Donald Trump tells Iowans he could 'shoot somebody' on Fifth Avenue without losing a vote

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Trump: I Could Shoot Someone and Maintain Support


Donald Trump thinks his supporters are so devoted that he could "shoot somebody" on Fifth Avenue without losing any voters.

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters," Trump said during a campaign event in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Trump was drawing a distinction between his supportive based of supporters and rival Ted Cruz's backers, who he described as "soft."

Trump's gun comments also come as the debate about gun violence in America has taken center stage, after a series of highly publicized mass shootings.

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Sarah Palin and Donald Trump sat down for pizza at Famous Famiglia pizza on Broadway at 50th St. Trump said 'she didn't ask me (to run with her) but I'll tell you, she's a terrific woman.' (Photo By: John Roca/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Sarah Palin and Donald Trump sat down for pizza at a Famiglia pizza on Broadway at 50th St. Trump said 'she didn't ask me (to run with her) but I'll tell you, she's a terrific woman,' (Photo By: Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Supporters watch Sarah Palin and Donald Trump sit down for pizza at a Famous Famiglia pizza on Broadway at 50th St. (Photo By: Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and Melania Trump sat down for pizza at a Famiglia pizza on Broadway at 50th St. Trump said 'she didn't ask me (to run with her) but I'll tell you, she's a terrific woman,' (Photo By: Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Sarah Palin and Donald Trump sat down for pizza at a Famiglia pizza on Broadway at 50th St. Trump said 'she didn't ask me (to run with her) but I'll tell you, she's a terrific woman,' (Photo By: John Roca/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R), and Donald Trump walk towards a limo after leaving Trump Tower, at 56th Street and 5th Avenue, on May 31, 2011 in New York City. Palin and Trump met for a dinner meeting in the city. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R), and Donald Trump walk towards a limo after leaving Trump Tower, at 56th Street and 5th Avenue, on May 31, 2011 in New York City. Palin and Trump met for a dinner meeting in the city. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (C), shakes hands with a supporter while Donald Trump (L), waits after leaving Trump Tower, at 56th Street and 5th Avenue, on May 31, 2011 in New York City. Palin and Trump met for a dinner meeting in the city. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R), shakes hands with a supporter while Donald Trump (L), waits after leaving Trump Tower, at 56th Street and 5th Avenue, on May 31, 2011 in New York City. Palin and Trump met for a dinner meeting in the city. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Donald Trump makes a point as he walks with former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin in New York City as they make their way to a scheduled meeting Tuesday, May 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
FILE - In this May 31, 2011 file photo, Donald Trump walks with former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin in New York City. The Republican presidential front-runner Trump received a key endorsement from conservative heavyweight Sarah Palin, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
Donald Trump makes a point as he walks with former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin in New York City as they make their way to a scheduled meeting Tuesday, May 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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With just a little more than a week to go until the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, Trump is locked in a tight race in Iowa with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. A recent Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll found that 25% of Iowa's voters support Cruz, while 22% back Trump. Both are aggressively courting evangelical voters, Tea Partiers and social conservatives in Iowa.

While early in the race the two were relatively friendly, they have been aggressively attacking each other as the race has grown tighter.

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