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Oct 26, 2015 1:31 PM

Steinhauser: In Atkinson,Trump tells NH1 News his attacks on Carson 'a counter punch'

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ATKINSON – Donald Trump touted his poll numbers and slammed the media, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson, at a rally Monday morning.

And Trump told NH1 News that his recent targeting of Carson, who’s become Trump’s main rival in public opinion polling, was not an attack but rather “was a counter punch.”

In front of a crowd of around 1,000 at the Atkinson Country Club, Trump repeatedly highlighted his standing in the polls, saying “Washington Post-ABC, 32 to 22 and Gravis, 41,” adding that “we’re killing it.”

And the Republican presidential nomination front runner pointed out that “I’ve been number one for 100, actually 104 days now.”

But he went on to say that “I have to announce these because the press refuses to. By the way if I were down, it would be headlines all over the place.”

Trump has topped just about all national polling and surveys in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state, and South Carolina, the first southern state to hold a contest, since the beginning of August. But Carson, the famed neurosurgeon who like Trump is a first-time politician, was ahead of Trump in two surveys the past week in Iowa, which holds the first caucus in primary and caucus calendar.

“I’m winning, think of it, every state, every national, one crummy poll, and it wasn’t even that bad. And it’s all I hear,” Trump told the audience.

Trump criticized Carson, using an attack he frequently uses against Bush.

“Carson is lower energy that Bush. I don’t get it. I see him interviewed. He’s lower energy than Bush,” he said.

Asked by NH1 News as he arrived at Atkinson Country Club about his new aggressive language towards Carson, Trump said “I think I’m just stating the facts and we’ll see what happens.”

“He’s a nice guy, but he’s never going to be able to make deals with China. He’s never going to be able to make deals with Japan and countries that are taking our jobs. That’s what I’m all about.”

And Trump told NH1 News that Carson “is certainly not doing well in New Hampshire.”

As he’s done for months, Trump slammed Bush, the former two-term Florida governor who topped the GOP polls earlier this year.

“Bush is out there. His campaign’s a disaster. That’s because I came along. I’m proud of it,” he said, adding “he’s losing. He’s getting killed.”

And Trump took aim at Clinton, the former secretary of state and Democratic nomination front runner, saying “Hillary. How bad is it. What a mess. You know she’s always in a mess.”

“Under Hillary the entire world blew up. It blew up. I give her credit for one thing. She traveled a lot. Who cares,” he added.

Trump saved some of his fiercest attacks for the media, saying “they’re so bad, they’re so illegitimate. They are just terrible people. And I have to tell you on the press, on the press, 30% are good. And some are great, they are really great. Some of the press is honorable and fantastic. But I’ll tell you you’ve got 50% that are the worst people that I’ve ever met. They’re worse than anybody.”

“They’re scum. They’re horrible people,” he added.

Read: Trump campaign beefing up in New Hampshire

But Trump wasn’t done with the media, adding that “every week I go up, up, up, up, and every week these idiots on television say ‘well I think he’s peaked now.’ They’ve been saying this for months now.”

And he claimed that reports on his events never show the audience or mention the number of people attending.

“The cameras never show the room. They always show my face,” Trump charged, adding “I always say to the cameras, scan, scan, they don’t want to scan.”

NH1 News was the first organization to tweet out the size of the audience and a photo showing the crowd size.

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