"I don't want anybody's money," Donald Trump says about his presidential campaign

By Tierney McAfee
Updated August 12, 2015 04:40 PM
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Donald Trump says he’ll put his money where his mouth is to win the White House in 2016 – even if that means spending all $400 million of his liquid assets on his campaign.

In a new interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump claimed his presidential rivals on both sides are “controlled” by their campaign donors – but voters wouldn’t encounter that problem with the billionaire businessman.

“Jeb Bush is totally controlled by the people that gave him that money. And the nice part about me? I don’t want anybody’s money,” Trump said. “I don’t want any money.”

“You have $345 million in liquid assets,” Hannity pointed out. “Are you prepared to spend that much money or more?”

“Sure, I would spend it – if I am doing well,” Trump replied, adding that his annual income is actually $400 million.

The real estate mogul also said he is certain Hillary Clinton “committed a crime” by using a private email server – but added that she might not be punished for it because, “Democrats are all the prosecutors and they don’t want to prosecute it.”

Trump went on to discuss the public backlash against him after he lashed out at moderator Megyn Kelly during and after the first Republican debate on Thursday. Refusing once again to back down from his comments, he insisted that it was he who was “treated unfairly.”

Despite his latest controversy, post-debate polling shows Trump’s already dominant lead over the Republican field has grown. According to a new Morning Consult survey, Trump is now commanding 32 percent of the Republican vote, up 7 percentage points since last week’s Morning Consult poll. And an Echelon Insights poll released on Wednesday reveals that Trump has nearly triple the support of his nearest Republican rival following the debate.

When asked by Hannity about the reason for his post-debate surge, Trump replied, “Well, I think I won the debate. I mean everybody tells me I won the debate.”

He didn’t stop there. In a Tuesday interview on CNN’s New Day, Trump proclaimed that he plans to “keep whining and whining until I win.”