Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump employed some characteristically violent language Thursday night as he reacted to speeches from the Democratic National Convention, while also taking swipes at some of his former Republican rivals. Without naming names, Trump told the crowd in Davenport, Iowa, that he had been tempted to “hit” the “little guy” who spoke about him at the DNC, an obvious reference to former New York Mayor Mike Bloomerg, but an unnamed governor (*sneezing noise* Chris Christie!) talked him out of it.
“I was going to hit one guy in particular, a very little guy,” Trump said of the unnamed speaker. “I was going to hit this guy so hard his head would spin, he wouldn’t know what the hell happened.”
True to form, though, Trump took a minute to digress about Republican candidates who did not endorse him, like Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, whom he asserted “never recovered” from the attacks Trump put on them:
But then, Trump explained that his good friend “Governor Schmistie” told him not to make all the attacks he’d just spent several minutes actually making, and focus on one thing:
Go out and hit Hillary Clinton properly.
To Trump fans, the use of violent metaphor against the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party is a courageous act of defiance against “political correctness,” but to others, it may just sound like a guy who wants to hit a woman,
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