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Largely lost in the stunning array of Trump branded items on display in Jupiter, Florida last night was the Republican presidential frontrunner’s withering sarcasm directed at NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander, who attempted to ask Donald Trump about the language Trump uses, and how to talk to children about it.
Oh, you’re so politically correct. You’re so beautiful. Oh, look at you. Awwww. Aw, he’s so. Oh, I know. You’ve never heard a little bad, a little off, language. I know, you’re so perfect. Aren’t you perfect. Aren’t you just a perfect young man. Give me a break. You know what? It’s stuff like that that people in this country are tired of. It’s stuff like that.
This morning Alexander tweeted the exchange, and his decision to have Trump’s answer “crocheted on a pillow.”
Trump to me: "You're so beautiful. Aren't you perfect? You're such a perfect young man. Give me a break." Getting that crocheted on a pillow
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) March 9, 2016
As Gawker notes, it’s not the first time Alexander and Trump have clashed. As The New York Times reported in January, Alexander was cut off by Trump when he tried to ask the candidate about a 1999 interview with NBC’s Tim Russert in which he described himself as “pro-choice.”
Mr. Trump repeatedly cut off Mr. Alexander as he tried to read the quotation from the 1999 interview. “Excuse me, excuse me,” Mr. Trump said, talking over Mr. Alexander.
Later, when Mr. Alexander tried to ask again, Mr. Trump demanded to know if the reporter would apologize. Mr. Alexander said that he was sorry the candidate felt he didn’t represent the statement correctly, but that he was trying to read it.
“Forget you,” Mr. Trump said, cutting him off.
This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Cokie Roberts asked Trump about children in schools who have reportedly teased and bullied classmates in Trump’s name, suggesting Muslim or Hispanic students might be forced to leave the country. Trump called it a “nasty question” and said he was unaware of any of the reports.