American TV personality and real estate broker Donald Trump launched his new book in a press conference and book-signing event at the Trump Tower yesterday.
The 69-year-old Trump showcased his 169-page book, Crippled America, which can be considered a slim “campaign manifesto” for the aspirant, who has a huge group of supporters from all over the country.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 3, 2015
Hundreds of supporters showed up at the press conference and book-signing event, expecting to meet Trump and have him sign their copies of the book.
“Look at the state of the world right now,” said Trump while holding an advance copy of his book. “It’s a terrible mess, and that’s putting it mildly.” “It’s time to bring America back to its rightful owners—the American people,” he said.
He also made an impression with the book’s cover, showing Trump “scowling harshly.” He explained that while he had really good and beautiful shots taken, where he is smiling, he decided that those were not appropriate in relation to the current state of the country.
In the book, Trump reportedly softens up in his previous stand against undocumented immigration. The real estate developer received criticisms for saying that many undocumented immigrants from Mexico are “rapists and ‘killers'” But in the book, he says that many of these immigrants are actually hardworking, honest, and decent, who just want to build a dream for their children in the U.S.
Another issue he touched on in Crippled America is his personal life as a husband and father. “I was a much better father than I was a husband,” he wrote in the book. Trump also talked about his blunt manner of giving statements, and that at times he “bends the truth a bit” in order to make a point.
While Trump was signing books, occasionally switching between his right and left hands, the TV personality continued to politick, boasting how he managed to continue his campaign and finish the book at the same time.
Some of his messages pertained to his rivals in the presidential race, namely Senator Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and Jeb Bush. Trump said that Sen. Rubio “lives above his means,” Carson “does not have that energy,” and Bush has “a very weak message.”
The media, which was present at the event, also questioned the business author about other plans in his campaign.
The presidential candidate also commented on the recent survey results released by the Wall Street Journal and NBC, where Carson, who is a retired neurosurgeon, ousted him from the top spot. Trump said that Carson would be “weak on immigration and he wants to get rid of Medicare.”
Meanwhile, he only had choice words for Rubio and Bush. Trump said that not only is Rubio overrated, but that Bush actually has a better message, if he were a better messenger. He also lashed out on Rubio’s spending and credit card woes.
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During the conference, Trump also mentioned that there are too many people vying for the presidency, and said that he wants to have more time talking about the problems of the country.
“If a person’s been campaigning for four or five months and they’re at zero, or one, or two percent, they should get out,” he said.
Lastly, Trump also addressed during the conference the uproar that was caused by NBC’s decision to have him host Saturday Night Live. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, composed of 26 members from the House of Representatives, reportedly asked NBC to change its decision.
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Several groups have also signed petitions clamoring for NBC to have someone replace Trump, although the candidate is still eager to do it.
“Look, I think they should demonstrate,” Trump said about the petitions. “Ratings will go even higher than they are going to be.”
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