Donald Trump on Scott Walker: 'Finally, I Can Attack'
OSKALOOSA, Iowa — -- Donald Trump came under fire all week for questioning John McCain's status as a war hero and for giving out Lindsey Graham's personal cell phone number, but today he might have found a couple of safe targets for his attacks: GOP rival Scott Walker and the scandal swirling around Hillary Clinton and her email.
"I don't know how a person with that cloud over their head could be running for president," Trump said of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner in the race for the White House.
Trump said if the allegations are true that Clinton sent classified email from her private server, it's "criminal."
Trump went on to compare Clinton and her email scandal to the downfall of Gen. David Petraeus, who was forced to resign as director of the CIA after it was revealed he was having an extramarital affair and had shared classified information with his lover.
"They destroyed him. He's like a ruined man," Trump said of Petraeus.
Trump argued that Petraeus "did much less than Hillary in terms of information, in terms of importance and in terms of volume," of the classified material leaked.
Trump didn’t reserve all his criticism for Clinton. He moved onto Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. He said that the state of Wisconsin is doing "terribly" and accused Walker of being a flip-flopper.
"He was totally in favor of Common Core," Trump said. "Scott Walker changed when he saw he was getting creamed."
Trump said he was retaliating for nasty comments made by a Walker fundraiser.
"Today I read this horrible statement from his fundraiser guy about Trump, and I say, 'Finally, I can attack. Finally,'" Trump said.
Trump, currently leading the GOP race nationally in the polls, is trailing Walker in Iowa. And Trump let the more than 1,000 people filling an Oskaloosa auditorium know that it was bothering him that he wasn’t in first place in the Hawkeye state.
"I can't believe I'm in second place," Trump said. "Folks, will you please put me in first place, so I feel better."
Before Trump arrived in Oskaloosa, people waited in the heat for two hours to catch a glimpse of the billionaire mogul and reality television star. Trump's whirlwind week of criticizing Sen. John McCain’s war hero status and giving out Sen. Lindsey Graham’s phone number didn’t seem to deter people from coming to hear him speak.
"One thing I really like is he's not afraid to say what he thinks and stand up for it," said Karen Lambert of Des Moines, Iowa. "I'm tired of the Republicans just caving for pressure and they really need to stand their ground and I think that Trump is someone who will do that."
Lambert is undecided on who her favorite candidate is in the Republican field, but she said she appreciates Trump for not always being politically correct.
"I really feel like the GOP leadership has completely ignored the roots, the grassroots, the base of their party and they're trying to be Democrats and we really need a conservative option," she said.
Carl Drost, a native of Oskaloosa, called Trump, the "epitome of the American dream."
"I want to shake his hand before he gets out of here today," Drost said.
Drost, a Vietnam veteran, wasn’t bothered by Trump's comments about McCain last week.
"He's kind of outspoken and I've been president of the school board for a couple of years and sometimes being outspoken is not real positive and that needs to be done to let people know what's going on," Drost said.
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