primary motivational tool.

    All of the candidates from that Wing are equally “gifted” at transmitting the “virus”—some do it with more bravado than others(a minor distinction). Others are more subtle and insidious in their delivery method.

    Either way, both the Left and the Right are afflicted by the enervating influence of partisan politics, because the Foundation itself is rotten and the prognosis is “Innocuous Desuetude”.

    A fundamental shift from the “old” and a major transition to a new System is required.

    In the meantime, we have to carefully wade through a minefield of extremist and competing ideologies, whether from the Left or the Right, by choosing the lesser of whatever “evils” are presented to us or choose the options that are most beneficial for all rather than a “chosen few”.

    Moderation is always a wiser course of action whether it pertains to business, politics, social interactions, religion, eating, and pastimes. Moderation in attitudes and practices and not just simply “following in the footsteps of our fathers” (from a verse in the Qur’an) will help point us in the right direction. (Jihadists and political extremists in the world would do well to reflect on all of this as well, I think).

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  11. Eleanore Whitaker January 25, 2016

    Why is anyone surprised at The Donald’s showmanship? Here is a rich spoiled guy whose own Daddy couldn’t control him. Look. Face facts. When a man has it “ALL,” control of the universe is all that remains to conquer.

    No one is surprised at Trump’s pathetic attempt to control the universe as he sees it. But then, there are also others like Charles and David Koch whose slicky boy tricks are a contest between billionaires to see who gets to be Numero Uno Control King.

    Trump has no voters. He has extremists sucking up to him to ride his billionaire coattails hoping for a Reaganesque Trickle Down.

    Republican men are about as promising as moonlight and a Martini. First, the GOP created the “Pledge to America.” That was more a plague ON America. Then, it was the Contract WITH America…and again..it was really a Contract ON America. Next came the Path to Prosperity …and that path became the biggest Path to Disparity in U.S. history.

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  12. mossycoves January 25, 2016

    TRUMP! Arrogance above all else!!! Egotistical (egomaniac) w/o any hint of humility!!! Pompous blow hard!!! Nacissistic Behavior above and beyond BHO!!! Very THIN-SKINNED!!! A Huckster!!! A Carnival Barker!!! Behaves just like a Spoiled Rich Brat which he was all through his child-hood development years. UNPRESIDENTIAL!!! Anyone with a clear vision should be able to see through TRUMP. He is Not Good for America! He is getting more than a campaign FREE-Ride as all News Sources cover him like a PLAGUE, giving him more coverage than the next top four-five candidates combined; even when the same media state this, they continue to broadcast him as newsworthy for ratings. He will never have my VOTE!

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  13. stsintl January 25, 2016

    Is this an election for POTUS or a contest for “American Idol”?
    Is the American electorate this stupid that Trump can shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in New York and still remain on the pedestal of pomposity?

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  14. notafoxfan January 25, 2016

    oh my goodness ! it was bad enough he had sarah palin come out to endorse him, when she cant even speak English correctly,but to make a statement about “shooting somebody” is really exreme! do his supporters not understand this man is nothing but a tv reality star and a “pied piper of the ridiculous”???l do not say this lightly…he is the epitome of a “bullying rich kid”..

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