Donald Trump Scolds ‘Stupid, Terrible’ Microphone at Rally

By Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou is a tech reporter who has written about drones, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.
January 14, 2016 Updated: January 14, 2016

Donald Trump isn’t going to pay for the Wall off the Mexican border, and he’s not going to pay for this microphone, either.

“I guarantee I’m not paying for this mic,” Trump said at a rally in Pensacola, Florida. His microphone had been popping frequently during his speech, and he proceeded to criticize the technician who’d brought it in.

“And by the way I don’t like this mic, whoever the hell brought this mic system don’t pay the son of a b**** who brought it in, I tell ya,” Trump said. “No this mic is terrible, stupid mic keeps popping…Do you hear that George? Don’t pay him.”

“I hope it’s OK for you out there,” he addressed the audience.

Trump has a penchant for discussing things through the lens of business, from his repeated promises of making “good deals” with foreign leaders to his emphasis on the financial losses of the Iraq War during the Republican debate, and he didn’t miss that opportunity on Wednesday.

“You know I believe in paying but when somebody does a bad job like this you shouldn’t pay the bastard. Terrible, terrible,” Trump said. “You have to be tough with your people because they’ll pay, they don’t care.”

During his speech, Trump stressed the personal connection he had with Florida through his business.

“So you have the Governor who’s got very low energy, named Bush. You have Rubio who is a sitting senator and you have Trump. Now I have a lot of property…lot of stuff, all over Florida,” Trump said, WBT reports.

He also took shots at his Republican rival Ted Cruz, who’s polling head to head with Trump among primary voters in Iowa, over his eligibility for president. Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father.

“Supposing he [Cruz] runs and everybody is backing on him, and then the courts rule that he can’t run. That’s not so good. What do you do? Concede the election to Hillary Clinton or to crazy Bernie?” Trump said. 

This isn’t the first time a presidential candidate’s interaction with the microphone drew major attention. During the Republican primary in 1980, Reagan famously said “I am paying for this microphone” after a newspaper editor interrupted him in a debate that he sponsored.

Jonathan Zhou is a tech reporter who has written about drones, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.