Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he can dish it out AND take it, as long as it’s fair.
In a “60 Minutes” segment set to air on CBS News Sunday, Trump answered back critics who refer to him as “thin-skinned.”
“Why so thin-skinned?” CBS News anchor Scott Pelley asked Trump.
His response was every bit as short and direct as the question: “I don’t like lies.”
The billionaire real estate developer went on to expand on his statement.
“I don’t mind a bad story,” he explained. “If you did a bad story on me for ‘60 Minutes,’ if it were a fair story I wouldn’t be thin-skinned at all.”
Trump referred to some reporters as being “among the worst people” he’d ever met.
“I mean a pretty good percentage is really a terrible group of people. They write lies, they write false stories. They know they’re false. It makes no difference. And frankly I don’t call it thin-skinned, I’m angry,” he added.
Pelley wasn’t necessarily buying it.
“But a reporter asks you a couple of tough questions and the first debate and the whole week after that its war on that reporter,” Pelley replied.
“Well, I don’t think those were fair questions,” Trump said.
Pelley observed that “an impression is created though that you like to dish it out but you can’t take a punch.”
“Oh I think I can take it,” Trump answered. “I–I could take it if it’s fair. Again, if people say things that are false which happens a lot with me — if people say things that are false I will fight, like, harder than anybody. If I do something wrong, and that happens, and they write a fair story that I did something wrong, there’s nothing to fight about. I can handle that. I don’t like lying. You know I’m a very honorable guy, I don’t like lies.”
Watch the clip, via CBS News.
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