Republican front-runner Donald Trump has said that the United States might as well "throw free trade out the window" due to the way the government manages it.
"I am a conservative -- they would say that I'm not conservative because of trade, and on trade, in terms of the definition, I believe in free market," Trump said at a recent campaign event in Indiana, according to video posted on YouTube. "But you can only have free market when you have smart people representing you, and we have dummies representing us. We have real dummies, and we have people that are controlled by special interests. So when you have that, you can throw the free trade out the window, folks."
Trump went on to say that the U.S. has "a rigged deal," adding that he knows "the system better than anybody in the world."
"You see what free trade has gotten," he continued. "You see what globalization – where we go all over the world to lose money with everybody we deal with, because our politicians are corrupt and crooked, and they're totally taken care of by campaign contributions."
While the real estate mogul did not cite any specific trade agreements or countries in the video clip, he sharply criticized China for "raping" the U.S. on the global market, according to the Free Press Journal.
"We can't continue to allow China to rape our country, and that's what they're doing," Trump said at a May 1 Indiana rally, in reference to China's increasing number of exports to the U.S.
Trump went on to say that the Asian nation is manipulating its currency to be more competitive globally, saying that China is "killing" America when it comes to trade.
This is the first known instance that Trump, who has drawn accusations of sexism in the past, has used the word "rape" in reference to China and international trade, according to CNN.
"We're going to turn it around," the billionaire added of the trade situation. "And we have the cards, don't forget it. We're like the piggy bank that's being robbed. We have the cards. We have a lot of power with China."