Trump to Jewish donors: ‘I don’t want your money’

December 3, 2015

WASHINGTON – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump likes to remind audiences that he is for the most part paying his own way on the campaign trail.

He took the strategy a step further on Thursday at the Republican Jewish Coalition, teasing wealthy Republican Jewish donors that they probably won’t support him because he would not accept the money they might offer as a way of currying favor with the New York billionaire should he win the White House.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Presidential Forum in Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

“You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money. If I wanted your money, I think I’d have a damned good chance. You know the money I have turned down?” he told them.

Trump also drew chuckles from the crowd when he told them he would renegotiate the disputed nuclear deal President Barack Obama made with Iran.

“I’m a negotiator like you folks, we are negotiators,” he said. “Is there anybody who doesn’t negotiate deals in this room.”

His knowledge of the Middle East at times seemed shaky. When he wavered on his answer to a question about whether he would consider Jerusalem the undivided capital of Israel, some boos broke out in the crowd. Asked his opinion about Arab leaders, he said: “The king of Jordan seems like a nice man. A lot of people like him, some people don’t.” Jordan’s King Abdullah is one of Washington’s closest allies in the Middle East.



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Let’s not mince words: Trump, like his hero Hitler is a dangerous and stupid man.

He attracts the dangerously stupid.

Posted by ruffsoft | Report as abusive

Yes Trump does attract the “dangerously stupid” But no more than this group of Republican Jewish people he spoke to, out to steer American support for Israeli “settlers”. Agroup every bit as dangerous as Trump! Or, on the opposite side of the spectrum, the extreme liberal element…out to bleed everyone and stubbornly push for a socialist state…which is counter to human nature and proven repeatedly to fail!

Posted by Ed57 | Report as abusive

Why shouldn’t America have a bigoted fascist leader just like Israel does?

Posted by sk8sonh2o | Report as abusive

Wait the Dangerously stupid already voted for Obama. And now they support Hillary.

Posted by blaastaaz | Report as abusive

Trump is either a proto-fascist (with the money and pull to consolidate power within the Executive to a frightening level), or he’s just saying whatever he needs to say to be elected. His ideas and proposals are almost all factually incorrect and self-contradictory. When called out, he slips easily from one lie to another, and another, and another. Anyone that thinks his proposed policies are sensible has very little understanding of the world, but is willing to imbibe bluster and hyperbole as dogma. If these people actually sought to educate themselves beyond repeating what they hear anchors on TV say (unless you cross-reference every story through a dozen outlets, you only get editorial disguised as journalism), they might realize this.

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