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Donald Trump Says He ‘Could Shoot Somebody’ and Not Lose Voters

January 23, 2016

Donald Trump Attends The 16th Annual Outdoor Sportsman AwardsDonald Trump Attends The 16th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards
Donald Trump speaks during the 16th annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards at The Venetian Las Vegas on January 21, 2016.Photograph by Ethan Miller—Getty Images

By Katie Reilly

At a campaign stop in Iowa on Saturday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he could shoot someone in public and still not lose any voters.

“They say I have the most loyal people — did you ever see that? Where I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” he said. “It’s like incredible.”

Trump said his supporters were smart and loyal, citing his strong poll numbers and criticizing his opponents as “soft” during the stop in Sioux Center, Iowa, according to reports by multiple outlets.

After leaving the event, Trump wrote on Twitter that the speech went well. “Just left Sioux Center, Iowa. My speech was very well received. Truly great people! Packed house–overflow!” he said.