- Betsy Sharp told a campaign rally that Trump paid off her mother's farm mortgage in 1986 after her father killed himself
- Trump had heard about the case and showed up in rural Georgia for a photo-op, burning the bank loan papers with Annabelle Hill for cameras
- 'What I want you all to know is how kindhearted and caring he is,' Sharp said from Trump's podium
- Trump also hammered Hillary Clinton for barking like a dog during a campaign stop on Monday
- 'If I ever did that I would be ridiculed all over the place,' he said; 'I'm not going to do it. I won't imitate her'
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By David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com In Columbia, S.c.
Published: 15:12 EST, 16 February 2016 | Updated: 06:31 EST, 17 February 2016
The daughter of a woman whose family farm was saved nearly 30 years ago by a last-minute intervention from Donald Trump praised him during a campaign stop on Tuesday.
Betsy Sharp told a Trump-friendly crowd in North Augusta, South Carolina, about her father's suicide in the face of a bank foreclosure and the billionaire who paid off the mortgage so her mother, Annabelle Hill, could continue to live there.
Lenard Dozier Hill took his own life in 1986 on the morning his farm was to go to a courthouse auction, believing that his life insurance would pay enough to save the cotton and soybean plantation that had been in his family for more than 100 years.
He never knew his insurance policy had an exemption for suicides.
Donald Trump, pictured campaigning in South Carolina on Monday, told a crowd Tuesday in North August, S.C. that how had paid off a stranger's farm mortgage in 1986
Trump held a photo-op in rural Georgia in 1986 to burn Annabelle Hill's mortgage papers after settling up with her bank
Recollection: Trump held up a picture of the meeting 30 years ago as he campaigned in North Augusta
A raucous crowd greeting Trump in the border town near Georgia, packing into a rec center gymnasium on Tuesday motning
Trump heard about the case in news reports and paid off the last $77,000 owed on a $300,000 bank loan himself, showing up in Burke County, Georgia to burn the mortgage papers with Mrs. Hill in a photo-op that locals still talk about.
Sharp told Trump backstage on Tuesday that she prays for him every day, and asked him to autograph a photo of him with her mother there decades ago.
RELATED ARTICLES'She was having a very tough time, and I read about it, and I paid off her mortgage – big deal, right?' Trump asked a capacity crowd inside a rec center gymnasium.
Sharp recalled that her dad 'was going to lose our family farm ... and when Donald Trump heard the story, he reached out to help save it.'
'Today my brother lives on the farm and he has one of his daughters, they have built a house. But if it wasn't for his generosity, his kind heart – he didn't know us from Burke County at all.'
Betsy Sharp, shown in a farm organization's documentary about her parents' story, showed up at the Tuesday morning Trump rally to praise the billionaire presidential candidate as a compassionate man
Trump also hammered Hillary Clinton for barking like a dog in her latest campaign appearahce
'And he saw the story and he couldn't believe that the bank was forcing my father to go to that depth,' she said.
'What I want you all to know is how kindhearted and caring he is. He cares about America. He cares about farmers, He cares about veterans. He truly wants to make America great again, and I think if we help him, we can get there.'
Trump said he had never told that story before, and admitted that saving the Hill's farm cost him more money than he had anticipated spending.
'I figured I could do it a lot cheaper than paying off the mortgage,' he said. 'I found out the name of the bank. That was a mean banker, I want to tell you.'
'I called up: "We're gonna take you through hell, we're gonna this, we're gonna that." I couldn't get the guy to cut! So I bought the mortgage and I said, "The hell with it".'
Hill was 'a great woman, and passed away, but passed away happy,' Trump said.
The billionaire Republican front-runner also took a shot at his Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton for barking like a dog Monday on the campaign trail.
Clinton was recalling an Arkansas radio commercial from decades ago in which an announcer said he had a dog that would bark if a politician lied.
'I want to figure out how we can do that with Republicans,' she said. 'We need to get that dog and follow them around and every time they say these things like, "Oh, the Great Recession was caused by too much regulation": Arf, arf, arf, arf!'
'Hillary Clinton is a joke!' Trump said Tuesday.
'I'm watching television and I see her barking like a dog. ... and everyone said, "Isn't that wonderful?"'
'If I ever did that I would be ridiculed all over the place,' Trump said. 'I'm not going to do it. I won't imitate her.'
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