Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is mad as hell and he wants you to know it. In response to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s description of him as a “siren call of the angriest voices,” the business mogul confirmed that he is indeed angry.
Haley gave the Republican rebuttal to U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 12. During her speech, she said that “during anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices … we must resist that temptation.”
The comment was perceived to be a knock against Trump and the South Carolina governor confirmed this the following day, The Hill reports. The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley has been among the many Republican leaders who have condemned Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
In response, Trump has chosen to embrace the criticism rather than run away from it.
“She is right,” Trump told CNN on Jan. 13, according to The Hill. “I am angry, and a lot of other people are angry too at how incompetently our country’s being run.”
The business mogul added that his campaign of rage is a virtue.
“As far as I’m concerned, anger and energy is what this country needs," he said.
Trump’s campaign platform is that America is failing and that only he is competent enough to fix it. The business mogul has pointed to the anger of his voter base as proof that the nation needs his style of leadership.
During the CNN interview, the GOP front-runner also confirmed that he would “disavow” endorsements from the white supremacist American National Super PAC. He added, however, that he understands their anger.
The white supremacist group has been making robocalls in Iowa, with New Century Foundation founder Jared Taylor asking voters to vote for Trump “because we don’t need Muslims.”
The business mogul said the group’s anger reflected that of the country.
“People are angry, they’re angry at what’s going on,” Trump said. “They’re angry at the border, they’re angry at the crime, they’re angry at people coming in… as far as I’m concerned, anger is OK. Anger and energy is what this country needs.”
Among the things that Trump is angry about are microphones.
During a campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida, on Jan. 13, the GOP front-runner cursed out the faulty microphone that the venue had provided him with.
“And by the way I don’t like this mic, whoever the hell bought this mic system — don’t pay the son of a [expletive] who brought it in," he said, according to ABC.
While the crowd chuckled in response, the microphone was no laughing matter for Trump.
“No this mic is terrible, stupid mic keeps popping … Don’t pay him," he said. "You know I believe in paying but when somebody does a bad job like this you shouldn't pay the [expletive].”
In summation: Donald Trump is angry as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore.