NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Donald Trump took to the airwaves Sunday to address his “shooting someone on 5th Avenue” remarks as well as his thoughts on two NYC mayors.
At a campaign rally in Iowa on Saturday, Trump said, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
When asked about the remarks on “Face The Nation” Sunday, Trump told host John Dickerson, “Well I have a very great group of people John and I have people that are so loyal that it’s been so reported … even in your poll in a lot of polls they do that … the loyalty factor. When you add it all up it’s pretty much close to 90 percent — these people that just won’t leave. They will not leave. I love my people. And it’s a great thing. Far greater loyalty than any other candidate by double, triple quadruple.”
When asked about former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg possibly entering the presidential race, Trump told Dickerson, “I would love it. I know Michael very well — I’d love to compete against Michael.”
“I think he might very well get in the race. I would love to have him get into the race. He’s very opposite of me on guns and he’s opposite on pro-life. He’s opposite on a lot of things. I would love to have Michael get into the race. I don’t know if he’s going to do it but I hope he does. I would love to compete against Michael.”
When asked about his past support of current NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Trump said he never supported de Blasio. “He turned out to be a terrible mayor — he doesn’t know what he’s doing. I mean the guy is incompetent.”
Earlier Sunday on “This Week” de Blasio said Trump’s “shoot somebody” comment was inappropriate at a time when lawmakers are trying to “deal with the scourge of gun violence.” De Blasio said the comments are arrogant and show the billionaire is “not ready for prime time.”
De Blasio also said he respects his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, but Americans aren’t interested in a race between billionaires Bloomberg and Trump.
He says the 2016 presidential race is really about addressing income inequality. “I don’t think most Americans think that billionaires are the ones who are going to give us a more fair economy,” de Blasio said.
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