Las Vegas: In another controversial remark, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Tuesday, that even a murder would not drive his supporters away from his surging campaign.
Exuding confidence over his supporters, 69-year-old Trump said, "Even the really dishonest press says Trump’s people are
the most incredible."
"Sixty-eight percent would not leave under any circumstance. I think that means murder. I think it means anything," Trump told his enthusiastic supporters in Sparks, Nevada.
In his speech, the New Yorker was referencing a national poll held in December, in which nearly 70 per cent of his supporters said that they would vote for him even if he ran as an independent.
Trump also recalled an unspecified poll in which he said nine-in-10 of his supporters would probably never leave.
He said his supporters were so loyal he "could stand in the Middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters".
On Monday, the real estate tycoon had said he wanted to "punch" a protester in the face after a heckler was ejected from a campaign event in Nevada.
Recently he added India to the list of countries that he says are ripping off jobs from the US. He pledged to bring those jobs back if elected president. "What I did on June 16, we came out and we started talking about trade, how we're being ripped off with China, ripped off with Japan, ripped off with Mexico at the border and then trade, ripped off by Vietnam, and by India, and by every country," Trump told his supporters at the massive rally in Las Vegas on Monday night which was attended by thousands of people.
After jumping into the presidential race last June, Trump has been regularly singling out China, Japan and Mexico and occasionally Vietnam for taking away American jobs.
This is for the second time in three days that Trump has blamed countries like India for taking away the jobs of Americans.
During his campaign, Trump has also called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, triggering sharp reaction from across the world.
First Published On : Feb 24, 2016 13:44 IST