Donald Trump is pretty sure that attacks against him by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) backfired on the two candidates, pushing them out of the running for the first Republican presidential debate.
“And I find that really interesting, and I find it a great honor that that would happen, because in all fairness Lindsey Graham and Perry were really hitting me hard, and they went down in the polls. I am greatly honored by that,” Trump told Breitbart News.
After Trump’s recent inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants and his remark about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Graham called the real estate mogul a “jackass” and Perry called him a “cancer.” The comments scored the two candidates headlines, but according to Trump, it lost them the debate.
“Isn’t it an amazing phenomenon? You know what I said today? Lindsey Graham was at 3 and nobody went after me harder than Perry and Lindsey Graham. Perry was at 4 or 5, and he dropped down to 2 and Lindsey Graham dropped down to 0. I said that is the greatest honor. They attack me and they go down,” he said. “I was surprised, to be honest with you.”