Trump on Kimmel: 'I've Been a Little Bit Divisive'

He 'would like to see the Republican party come together'
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Posted Dec 17, 2015 1:09 AM CST
This photo provided by ABC shows Donald Trump, left, with host Jimmy Kimmel on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday in Los Angeles.   (Randy Holmes/ABC via AP)
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(Newser) – One day after a debate clash with Jeb Bush, Donald Trump said he's been "a little bit divisive" and wants to see Republicans come together. In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show Wednesday, the GOP presidential candidate looked relaxed as Kimmel queried him about campaign issues. Trump, who has argued for temporarily banning Muslims from entering the United States, said he's gotten calls of thanks from friends who are Muslim. "Those may have been crank calls," the ABC host replied.

Kimmel then turned to immigration, using the example of his on-air sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez, to question Trump's call for mass deportation. Kimmel said Rodriguez came to the US illegally from Mexico but went through the legalization process. He suggested to Trump that people who are willing to risk everything to get to the US are good for the country. Trump was unfazed, calling Hispanics "unbelievable people" but not backtracking on his position. Kimmel said it appeared Trump had made an effort to be nicer to his fellow candidates, including Ted Cruz, in the debate. "I would like to see the Republican party come together, and I've been a little bit divisive in the sense of hitting people hard," Trump replied. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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