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Donald Trump would like to reassure the public: He doesn’t necessarily want to kill journalists who are just doing their job. Maybe…

At a rally Monday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan — where Trump declared that Hillary Clinton got “schlonged” by Barack Obama in 2008, and also attacked her for the “disgusting” act of going to the bathroom — Trump was proud to tout the support he received from Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was despite massive criticism Trump has gotten, due to that despot’s reputation for silencing his enemies in the media and elsewhere.

“And they said, ‘You know, he’s killed reporters.’ And I don’t like that, I’m totally against that. By the way, I hate some of these people,” he said, gesturing to the press corps in the back row. “But I’d never kill them. I hate ’em. I think, these people, honestly, I’ll be honest, I’ll be honest, I would never kill them. I would never do that.”

But then he paused, and continued: “Uhh, let’s see? Uhh — no I wouldn’t! I would never kill them. But I do hate ’em. And some of them are such lying, disgusting people. It’s true, it’s true.”

This is part of a distressing pattern of Trump whipping up his crowds against journalists, such as when he singled out NBC News reporter Katy Tur, addressing her as “little Katy” and calling her a liar and a “third rate reporter,” at a rally two weeks ago.

So would he actually do it, if he somehow got the chance?

Video via Reuters.

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