In a town-hall style interview with Matt Lauer on "Today" Monday morning, GOP hopeful Donald Trump insisted that he can relate to "the average American," saying that like them, he has eaten at McDonald's and driven himself in a car -- and received a "small loan" of $1 million from his father to get his first business up and running.
"My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars," Trump said, as people in the audience gasped audibly and asked, "Small loan?" Trump insisted that the money allowed him entry into the Manhattan real estate market, and that his father made him pay the loan back with interest, but the damage was already done, as even other Today show hosts found that statement absurd:
But they weren't the only ones:
Or, as John Fugelsang noted: