DALLAS — Donald Trump thinks he’ll be attacked in the CNN-hosted Republican presidential debate on Wednesday, but said in a Dallas basketball arena that he’s ready for it.
“So the debate. I hear they’re all going after me,” Trump said in the American Airlines Center, home to the Dallas Mavericks to up to 20,000 rowdy supporters. “Whatever, whatever.”
Trump appeared in Texas a weekend after long-time governor Rick Perry dropped out of the race on Friday.
Trump started his speech by name-checking Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, NBA star Dirk Nowitzki and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, of whom he said he saw a political future: “He’s been talking a little bit about maybe someday doing this himself, and I think he’d do very well.”
Trump called his fans the new silent majority, with a spin.
“It’s back, and it’s not silent. I think we should call it — maybe we should call it the noisy, the aggressive, the wanting to win majority,” he said. “That’s what it is. We want to win. We’re tired of being pushed around by incompetent people. We’re just tired of what’s happening — we’re sick and tired of what’s happening, and it’s going to change.”