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Trump at SC Rally: 2016 Is an 'Election of Competence'

Image: Trump at SC Rally: 2016 Is an 'Election of Competence' Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump waves after speaking at a campaign rally at Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill, South Carolina on Jan. 8. (AP)

By Todd Beamon   |   Friday, 08 Jan 2016 10:30 PM

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Friday that 2016 will be "an election of competence, not niceness" and that the United States must "have tough tone — and we've got to be unpredictable."

"We're going to have strong borders and we're going to have the wall and the wall is going to be great," the front-runner told thousands of cheering supporters at the Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill, S.C. "We're going to let people come in and they're going to come in legally and we're going to be really proud of ourselves."

Trump's speech, which nearly lasted an hour, was broadcast live on Newsmax TV.

"We’re talking about a country that doesn't know how to make deals, about a country whose military is in terrible shape — our vets are being mistreated horribly," Trump said.

"Obamacare is a disaster, and we're going to repeal it and replace it."

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The developer reiterated his plans to stop illegal immigration, improve the nation's economy, bring jobs back from abroad, conquer China on trade, destroy the Islamic State and protect gun rights.

"If I get elected, your Second Amendment is totally, totally protected," Trump said to cheers from the crowd.

He also bashed several Republican rivals — and attacked Democrat Hillary Clinton for lying when she said that his rhetoric was being used in ISIS recruitment videos.

"I've been a little rough on Hillary Clinton lately because it's been unfair," he said. "Really unfair. When you do things, you have to represent yourself properly. You have to and she was not fair.

"And, let's face it, she lied," he said. "The ISIS video that didn't exist. You've got to be truthful."

Trump's speech was interrupted three times by hecklers, all of whom were escorted out by uniformed police.

One was a Muslim woman, later identified by CNN as Rose Hamid, who was wearing a hijab and a T-shirt saying "Salam. I Come in Peace."

Trump used the opportunity to slam a recent Esquire magazine cover dubbing him the "Hater in Chief."

"It's not hatred on our behalf," he said. "It's hatred against us. It's their hatred. It's not out hatred. Their hatred. We have to find out what's going on."

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