Trump draws Big Macon Crowd for Campaign Event

| December 1, 2015
In this Oct. 8, 2015, photo Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Las Vegas. Trump is expanding his paid campaign staff into several Southern states that will be key to selecting the Republican presidential nominee. Trump’s advisers say it’s a sign he’s committed to a long race, despite suggestions he’s reconsidering his bid.  (AP Photo/John Locher)

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MACON — Donald Trump took aim at his opponents and policy concerns during his address to supporters at the Macon Coliseum on Monday night.

Speaking to an estimated crowd of about 6,000, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, the 2016 Republican presidential candidate was pointed in his remarks about various contenders from both major parties.

“We can’t afford to be so nice, folks,” he said.

Hillary Clinton, a front-runner for the Democratic nomination, drew some early jabs from Trump. He said Clinton, a former secretary of state and the wife of former President Bill Clinton, has done a “lousy job” in her campaign and will be best known for her ability to avoid charges in the email scandal that surfaced during hearings about the Benghazi attack.

“She doesn’t have the strength or stamina to be president,” he said.

Another candidate in the Democratic race, Bernie Sanders, also was on Trump’s radar Monday. Sanders had elective hernia surgery earlier in the day.

“May he rest in peace. You know he had an operation today,” Trump said. “You know why? Carrying too many tax problems.”

He also criticized fellow Republican candidates, such as John Kasich, whom Trump accused of using “snippets” of his talks to attack him.

“If somebody hits me, I’m going to hit him back so hard,” Trump said. “Which is what we should be doing to ISIS and everybody else.”

Trump called the current administration’s handling of situations overseas “stupid,” pointing to times when the United States has armed entities in the Middle East, only to have those groups turn out to be the enemy.

“This stuff isn’t going to happen if Trump gets there,” he said.

That was all part of a larger critique of President Barack Obama’s two terms in office.

“The man has been a horrible president. He’s been horrible,” Trump said.

Specifically, Trump said the Affordable Care Act — often referred to as Obamacare — had not been effective. While Trump conceded that sick and less fortunate Americans need health care, the controversial candidate said he had a better plan than the ACA, although he didn’t offer details Monday.

“We have to get better health care. Obamacare is a disaster,” he said. “Obamacare is going to get repealed, and we’re going to replace it with something better.”

He also addressed immigration, both proposing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — which Mexico would pay for, he said — and building “safe zones” for refugees in their own countries. Trump said that solution would be favorable because people want to live in their home countries long term.

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