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A Guide To Dodging Gaffes, By Donald Trump

Donald Trump seems to never let a gaffe slow him down. Here's how he does it.
Posted at 8:32 PM, Sep 07, 2015

A Guide to Dodging Gaffes: 

By Donald Trump. 

Step 1: Make the Gaffe

"He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured; I like people that weren't captured, OK, I hate to tell you," Trump said of Sen. John McCain

Step 2: Double Down

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people," Trump said in his presidential announcement speech."

"Why not say, 'Maybe I went too far,' 'Poor choice of words' or even 'I'm sorry'?" Fox News' Howard Kurtz asked Trump.

"I don't mind apologizing for things, but I can't apologize for the truth. I said tremendous crime is coming across. Everybody knows that's true and it's happening all the time," Trump said, standing by his controversial comments. 

Step 3: Blame Political Correctness

"That's an offensive term, people find that hurtful," ABC's Tom Llamas said to Trump about his use of "anchor baby."

"You mean it's not politically correct and yet everybody uses it?" Trump answered. 

"Look it up in the dictionary. It's offensive," Llamas snapped back. 

"I'll use the word 'anchor baby.' Excuse me, I'll use the word 'anchor baby,'" Trump said.

Step 4: Attack the Questioner 

"You've called women you don't like fat pigs," Fox News' Megyn Kelly said to Trump at the Fox News Debate

"What I say is what I say and, honestly, Megyn, if you don't like it I'm sorry. I've been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be based on the way you've treated me, but I wouldn't do that," Trump said. 

"She did push you; she pushed a lot of people, but what is it with you and Megyn Kelly?" CNN's Don Lemon asked Trump about his feud with Kelly.

"Well, I just don't respect her as a journalist. I have no respect for her. I don't think she's very good. I think she's highly overrated."

Step 5: Repeat 

"Negotiating with China, when these people walk in the room, they don't say, 'Oh hello. How's the weather? It's so beautiful outside. How are the Yankees doing?' 'They're doing wonderful; great.' They say, 'We want deal!' "

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