Republican front-runner Donald Trump brought his presidential campaign to Omaha-Council Bluffs on Thursday. Trump told the crowd former New York Governor George Pataki’s exit from the race wouldn’t have much impact.
“There’s not much to split up ’cause he was at zero,” Trump said, and the crowd laughed. “No, No. I always say: ‘Oh, let’s see. He dropped out. He’s got three. How many of the three can we get, the three percent?’ When they drop out at zero, you just say: ‘Let’s go on to the next.’ Right?”
The Trump event was held in Council Bluffs, but the billionaire businessman gave a nod to Nebraska.
“For the folks across the river, I’ll tell you what, Omaha,” Trump said, as the crowd burst into loud cheers. “Whoa! Whoa! I wasn’t sure if I should mention it. You know, I’m here for the Iowa stuff and I said, I tell you what, I was greeted backstage by a lot of people from Omaha and I think I should mention it,” bringing more applause, whistles and cheers.
For the second time in Iowa, Trump carried the Bible his mother gave him on stage and talked about “polling so well” with evangelical voters in Iowa.
“We love ‘The Art of the Deal,'” Trump said, referring to his book. “But the Bible is far, far, far superior. Right? Yes.” The crowd cheered.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has criticized Trump for opposing a hike in the minimum wage and Sanders has suggested Trump’s tax strategies would help the wealthy and devastate the “disappearing” middle class. Trump shot back last night.
“Forget about socialist. I think he’s a communist. He wants to bring your taxes up to 90 percent,” Trump said and the crowd started booing. “I mean, no, think of it. The guy wants to bring your taxes up to, like, whatever and give some people free (college). But you know who’s paying for it, folks? You’re paying for it. Lots of luck. Enjoy yourselves, O.K.? But he’s literally, people are talking about a 90 percent tax rate. Who would be happy paying 90 percent to taxes? Not too many people. No, it’s terrible.”
Sanders told a crowd in Muscatine, Iowa, late Tuesday afternoon that it is “absurd” that bright young kids cannot afford to go to college and it deprives the country of their economic potential.
The Iowa Caucuses are 33 days away.