Donald Trump Says He's Getting 'A Lot of Credit' for Ending McCarthy House Speaker Bid

The Trump campaign took to Vegas Thursday, speaking to a crowd of 1,600.

ByABC News
October 8, 2015, 7:46 PM

— -- Donald Trump took "a lot of credit" for driving Rep. Kevin McCarthy out of the race for House Speaker, he told a crowd of 1,600 in Las Vegas today.

“I wanna just start by saying, you know Kevin McCarthy is out, you know that? Right?” Trump said to a loud applause. “They are giving me a lot of credit for that because I said you really need somebody very, very, tough, and very smart, you know smart goes with tough, not just tough."

"I know tough people, they are not smart, that’s the worst, OK?”

Trump told reporters before giving his remarks that he wouldn’t name an alternative.

McCarthy's move stunned Republicans. According to Rep. Peter King, of New York, he said the majority leader wasn't the person to unify the party. Two other congressmen, Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Daniel Webster, remain in the running.

Trump also expressed his support for Hillary Clinton's recent move opposing the Obama administration's Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal.

"Hillary came out against the president," he said. "Be careful Hillary, you might be indicted, be careful. No. That’s very dangerous for her to do, I give her credit.”

Trump, who has drawn fire over his remarks about Hispanics, got support from a woman who he pulled up on stage, Myriam Witcher.

“Oh Mr. Trump,” the woman said hugging the real estate mogul.

“Where are you from?” he asked.

"I'm from Columbia. I’m Hispanic!” Witcher said overjoyed.

"I’m Hispanic and I vote for Mr. Trump! We vote for Mr. Trump! Yes! Mr. Trump! We love you, on the way to the White House!" she shouted.

A smiling Trump said he never met Witcher, which she later confirmed.