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ROCHESTER — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday scoffed at a satirical front page by The Boston Globe about what a day in the Trump presidency would be like.
He also joked about global warming during a campaign stop in which he hit on 9/11, gun control and most of his greatest hits while campaigning for the April 19 New York primary.
The Globe’s fake front page, produced by its editorial writers, not its news staff, included headlines “reporting” on the deportation of thousands of immigrants, soldiers refusing to fire on relatives of Islamic State group terrorists and other provocative proposals made by Trump as a candidate.
It’s “nothing different,” Trump quipped of the newspaper, “the whole thing is made up.”
The billionaire developer also took shots at The New York Times and The Washington Post, saying that they have struggled financially “and then they are telling me what I should be doing.”
Trump also remarked at the 40 degree temperatures Sunday.
“It’s supposed to be 70 degrees today, it’s freezing,” he said. “We need some global warming!” he said to cheers.
“They say I don’t understand,” he said of scientists and pundits who criticize his stand on the environmental issue. “Let’s do IQ tests.”
Trump was also a hit with the upstate New York crowd when he said he would have “taken out” Osama bin Laden in 2000, before terrorists toppled the World Trade Center’s towers in Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001.
“I promise you, I would have taken that guy out and you would have the World Trade Center standing,” Trump said. “I would have taken him out.”
Trump hit another crowd pleaser when he transitioned to how looser gun control laws would have mitigated or avoided terrorist massacres in Paris and San Bernadino, California, last year.
If some of the people at the massacres “had guns strapped to their ankles . . . it probably wouldn’t have happened,” he said. He said the terrorists would have screamed, “They have guns!” and abandoned their plans.