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Trump Brings the Red Meat to US Politics, Literally

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in front of a display of Trump water, wine and steaks as he talks about the results of the Michigan, Mississippi and other primary elections during a news conference held at his Trump National Club in Jupiter, Florida, March 8, 2016.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in front of a display of Trump water, wine and steaks as he talks about the results of the Michigan, Mississippi and other primary elections during a news conference held at his Trump National Club in Jupiter, Florida, March 8, 2016.

Late night television in the United States is filled with ads for the latest slicing and dicing machines for the kitchen, but Donald Trump, the front-running Republican presidential candidate, literally brought the red meat to prime time television Tuesday as he basked in his latest nomination election victories.

Trump crowed about his wins as he stood next to a table filled with raw beef on a cutting board and packages of bottled water, both from brands he owns, and a collection of red and rose wines from a vineyard he owns in Virginia clearly labeled as Trump vintages.

"You have the water, you have the steaks...," Trump said, sounding like a TV ad pitchman.

A chef with the Trump National Golf Club arranges Trump steaks for a display prior to a scheduled news conference by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Florida.

A chef with the Trump National Golf Club arranges Trump steaks for a display prior to a scheduled news conference by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, March 8, 2016, in Jupiter, Florida.

His fading challengers have taunted the billionaire real estate mogul over his many now-defunct businesses. They include casinos that went bankrupt and are boarded-up and a real estate training course he called Trump University that is embroiled in charges from former students that he defrauded them into paying thousands of dollars in tuition fees and got little in return.

Trump has dismissed the attacks, noting his successful big city office, hotel and resort ventures. Maybe, he said, he would hold his next victory news conference in one of them in Chicago, as voters in the state of Illinois head to the polls on March 15 for primaries.

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