Los Angeles : Republican front-runner Donald Trump said he’s been “a little bit divisive” in the 2016 presidential race and wants to see his party come together.
In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show, the billionaire businessman looked relaxed as Kimmel queried him about campaign issues. Trump, who has argued for temporarily banning Muslims from entering the United States, said he’s gotten calls of thanks from friends who are Muslim.
“Those may have been crank calls,” Kimmel replied, smiling. The appearance came a day after Trump clashed with rival Jeb Bush in a Republican debate, with the son
and brother of former presidents calling the real estate mogul a “chaos candidate.”
With his surprise surge to the top of the polls, Trump has sidelined establishment candidates like Bush in the race for the Republican nomination, dismaying some party leaders who fear the reality TV star would be unelectable in the November general election.
The Republican nominee is likely to face Hillary Rodham Clinton, the clear favorite for the Democratic nomination. Primary voting begins in February.
The ABC host then turned to immigration, using the example of his on-air sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez, to question Trump’s call for mass deportation. Kimmel said Rodriguez came to the United States illegally from Mexico but went through the legalisation process.
He suggested to Trump that people who are willing to risk everything to get to the United States are good for the country. Trump was unfazed, calling Hispanics “unbelievable people” but not backtracking on his position. He called for a Mexico-US border wall with “a big beautiful door” for legal entry. Kimmel said it appeared Trump had made an effort to be nicer to his fellow candidates in the debate, including lauding Sen.