On Saturday, Republican front-runner Donald Trump expressed supreme confidence in his lead and in the "loyalty" of his supporters, suggesting that there was nothing he could do to lose votes, not even something criminal.
"My people are so smart. And do you know what else they say about my people? The polls. They say I have the most loyal people, did you ever see that? Where I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK? It's like, incredible."
The quote immediately went viral, with this Vine by far the most shared version of the clip. That Vine does not, it should be noted, include the portion of his statement where he says his voters are smart.
The typical reaction online has been that Trump was implying his voters are idiots.
A typical Trump boast, but almost feels like he's mocking his own supporters with this one. https://t.co/XxGMImhxkk— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) January 23, 2016
We’ve reached the “Trump mocks his own supporters” stage of Trumpmania https://t.co/CG3NsEqaWu— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) January 23, 2016
But again, it should be noted he specifically said his "people" are smart. It would seem to be more accurate to describe Trump as saying that this kind of loyalty, where he could shoot someone and not lose any voters, is smart and laudable.