At a Michigan campaign rally, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told an estimated 7,500 supporters that although he hates reporters, he wouldn’t go so far as to kill one.
The issue came up when the real estate developer was discussing Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had recently expressed admiration for Trump.
“Then they said, ‘You know, he’s killed reporters,’” Trump said. “And I don’t like that. I’m totally against that.”
“But I do hate them,” Trump said. “I hate some of these people, but I’ll be honest, I would never kill them.”
“Some of them are such lying, disgusting people, it’s true,” Trump continued, repeating he “would never kill them.”
“And anybody that does, I think, would be despicable,” he concluded.
Trump revealed his animosity toward Fox News host Megyn Kelly immediately after the first GOP presidential debate, which she co-monitored along with Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier and Chris Wallace.
Trump and Kelly will meet again at a debate scheduled in Des Moines, Iowa on January 28.
Watch the clip, via CNN.
ABC News digital journalist Ali Weinberg agreed that it was probably a good thing that Trump wouldn’t kill reporters, being one herself. She tweeted:
Ok so for the record, Donald Trump would never kill a journalist. So there’s that.
— Ali Weinberg (@AliABCNews) December 22, 2015
And she got plenty of replies.
@AliABCNews @randyprine Did he actually say that? If so, when and where?
— Mary Ann Owens (@mao2u2) December 22, 2015
Not personally. He has people for that. RT @AliABCNews: Ok so for the record, Donald Trump would never kill a journalist. So there’s that.
— Debbie (@mosesmosesmoses) December 22, 2015
— The H2 (@TheH2) December 22, 2015
— CTIronman (@CTIronman) December 22, 2015
And one seemed disappointed at the news.
@AliABCNews lost my vote for sure.
— KJHobs (@Kjhobbs1985) December 22, 2015
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