Donald Trump in Indiana says China is 'raping' America

Indiana Primary: The Last Stand for Ted Cruz?
Indiana Primary: The Last Stand for Ted Cruz?

Donald Trump has taken his rhetoric about China to a new level, accusing the country of "raping" the U.S.

China's trade policy has been a frequent target of the Republican frontrunner. In the past, Trump claimed the country's currency devaluation would "suck the blood out" of America.

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He upped the ante on Sunday at a rally in Indiana.

"We can't continue to allow China to rape our country," he told a crowd in Fort Wayne. "That's what they're doing. It's the greatest theft in the history of the world."

Trump previously has come under fire for using offensive or degrading language.

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At the same Indiana rally, Trump questioned whether Democratic contender Hillary Clinton has the "strength or energy" to make America "great" again — a line that has drawn allegations of sexism in the past.

His speech was one of several in Indiana over the weekend ahead of the state's critical primary.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll showed Trump holding a 15-point lead over Ted Cruz in the potentially decisive May 3 primary race.

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