MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (CBSDC/AP) — Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is claiming he predicted terrorism.
Referencing his book, “The America We Deserve,” which was published in 2000, Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he was the first guy to predict terrorism.
“The other thing I predicted was terrorism. Friend of mine called (and said) … ‘You’re the first guy that really predicted terrorism,’” Trump said, CBS News reports.
Trump also talked once again about seeing thousands of Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the 9/11 terror attacks.
“So I was taking heat, because you know the liberal media, they want to guard that. They don’t want that out because that’s not good for them,” he said.
Trump continued, “So we have a case, and I could’ve said, ‘Oh, I misspoke.’ I’m not big on that, am I? I’m not big on apologies. You know what, there’s nothing wrong with an apology, but you have to be wrong. I believe in apologizing, but you have to be wrong.”
Calling President Barack Obama a “divider” who has done nothing to unite the country, Trump again called out Hillary Rodham Clinton as lacking the “strength or the stamina” to lead the country. Marco Rubio, he said, is “weak on immigration, really weak.”
A few minutes into his remarks, Trump also called up on stage an impersonator he spotted in the crowd. He complimented the imitator’s blond wig, calling it a “big, beautiful head of hair.”
While Trump stirred his crowd in Myrtle Beach, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush campaigned about 160 miles away in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where he collected endorsements from local elected officials and dismantled Trump’s immigration plan. Talk of a wall and “making Mexico pay for it,” while deporting 11 million people, Bush said, appeals to voters’ frustrations but does little else.
“It might make you sound good,” Bush said. “It might make you look like the strong guy. … It’s not going to happen. Let’s get real with this and have a solution that’s reality based.”
At an earlier stop about an hour’s drive west in Spartanburg, Bush expressed disappointment that a black protester was physically assaulted at a recent Trump rally in Alabama. Trump later said Mercutio Southall Jr. “maybe … should have been roughed up.”
“Look, you don’t see that happening at my (events),” Bush said. “I’m trying to inspire people that life can get better for them. I’m not trying to play on their fears.”
Back in Myrtle Beach, Trump denounced the media for focusing on the protesters rather than his popularity at campaign appearances.
“Seventy percent of those people back there are absolutely total scum,” Trump said Tuesday, gesturing to the press area at the back of the arena, getting a roar and applause from the crowd.
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