Des Moines, Iowa — Fresh off his declaration that he would’ve demolished President Obama in the 2012 election, Donald Trump was at his Trump-est, all braggadocio and bravado, as he took the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday.
As has become customary, the real-estate mogul floated the possibility of a presidential bid. “I am seriously thinking of running for president,” he said.
“It can’t be Mitt,” he said. “He choked. Something happened.” He continued, “Sort of like a dealmaker who can’t close the deal.”
“We can’t have Bush,” he continued. “The last thing we need is another Bush.” His mention of Jeb Bush’s support for the Common Core educational standards drew boos from the crowd. Trump went on to assail the former Florida governor’s position on immigration. “They’re coming for love?” he said, of Bush’s remark that illegal immigrants cross the border as an “act of love.”
“Half of them are criminals,” Trump said. “They’re crossing the border for a lot of other reasons.”
Trump told that crowd that if he runs in 2016, his first order of business will be to build a fence along the southern border.
“We have to build a fence, and it’s gotta be a beauty,” Trump said. “And who can build better than me?” He continued, “If I run, and if I win, I would certainly start by building a very, very powerful fence.”
Obamacare did not escape Trump’s ire. Everything about the Affordable Care Act, he said, was “a lie, a filthy lie.”
“Unless you’re hit by an army tank you’re not going to get coverage,” he said, calling for the repeal and replacement of the law.
Trump’s political pronouncements and attempts to be taken seriously have become something of a joke among the political and media establishment, but he remains a beloved figure among the grassroots for his lack of inhibition and dry sense of humor.
“I’ve done so many deals, almost all of them have been tremendously successful,” he reminded the crowd. “You’ll see that when I file my statements. You’ll be very proud of me. Obama, what did he do? He did no deal. What deal did he do? A house. And if you did that deal, you’d be in jail.”