Oft called foul, crude and bad-tempered but always brimming with confidence, GOP front-runner Donald Trump boasted of his invincibility with his base when addressing a throng of supporters at a Dordt College rally in Sioux Center, Iowa, on Saturday.
While marveling at the intellect of his audience, Trump stated:
“The people. My people are so smart, and you know what they say about my people? The polls. They say I have the most loyal people. Did you ever see that? It’s, like, incredible. I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?”
“Well, I have a very great group of people . . . I have people that are so loyal and it’s been so reported and even in your poll, but in a lot of the polls they do that, the loyalty factor. And my factor’s up. When you add it all up, it’s pretty much close to 90 percent. These are people that just won’t leave, they will not leave. I love my people. And it’s a great thing. I mean, it’s a great thing. Far greater loyalty than any other candidate by double, triple, quadruple, and I love my people.”
We would prefer to think more of Trump’s congregation.
Politicians are human beings and can be caught in an unguarded moment, but this was neither a gaffe nor hot mic. Trump’s remark is neither presidential and statesmanlike.
Mr. Trump may impress his fans and his serene defenders, but the remainder of the country is watching and listening. While Mr. Trump tends to favor uttering words which contort into pithy sound bites, the electorate would sooner embrace a chivalrous candidate who projects appreciable warmth and personality.
Even in a moment of minimum political exposure, Mr. Trump has solidly implanted another remark into the national consciousness to which a Democratic opponent will offer torment.
[RT News] [The Hill]