According to a CBS News/New York Times national poll, Carson leads Trump 26 percent to 22 percent among likely Republican voters. Carson’s four-point lead is within the survey’s margin of error. Since August, when the same poll gave Carson 6%, his numbers have quadrupled. The rest of the GOP field is far behind. Far behind are Rubio (8%), Bush (7%) and Fiorina (7%). All other candidates are at 4% or less. 70% of Republican primary voters say they have not decided which candidate they will support.
At a rally in New Hampshire, Trump says the U.S. should stop trying to export “freedom” to Middle Eastern countries.
I saw a woman interviewed. They said, ‘We want to wear them, we’ve worn them for a thousand years. Why would anybody tell us not?’ They want to!” What the hell are we getting involved for?…Fact is, it’s easier. You don’t have to put on makeup. Look how beautiful everyone looks. Wouldn’t it be easier? Right? Wouldn’t that be easy? I tell ya, if I was a woman, I don’t want to. I’d be like, ‘I’m ready, darling, let’s go.’ It’s true!
In an interview on Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co, Trump says he will rescind passports of those who fight for ISIS.
Varney: Now, in the UK, in Britain, they’ve obviously got a terror problem. They’ve got a lot of youngsters going over to fight for ISIS, about — just under 1,000 are going over there, and they’ve got a whole new series of proposals to deal with this, including withdrawal of passports from some of these people who’ve gone –.
Trump: Absolutely good, good.
Varney: And closing some mosques, would you do the same thing in America.
Trump: I would do that. Absolutely. I think it’s great.
In an interview with BET, Mackie says he endorses Trump.
I would 100 percent want to run Trump’s campaign. 100 percent. I mean, first that’ll be the best party ever when he won, and second, Trump’s an easy sell… When you look at Trump, he’s an easy sell because you can sell him as the guy who worked his way up from nothing. And I think if you’re a ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ candidate, people would identify with that…I’m on the bandwagon. I’m drinking the Kool-Aid.
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Wallace asks Trump about his comments on George W. Bush and 9/11.
Jeb [Bush] said ‘We were safe with my brother. We were safe.’ Well, the World Trade Center just went down. Now, am I trying to blame him? I’m not blaming anybody, but the World Trade Center came down, so when he said we were safe, we were not safe. We lost 3,000 people. It was one of the greatest — probably the greatest catastrophe ever in this country…I am extremely, extremely tough on people coming into this country. [If I had been president then]…there’s a good chance that those people would not have been in the country…I’m not blaming George Bush, but I don’t want Jeb Bush to say ‘My brother kept us safe’.
Across the spectrum of foreign policy, Mr. Trump talks about things as though he’s still on The Apprentice. My brother responded to a crisis, and he did it as you would hope a president would do. He united the country, he organized our country and he kept us safe. And there’s no denying that. The great majority of Americans believe that.
In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Trump bristles at the mention of George W. Bush and President Obama’s role as comforter-in-chief.
OK, I think I have a bigger heart than all of them. I think I’m much more competent than all of them. When you talk about George Bush – I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time…He was president, OK? ‘Blame him or don’t blame him, but he was president. The World Trade Center came down during his reign. If you look at Sandy Hook, those people are still begging for help. It’s a disaster, and it’s a disaster all over the place. Government has proven to be a disaster during the Obama administration. What we need is a leader, we don’t have a leader
After threats by Carson and Trump to pull out of the upcoming CNBC presidential debate, the network agrees to a two-hour format including commercials, and also agrees candidates can have opening and closing statements. GOP campaign source:
People realized we got the short end of the stick when the Democrats had a 2 minute opening and a 90 second closing [during their debate], so they had three and a half minutes to a 15 million person audience of an infomercial. They get a commercial, we get The Hunger Games.
.@CNBC has just agreed that the debate will be TWO HOURS. Fantastic news for all, especially the millions of people who will be watching!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2015
In an interview with The Hill, Trump claims that he would have Secret Service protection if he was a Democrat.
They’re in no rush because I’m a Republican. They don’t give a s—. I want to put them on notice because they should have a liability. Personally, I think if Obama were doing as well as me he would’ve had Secret Service [earlier]. I have by far the biggest crowds. Of course I don’t think they’d want anything to happen. But I would think they should be very proactive and want protection for somebody like me that has 20,000 people at any time,” Trump said. “You would think that they would want to be very proactive, but we have not heard from them.
Trump says members of his private security team have had preliminary conversations with the Secret Service, but the Department of Homeland Security says it has not received an official request from the Trump campaign for protection.
In an interview with ABC News Trump comments on the Democrat debate. On Hillary Clinton:
She did what she had to do. She got through it fine. It was a very kind debate, very gentle. She came out the winner.
On Bernie Sander’s handshake with Clinton.
I think that he’s losing by quite a bit; he shouldn’t have done it.
Trump will host Saturday Night Live in November. Trump previously hosted the show on April 3, 2004.
Tyler asks Trump to stop using Dream On at campaign events. Tyler, a Republican, says the issue is not political or personal, but simply one of permission. Lawyers”
[Trump] does not have our client’s permission to use Dream On [or any of Tyler’s other songs and that it] gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid.
At a campaign event in Las Vegas, Trump says he is partly responsible for McCarthy’s decision to drop his bid to become speaker.
They’re giving me a lot of credit for that because I said you really need someone very, very, tough and very smart. You know, smart goes with tough. I know tough people that aren’t smart. That’s the worst. We need smart, we need tough, we need the whole package.
In a rally in Las Vegas’s Treasure Island hotel, Trump says Bergdahl should have been executed.
We’re tired of Sgt. Bergdahl, who’s a traitor, a no-good traitor, who should have been executed. Thirty years ago he would have been shot.
[Trump] has become a broken record on this subject…If he took the time to study what actually emerged at the preliminary hearing he would be singing a different tune.
In a rally in Las Vegas’s Treasure Island hotel, Trump asks Colombian immigrant and Las Vegas resident Myriam Witcher up onto the stage, who had with her a copy of People magazine featuring Trump on the cover. Witcher:
I love Mr. Trump! I am Hispanic, and I vote for Mr. Trump!”
Trump, who says he had never met her before, tells her “you are beautiful,” autographs the magazine and gives her a hug and a kiss.
That’s my relationship with Hispanics.
In an interview before the rally, Witcher says she supports Trump’s plan to deport all immigrants here without legal status. She says she had to wait five years for a visa and that she and her family have “respect for the Constitution and rules.”
I’m Hispanic, Latina, and I love me some Trump. He’s the perfect man, a businessman.
At a campaign event in Franklin, Tennessee, Trump tells the audience he supports the Second Amendment.
By the way, it was a gun-free zone. Let me tell you, if you had a couple teachers with guns in that room, you would have been a hell of a lot better off…The Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that belongs to all law-abiding Americans. The Constitution doesn’t create that right — it ensures that the government can’t take it away…Our Founding Fathers knew and our Supreme Court has upheld that the the Second Amendment purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families. In fact, I have a license to carry in New York, can you believe that? Nobody knows that. Can you imagine? Somebody says, ‘There’s Trump, he’s easy pickings.’ What’d you’d say?”
Trump then mimics holding a gun with his hand.
On Morning Joe, Trump says that while the Umpqua College killings are ‘horrible,’ it will be difficult to stop such events.
You’re going to have these things happen and it’s a horrible thing to behold, horrible…It’s not politically correct to say that, but you’re going to have difficulty and that will be for the next million years, there’s going to be difficulty and people are going to slip through the cracks. What are you going to do, institutionalize everybody?
Trump says he is not sure if McCarthy would make a good speaker, due to McCarthy’s comments about the Benghazi committee and its effect on Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.
Certainly he’s not off to a great start. I watched that (comment), actually, and I was a little surprised by it. … It would have been nice if he didn’t say it, certainly, because then there would be no dispute…I would like to see someone that’s very tough and that can negotiate with the Democrats, and I don’t know that he’s that person. We need somebody that’s a very, very tough, smart, cunning person. I don’t know that that’s him, and obviously this statement hurt him pretty badly in the eyes of some, unfortunately.
At a New Hampshire rally Trump says that if he’s elected president he will send back Syrian refugees taken in by the U.S. because they may be Islamic State militants in disguise.
I’m putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration. If I win, they’re going back…They could be ISIS, I don’t know…This could be one of the great tactical ploys of all time. A 200,000-man army, maybe. That could be possible.
Trump appears on the cover of People magazine’s October 12 issue. Inside, in a feature called At Home with Donald Trump, he talks about his family.
I just don’t have the time that I would love to spend with my children and my wife. I see less of my grandchildren than I might like. But they get how important this is…It’s a little scary for Barron. He thinks he is going to be taken away from friends. But I tell him if this happens, Daddy will help people, and can help children like him, and that makes him happy…My life is so busy and so crazy, and I’m away all the time. If I can just stay home and do nothing, it’s considered a great luxury.
My husband is traveling all the time. Barron needs somebody as a parent, so I am with him all the time…He is who he is. Even if you give him advice, he will maybe take it in, but then he will do it the way he wants to do it. You cannot change a person. Let them be. Let them be the way they are…It’s a long road. I take it day by day. My husband has a lot of people cheering for him. We will see.
In his first interview on Fox News since his boycott, Trump talks with O’Reilly on The O’Reilly Factor. He says he supports Putin’s actions in Syria, and says Assad is preferable to ISIS.
If he [Putin] wants to fight ISIS, let him fight ISIS. I say there’s very little downside with Putin fighting ISIS…Personally, I’ve been looking at the different players and I’ve been watching Assad, and I’m looking at Assad and saying maybe he’s better than the kind of people that we’re supposed to be backing because we don’t even know who we’re backing. We have no idea.
Trump also says Putin is a better leader than Obama.
I will tell you that, in terms of leadership, he’s getting an ‘A’ and our president is not doing so well. They did not look good together.
Trump meets and prays with about 40 religious leaders and pastors in a two and a half hour meeting in his Trump Tower office. Copel and,White, and Rabbi Schneider pray for Trump to receive wisdom, stability, and knowledge necessary to pursue this endeavor. Trump talks about his Christian faith, although he admits that he may not have read the Bible as much as the pastors in the room. A few of the ministers ask Trump to tone done what they see as harsh rhetoric. Trump says he is a strong supporter of Israel and that defeating ISIS will be a strong part of his agenda. African-American pastors ask Trump for better outreach to their community. Scott:
He has a very high regard and a very deep respect for men and woman of the cloth…I think Donald Trump changed the opinions of the African-American pastors that were in the room. They saw a side of him outside of the media depiction, and that they would give strong consideration in regards to supporting his candidacy.
Icahn endorses Trump for president, criticizing the “dysfunction that is going on both in Washington and the boardrooms of corporate America” and cites the U.S. Congress for failing to reform taxes or immigration. He backs Trump’s calls to strike tax deals to encourage corporations to bring back overseas profits and stay based in the U.S.; to end the carried interest tax discount for hedge fund and private-equity managers; and says the Federal Reserve is overdue in beginning to raise interest rates.
You have this movement toward a guy like Donald Trump, because you want someone that’s not beholden to an establishment. So we need a president that can move Congress and I think Donald Trump could do it. I disagree with him on certain issues, and certainly would talk to him more, but this is what this country needs — somebody to wake it up.
Trump releases his tax plan, which reduces rates for corporations and the middle class, while eliminating tax deductions for the country’s wealthiest earners. The tax code will be simplified into four levels – 25 percent, 20 percent, 10 percent and zero. Single individuals making $25,000 or less a year and couples filing jointly who have a combined annual income of $50,000 or less would pay no federal income taxes while those making more would graduate up the scale base on their earnings. People who fall under the no tax bracket will get to send a one-page letter to the IRS that says “I Win”. The plan eliminates many tax loopholes, with the notable exceptions of the mortgage interest and charitable deductions, and will end tax breaks on carried interest. No business would pay more than 15 percent of its business income in taxes under Trump’s proposed plan.
There will be a major tax reduction, it will simplify the tax code, it will grow the American economy in ways we have not seen for decades…No, I’m not a populist. I’d say I’m a man of great common sense.
Norquist endorses Trump’s tax plan. However, Norquist’s American’s for Tax Reform has some concerns:
Trump’s plan is certainly consistent with the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Trump has said he opposes net tax hikes and has made clear that the real problem is spending. This plan is a reform, not a tax hike…The most disappointing part of the Trump plan is that the tax system would move no closer to full expensing of business fixed investment. Businesses would still be saddled with the complex, distorting, and growth-inhibiting ‘depreciation’ regime where an asset is deducted over several or even many years.
.The @realDonaldTrump tax plan cuts business tax from 35% to 15%. This makes us competitive worldwide. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.
— Grover Norquist (@GroverNorquist) September 28, 2015
Trump is interviewed by Pelley on 60 minutes. He talks about his upcoming tax plan:
Some very wealthy are going to be raised. Some people that are getting unfair deductions are going to be raised. But overall it’s going to be a tremendous incentive to grow the economy and we’re going to take in the same or more money. And I think we’re going to have something that’s going to be spectacular…I don’t want to have certain people on Wall Street getting away with paying no tax.
He also says NAFTA is “a disaster”:
We will either renegotiate it or we will break it. Because, you know, every agreement has an end…Every agreement has an end. Every agreement has to be fair. Every agreement has a defraud clause. We’re being defrauded by all these countries.
On illegal immigrants:
We’re rounding ’em up in a very humane way, in a very nice way. And they’re going to be happy because they want to be legalized. And, by the way, I know it doesn’t sound nice. But not everything is nice.
After a series of tweets criticizing the network, Trump says he is not going to appear on any Fox News shows “for the foreseeable future.”
.@FoxNews has been treating me very unfairly & I have therefore decided that I won't be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2015
Trump is interviewed by Colbert on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. They talk about immigration and Trump’s plan to build a wall across the border. The interview closes with a section where Trump has to guess whether certain statements were made by him or Colbert.
Colbert: I am going to throw you a big fat meatball to hit out of the park now. This is the last time you ever have to answer this question if you hit the ball: Barack Obama — born in the United States?
Trump: I don’t talk about it anymore
Trump is interviewed by Tapper on CNN’s State Of The Union. Tapper asks about the “Muslim question” controversy:
Tapper: [Y]ou are running to be president of United States of America. That includes millions of peaceful, law-abiding Muslims who love this country. This man said, quote, we have a problem in this country called Muslims. You’re not responsible for what he says, but this is unvarnished ignorant bigotry. You are a leader. You are the frontrunner in the Republican race. Do you not have a responsibility to call out the hatred?
Trump: We could be politically correct, if you want, but are you trying to say we don’t have a problem. I think everybody would agree. I have friends that are Muslims. They’re great people, amazing people. And most Muslims like most everyone these are fabulous people, but we certainly do have a problem. I mean, you have a problem throughout the world.
Tapper: What’s the problem?
Tump: Well, you have radicals that are doing things. It wasn’t people from Sweden that blow up the World Trade Center, Jake.
In a series of tweets, Trump says he has no obligation to defend President Obama:
Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!…If I would have challenged the man, the media would have accused me of interfering with that man’s right of free speech. A no win situation!…This is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something…If someone made a nasty or controversial statement about me to the president, do you really think he would come to my rescue? No chance!
At a rally in New Hampshire, Trump opts for a question-and-answer format.
Man: We’ve got a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. You know our current President is one. You know he’s not even an American.
Trump: [laughing] We need this question?
Man: But anyway. We have training camps growing, where they want to kill us. That’s my question: When can we get rid of them?
Trump: We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things…
Trump participates in the second Republican presidential debate, hosted by CNN. In an exchange with Carly Fiorina:
Fiorina: I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.
Trump: I think she’s got a beautiful face and I think she’s a beautiful woman.
He also refuses to apologize to Jeb Bush’s wife and criticizes his brother:
Your brother, and your brother’s administration, gave us Barack Obama, because it was such a disaster in those last three months that Abraham Lincoln couldn’t have been elected.
Trump also says that vaccinations should be administered over a longer period of time. In the final segment he says that his presidential secret service code name should be “Humble” and that his daughter should the woman on the redesigned $10 note.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Waters criticizes Trump.
I have [laughed] except it’s not funny that he’s as popular as he is. His ideas [are] not outlandish at all. It’s American exceptionalism gone crazy and delivered under the umbrella of absolute ignorance. He is pig-ignorant and he always was and he always will be. He lives in the illusion that he’s admirable in some way. And obviously for somebody like me, he stands for everything that is not admirable in American society. “Let’s Make America Great Again” [is] the worst possible slogan anybody could ever come up with. It’s silly and disgusting as well, unless they wanted to hark back to the potential. If the Founding Fathers hadn’t been so up their own asses, they might have come up with a system that fell somewhere between republican democracy that was going to work and that had proper checks and balances to prevent it disintegrating into what it has become, which is a country for sale to the highest bidder with the Supreme Court at the top of it, who’s appointed by the highest bidder eventually.
Over 15 000 people attend Trump’s rally at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX. Trump calls for an end to illegal immigration and sanctuary cities.
We have to stop illegal immigration. We have to do it. We are a dumping ground for the rest of the world.
Trump is interviewed by Fallon on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. On talking without notes:
I’m blessed with a great memory. If you’re reading a speech, it’s much easier, but you don’t get the feeling. When you do it just off the cuff, it’s a riskier thing, but when you get it right, it’s a thing of beauty.
On Kanye West:
Kanye has been so nice to me. He always says great things to me, so I love Kanye. I love people who are nice to me. Kanye is actually, I know him a little bit, he’s actually a much nicer person than people think. Now if he happens to run for office, and I’m running against him, I’m gonna take that back.
Fallon plays Trump talking to himself in the dressing room mirror while Trump plays his reflection.
Let’s be honest. Fallon’s a lightweight. The only one qualified to interview me is me.
In a call to Alabama Republicans Trump says it will take 18 months to two years to get 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to leave the country, and that he would then build a wall running along the border with Mexico. Trump says his two year benchmark could be met with “really good management.”
We have to get them out. If we have wonderful cases, they can come back in but they have to come back in legally.
Trump also criticizes Ben Carson:
It wouldn’t work for him because he has absolutely no management capability.
Trump says he has bought NBC’s stake in Miss Universe and has settled all legal claims with them.
Just purchased NBC’s half of The Miss Universe Organization and settled all lawsuits against them. Now own 100% — stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2015
In an interview with Susteren, Trump says that his comments about Carly Fiorina and other women were made “as an entertainer.”
Many of those comments are made as an entertainer, because I did The Apprentice. It was one of the top shows on television. I decided not to do it again because I wanted to run for president. But some comments are made as an entertainer. And, as everybody said, as an entertainer [it] is a much different ballgame.
Jindal attacks Trump in a series of interviews.
We know that Mr. Trump has not read the Bible, and we know this for a simple reason: Donald Trump is not in the Bible. So we know he has not read it.
In reference to Trump’s’ comments on Carly Fiorina:
I think it’s pretty outrageous for him to be attacking anybody’s appearance. He looks like he’s got a squirrel on his head.
In an interview with Cuomo on CNN, Trump criticizes Carson’s medical experience.
He makes [Jeb Bush] look like the Energizer Bunny…But Ben Carson, you look at this faith and I don’t think you are going to find so much. And you look at his views on abortion, which were horrendous…Who is he to criticize me on my faith? He was a doctor, perhaps an okay doctor, by the way. You can check that out too. He was an okay doctor, and now because he’s a doctor and he hired one nurse he’s going to be end up being the president of the United States?
In a call to The View, Trump says his comments in Rolling Stone about Carly Fiorina were about her persona.
Look, I’m talking about her persona. She failed miserably at Hewlett Packard and ran for the Senate and lost in a landslide and now running for president. I’m talking about her persona.
Later, to CNN, he calls her “one of the worst (CEOs) ever”.
In a letter to CNN president Zucker, Trump asks for the company to donate the profits from the next GOP presidential debate to charities benefitting veterans. He says he will send Zucker a list of veterans’ groups that he feels should receive the profits from the September 16 broadcast. Trump cites news that CNN is charging as much as $200,000 for a 30-second ad during the debate — 40 times the usual price.
You should view the second debate broadcast as a public service and not accept the massive profits that this airing will generate. While I refuse to brag, and as you know very well, this tremendous increase in viewer interest and advertising is due 100% to ‘Donald J. Trump’…The veterans of our country, our finest people, have been treated horribly by our government and its ‘all talk and no action’ politicians. In fact, some would say they are treated like third class citizens — even worse, in many cases, than illegal immigrants.
Rolling Stone profiles Trump in an article written by Solotaroff, titled Trump Seriously: On the Trail With the GOP’s Tough Guy. On not having to raise campaign funds.
I’m owned by the people! I mean, I’m telling you, I’m no angel, but I’m gonna do right by them!
When Solotaroff is sitting with Trump watching a newscast, a video clip zooms in on Carly Fiorina.
Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president. I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?
A SurveyUSA poll says in a head-to-head contest Trump would beat Clinton, with 45 percent of the vote, compared to Clinton’s 40 percent. The poll also finds that 30 percent of respondents believe Trump will eventually be the Republican nominee, leading the field. Jeb Bush comes second, with 20 percent
According to sources, Trump has agreed to sign the GOP loyalty pledge that will bind him to endorse the GOP, and would preclude a third-party run. Source:
The rationale is that they have treated him fairly. He’s willing to sign it to avert any problems with is state filings – South Carolina asked for a pledge to support the nominee if you’re on the ballot. He’s been treated fairly, like any candidate. … And it takes away a line of attack for debates.
Trump meets with Priebus and signs the RNC loyalty pledge.
The best way for the Republicans to win is if I win the nomination and go directly against whoever they happen to put up. And for that reason, I have signed the pledge. So I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party and for the conservative principles for which it stands. We will go out and fight hard, and we will win.
The RNC has been absolutely terrific over the last two month period and as you know, that’s what I’ve wanted. I don’t want to be treated any differently. [In return for signing] I got an assurance that I will be treated fairly.”
Trump appears on Hewitt’s radio show. He appears to mishear “Quds” as “Kurds” and complains of gotcha questions:
Hewitt: On the front of Islamist terrorism, I’m looking for the next commander-in-chief, to know who Hassan Nasrallah is, and Zawahiri, and al-Julani, and al-Baghdadi. Do you know the players without a scorecard, yet, Donald Trump?
Trump: No, you know, I’ll tell you honestly, I think by the time we get to office, they’ll all be changed. They’ll be all gone. I knew you were going to ask me things like this, and there’s no reason, because number one, I’ll find, I will hopefully find General Douglas MacArthur in the pack. I will find whoever it is that I’ll find, and we’ll, but they’re all changing, Hugh. You know, those are like history questions. Do you know this one, do you know that one. I will tell you, I thought you used the word Kurd before. I will tell you that I think the Kurds are the most under-utilized and are being totally mistreated by us. And nobody understands why. But as far as the individual players, of course I don’t know them. I’ve never met them. I haven’t been, you know, in a position to meet them. If, if they’re still there, which is unlikely in many cases, but if they’re still there, I will know them better than I know you.
New York state’s attorney general Schneiderman files a $40 million lawsuit against Trump and his for-profit investment school, accusing them of engaging in illegal business practices. The suit alleges the Trump Entrepreneur Institute – called Trump University until 2010 – operated without an educational license while misleading consumers into paying for courses promising to teach Trump’s real estate investment techniques. More than 5,000 people nationally took the courses, paying $40 million. The lawsuit seeks restitution of at least $40 million, as well as a disgorgement of profits, penalties and an injunction. Schneiderman:
No one, no matter how rich or popular they are, has a right to scam hard-working New Yorkers.
At the National Federation of Republican Assemblies’ 2015 conference Trump says he is winning bbecause people are tired of being taken advantage of:
People in this country are smart. We’re tired of being the patsies for everyone. There is a big, big, growing-by-leaps-and-bounds silent majority out there. [The 2016 race] is going to be an election based on competence. I love the Tea Party. You people have not been treated fairly. These are people who work hard and love their country, and then get beat up by the media. It’s disgusting. At least I have a microphone and can fight back…They [politicians] go to Washington and they get weak. They get there and they see these beautiful, vaulted ceilings and they say, ‘Honey, I’ve made it.’ That won’t happen to me, I promise.