Donald Trump refused to answer a question Saturday night about his views on same-sex marriage, demanding a reporter who during a news conference made an inquiry about the issue “sit down.”
According to the British-based Daily Mail, a reporter with the media outlet asked Trump about the issue during his news conference in West Palm Beach, Fla., after the candidate’s wins on “Super Saturday.”
Although none of the questions during the news conference could be heard in video recordings seen by the Washington Blade, Trump’s responses could be heard, including the refusal to answer a question the Mail reports was a inquiry on the candidate’s opposition to same-sex marriage.
“I’ve made it very strong; we have policy on it,” Trump said. “I’ve said it very, very strongly. And I think you know it. And it’s all done. How many times do I have to say it?”
Comparing asking him about the issue to asking for his position on “900 different things,” Trump continued, “I’ve said it 150 times. We’re not here for discussing that, but everybody knows how I feel on it.”
Trump sought to call on another reporter, but the response was insufficient for the Daily Mail, which apparently sought to follow up. The candidate berated the reporter, saying, “David, sit down, please. Sit down. David, David, Sit down. You know my position.”
The real estate magnate, who opposes same-sex marriage, said he would have preferred the U.S. Supreme Court had decided to let the states decide the issue as opposed to issuing a nationwide ruling in favor of marriage equality. Although Trump has said he doesn’t think a U.S. constitutional amendment against the decision is viable, has said he’d “consider” appointing justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who’d reverse the ruling.
After the Supreme Court ruling last year, polls found upwards of 60 percent of Americans supported the decision. Trump may be reluctant to state his position on the issue because he thinks it would harm him in the general election against the Democratic candidates, who support same-sex marriage.