During a campaign rally in Walker, Michigan Monday, Donald Trump discussed his praise of Vladimir Putin, addressing critics who say the Russian president is responsible for the murder of journalists in his country.
“Then they said, ‘You know, he’s killed reporters,'” Trump said to a crowd of 7,500 people. “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’s campaign has consistently sparred with journalists and media outlets throughout the campaign cycle, including notable feuds with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, CNN’s Noah Gray, and Univsion’s Jorge Ramos. In November, the business mogul came under fire for mocking a disabled New York Times reporter.
A few minutes after the comments, security removed a protester in the audience as Trump lead the crowd in a “USA! USA! USA!” chant.
Watch the video above, via CNN.
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