Trump's bloodthirsty boast: "Whenever there’s a tragedy, everything goes up, my numbers go way up"

Only The Donald could find a silver lining in the San Bernardino massacre

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published December 3, 2015 8:06PM (EST)

Donald Trump (AP/Mark J. Terrill)
Donald Trump (AP/Mark J. Terrill)

Donald Trump is on quite a roll today. As Salon's Scott Eric Kaufman reported, the Republican presidential frontrunner added yet another sector of the American population to his ever expanding list of wholesale offense, patronizing a room full of wealthy conservative Jewish activists today with taunts like this one: “I’m a negotiator, like you folks.”

And according to CNN, after his speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition, Trump went to perhaps even lower depths to argue that the shootings in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday will boost his standing in the polls:

Here is Trump implying as much himself vis-a-vie his infamous retweeting habit Thursday morning:

Trump is, in this case as is often the case, grabbing a kernel of truth to create a most hyperbolic narrative. A series of post-Paris polls of Republican voters showed Trump’s support increasing and his lead over fellow presidential aspirants on the question of who is best suited to fight terrorism widening.

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Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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