Donald Trump ruffled the feathers of many conservatives Tuesday when he said during a Fox News interview that eminent domain is a "wonderful" thing.
"What do you think of eminent domain?" host Bret Baier asked.
"Well, I think eminent domain is wonderful if you are building a highway and you need to build, as an example a highway, and you are going to be blocked by a holdout or, in some cases it's a holdout, nobody knows this better than I do because I built a lot of buildings in Manhattan and you'll have 12 sites and you'll get 11 and you'll have one holdout and you end up building around them and everything else, so I know better than anybody," Trump said.
The billionaire continued, "I think eminent domain for massive projects, for instance you are going to create thousands of jobs and you have somebody who is in the way, and you pay that person far more — don't forget, eminent domain, they get a lot of money. And you need a house in a certain location because you are going to build this massive development that is going to employ thousands of people ... I think eminent domain is fine."
"It's called economic development," the real estate tycoon added.
Backlash on Twitter among conservatives was immediate.
i mean pick one or the other http://t.co/0Jd2yIwyB3— my pal andy (@my pal andy) 1444170303.0
On eminent domain, @realDonaldTrump is condescending, self-interested, incoherent, and wrong: https://t.co/ayOfR1Mecw— Matt Welch (@Matt Welch) 1444180448.0
Ugh. Private property rights only for a select few. Trump: “Eminent Domain Is Wonderful” http://t.co/NqBWOXdZSp via @WeaselZippers— Michael D. Brown (@Michael D. Brown) 1444185370.0
...so yeah, I understand eminent domain, & Trump's position on it is neither conservative nor ethical. https://t.co/LbrMkSNwGI— Sarah Rumpf (@Sarah Rumpf) 1444181981.0
Donald Trump Thinks Kelo-Style Eminent Domain is 'a wonderful thing' http://t.co/C1vh6WNMc6— reason (@reason) 1444180681.0
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