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01/30/2016 12:34 pm ET

Donald Trump Admits He Says Horrible Things Just To Keep People Interested In Him

"If it gets a little boring.... I just say, ‘We will build the wall!’"

Donald Trump, who has built an entire presidential campaign around racism and xenophobia, admitted he intentionally will say provocative or outrageous comments just to keep his audiences interested.

Trump explained his art to The New York Times editorial board, telling them that when he sees people at one of his rallies he just throws out a line that he knows will get them riled up.

"If it gets a little boring, if I see people starting to sort of, maybe thinking about leaving, I can sort of tell the audience, I just say, ‘We will build the wall!’ and they go nuts,” he told the Times' editorial board.

Throwing out red meat to rile up base supporters is nothing new for politicians from either party. But Trump has taken the strategy of playing to Americans' worst fears and anxieties to a new level, proposing deporting all undocumented immigrants and banning Muslims from entering the United States.

Trump's strategy does seem to have succeeded so far. Stations have granted him unprecedented attention and he leads the Republican field of presidential candidates.

Note to our readers: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S. 

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