Barbara Walters to Trump: "Are You A Bigot?"; Trump: "Somebody In This Country Has To Say What's Right"


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks to ABC News' Barbara Walters about his "short-term" plan to bar Muslims entry in to the United States. Trump tells Walters he is "the worst thing that has ever happened to ISIS." At one point Walters asks Trump if he is a bigot and if not why not.

The interview aired on Tuesday night's broadcast of ABC's World News.

BARBARA WALTERS, ABC NEWS: Do you regret your ban on Muslims, which some people think is un-American?

DONALD TRUMP: Not at all. We have to do the right thing. Somebody in this country has to say what's right. I have great respect and love, I have people that I have tremendous relationships with, they're Muslim. And Barbara, they agree with me 100%. It's short-term. Let our country get its act together.

They knocked down the World Trade Center, they tried doing it twice. Other things have happened. They have a lot of -- there are people that have tremendously bad intentions. We have to be tough, we have to smart and we have to be vigilant.

WALTERS: What is short term?

TRUMP: It could be very quickly if our country could get its act together. We don't know what's happening. We have a president that doesn't have a clue. We don't know what's happening. We need toughness and smartness and we have to do it quickly.

WALTERS: There are many, even in your own party, who think that ISIS is going to like your rhetoric. That your words are putting us in greater danger.

TRUMP: I'm the worst thing that's ever happened to ISIS. The people in my party fully understand that. They're running against me, for the most part they have no poll numbers. I'm leading by a lot. They get it. They're trying to get publicity for themselves. You know, when I came out against illegal immigration, everybody thought the same thing. Two weeks later, everybody was on my side, including the members of my own party.

WALTERS: Are you a bigot?

TRUMP: Not at all. Probably the least of anybody you've ever met.

WALTERS: Because?

TRUMP: Because I'm not. I'm a person who has common sense. I'm a smart person. I know how to run things. I know how to make America great again. This is about making America great

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