Trump in Pa. on ISIS Remarks: 'Not That Sarcastic'

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2016

The same day, the billionaire celebrity acknowledged that his lack of political correctness could cost him the election if Americans reject his blunt approach.

Yet in other traditionally GOP-leaning states, like Arizona and Georgia, Republicans are concerned Trump's unpopularity could give Democrats an improbable victory. "THEY DON'T GET SARCASM?" he tweeted.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows Clinton widening her lead in four key swing states, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and Colorado, with double digit leads in Virginia and Colorado.

A new poll showed Trump, whose unfiltered speaking style has repeatedly landed him in hot water, losing ground in three crucial states ahead of the November 8 general election against Clinton.

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is one of Trump's most prominent surrogates, went to great lengths to defend the candidate on CNN on Thursday. "What's remarkable about Trump's comments is that once again, he's echoing the talking points of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and our adversaries to attack American leaders and American interests, while failing to offer any serious plans to confront terrorism or make this country more secure".

"I think it's a pattern of him testing certain messages that resonate with his fans, seeing how they play, and then "clarifying" one way or another depending on the reaction", said Ruth Sherman, a communications expert who has been monitoring the language used by both candidates. All major US presidential candidates in modern history have released their returns.

"Of course I'm being sarcastic", he said.

Trump has cited an audit by the Internal Revenue Service in refusing to release his returns.

Trump also said in Altoona that the only way he could lose Pennsylvania to Clinton is if "cheating goes on". One exception came this month when he acknowledged a video he said showed a plane carrying USA cash to Iran was actually a plane carrying US hostages who were being released. When Clinton's campaign cried foul, Trump blamed her for trying to "divert attention from the dishonest behavior of herself and her husband".

Trump wasn't being sarcastic as he accused Clinton of "putting out all these false ads" against him. When an interviewer pointed out Russian Federation had annexed Crimea, Trump said he meant Russian Federation wouldn't dare go farther if he were president. He took offence that his comments were interpreted as praise for Saddam.

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