Trump Explains His Appeal: 'People Are Tired...Of These Incompetent Politicians'

By Susan Jones | July 28, 2015 | 6:48am EDT
In this July 21, 2015, photo, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump greets supporters at a campaign rally in Bluffton, S.C. on July 21, 2015 (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

( - Why are you doing so well in the polls? Fox News's Sean Hannity asked Donald Trump on Monday night.

"I think people are tired, really tired, of these incompetent politicians where it's all talk, no action," Trump said.

He added that he didn't really want to run for president because he enjoys being a successful businessman, but given the direction of the country, he felt he had no choice.

"And I guess we engender some great love because I have the biggest crowds of anybody by far. And I have the biggest standing ovations. People agree -- I'm not sure they like me, but they certainly like my message. I hope they like me. I think I'm a nice guy.

"But I'm tired of watching these all talk, no action politicians. The only thing they want to do is keep their job. And that's just not for me. And it resonates with all of these people that are for Trump."

Trump spent a little time criticizing some of his Republican rivals, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. ("I think he's going to be the next one to fall," he predicted.)

"But I think in the end, Sean, just to answer your question -- people are tired of incompetent politicians running our country. When they see a deal like the Iran nuclear deal, when they see how badly our veterans are taken care of, they're just sick and tired of it."

Hannity pointed to a poll showing eroding support for Republican leaders: "And I would argue there's a reason for it," he told Trump.

"They promised they'd stop the president's executive amnesty. They didn't do that. They've been promising to repeal and replace Obamacare forever. They won't use their constitutional authority to do that.

"They won't stop sanctuary cities. And even with the Iranian deal, when they had amendments that would have demanded a recognition of Israel, demanded that they release our hostages, they didn't even want to add those amendments.

"So when people ask me, I say you're willing to fight, and the Republican establishment in Washington is not willing to fight. Is that an accurate description?" Hannity asked Trump, who agreed it was.

"And also, I'm not controlled by special interests and lobbyists and donors," Trump continued. "I don't need any money. I'm using my own money. So the lobbyists and the donors, they're not giving me, like in Bush's case, $100 million-plus, and Hillary Clinton, $50 million-plus. Walker, all these guys, they're controlled by the people that give them the money.

"Look, who is the king of that for many years? Me. I mean, you give money, and you don't ask for anything. You have total power over these people. Believe me, total power...I know the system better than anybody.

"And now I'm running because we're not going to have a country soon. We don't have borders. We don't have law enforcement. They've taken all of the power away from our policemen. And sure, you have a couple of bad apples and you have some bad decisions being made. And I hate to see it when I see it.

"But the fact is, we don't have law and order. We don't have -- I mean, our country is going to hell. And you know what else we don't have? We don't have jobs because our jobs are going to China and so many other countries. So I just see this all happening, and I said it's time to do something about it."

Trump said he's proud of the fact that he's made immigration a politicial issue in the presidential campaign. And he repeated that he would build a wall between the United States and Mexico.

To deal with the millions of people who are in the country illegally, he would start by getting rid of "the bad ones."

"We have a lot of bad dudes that are causing tremendous problems," Trump said. "I would get rid of the bad ones, the criminals. We have a lot of people here that shouldn't be here, and I don't want to house them in our jails because it's costing us a fortune. I want them to go back to the country where they came from -- not only Mexico, plenty of other countries. They're pouring across the border. So that's number one.

"Then number two, you either -- and these could be some great people. But you either have laws or you don't have laws. I would get them back. I would get them back where they are, and I would try and work out a process where they can come in legally.

"But they got -- they have to come in legally, Sean. It's about laws. It's about borders. If we don't have a border, we don't have a country. So I'd get them out, and if they were really outstanding -- because some of these people have been here for a long period of time -- I'd let them back legally."

Trump also told Hannity that "no," he "absolutely" will not make a third-party run for president.

"And why would I do that?" Trump asked. "I'm leading -- with all of the Republicans, I'm leading, and in some cases, as you just stated, by a big margin.

"No, my preference and what I want to do is to run as a Republican and win. And I think I will win. I think I'll win in the primaries and I think I'll win ultimately, and I'll make our country great again."

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