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OV Highlight: Trump Co-Opts Populist Message To Attack Clinton & Bush

Trump says that unlike Bush & Clinton, he doesn't need special interest money. Because he's a billionaire. Brought to you by Opposing Views.

I'd like to introduce a new segment to the Crooks & Liars community. As I've mentioned before, I am the Video Production Manager at Opposing Views and we are beginning to create new, original content on YouTube. We are covering the 2016 Presidential Election and we recently did coverage on the Bernie Sanders rally in Los Angeles. Please do Subscribe to our channel for more Election 2016 Coverage. Donald Trump has been one of the most interesting campaigns to follow because in a statement he made on Thursday, He sounded like he was channeling Sanders:

"I said what would Jeb do, and Hillary. And by the way all the politicians, let's just use one of them as an example, okay? All of them, because they're all controlled, one hundred percent. So, he'll say, 'I don't really want to let the plant be there, I want it built in the United States. We say 'oh we have a great president'. But then what happens? He gets a call from one of his fundraisers. And they say 'Jeb, you can't do that. You had Ford make contributions to you. You had other people make contributions to you. And they want it to happen. You have made special interests, you had special interests. Your biggest lobbyists represents Ford. He gave you a million dollars. You can't possibly do that after he raised all that money for you. And you know what he's going to say? Oh. Ah. Then go back to sleep, okay?" he said.

Wow. Quite a statement there. I mean, Trump sounding like Sanders? Pretty crazy, right? Or is it?

Trump then moved on to the subject of how indebted his political rivals are to special interest groups, and how he, a billionaire, doesn’t need to take money from them.

Emphasis Mine.

Yeah, not really. We'll keep watching how this whole show unfolds. Here's the whole text of the story by the way:

During a campaign stop in Birch Run, Michigan on Tuesday, Trump touched on two major topics: America’s relationship with China and the role of special interest finances in his rivals’ campaigns.


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On the subject of trade deals with Asia, Trump pledged to put billionaire investor Carl Icahn in charge of negotiations with China and Japan.

"I said Carl (Icahn), you know he's made a fortune, he's a great negotiator, talented guy, very smart guy. Went to Princeton, one of the top students at Princeton. A lot of people don't know that about Carl. And there are other people like Carl, that are brilliant people and great negotiators. They don't sleep at night. Like me, we toss and turn and toss and turn, we're thinking, always thinking. Ah, yay yay. It's not easy on the family. But we're tossing and turning and scheming. That's what they are. There's no eighteen hours of sleep. Does that make sense? So I said 'hey Carl'. In fact now the press will call Carl I'm sure. But Carl Icahn, great. I said 'Carl if I get this thing I want to put you in charge of China and Japan, can you handle both of them? China and Japan.' He said 'Yeah I'll do it, I’ll do it, I want to do it. You know just relax, everything will work out just fine. We'll make great deals," said Trump.

Trump then moved on to the subject of how indebted his political rivals are to special interest groups, and how he, a billionaire, doesn’t need to take money from them.

If Bush was forced to choose between following through on moving an automobile factory back to the United States or giving in to special interests, he would ultimately cave in, said Trump.

"I said what would Jeb do, and Hillary. And by the way all the politicians, let's just use one of them as an example, okay? All of them, because they're all controlled, one hundred percent. So, he'll say, 'I don't really want to let the plant be there, I want it built in the United States. We say 'oh we have a great president'. But then what happens? He gets a call from one of his fundraisers. And they say 'Jeb, you can't do that. You had Ford make contributions to you. You had other people make contributions to you. And they want it to happen. You have made special interests, you had special interests. Your biggest lobbyists represents Ford. He gave you a million dollars. You can't possibly do that after he raised all that money for you. And you know what he's going to say? Oh. Ah. Then go back to sleep, okay?" he said.

Despite criticism over his comments about immigrants and women, Trump continues to lead all potential Republican presidential candidates in the most recent polls.

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