Trump di­als up trou­ble for ri­val Graham

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

DON­ALD Trump has pushed back harder against Repub­li­cans fed up with him, dis­clos­ing one ri­val US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date’s mo­bile num­ber in a fiery speech that es­ca­lated his feud with his own party.

Sen­a­tor Lind­sey Graham, whose phone num­ber Mr Trump read to an au­di­ence in South Carolina, called him a “jack­ass”, only to find the bil­lion­aire’s sup­port­ers jamming his phone line.

Mr Trump is now at odds with much of the Repub­li­can Party es­tab­lish­ment af­ter a se­ries of in­cen­di­ary com­ments, topped by his week­end mock­ing of Sen­a­tor John McCain’s ex­pe­ri­ence as a tor­tured pris­oner of war in Viet­nam.

Sen­a­tor Graham, a friend of Sen­a­tor McCain, be­trayed the grow­ing anger of many in the party when he said Mr Trump had “crossed the line with the Amer­i­can peo­ple”. “Don’t be a jack­ass. Run for pres­i­dent. But don’t be the world’s big­gest jack­ass,” Sen­a­tor Graham said.

Mr Trump re­sponded dur­ing his speech by call­ing Sen­a­tor Graham an “idiot” and a “light­weight”.

He then held up a piece of pa­per and read out the Sen­a­tor’s mo­bile phone num­ber to the ca­pac­ity crowd of 540 peo­ple and the tele­vi­sion au­di­ence.

Don­ald Trump.

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