The Latest: Trump says right hand salute 'for fun'

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Posted: Mar 08, 2016 7:45 AM
The Latest: Trump says right hand salute 'for fun'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 as Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho and Hawaii vote for nominees (all times Eastern Standard Time):

7:15 a.m.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump is defending a gesture he makes at his rallies at the request of supporters in which he raises his right hand in a salute that has been compared by some to the Nazi salute.

Speaking to NBC's "Today" Tuesday, as Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho and Hawaii were set to vote for nominees, Trump called the accusations "ridiculous" and said his supporters call on him to make a gesture as if he's swearing in for the presidency.

"Until this call, I didn't know it was a problem," Trump said. "Sometimes we'll do it for fun."