- Donald Trump often uses the term “hit” to mean verbally attack
- I was going to hit one guy in particular, a very little guy, he said
- Donald Trump said he wanted to “hit a number of those speakers”
WASHINGTON: Never one to pull his punches, a combative Donald Trump today said he wanted to “hit” several Democrats who spoke against him “so hard, their heads would spin”.
The Republican presidential nominee often uses the term “hit” to mean verbally attack, rather than physical contact.
After hearing speeches at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week, Donald Trump said he wanted to “hit a number of those speakers so hard, their heads would spin. They’d never recover”.
The real estate tycoon zoomed in on one speaker specifically, though he didn’t mention his name, CNN reported.
“I was going to hit one guy in particular, a very little guy,” Donald Trump said at a campaign rally in Iowa.
“I was going to hit this guy so hard his head would spin, he wouldn’t know what the hell happened,” he reiterated.
Donald Trump said this individual “came out of nowhere” and had done work with him in the past. “He made deals with me. ‘Will you help me with this? Would you make this deal and solve the problem?’ I solved the problem,” Donald Trump said.
Several speakers this week have gone after Donald Trump including Michael Bloomberg. The former New York City mayor made a surprise endorsement over the weekend for Hillary Clinton, and
described Donald Trump in his convention speech last night as a “dangerous demagogue.”
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine also targeted Donald Trump, mocking the businessman’s tendency to bolster his promises with a plea of “believe me”.
“He said a lot of things about me, I never met the guy,” Donald Trump said.
“I mean the things that were said about me. I mean, should I go through some of the names?”
Donald Trump recalled telling a friend this week that he wanted to retaliate against the people who slammed him at the convention, mentioning current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio by name.
“I was going to say that de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of the city, but I didn’t say it,” Donald Trump said.
“He’s a terrible mayor. I was going to say that, but now I won’t say it.”
Donald Trump said, his friend, who he labelled a “very great governor,” urged him to stay focused on attacking Hillary Clinton, not other Democrats.
“He said, ‘Don’t hit there. Don’t hit down. You have one person to beat. It’s Hillary Rodham Clinton,” Donald Trump recalled, adding that he initially objected to the advice. “I said, but I really want to. I don’t like what they’re saying because a lot of it is lies. Not all of it but a lot of it is.’ I said, ‘I just really … it makes me feel good.’ ”
Ultimately, he said, he conceded and decided not to launch into verbal assaults against the Democrats.
“But every once in a while I still wake up, I say ‘boy, I wanna,'” Donald Trump said, growling as he stopped himself from saying more.