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Dr. Phil: People are ‘living vicariously’ through Trump

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Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw said Monday that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is outspoken because there are no negative consequences for his rhetoric.

“He doesn’t have an edit button. He doesn’t have a muzzle,” McGraw told Joy Behar, Michelle Collins, Paula Faris and Raven-Symoné on ABC’s “The View.”

{mosads}“Right now, it’s not going to change because it’s working for him,” he said of Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.

“He doesn’t have the ability to have consequences for what he says,” McGraw added. “What happens if he gets elected and the things he says have actual diplomatic impact?”

McGraw argued on Monday that voters are gravitating toward Trump because he is giving voice to their frustrations.

“Right now we are so overly politically correct that people are living vicariously through him saying the stuff that everybody wishes they could say,” he said. “He’s saying a lot of things angry people might want to say.”

“It’s a long way to the election,” the self-help guru added. “Somebody is going to start asking him questions about his policies and whether or not he has something with a verb in it.”

The talk show said he has difficulty supporting Trump’s Oval Office bid because of the billionaire’s remarks on illegal immigrants.

“If you look carefully at what he said, he said that there are illegals coming across who are criminals, and that is true,” McGraw said of Trump’s campaign launch in June.

“He broadens it out so much that he colors everybody with that brush,” he added. “That’s where I have a problem with it.”

Trump has repeatedly weathered outrage over his criticism of illegal immigrants, particularly those coming from Mexico.

He currently ranks first among the GOP’s crowded 2016 presidential field with 30.4 percent support, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of national polls.

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