The list of Donald Trump’s abhorrent remarks keeps growing. In an interview with NBC News, Trump was asked to respond to critic Charles Krauthammer — a syndicated political columnist who’s paralyzed from the waist-down — who called the Republican presidential hopeful a “rodeo clown,” Trump’s response was bringing attention to Krauthammer’s disability.
“Then I get called by a guy that can’t buy a pair of pants, I get called names?”
Trump’s remark was in obvious reference to Krauthammer’s paralyzed legs. Earlier in the interview, Trump went on to describe Pulitzer Prize winner Krauthammer, who was also the former speechwriter to Vice President Walter Mondale, as irrelevant.
“Charles Krauthammer is a totally overrated person who really dislikes me personally – I’ve never met him. He’s a totally overrated guy, doesn’t know what he’s doing, he was totally in favor of the war in Iraq, he wanted to go into Iraq and, you know, stay there forever. So these are overrated people, I see who it is, you can mention name after name. By the way, are you going to mention the one’s that do like Trump? You don’t do that do you?”
When asked about his response to other critics, Trump defended himself by bringing attention to his money, education, book, and the success of The Apprentice.
“I’m a failed man? I built a fortune. I went to the best school, got the best marks. I went out, I made a fortune, a big fortune, a tremendous fortune — I’ll be announcing that in about a week because I have to file my papers — bigger than people even understand. I have a book called Art of the Deal, I do The Apprentice, the Art of the Deal was like the number one business book of all time, or just about, I think it was. And I do The Apprentice, and NBC‘s angry at me because they renewed The Apprentice, and I said I wouldn’t do it. And that’s one of the reasons NBC‘s so angry at me.”
Trump has come under fire for remarking that Hispanic people in the United States are “rapists” and “drug dealers.” He has been subsequently blacklisted by major companies and organizations, including Univision, ESPN, NBC Universal, Macy’s, NASCAR, PGA of America, and the FAA. Regardless of his obviously racist comments, Trump still said that he believes he will win the Hispanic vote.
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