Elections

Trump to rivals: bring it on

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up while speaking during a campaign rally at the Prince William County Fair Ground in Manassas, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up while speaking during a campaign rally at the Prince William County Fair Ground in Manassas, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. AP

Donald Trump reveled in his standing atop the Republican presidential polls at a Virginia rally Wednesday, poking at his rivals, the press and the “stupid people” he says lead the country.

“Do you think this is a movement?” the candidate asked a crowd jammed into a hall at the Prince William County Fairgrounds. “This is a movement.”

Trump’s appearance came as establishment Republicans are increasingly uneasy with his rise, and He boasted about his position at the top of the polls, saying his rivals “all have to go through me.”

Trump opened the rally with a moment of silence for the victims of the California shooting and thanked law enforcement for taking down the shooters.

“They do one hell of a job,” he said of the police. “When you see these shootouts, I don’t want to do it, you don’t want to do it.”

He took on his rivals one by one, saying Ted Cruz has “been great to me, but at some point he’s going to have to attack, otherwise he’s going to come in No 2 or 3.”

He added:”I love it when they attack because so far every one of them has gone down, they’ve gone down big league.”

He went into an extended critique of Marco Rubio’s Senate voting record, saying he got elected and in “about 12 seconds decides he wants to run for president.”

He repeated his knock at Jeb Bush for “low energy,” saying he draws “like 59 people” to events “and everyone falls asleep. You could make a lot of money with him with Sleep Master.”

After ripping most of his rivals, he turned his attention to Democrats, saying Sanders gave Clinton the election by giving her a pass on her emails.

“Hillary shouldn’t be allowed to run because what she did was illegal,” he said.

At a rally in Macon, Ga., Republican candidate explained why he does not think Hillary Clinton should be president, citing both her stamina and her scandals. "How does a person have that many emails," he questioned as the crowd applauded.

He was joined on the stage by several African-American pastors he said had endorsed him and later noted that a political pundit had said that if he can get 25 percent of the black vote he could win the presidency.

“And why wouldn’t I?” He said. “Obama, what the hell has he done for the African-Americans? It’s all talk, it’s all words with this guy.”

He announced that he plans to travel “very soon” to Israel, and that he will meet there with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Former Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Va ., warmed up the crowd, telling them Trump’s candidacy was rattling the establishment and that Trump needed to win or Clinton and Sanders would “crucify America on the cross of political correctness.”

This version adds planned trip to Israel

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