Donald Trump’s Most Absurd-Sounding Comments (So Far) About People, Policy and a Certain Presidency
Mind you, he’s always been this way, the only opinion that matters being his own since there was such a thing as media.
But now we’re starting to suspect that he believes his own rhetoric and, he (and an alarming number of polls) will be quick to remind us, plenty of people agree with him. So as we become increasingly more disturbed at how easy it is to steer people away from common sense and hope and toward pessimism and obstinacy, here are the most absurd-sounding quotes that the Trump 2016 campaign has provided us with so far:
They [ISIS] just built a hotel in Syria. Can you believe this? They built a hotel. When I have to build a hotel, I pay interest. They don’t have to pay interest, because they took the oil that, when we left Iraq, I said we should’ve taken.
And our real unemployment is anywhere from 18 to 20 percent. Don’t believe the 5.6. Don’t believe it.
We have a disaster called the big lie: Obamacare…And it’s going to get worse, because remember, Obamacare really kicks in in ’16, 2016. Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him, I actually would say. I have the best courses in the world, so I’d say, you what, if he wants to— I have one right next to the White House, right on the Potomac. If he’d like to play, that’s fine.
I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.
June 17: On Good Morning America, talking to George Stephanopoulos about his then brand-new candidacy:You look at Baltimore, you look at Cleveland. You look at all of those places, just exploding. We have an African-American president [and] we’ve never had it so bad.
Hillary Clinton was the worst Secretary of State in the history of the United States. There’s never been a Secretary of State so bad as Hillary. The world blew up around us. We lost everything, including all relationships. There wasn’t one good thing that came out of that administration or her being Secretary of State.
You don’t even have to like Hillary to know that’s not true.
July 12: Trump takes drug lord El Chapo’s escape from prison to stick it to both the U.S. and Mexican governments:
The U.S. will invite El Chapo, the Mexican drug lord who just escaped prison, to become a U.S. citizen because our “leaders” can’t say no!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2015
Mexico’s totally corrupt gov’t looks horrible with El Chapo’s escape—totally corrupt. U.S. paid them $3 billion. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2015
No, not at all, actually. If you look at [former CBS News reporter] Sharyl Attkisson’s report last night, four times she said I said perfectly [that McCain was a hero], I said whatever it was and it was absolutely fine. And she thought that the press was covering me very, very unfairly and she stated that strongly. And I respect her as a reporter. And [she’s] somebody that a lot of people respect also, and very importantly, I got a standing ovation, the biggest ovation they had all weekend, by far. When I left the room, it was a total standing ovation. It was wonderful to see. Nobody was insulted.
I’m very disappointed in John McCain because the vets are horribly treated in this country. I’m fighting for the vets. I’ve done a lot for the vets.
Informed by Raddatz that the founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, among others, had excoriated his comment about McCain, Trump replied:
Well, maybe they don’t speak to the same vets that I speak to.
Asked if he ever had said anything that he regretted, he admitted that yes he had, but added:
I have said things that I could’ve held back. But not that often, surprisingly not that often, but certainly there have been occasions.
Look how small the pages have become @WSJ. Looks like a tabloid—saving money I assume!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2015
July 20: Trump calls into Today and, referring to Savannah Guthrie, speaks to Matt Lauer: Hey, Matt, Savannah started it off by saying I said that he wasn’t a war hero. I didn’t say that. And if you would have let it run just another three seconds, you would have seen that I said very clearly he is a war hero. I have absolutely no problem with that. July 20: Insisting on The O’Reilly Factor that McCain is point person for the deplorable state of veterans’ affairs in this country, despite progressive legislation he’s worked on: Bill, regardless of work or no work, they’re suffering. I’m all over the country. I see them all the time. He’s virtually the head person in Washington. He’s the head of the group that runs—I mean, he’s—somebody’s doing a bad job. (E! Online and NBC are both members of the NBCUniversal family.) July 22: In the lion’s den On CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360: All I know is I have a very big group of support, and I think one of the reasons is the people don’t trust you, and the people don’t trust the media. And I understand why. Minus the Edward R. Murrow types at Fox News. July 25: Tweeting to fellow GOP candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker after a Walker fundraiser called Trump “DumbDumb” in a mass email:
If you’re going to be president, you need to start accepting that you’re not going to be able to address every sandbox fight on social media.
July 28: On the phone with CNN:
This is more than me, this is a movement going on. People are tired of these incompetent politicians in Washington that can’t get anything done, they can’t make deals, they can’t do anything. They go and they–all they care about is getting elected. They don’t care about anything else, and they know I’ve built an incredible company. A lot of people, including yourself, a lot of people thought I wasn’t going to be running and I wouldn’t put in my financials. I put in my financials—they’re much better than anybody ever thought. People said, ‘Oh, well maybe he’s not as rich as everybody thinks you are.’ Well, it turned out I’m much richer.
OK, we’re not scoffing at all of this. What Trump said about what people are sick of is true—and why do two years out of every term of office (be you representative, senator or, ahem sometimes, president) seem to be all about campaigning for either one’s self or the next guy? But he should really drop the money thing, because the analysts aren’t going to let up on what they insist is his overstated net worth. Both Forbes and Bloomberg Business have reported that he’s worth about $7 billion less than he keeps saying.
July 29: Reacting to attorney Elizabeth Beck telling CNN tjat Trump had once called her “disgusting” when asked for a break during a deposition to pump breast milk:
.CNN & @CNNPolitics Lawyer Elizabeth Beck did a terrible job against me, she lost (I even got legal fees). I loved beating her,she was easy
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2015
.@CNN Why is somebody (Beck) I beat so soundly all of a sudden an expert on Donald Trump (all over television). She knows nothing about me.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2015
Aug. 6: The first GOP primary debate, held at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena and moderated by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace and Bret Baier:
Only Rosie O’Donnell.
The night provided an embarrassment of riches, really, including this super-classy gem that he interjected into Kelly’s question about whether his behavior toward women made him a worthy candidate, because hadn’t he referred to them as “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals” at times?
If it weren’t for me you wouldn’t even be talking about illegal immigration. This was not a subject on anybody’s mind at my announcement, except the reporters are a very dishonest lot.
True, no one would have ever mentioned immigration policy. Ever.
I give to everybody. When I call, they give. And you know what, when I need something from them, two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me. And that’s a broken system. Well, I tell you what, with Hillary Clinton, I said be at my wedding, and she came to my wedding. You know why, she had no choice—’cause I gave to a foundation that, frankly, that foundation was supposed to do good. I didn’t know her money would be used on private jets going all over the world. It was.
What part of that was broken again?
via E! Entertainment Online