Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE paid a surprise visit to a Nevada caucus site Tuesday night, telling reporters Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE's third-place showing in South Carolina is a result of voter sentiment in response to his campaign's controversial tactics.  

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"People have gotten wise to him," Trump said Tuesday told reporters during in a live interview broadcast on MSNBC.
 
"If you look at what happened in South Carolina, that was a disaster for him."
 
Trump made his comments after a brief speech to supporters at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, a major caucus site in the city. He made the surprise visit as conservative commentator Glenn Beck was speaking to the crowd in support of Ted Cruz. 
 
Most expect the real estate magnate and GOP front-runner to win the Nevada caucuses by a wide margin, especially after reports of high turnout at most caucus sites. Trump acknowledged that consensus, telling the caucusgoers that "based on this crowd, we are doing pretty well tonight."
 
He also took a chance to shoot a barb at Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE when asked by MSNBC about her chances in South Carolina, where she's leading in polls.
 
"Hillary looks like she's going to be very successful if she's allowed to run, we have to find out if she's allowed to run," he added.