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Trump Made America's Latest Terror Attack All About Himself

The Republican candidate said he should be a "newscaster" for calling the Chelsea explosion a bomb before the news did.

by VICE Staff
Sep 19 2016, 7:18pm

Photo from Flickr via Gage Skidmor

Photo via Gage Skidmore

Donald Trump gave himself a big ol' pat on the back Monday morning for saying the weekend explosion in Manhattan was a "bomb" before the news did, Politico reports.

"I heard I was criticized for calling it correctly," Trump said in an interview with Fox & Friends on Monday. "But what I said was exactly correct. I should be a newscaster because I called it before the news."

Trump told a crowd at a rally in Colorado Springs Saturday night that "a bomb went off in New York" immediately following the explosion, before law enforcement commented officially on what had happened. Later that night, Hillary Clinton also referred to the explosion as a "bombing," on her plane, but was quick to reprimand her opponent by saying, "I think it's always wiser to wait until you have information before making conclusions, because we are just in the beginning stages of trying to determine what happened."

But rather than discuss the aftermath of the bombings, Trump decided to focus on the "biased" media and slamming his opponent. "Hillary Clinton used the word 'bombs' shortly thereafter and nobody said anything about it," Trump said Monday. "It's a rigged system, and I've been saying it for a long time."

Trump went on to tell Fox viewers that "we need to get tougher" in terms of national security and Islamic extremism, and said Clinton "wants to allow hundreds of thousands of these same people" into the country.

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