Hurricane Donald hits Massachusetts

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Hurricane Donald swept through the Boston area on Friday, bringing with it the ceaseless fanfare, sound bites, and criticisms that continue to whirl around real estate magnate Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Trump claims that the $100-per-person Norwood event was not a fundraiser, although it was billed as such by host Ernie Boch Jr., and the Associated Press reported that there were multiple signs posted on the entrance to Boch’s property informing entrants to have “cash ready or make checks payable to: Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.”

Once inside the car dealer’s estate, Trump treated the approximately 1,000 attendees to his bombastic brand of politics, which combines numerous shots at his competitors with grandiose assessments of his own power.

He also dished on several hot topics, from illegal immigration to North and South Korea, according to Boston Business Journal.

Responding to criticism that his immigration plan is anti-Hispanic, Trump said, “I love Hispanics. Nobody loves Hispanics like I do. I probably employ more than anybody else working for me. They rent my apartments, they give me a fortune. I love them. I love them.”

Later, Trump, who inherited his father’s real estate business, turned his focus to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and nepotism.

According to the Boston Business Journal, Trump said, “I’ve never seen that; he inherited a dictatorship. That’s pretty tough. How do you inherit a dictatorship?”

According to Politico, Trump personalized his message for the New England crowd by shunning the NFL for the way it’s handled Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the “Deflategate” scandal.

“Leave Tom Brady alone,” he said.

Although Trump was reported to have received positive reviews from those inside the property lines, it was a different story on the other side of the border.  According to Norwood’s Patch website, more than 35 protesters demonstrated against Trump’s harsh stance on immigration and his verbal attacks on women, including FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly.

Chants of “my body my choice,” “dump Trump,” and “Donald, you’re fired” came from the protest, which reported was organized by NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts.

When asked by CNN about the protesters, Trump opted to attack the messenger.

“CNN is terrible,” he responded. “You people do not cover us accurately. So they have a few protesters outside, and thousands of people here, and the first question from CNN is about protests.”

[This story was compiled from staff and wire reports.]

WATCH: NewBostonPost Opinion Editor Jennifer Braceras talks Trump on NECN’s Broadside with Joe Battenfield.


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