Donald Trump had plenty to say as usual when he spoke on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” via telephone about Friday’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado.
The GOP presidential candidate called gunman Robert Lewis Dear, who allegedly killed three people in the rampage, a “maniac” who was “ready to go” but he went on to defend the series of secretly recorded videos with Planned Parenthood officials that has sparked the recent criticism against the group.
“I think it’s terrible. I mean, terrible. It’s more of the same. And I think it’s a terrible thing. He’s a maniac,” Trump said on the NBC morning news show. “I think he’s a sick person … And I think he was probably a person ready to go. We don’t even know the purpose. I mean, he hasn’t come out, to the best of my knowledge, with a statement as to why it happened to be at that location.”
The 57-year-old shooting suspect (pictured above right) is currently being held without bail in a Colorado Springs jail.
Trump went on to respond to host Chuck Todd saying that the shooter talked of “baby parts” to police.
“I will tell you there is a tremendous group of people that think it’s terrible, all of the videos that they’ve seen with some of these people from Planned Parenthood, talking about it like you’re selling parts to a car,” Trump said. “There are a lot of people not happy about that.
“Now, I know some of the tapes were perhaps not pertinent. I know that a couple of people that are running for office on the Republican side were commenting on tapes that weren’t appropriate. But there were many tapes that are appropriate in terms of commenting on. There are people who are extremely upset about it.
“There is tremendous dislike … I see a lot of dislike for Planned Parenthood,” he added, while plugging how his crowds at rallies are bigger than those for Bernie Sanders.
Todd was later praised on Twitter for challenging Trump over his claims that he’d seen video of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
“I saw it on television … it was 14 years ago,” Trump claimed. “The Washington Post reported tailgate parties, like for a football game. I saw it at the time, I stick by it and hundreds of people saw it.”
“Just because somebody repeats something doesn’t make it true,” Todd ascertained.
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— Jonathan Demar (he/him/his) (@JonathanDemar) November 29, 2015
Trump was a total disaster on Meet The Press. I have no idea how this guy is polling at 25%. Completely baffling.
— Nick Jacob (@nicktjacob) November 29, 2015