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Trump suggests he’s ready to go to war with Iran if their sailors make ‘inappropriate gestures’

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Donald Trump left little doubt about the treatment Iran might expect under a Trump presidency, telling a Florida crowd that if any boats from the Persian Gulf country harasses American ships under his tenure, “they will be shot out of the water.”

The GOP nominee was speaking in Pensacola, a military town known as “The Cradle of Naval Aviation,” and made the remark in response to seven Iranian boats harassing the USS Firebolt, a coastal patrol boat, in the Persian Gulf last week, including forcing the Americans to maneuver to avoid a collision.

“With Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water,” Trump told the overflow crowd, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Trump was talking about beefing up our “depleted military” and building more Navy ships when he went off script and referenced last week’s incident.

He was also highly critical of Hillary Clinton, who he described as “an unstable person.”

Pointing to the Democratic nominee avoiding prosecution for her mishandling of classified information, Trump told the crowd Clinton could kill one of them and get away with it.

“Because she’s being so protected, she could walk into this arena right now and shoot someone with 20,000 people watching, right smack in the middle of the heart, and she wouldn’t be prosecuted,” he said. “That’s what’s happened to our country.”

The remark is eerily similar to something he said about himself during the GOP primary while talking about how loyal his supporters are, saying, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

Tom Tillison

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