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Trump’s family joins him to stump in S Carolina

AP, MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina

US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s wife campaigned with him for the first time in South Carolina on Tuesday, telling voters she loved them and saying her husband would be “the best president, ever.”

“Isn’t he the best?” Melania Trump asked the crowd of thousands in Myrtle Beach, flanked by her parents and three of the businessman’s children. “We love you.”

Unlike come of his rivals’ spouses, Trump’s wife, a former model born in Slovenia, has until this point chosen to stay largely behind the scenes, though Trump mentions her often at events.

Trump’s family left the stage before the Republican presidential hopeful launched into more than an hour of criticism of both his Republican rivals and US President Barack Obama’s administration.

Calling Obama a “divider” who has done nothing to unite the country, Trump also again called out Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton as lacking the “strength or the stamina” to lead the country.

US Senator Marco Rubio is “weak on immigration, really weak,” he said.

A few minutes into his remarks, Trump also called up on stage a Trump impersonator he spotted in the crowd. He complimented the imitator’s blond wig, calling it a “big, beautiful head of hair.”

While Trump stirred his crowd in Myrtle Beach, former Florida governor Jeb Bush campaigned about 260km away in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where he collected endorsements from local elected officials and dismantled Trump’s immigration plan.

Talk of a wall and “making Mexico pay for it,” while deporting 11 million people, Bush said, appeals to voters’ frustrations, but does little else.

“It might make you sound good,” Bush said. “It might make you look like the strong guy... It’s not going to happen. Let’s get real with this and have a solution that’s reality based.”

At an earlier stop about an hour’s drive west in Spartanburg, Bush expressed disappointment that a black protester was physically assaulted at a recent Trump rally in Alabama.

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