Donald Trump was loudly booed by the audience at ABC’s Republican presidential debate on Saturday after he criticized the crowd as a group of “donors and special interests.”
“You know who has the tickets to the television audience?” Trump said. “Donors, special interests, the people that are putting up the money. That’s who it is. The RNC told us. We have all donors in the audience. And the reason they’re not loving me—the reason they’re not—excuse me. The reason they’re not loving me is, I don’t want their money.”
The audience didn’t take kindly to Trump’s dismissal, booing him repeatedly during an exchange with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush over Trump’s use of eminent domain in controlling property for his Atlantic City casinos.
“What Donald Trump did was use eminent domain to try to take the property of an elderly woman on the strip in Atlantic City,” Bush said. “That is not public purpose. That is downright wrong.”
Trump shot back at Bush, saying he was trying to act like a “tough guy.”
“How tough it is to take property from an elderly woman?” Bush shot back.
“Let me talk,” Trump said, putting a finger to his lips to shush his opponent.
“Quiet. A lot of times—a lot of times—that’s all of his donors and special interests out there,” he added before he was cut off by loud boos.