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Donald Trump offers helicopter rides to ‘beautiful’ children at Florida campaign rally

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It wouldn’t be the first time that GOP presidential candidate and real estate billionaire Donald Trump has hoisted children into his personal helicopter for rides at political rallies.

But on Saturday, Trump made it clear he didn’t want just any children. They had to be “beautiful children,” according to the Tampa Bay Times. The reality show star was holding a rally in Sarasota, Florida, and made his entrance from the chopper bearing his last name.

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According to Times political editor, Adam C. Smith, Trump asked someone to find him six or seven beautiful children to take a spin in the aircraft. Trump said 6,000 people were present though Smith put the number at 2,000.

Regardless of what the correct number was, Trump said if it were a rally for any other candidate, there would only be “50, 75 people. They’re going to fall asleep, go home.”

Props for the event included an elephant that had the words “TRUMP Make America great again” painted on its side. According to Gawker, the elephant’s owner has been arrested for animal cruelty.

During the rally, Trump addressed recent controversies surrounding his comments, including claims refuted by law enforcement that New Jersey Muslims celebrated when the World Trade Center towers fell on September 11, 2001. He also denied he made fun of a New York Times reporter with a physical disability.

After multiple incidents of violence at his political rallies, Trump had a heckler removed from the event “nicely.”

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“Be nice to the person. Don’t hurt the person,” he said, according to Reuters. “Do you see how diplomatic I’ve become?”


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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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