In an interview with NBC News reporter Katie Tur, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sparred on the subject of illegal immigration and crime, a topic Trump is turning into a national conversation whether politicians on either side of the aisle like it or not.
Asked his opinion of Democratic frontrunner candidate Hillary Clinton as President, Trump pulled no punches:
I think Hillary'd be a terrible President. She was the worst Secretary of State in the history of our nation - why would she be a good President? I think she'd be a terrible President.
Questioned about being divisive on immigration, Trump countered that
Hillary is weak on immigration. I may be divisive on immigration, but she's weak on immigration, which is far worse. Hillary would let everybody come in: killers, criminals, drug dealers, everybody. If you listen to Hillary, everybody is going to be flowing through the nation. They are sort of now, anyway. But if you listen to Hillary, she is so weak on immigration, we will have a crime wave like you've never seen before."
Things then got a bit testy between Trump and Tur:
TUR: Immigration is down. Why is this such a big topic for you right now?
TRUMP: Immigration is a very big topic. Take a look at all the crime that's being committed. Go take a look -
TUR: The research says the crime does not match what you're saying. The Pew research, which is independent -
TRUMP: Don't be naive. You're a very naive person.
TUR: Immigrants commit less crime than U.S.-born citizens. There are less immigrants in our jails than -
TRUMP: Number one, I disagree with it. Number two, whether it's true or not, illegal immigrants, I'm talking about illegal immigrants, I'm not talking about immigrants. I'm an immigrant, you're an immigrant, we're all immigrants.
TUR: Illegal immigrants commit less crime, other than coming through illegally -
TRUMP: Illegal immigrants are causing tremendous crime, tremendous crime, and nobody wants to talk about it.
Nobody except Donald Trumps and millions of Americans whose concerns aren't being addressed honestly by their own leaders, much less the leftist media.