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Trump Thanks 'Thousands and Thousands' of UK Supporters

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WASHINGTON: Donald Trump has thanked the British people for "sticking up" for him during the bid to ban him from the UK over his comments about Muslims, insisting that the majority back his stance.In Mr Trump's opinion, British politicians and the media "really made a big deal about it", but most Britons were supportive of his call to bar Muslims from entering the US. His team had received "thousands and thousands" of messages of support he said.The Republican presidential front-runner also dismissed the debate of the proposed ban in Parliament, saying "the whole thing went nowhere". He added: "I'm honoured by the tremendous support I had in the UK, and that the whole thing went away. Very few people even showed up to talk about it". The debate was triggered after a petition to ban Mr Trump - circulated after he called for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the US - attracted more than 570,000 signatures.MPs stood in turn to call Mr Trump a "buffoon", "demagogue" and "wazzock", but broadly opposed banning him from the UK.The billionaire property developer-turned-politician did concede that he was "sort of surprised" that the petition garnered so many names.He insisted, however, that his supporters far outnumbered those who had backed the move. "You know 500,000 votes today is a whole different thing than it would been 10 years ago before Twitter and all that," he said. "I have, you know, between Twitter and Facebook and other things, I have like 11 or 12 million people. I could get that many with one tweet."Speaking after an event in Iowa, Mr Trump told Kay Burley, the Sky News presenter, that he felt he had "a great success in London".Mr Trump was in the state collecting the endorsement of Sarah Palin, the Tea Party darling and former vice-presidential candidate.Mrs Palin called upon the "rock and rollers and holy rollers" of Iowa to support Mr Trump, who she said bring would strength to the White House after eight years of President Barack Obama, the "weak-kneed capitulator-in-chief".Despite his significant lead nationally, Mr Trump is running neck-and-neck with Senator Ted Cruz in Iowa, where the starting gun of the 2016 primary elections will be fired on Feb 1.Mr Trump and Mr Cruz have travelled the state this week trading barbs in attempts to channel the frustrations and fears of the rural conservatives who gather at their rallies.Mr Trump yesterday called his Texan rival "nasty", "two-faced", and "worse than Hillary" (Clinton), and reiterated his contention that Mr Cruz may be ineligible to run for president because he was born in Canada.Mr Cruz, for his part, has taken on the role of amateur psychiatrist, feigning concern that his rise in Iowa had left Mr Trump "rattled".The bitter two-horse race mirrors the increasingly hostile battle in the state between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the leading Democrats.With polls showing Mr Sanders opening up a large lead in New Hampshire, Mrs Clinton is desperate to secure victory in Iowa and nip the Vermont senator's surge in the bud.


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