Trump is at it again. How confident is Donald Trump? So much so that he could shoot somebody and not sacrifice any of his voting public, the Republican candidate said Saturday. Trump, who has consistently led polls and has established double digit leads over most of his fellow GOP competitors, was speaking at a rally held at Dordt Christian College, in Sioux City, Iowa.
Making a shape of a gun with his fingers and acting like he was pulling the trigger, Trump smugly said: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK? It’s like, incredible,” the real estate mogul said to laughter.
According to ABC News on Jan. 24, Trump, who lives in the penthouse of the NYC 5th Avenue building that bears his name, “often touts his high poll numbers during his rallies and in media appearances. But while he has consistently polled well nationally for months, Sen. Ted Cruz has recently caught up in the polls in Iowa, where they’re now neck-and-neck in a battle for first place.”
Earlier in the week, Republican senator Lindsey Graham, from South Carolina, who dropped out of the presidential race in December, did not mince words Thursday when he was asked about having to choose between one of the two GOP front-runners: Donald Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz.
“It’s like being shot or poisoned,” the 61-year-old senior South Carolina senator said. “What does it really matter? I don’t think the outcome will be substantially different.”
Trump’s inflammatory comments – par for the course thus far in the election campaigns – came as Trump’s Republican rival Marco Rubio received an endorsement from the Iowa’s largest newspaper, the Des Moines Register. The paper also picked Hillary Clinton from the Democratic Party.
Ted Cruz seized on the Trump sound bite, telling voters: “Listen, I will let Donald speak for himself. I can say I have no intention of shooting anybody in this campaign.”
Glenn Beck, radio host and conservative political commentator, threw his support behind Cruz, and 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, according to The Guardian. “To give that man the full power and scope of the office of the presidency is something we will grow to regret.”
At least one voter and volunteer at the Iowa rally was a little taken aback at Trump’s over the top self-confidence. “He probably could’ve worded it a little bit better,” commented Brandon Fokkema, a sophomore at Dordt College.