Following attacks from primary rival Jeb Bush about his past use of eminent domain, Republican presidential hopeful Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBenghazi panel faults Clinton Trump camp slating major sports figures for convention: report Overnight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal MORE on Sunday accused the Bush family of using the practice to build a baseball stadium in Texas.
When host George Stephanopoulos said that was Jeb’s brother, former President George W. Bush, Trump said his point still stands.
“That doesn’t matter,” he said. “It was the Bush family. They used private eminent domain. He didn’t tell anybody this. So, I mean, he should have told people.”
“Maybe – he probably doesn’t know because I don’t think he even knows what eminent domain is,” he added. “But I just found that out five minutes ago.”
The billionaire businessman also refused to recant his support for governmental seizures of private property.
“Eminent domain is important,” he said. “You wouldn’t have highways, you wouldn’t have roadways, you wouldn’t have bridges, you wouldn’t have hospitals. You wouldn’t have anything without it."
He also said the crowd at Saturday night’s GOP primary debate was firmly in his corner on the issue.
“The crowd was on my side, except that they were all friends of mine that were donors and special interests and lobbyists, some of whom worked for me in the past,” he said.