Donald Trump’s plan to act more presidential appears to have been put on hold.
The Republican frontrunner blasted his opponents at rally in Rhode Island on Monday, unleashing a barrage of attacks in a speech that was like a greatest hits version of his most popular campaign insults.
Trump tossed in a few new ones, too, like this critique of John Kasich’s table manners.
“If you look at Kasich … did you see him?” a fiery Trump asked the crowd in Warwick, R.I., where he was interrupted several times by protesters in an atmosphere that seemed more carnival-like than usual. “He has the news conference all the time when he’s eating. I’ve never seen a human being eat in such a disgusting fashion.”
But Trump wasn’t done riffing on the Ohio governor’s eating habits.
“I’m always telling my young son, Barron, and I’m always telling my kids — all of them — I say, ‘Children, small, little bites,’” the real estate mogul explained. “This guy takes a pancake and he’s shoving it in his mouth — it’s disgusting. Do you want that for your president? I don’t think so! I don’t think so! Honestly, it’s disgusting.”
Kasich enjoys a slice at Gino’s Pizzeria while campaigning in New York City last month. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP)
The brash billionaire — who repeated his nicknames for Ted Cruz (“Lyin’ Ted”) and Hillary Clinton (“Crooked Hillary“) — unveiled one for Kasich: “1 for 41,” a reference to the Ohio governor’s lone primary win.
“Pretty soon it’s going to be 1 for 46,” Trump said.
He also compared the Ohio governor to a “stubborn child.”
“I want it, Mommy,” Trump said, mimicking what he sees as Kasich’s argument for the GOP nomination. “I don’t care, Mommy.”
He again accused Cruz and Kasich of “collusion” after his GOP rivals announced late Sunday that they are joining forces in a last-ditch effort to stop the blustery billionaire from securing the party’s presidential nomination.
“Actually I was happy, because it shows how weak they are,” Trump said. “It shows how pathetic they are.”
And Trump even found time to weigh in on Monday’s news that federal appeals court overturned a decision in favor of Tom Brady, ruling the New England Patriots quarterback must serve the four-game suspension that was handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last year.
“First of all, let’s start by saying, leave Tom Brady alone!” Trump said. “He’s a great guy. Leave Tom Brady alone.”