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Trump pummels his opponents - and the press

Watch: Donald Trump berates CNN photographer at Biloxi rally

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump berates a CNN photographer for not taking shots of the full house at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump berates a CNN photographer for not taking shots of the full house at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

BILOXI -- Donald Trump told a Coast Coliseum packed to the rafters with an overwhelmingly white crowd that he loved his raucous welcome to Biloxi.

"There's a lot of love in this room," he said.

Hillary Clinton? Not so much.

"Hillary created ISIS," he said. Later he said she should be in jail.

President Barack Obama?

"The incompetence of our leaders are beyond belief," he said.

Jeb Bush, who after slipping in the polls openly warred with Trump?

"He said I shouldn't be talking about the polls," Trump said. "If I were him, I wouldn't be talking about the polls."

Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of thousands at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on Saturday, Jan 2, 2016.

But Trump just happened to have the latest CNN poll on the tip of his tongue. And he ticked off all the good news he found in it.

Each of Trump's barbs was met with ever louder roars. But the crowd didn't find its full throat until Trump started picking on "the media."

His beef this time, beyond his usual charge that "some of them are crooked"? He didn't care for the TV photography. Particularly a cameraman at the center of the risers, where the national media was perched.

"These cameras back here will never show this crowd," said Trump, who estimated there were 15,000 in the Coliseum and 10,000 more in the adjacent Convention Center. The crowd began cheering and jeering, then urging the TV people to "spin camera."

"Look at him -- he doesn't turn the camera," Trump said. "The only time they turn the camera is when we have a heckler . I like hecklers. That's the only time they show the crowd."

The crowd, as they say, went wild. And many spent the rest of the evening trying to get a photograph of that infamous cameraman "in the middle."

He stayed on the attack throughout his hour-long speech. He poked at his opponents for spending millions on their campaigns.

"I'm self-funding my campaign; I'm working for you people," he said. "I'm getting ready to spend a lot of money. I don't want to do it on the cheap."

Common Core took a hit, too.

"By the way, we're getting rid of Common Core," he said. "If I get elected we'll get rid of Common Core."

The same goes for Obamacare. It will be repealed and replaced with "something so good and so great."

The crowd went you get the idea.

As for Secretary of State John Kerry and his recently negotiated nuclear deal with Iran?

"John Kerry didn't read 'The Art of the Deal,'" he said.

"Can we get anything?" Trump said, mocking Kerry's voice. "Just anything?"

Then his voice got louder, stronger: "No you can't have anything."

Then back to Kerry: "OK. We'll take it."

Republican presidential candidate greets supporters at the end of his rally at the Mississippi

Unlike the current weak leadership, Trump said, he has the qualities the country needs.

"We need somebody very smart," he said. "We need somebody very strong."

Strong on immigration, for example.

"I'll build a wall that will make the Great Wall of China look not so big," he said. He said he'd end the ban on weapons at military installations "in the first hour of my presidency."

He'll take care of veterans, rebuild the nation's crumbling infrastructure and improve education. And "knock the hell out of ISIS."

He didn't say how he'll pay for it.

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