Trump’s self-paid presidential run means he’s not going away

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Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump holds a Henry repeating rifle that was presented to him after speaking at the Republican Party of Arkansas Reagan Rockefeller dinner in Hot Springs, Ark., Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump doesn’t have to worry about the reaction of political donors, as he faces new criticism over his comments about Sen. John McCain.

The billionaire businessman is paying for his own campaign. And that means Republicans may have him around for a lot longer than some party leaders would like.

GOP pollster Frank Luntz says people only leave a race when “they run out of money.”

He says that will never happen with Trump — and that it makes him “incredibly powerful.”

At his formal announcement last month, Trump said illegal immigrants from Mexico are criminals and rapists.

Then, at a conservative summit in Iowa over the weekend, he dismissed McCain’s reputation as a war hero, saying of the Arizona senator who was once a prisoner in Vietnam, “I like people who weren’t captured.”

Critics began piling on Trump immediately, and new voices emerged today.

They include those of veterans groups, Republican colleagues and President Barack Obama’s spokesman, who defended McCain and called on Trump to apologize.

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