Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump asked non-Christians at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to raise their hands on Sept. 28, and then joked about kicking them out (video below).
Trump was in town to announce his Iowa Christian Conservatives for Trump coalition, which includes more than 650 religious leaders, notes Time.
Trump told the crowd:
Raise your hands, Christian Conservatives, everybody. Raise your hand if you’re not a Christian conservative. I want to see this, right. That’s, oh, there’s a couple people, that’s all right. I think we’ll keep them, right? Should we keep them in the room, yes? I think so.
In more Trump news, several of his campaign aides and advisers were upset over his debate performance on Sept. 26, notes The New York Times.
The insiders, who requested anonymity, blamed Trump's performance on his busy schedule, the large crew on his prep team (which included retired Army generals Michael Flynn and Keith Kellogg, who have no experience in political debates), and a lack of a game plan.
Roger Ailes, the former CEO of Fox News, was in charge of the early debate preps, but he was distracted by a multimillion dollar sexual harassment lawsuit by Gretchen Carlson, and Trump had difficulty focusing, according to Trump aides.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani took over the debate prep toward the end, but Trump was reportedly getting conflicting advice and didn't recall much of it.
The Trump team publicly continues to point to online polls showing Trump having won the debate, even though those web-based polls were reportedly manipulated by Trump voters.
The online polls were also touted by Fox News host Sean Hannity on Sept. 26, but Fox News vice president of public-opinion research Dana Blanton issued a memo on Sept. 27 calling the polls "nonsense," notes Business Insider:
As most of the publications themselves clearly state, the sample obviously can't be representative of the electorate because they only reflect the views of those Internet users who have chosen to participate.
Another problem — we know some campaigns/groups of supporters encourage people to vote in online polls and flood the results. These quickie click items do not meet our editorial standards.
News networks and other organizations go to great effort and rigor to conduct scientific polls — for good reason. They know quick vote items posted on the web are nonsense, not true measures of public opinion.