Trump jokes he could shoot somebody without losing support

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Republican Presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump participates in the Republican Presidential debate sponsored by Fox Business and the Republican National Committee at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center in Charleston, South Carolina on January 14, 2016.

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa - Republican front-runner Donald Trump took the ritual boasting about his own political performance to a new level Saturday, joking that there is nothing he could do that his supporters would not forgive.

“Everybody says my people are so loyal. I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters," Trump told about 1,600 people at Dordt College here during a rally. “That’s how loyal they are.”

 Trump, who has been battling Ted Cruz for the support of Iowa’s crucial evangelical Christian voters, spoke at the school affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church, which says on its web site that it is a “biblical Christ-centered” institution.

He was introduced by the Rev. Robert Jeffers, a prominent evangelical leader who is pastor of a Dallas megachurch. “Evangelicals, like most Americans are sick of the status quo and only one man can change it – Donald J. Trump,” Jeffers said.