While embracing what he describes as their anger, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump told CNN that he rejects the backing of a White nationalist group in Iowa.
He says the anger “has come to characterize his campaign and its followers,” writes the news outlet.
“I would disavow” the group’s robocalls to voters, Trump told CNN’s Erin Burnett Wednesday night on “OutFront,” after being asked about the American National Super PAC, which is urging Iowans in recorded phone messages to “vote Trump” because “we don’t need Muslims.”
But the billionaire developer, who has called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S, tied their efforts to the deep outrage he sees among voters, saying he viewed it as a necessary catalyst in his quest to “make America great again.”
Trump cited as a reason for the anger a number of violent crimes allegedly committed by undocumented immigrants.
Recent surveys show Trump leading national polls ahead of important primary races next month in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina that will likely determine the party’s nominee. But the real estate mogul is running neck-and-neck with Sen. Ted Cruz in Iowa, which could be attributed to the senator’s appeal among evangelicals.
Look for sparks to fly between the two men on the debate stage Thursday night in South Carolina. Do you plan to watch?
SOURCE: CNN | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform