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I don’t do it for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form.What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.

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  • 1 Quotes
    • 1.1 1980s
      • 1.1.1 Trump: The Art of the Deal (1987)
    • 1.2 1990s
    • 1.3 2000s
      • 1.3.1 2000
      • 1.3.2 2002
      • 1.3.3 2003
      • 1.3.4 2004
      • 1.3.5 2005
      • 1.3.6 2006
      • 1.3.7 2007
      • 1.3.8 2008
      • 1.3.9 2009
    • 1.4 2010s
      • 1.4.1 2011
      • 1.4.2 2012
      • 1.4.3 2013
      • 1.4.4 2014
      • 1.4.5 2015
        • 1.4.5.1 Presidential Bid Announcement (June 16, 2015)
        • 1.4.5.2 Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again (2015)
      • 1.4.6 2016
        • 1.4.6.1 January
          • 1.4.6.1.1 Speech at Liberty University (18 January 2016)
        • 1.4.6.2 February
        • 1.4.6.3 March
        • 1.4.6.4 April
          • 1.4.6.4.1 Foreign Policy Speech (27 April 2016)
        • 1.4.6.5 May
        • 1.4.6.6 June
          • 1.4.6.6.1 Speech about the Orlando Shooting (June 13, 2016)
        • 1.4.6.7 July
          • 1.4.6.7.1 2016 Republican National Convention (21 July 2016)
          • 1.4.6.7.2 This Week Interview (July 30, 2016)
        • 1.4.6.8 August
          • 1.4.6.8.1 Speech at rally in Wilmington, North Carolina (August 9, 2016)
          • 1.4.6.8.2 Speech in Jackson, Mississippi (August 24, 2016)
        • 1.4.6.9 September
          • 1.4.6.9.1 First presidential debate (September 26, 2016)
        • 1.4.6.10 October
          • 1.4.6.10.1 Second presidential debate (October 9, 2016)
        • 1.4.6.11 November
          • 1.4.6.11.1 New York Times Interview (November 23, 2016)
        • 1.4.6.12 December
      • 1.4.7 2017
        • 1.4.7.1 January
          • 1.4.7.1.1 Inaugural address, (January 20, 2017)
        • 1.4.7.2 February
        • 1.4.7.3 March
        • 1.4.7.4 April
        • 1.4.7.5 May
        • 1.4.7.6 June
        • 1.4.7.7 July
          • 1.4.7.7.1 2017 National Scout Jamboree (July 24, 2017)
        • 1.4.7.8 August
        • 1.4.7.9 September
        • 1.4.7.10 October
        • 1.4.7.11 November
        • 1.4.7.12 December
      • 1.4.8 2018
        • 1.4.8.1 January
        • 1.4.8.2 February
        • 1.4.8.3 March
        • 1.4.8.4 April
        • 1.4.8.5 May
        • 1.4.8.6 June
        • 1.4.8.7 July
        • 1.4.8.8 August
        • 1.4.8.9 September
        • 1.4.8.10 October
        • 1.4.8.11 November
        • 1.4.8.12 December
      • 1.4.9 2019
        • 1.4.9.1 January
        • 1.4.9.2 February
        • 1.4.9.3 March, April, & May
        • 1.4.9.4 June
          • 1.4.9.4.1 Remarks on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Colleville-sur-Mer, France
        • 1.4.9.5 July
        • 1.4.9.6 August
        • 1.4.9.7 September
        • 1.4.9.8 October
          • 1.4.9.8.1 Statement on the Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
        • 1.4.9.9 November
        • 1.4.9.10 December
    • 1.5 2020s
      • 1.5.1 2020
        • 1.5.1.1 January
        • 1.5.1.2 February
          • 1.5.1.2.1 Donald Trump Charleston, South Carolina Rally (February 28, 2020)
        • 1.5.1.3 March
        • 1.5.1.4 April
        • 1.5.1.5 May
        • 1.5.1.6 June
        • 1.5.1.7 July
        • 1.5.1.8 August
        • 1.5.1.9 September
        • 1.5.1.10 October
  • 2 Disputed
  • 3 Misattributed
  • 4 Quotes about Trump
    • 4.1 A
    • 4.2 B
    • 4.3 C
      • 4.3.1 Hillary Clinton, speech in Warren, Michigan (August 11, 2016)
      • 4.3.2 Hillary Clinton, speech in Reno, Nevada (August 25, 2016)
    • 4.4 D
    • 4.5 E
    • 4.6 F
    • 4.7 G
    • 4.8 H
    • 4.9 J
    • 4.10 K
    • 4.11 L
    • 4.12 M
    • 4.13 N
    • 4.14 O
    • 4.15 P
    • 4.16 R
    • 4.17 S
    • 4.18 T
    • 4.19 V
    • 4.20 W
    • 4.21 Y
    • 4.22 Z
  • 5 See also
  • 6 External links

Quotes

1980s

  • Rona Barrett: Would you like to be the President of the United States?
    Donald Trump: I really don’t believe I would, Rona. But I would like to see somebody as the president who could do the job, and there are very capable people in this country.
    Barrett: Why wouldn’t you dedicate yourself to public service?
    Trump: Because I think it’s a very mean life. I would love, and I would dedicate my life to this country but I see it as being a mean life, and I also see it in somebody with strong views, and somebody with the kind of views that are maybe a little bit unpopular, which may be right, but may be unpopular, wouldn’t necessarily have a chance of getting elected against somebody with no great brain but a big smile.
    • An interview with Rona Barrett (1980)
  • I said, ‘I will build you this incredible, gorgeous, gleaming hotel. I will put people to work in the construction trades and save hotel jobs and the Grand Central area will come around.’ So the city made the deal.
    • Bender, Marilyn (7 August 1983), “The Empire and Ego of Donald Trump”, New York Times 
  • “Give them the old Trump bullshit,” he told the architect Der Scutt before a presentation of the Trump Tower design at a press conference in 1980. “Tell them it is going to be a million square feet, sixty-eight stories.”
    • ‘After the Gold Rush’, in Vanity Fair, by Marie Brenner, September 1, 1990
  • Some people have an ability to negotiate. It’s an art you’re basically born with. You either have it or you don’t.
  • It would take an hour-and-a-half to learn everything there is to learn about missiles. I think I know most of it anyway. You’re talking about just getting updated on a situation
    • Romano, Lois (15 November 1984), “Donald Trump, Holding All The Cards The Tower! The Team! The Money! The Future!”, Washington Post , talking about his desire to be involved in negotiations with the then Soviet Union
  • I have featured and will always continue to feature my name prominently in all my enterprises.
    • Business Week (22 July 1985)
  • I look at things for the art sake and the beauty sake and for the deal sake.
    • New York Magazine (11 July 1988), p. 24
  • I’m not big on compromise. I understand compromise. Sometimes compromise is the right answer, but oftentimes compromise is the equivalent of defeat, and I don’t like being defeated.
    • Life, Vol. 12 (January 1989), p. iii
  • Mayor Koch has stated that hate and rancor should be removed from our hearts. I do not think so.
    • “Bring Back the Death Penalty. Bring Back Our Police!” An advert taken out by Trump in the New York Daily News and other newspapers in the wake of the arrests of the Central Park Five (whose convictions were eventually vacated once the real perpetrator was identified in 2002) (1 May 1989)
  • How can our great society tolerate the continued brutalization of its citizens by crazed misfits? Criminals must be told that their CIVIL LIBERTIES END WHEN AN ATTACK ON OUR SAFETY BEGINS!
    • “Bring Back the Death Penalty. Bring Back Our Police!” An advert taken out by Trump in the New York Daily News and other newspapers in the wake of the arrests of the Central Park Five (whose convictions were eventually vacated once the real perpetrator was identified in 2002) (1 May 1989)
  • Let our politicians give back our police department’s power to keep us safe. Unshackle them from the constant chant of “police brutality” which every petty criminal hurls immediately at an officer who has just risked his or her life to save another’s.
    • “Bring Back the Death Penalty. Bring Back Our Police!” An advert taken out by Trump in the New York Daily News and other newspapers in the wake of the arrests of the Central Park Five (whose convictions were eventually vacated once the real perpetrator was identified in 2002) (1 May 1989)
  • Of course I hate these people and let’s all hate these people because maybe hate is what we need if we’re gonna get something done.
    • In 1989 interview with Larry King, about the Central Park Five (who had, as was later discovered, been wrongfully convicted)
  • I like to hire people that I’ve seen in action. I often hire people that were on the opposing side of a deal that I respect.
    • The Washington Post (23 September 1989), as quoted in The World According to Trump (2005) by Ken Lawrence, p. 25
  • I think if this country gets any kinder or gentler, it’s literally going to cease to exist.
    • Playboy, March 1990

Trump: The Art of the Deal (1987)

Quotes from Trump: The Art of the Deal (1987) by Donald J. Trump with Tony Schwartz.

  • I don’t do it for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks.
  • I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present.
  • Sometimes it pays to be a little wild.
  • Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.
  • My philosophy is always to hire the best from the best.
  • Deal-making is an ability you’re born with. It’s in the genes.
  • I like thinking big. I always have. To me it’s very simple: if you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big. Most people think small, because most people are afraid of success, afraid of making decisions, afraid of winning. And that gives people like me a great advantage.
  • I wasn’t satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.
  • People think I’m a gambler. I’ve never gambled in my life. To me, a gambler is someone who plays slot machines. I prefer to own slot machines. It’s a very good business being the house.
  • The point is that you can’t be too greedy.
  • I’m a great believer in asking everyone for an opinion before I make a decision. … I ask and I ask and I ask, until I begin to get a gut feeling about something. And that’s when I make a decision. I have learned much more from conducting my own random surveys than I could ever have learned from the greatest of consulting firms.
    • pp. 51–52
  • The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it. That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you’re dead. The best thing you can do is deal from strength, and leverage is the biggest strength you can have. Leverage is having something the other guy wants. Or better yet, needs. Or best of all, simply can’t do without. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case, which is why leverage often requires imagination, and salesmanship.
  • The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration—and a very effective form of promotion.
  • My experience is that if you’re fighting for something you believe in—even if it means alienating some people along the way—things usually work out for the best in the end.
  • One of the problems when you become successful is that jealousy and envy inevitably follow. There are people—I categorize them as life’s losers—who get their sense of accomplishment and achievement from trying to stop others. As far as I’m concerned, if they had any real ability they wouldn’t be fighting me, they’d be doing something constructive themselves.
  • You can’t con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.

Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.

  • Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.
  • Get in, get it done, get it done right, and get out.
  • The most important thing in life is to love what you’re doing, because that’s the only way you’ll ever be really good at it.
  • You can’t be scared. You do your thing, you hold your ground, you stand up tall, and whatever happens, happens.
  • My own mother was a housewife all her life. And yet it’s turned out that I’ve hired a lot of women for top jobs, and they’ve been among my best people. Often, in fact, they are far more effective than the men around them.
    • p. 173
  • In the end, you’re measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.
    • p. 355
  • What I admire most are people who put themselves directly on the line.
    • p. 367
  • In my life, there are two things I’ve found I’m very good at: overcoming obstacles and motivating good people to do their best work.
    • p. 367

1990s

I’m veryliberalwhen it comes tohealth care. I believe inuniversal health care. I believe in whatever it takes to make people well and better.When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, butthey put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength.

  • What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.
    • Trump: Surviving at the Top (1990), p. 3
  • She turned out to be the wife of a man who was then the prime minister of a major country. I’d heard stories about this lady, but I never thought much of them until that night. We met at the house of the friend who’d phoned me. After we’d all chatted for a while in the living room, the four of us who already knew each other drifted out to the kitchen, leaving Ben and Madame X in the living room to get better acquainted. Which they did. In fact, when we drifted back in, about ten minutes later, she and Ben were involved in an incredibly torrid scene on the couch. I remember standing there and thinking to myself, “Well, Donald, you’re not in Queens anymore.”
    • Trump: Surviving at the Top (1990), p. 52
  • “When a man leaves a woman, especially when it was perceived that he has left for a piece of ass—a good one!—there are 50 percent of the population who will love the woman who was left,” he told me.
    • Marie Brenner (1 September 1990), “After the Gold Rush”, Vanity Fair 
  • “I want five children, like in my own family, because with five, then I will know that one will be guaranteed to turn out like me,” Donald told a close friend.
    • Marie Brenner (1 September 1990), “After the Gold Rush”, Vanity Fair 
  • Very good question. (pause) I don’t think it’s a sin but I don’t think it should be done.
    • in response to the question, “Is adultery a sin.”
    • in the New York Post, February 23, 1990, as archived at the Daily Beast
  • Leona Helmsley is a truly evil human being. She treated employees worse than any human being I’ve ever witnessed and I’ve dealt with some of the toughest human beings alive.
    • Glenn Plaskin (March 1990), “The Playboy Interview with Donald Trump”, Playboy 
  • When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength.
    • Glenn Plaskin (March 1990), “The Playboy Interview with Donald Trump”, Playboy , quoted in “Bury Trump in a Landslide”, New York Daily News, 20 October 2016 
  • I said to the bankers, “Listen, fellows, if I have a problem, then you have a problem. We have to find a way out or it’s going to be a difficult time for both of us.”
    • Fortune (13 August 1990), as quoted in The World According to Trump (2005) by Ken Lawrence, p. 44
    • Cf. J. Paul Getty: “If you owe the bank $100, that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.”
  • You know, it doesn’t really matter what the media writes as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.
    • Esquire Interview (1991)
  • You have to treat ’em [women] like s— [sic]
    • Reported in Baumgold, Julie (1992-11-09). “Fighting Back: Trump Scrambles off the Canvas”. New York (magazine) 25 (44): p. 43. . Bowdlerization in the original.
  • Wow! Just think — in a couple of years I’ll be dating you.
    • to two 14-year-old girls in 1992
    • from the Chicago Tribune, as archived at Slate
  • He’s a good guy, and he’s not going to hurt anybody. . . . He treated his wife well and . . . he will treat Marla well.

Actresses, people that you write about just call to see if they can go out with him and things. I mean, he’s living with Marla and he’s got three other girlfriends. He does things for himself. When he makes a decision, that will be a very lucky woman.

    • Speaking about himself under the pseudonym of John Miller in a 1991 interview with a People reporter, Donald Trump masqueraded as publicist to brag about himself, Washington Post
  • I’m gonna be dating her in ten years.
    • of a 10-year-old girl, in 1992
    • Emily Schultheis (13 October 2016), “More allegations, questionable Trump comments on women surface”, CBS News 
  • Howard Stern: So, you treat women with respect?
    Donald Trump: Uh, I can’t say that either.
    Stern: Alright, good.
    • An interview on The Howard Stern Show, 1993
  • “You know, if you’re young, and in this era, and if you have any guilt about not having gone to Vietnam, we have our own Vietnam—it’s called the dating game… Dating is like being in Vietnam. You’re the equivalent of a soldier going over to Vietnam.”
    • An interview on The Howard Stern Show, 1993, archived by People
  • I am not a law enforcement officer. I am not supposed to be going around checking Indian reservations. That is what you have the FBI for, and they are very capable, the most capable.
    • Oversight Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs of the Committee on Natural Resources, House of Representatives, October 5, 1993: In Implementation of Indian Gaming Regulatory Act: Oversight Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs of the Committee on Natural Resources, House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress … Public Law 100-497, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, Part 5, page 187
  • Well, I think that she’s got a lot of Marla [Maples, Trump’s second wife], she’s a really beautiful baby, and she’s got Marla’s legs. We don’t know whether she’s got this part yet [gestures toward own chest], but time will tell…
    • On his then-one year old daughter Tiffany, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, 1994
  • I’m conservative, and even very conservative. But I’m quite liberal and getting much more liberal on health care and other things. I really say: What’s the purpose of a country if you’re not going to have defensive and health care? If you can’t take care of your sick in the country, forget it, it’s all over. I mean, it’s no good. So I’m very liberal when it comes to health care. I believe in universal health care. I believe in whatever it takes to make people well and better.
    • Interview with Larry King CNN (October 1999)
  • Let’s make a deal; if you promise not to get “personal” with me, I will promise not to show you as the crude, fat and obnoxious slob which everyone knows you are. Sincerely, Donald J. Trump.
    • Letter to journalist Shannon Donnelly, 1996
  • “It’s amazing, I can’t even believe it. I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world, it is a dangerous world out there. It’s like Vietnam, sort of. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave solider”
    • speaking of having sex and referring to women’s genitals as “potential landmines”.
    • An interview on The Howard Stern Show, 1997, archived by People
  • I surround myself with the best people. I know the best people.
    • On an interview (1999 November 26)
  • The part of my life I think I’m most disappointed in is that I have not had the great marriage. And I would have thought that would have happened, because I came from a home—you know, it’s not like some of my friends, they get divorced, but their parents were divorced twice or three times. I came from a home where marriage was just incredible. I mean, my parents truly loved each other.
    • Good Morning America (2 December 1999), as quoted in The World According to Trump (2005) by Ken Lawrence, p. 46
  • I’m on the conservative side, but [Pat] Buchanan is Attila the Hun.
    • As quoted in Selected Quotes from Newsweek Magazine, 1999 — Richard Watanabe – Newsweek Quotes, 1999. Sph.umich.edu. Retrieved on 2010-06-13.
  • People want me to [run for president] all the time … I don’t like it. Can you imagine how controversial I’d be? You think about him [Bill Clinton] and the women. How about me with the women? Can you imagine?
    • On Hardball with Chris Matthews, as quoted in Deborah Orin (12 July 1999), “Trump ‘toys’ with prez run”, New York Post 

2000s

2000

  • I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons.
    • Trump, Donald; Shiflett, Dave (2000). The America We Deserve. Renaissance Books. ISBN 1580631312. ; Qiu, Linda; Bennett, Kitty (March 12, 2018). “Trump’s Evolving Positions on Gun Issues”. The New York Times. Retrieved on September 6, 2018. 
  • So the Reform Party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. Fulani. This is not company I wish to keep.
    • As quoted in “QUOTATION OF THE DAY”. The New York Times. 14 February 2000. 
  • I judge people based on their capability, honesty, and merit.
    • “Trump towers”, interview with Paul Alexander, The Advocate (15 February 2000), p. 23
  • It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.
    • Reported by Jerry Useem, “What Does Donald Trump Really Want?”, Fortune, 3 April 2000.

2002

  • I think the regulations are very tough, but I think they could be made tougher. And where they really have to be made tougher is when somebody is proven to be dishonest, not a mistake, not an honest mistake because look, people make bad business deals all the time. When somebody is proven to be dishonest, really harsh punishment has to take place.
    • Hardball with Chris Matthews (15 July 2002), as quoted in The World According to Trump (2005) by Ken Lawrence, p. 23
  • Howard Stern: Are you for the invasion of Iraq?
  • Donald Trump: Yeah, I guess so. I wish, uh, I wish the first time it was done correctly.
    • Interview on Howard Stern Show (11 September 2002), reported by BuzzFeed (19 February 2016)
  • I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.
    • On Jeffrey Epstein. Quoted in New York Magazine, 28 October 2002.
  • I don’t know how you do it. I’ve put together some really impressive deals, but this thing you’ve pulled off, it’s amazing: a Big N’ Tasty for just a dollar. How do you do it? What’s your secret? Together Grimace, we could own this town.
    • Trump’s lines in a McDonald’s advert (2002), quoted in Rachel Desantis (15 January 2019), “Donald Trump’s lifelong love of fast food, from his 2002 McDonald’s commercial to ‘hamberders’”, New York Daily News 

2003

  • I love beautiful women, and beautiful women love me. It has to be both ways.
    • Interview with Norwegian talk show host Fredrik Skavlan in (November 2003).[specific citation needed]

2004

  • Now, if your boss is a sadist, then you have a big problem. In that case, fire your boss and get a new job.
    • Trump: How to Get Rich (2004)
  • If you don’t tell people about your success, they probably won’t know about it.
    • Trump: How to Get Rich (2004), p. xiii
  • Get going. Move forward. Aim high. Plan for a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.
    • Trump: How to Get Rich (2004), p. 74
  • In business—every business—the bottom line is understanding the process. If you don’t understand the process, you’ll never reap the rewards of the process.
    • Trump: How to Get Rich (2004), p. 86
  • Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself—anyone who thinks that they do is destined for mediocrity.
    • Trump: The Way to the Top: The Best Business Advice I Ever Received (2004), p. 20
  • I don’t like firing people. It’s not a pleasant thing and it’s sad. … In some cases, it’s a terrible, terrible situation for the person who gets fired, how strongly they take it. So it’s not something that any rational or sane person can love doing, but it also happens to be a fact of life in business.
    • Boston Herald (7 January 2004), as quoted in The World According to Trump (2005) by Ken Lawrence, p. 16
  • People say, “Do you have the same opportunity today as you had years ago?” And I said, “Absolutely.” You always have an opportunity. There’s always an opportunity, especially in this country.
    • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, CNN (21 March 2004)
  • All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.
    • Ny Daily News (24 March 2004)
  • [On “You’re fired!”:] There’s a beauty in those two words. When you utter those words, there’s very little that can be said. There’s a succinctness to those words.
    • Armstrong, David (28 March 2004), “Trump TV / ‘The Apprentice’ takes realistic inside look at corporate world”, San Francisco Chronicle 
  • My life is seeing everything in terms of “How would I handle that?” Look at the war in Iraq and the mess that we’re in. I would never have handled it that way. Does anybody really believe that Iraq is going to be a wonderful democracy where people are going to run down to the voting box and gently put in their ballot and the winner is happily going to step up to lead the county? C’mon. Two minutes after we leave, there’s going to be a revolution, and the meanest, toughest, smartest, most vicious guy will take over. And he’ll have weapons of mass destruction, which Saddam didn’t have. What was the purpose of this whole thing? Hundreds and hundreds of young people killed. And what about the people coming back with no arms and legs? Not to mention the other side. All those Iraqi kids who’ve been blown to pieces. And it turns out that all of the reasons for the war were blatantly wrong. All this for nothing!
    • Esquire magazine (August 2004); “Donald Trump: How I’d Run the Country (Better)” (18 August 2015)
  • Pregnancy is “a wonderful thing for the woman, it’s a wonderful thing for the husband, it’s certainly an inconvenience for a business.”
    • About pregnancy (2004)
  • The concept of shaking hands is absolutely terrible, and statistically I’ve been proven right.
    • Playboy, 2004 [1]

2005

  • I’ll go backstage, before a show, and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else. And you know, no men are anywhere. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it. You know I’m inspecting, I want to make sure everything is good, the dresses, “Is everyone OK?”, you know they’re standing there with no clothes, “Is everybody OK?”, and you see these incredible-looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.
    • Comments about his ownership of Miss Universe on the Howard Stern Show (11 April 2005)
  • They had a person who was extremely proud that a number of the women had become doctors. And I wasn’t interested.
    • Comments about his ownership of Miss Universe on the Howard Stern Show (11 April 2005)
  • I did try and fuck her. She was married. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look. I’ve gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.
    • To Billy Bush in 2005; “Transcript: Donald Trump’s Taped Comments About Women”, The New York Times (8 October 2016)

2006

  • It would be really disappointing — not really — but it would depend on what’s inside the magazine. I don’t think Ivanka would do that, although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.
    • On 7 March 2006 during an appearance on the daytime talk show The View while discussing the possibility of Ivanka Trump’s posing for Playboy magazine. As quoted in Did Donald Trump Say He’d Like to Date His Daughter? by Dan Evon, 10 July 2015, Snopes, and quoted with video clip in Adam Withnall (10 October 2016), “Donald Trump’s unsettling record of comments about his daughter Ivanka”, The Independent (UK) 
  • I thought today’s women were independent and had a lot of sexual freedom. … Well, I guess they fooled me.
    • In April 2006, about women’s disaproval of one-night stands. As quoted in Trump on Clinton in 2008: ‘She’d make a good president’ (July 11, 2016) by Michael Rothfield and Mark Maremont, MarketWatch.
  • Jon Ward: There’s a lot of talk, which you no doubt heard too, about a sort of real estate bubble. What’s your take on that pessimism?
  • Donald Trump: Well, first of all, I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy.
    • How to Build a Fortune (2006), Trump University audiobook, quoted in Jeremy Diamond (19 May 2016), “Donald Trump in 2006: I ‘sort of hope’ real estate market tanks”, CNN 
  • No, I have no age — I mean, I have age limit. I don’t want to be like Congressman Foley, with, you know, 12-year-olds,
    • Donald Trump Howard Stern Tapes Show Him Saying 35 Is ‘Check-Out Time’ For Women And Agreeing His Daughter Is A ‘Piece Of Ass’ (2006) When asked if he has an age limit for women he’ll sleep with.

2007

  • Since I love what I do, I do it vigorously and I do it better. Because I inject it with enthusiasm and passion, it doesn’t feel like work. My passion spills over to everyone around me and motivates them to do their very best.
    • Trump 101 The Way to Success (2007), p. 1
  • Passion is absolutely necessary to achieve any kind of long-lasting success. I know this from experience. If you don’t have passion, everything you do will ultimately fizzle out or, at best, be mediocre.
    • Trump 101 The Way to Success (2007), p. 2
  • The war is total disaster. It’s a catastrophe, nothing less. It is such a shame that this took place. In fact, I gained a lot of respect for our current president’s father by the fact that he had the sense not to go in to Iraq. He won the war and then said let’s not go the rest of the way and he turned out to be right. And Saddam Hussein, whether they like him or didn’t like him, he hated terrorists. He’d shoot and kill terrorists. When terrorists came in to his country, which he did control and he did dominate, he would kill terrorists. Now it’s a breeding ground for terrorists. So, look, the war is a total catastrophe…and they have a civil war going on.
    • Interview on “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer (16 March 2007)
  • I make that — twice now, on a Monday I let returning Iraqi injured soldiers come to the premises. The most beautiful people I’ve ever seen. But they’re missing arms and legs, they’re with their wives, sometimes they’re with their girlfriends. And the tears are coming down the faces of these people. I mean, thousands and maybe hundreds of thousands, and the Iraqis that have been just maimed and killed. This war is a horrible thing. Now, President Bush says he’s religious. And yet 400,000 people, the way I count it, have died, and probably millions have been badly maimed and injured. What’s going on? What’s going on? And the day we pull out it’s going to explode. We’re keeping the lid on a little bit. It’s still a catastrophe, but the day we pull out, because they’re in a civil war. Whether we want to admit it or not, they’re in a civil war.
    • Interview on “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer (16 March 2007)
  • Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman. I am biased because I have known her for years. I live in New York. She lives in New York. I really like her and her husband both a lot. I think she really works hard. And I think, again, she’s given an agenda, it is not all of her, but I think she really works hard and I think she does a good job. I like her.
    • 2007 CNN interview, reported in Zeke J. Miller, “When Donald Trump Praised Hillary Clinton”, Time Magazine (July 17, 2015).
  • Trump Steaks are the world’s greatest steaks, and I mean that in every sense of the word. Treat yourself to the very, very best life has to offer you. And as a gift, Trump Steaks are the best you can give. One bite, and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about, and believe me. I understand steaks, it’s my favorite food.
    • Lines marking the introduction of Trump Steaks by The Sharper Image (2007)
  • Congratulations on being named Time magazine’s ‘Man of the Year’ — you definitely deserve it. As you have probably heard, I’m a big fan of yours!
    • Letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin

2008

  • They’ll walk up, and they’ll flip their top, and they’ll flip their panties.
    • Interview on The Howard Stern Show (2008)
  • Hillary Clinton said she’d consider naming Barack Obama as her vice president when she gets the nomination, but she’s nowhere near a shoo-in.
    • About the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries in audio released by the Journal. As quoted in Donald Trump Once Said Hillary Clinton Would Make A ‘Good President’ (July 12, 2016) by Tara John, The Times.
  • For his part, Obama said he’s just focused on winning the nomination although at least one member on his team said Clinton would make a good vice president. Well, I know her and she’d make a good president or good vice president.
    • About the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries in an audio from “Trumped!”, a syndicated radio feature that aired from 2004 to 2008. As quoted in Donald Trump Once Said Hillary Clinton Would Make A ‘Good President’ (July 12, 2016) by Tara John, The Times.
  • It’s very exciting we have a new president. It would have been nice if he ended with a 500 point up instead of down. It’s certainly very exciting. His speech was great last night. I thought it was inspiring in every way. And, hopefully he’s going to do a great job. But the way I look at it, he cannot do worse than Bush.
    • “Donald Trump on President-Elect Obama: ‘He Cannot Do Worse Than Bush'” Interview with Greta Van Susteren Fox News (6 November 2008)

2009

  • If I’d started in business thinking I knew everything, I’d have been sunk before I started… Never think of learning as being a burden or studying as being boring. It may require some discipline, but it can be an adventure. It can also prepare you for a new beginning.
    • Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education In Business and Life (2009), pp. 16–17
  • let’s just talk. I’ll give you as much time as you want. I’ll tell you what you need to know
    • 2009 to Bradley Edwards (attorney prosecuting Jeffrey Epstein) as narrated by Edwards in December 2018 interview, according to 7 July 2019 article by Joe Hoft of Gateway Pundit

2010s

2011

  • Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich.
    • Interview with Ashleigh Banfield on ABC’s Good Morning America (17 March 2011); also in Neil King Jr. (17 March 2011), “Trump on 2012: ‘Part of Beauty of Me Is I’m Very Rich’”, Washington Wire (Wall Street Journal) 
  • They asked John McCain for his birth certificate. They’ve asked others for their birth certificate. They asked Bush for his birth certificate, by the way. I just found out over the weekend. And they would ask me for my birth certificate and by the way, it’s sitting on the top of my desk. They give you a certificate of live birth, which anybody can get, just walk into the hospital, and you get a certificate of live birth. It’s not even signed by people. Now, this guy either has a birth certificate or he doesn’t. And I didn’t think this was such a big deal, but I will tell you, it’s turning out to be a very big deal because people now are calling me from all over saying, please don’t give up on this issue. If you weren’t born in this country, you cannot be president.
    • About Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Fox & Friends, Fox News, 28 March 2011 
    • “Fox Goes Birther: Trump Tells Unquestioning Co-hosts, “I’m Starting To Wonder…Whether Or Not [Obama] Was Born In This Country””, Media Matters for America, 28 March 2011, retrieved on 2011-03-30 
  • So he could have come into the country, and they did it for social reasons they put it in! They did it for whatever reason. There are a lot of reasons you could have put an ad in. But he could have been born outside of this country. Why can’t he produce a birth certificate and by the way, there is one story that his family doesn’t even know what hospital he was born in!
    • About Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Fox & Friends, Fox News, 28 March 2011 
    • “Fox Goes Birther: Trump Tells Unquestioning Co-hosts, “I’m Starting To Wonder…Whether Or Not [Obama] Was Born In This Country””, Media Matters for America, 28 March 2011, retrieved on 2011-03-30 
  • I start off every time I talk about the birthers, I start off by saying, and it’s very interesting, I was a great student at the best college in the country. You know? I want to let people know. I’m a smart guy. Because what they do to the birthers, and I don’t even like the term, the birthers. I think it’s unfair to them. These are people that want to see a birth certificate. They want to know that the president was born here!
    • About Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Fox & Friends, Fox News, 28 March 2011 
    • “Fox Goes Birther: Trump Tells Unquestioning Co-hosts, “I’m Starting To Wonder…Whether Or Not [Obama] Was Born In This Country””, Media Matters for America, 28 March 2011, retrieved on 2011-03-30 
  • Because if you’re not born in the United States, you cannot be president. And, there is a real question. And if this birth certificate exists, you know what I get a kick out of? The Governor of Hawaii says, “I remember when he was born 50 years ago.” I doubt it. I think this guy should be investigated. I doubt it. He remembers when Obama was born? Give me a break! He’s just trying to do something for his party. The fact is, if you’re not born in the United States, you cannot be president. He is having a hard time — he spent millions of dollars trying to get away from this issue, millions of dollars in legal fees trying to get away from this issue. And I’ll tell you what, I brought it up just routinely and all of a sudden, a lot of facts are emerging, and I’m starting to wonder myself whether or not he was born in this country.
    • About Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Fox & Friends, Fox News, 28 March 2011 
    • “Fox Goes Birther: Trump Tells Unquestioning Co-hosts, “I’m Starting To Wonder…Whether Or Not [Obama] Was Born In This Country””, Media Matters for America, 28 March 2011, retrieved on 2011-03-30 
  • Donald Trump: Meredith, he spent two million dollars in legal fees trying to get away from this issue. And if he weren’t lying, why wouldn’t he just solve it? And I wish he would, because if he doesn’t, it’s one of the greatest scams in the history of politics, and in the history period. You are not allowed to be a president if you’re not born in this country. He may not be born in this country. And I’ll tell you what, three weeks ago I thought he was born in this country. Right now, I have some real doubts. I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding.
    Meredith Vieira: You have people now, down there searching—
    Trump: Absolutely.
    Vieira: I mean, in Hawaii?
    Trump: Absolutely. And they cannot believe what they’re finding. I would like to have him show his birth certificate, and can I be honest with you, I hope he can. Because if he can’t, if he can’t, if he wasn’t born in this country, which is a real possibility, I’m not saying it hap— I’m saying it’s a real possibility, much greater than I thought two or three weeks ago, then he has pulled one of the great cons in the history of politics. And beyond politics.
    • Today, NBC, 7 April 2011 
    • regarding Barack Obama
    • Two million dollars is the sum of all the Obama presidential campaign’s post-election legal expenses.[2]
  • David Brody: Radical Islam: to Evangelicals, this is a bread and butter issue. You said there’s a Muslim problem in this country. What do you mean by that exactly?
    Donald Trump: Bill O’Reilly asked me is there a Muslim problem? And I said absolutely, yes. In fact I went a step further. I said I didn’t see Swedish people knocking down the World Trade Center. It was very interesting. I thought that was going to be a controversial statement and somebody, I think it was Dennis Miller introduced me, he was doing like an analysis of me, he said, I love it. The guy said what the truth is. He didn’t mince his words. He didn’t say, ‘Oh, gee, no there’s not a Muslim problem, everybody’s wonderful.’ And by the way, many, many, most Muslims are wonderful people, but is there a Muslim problem? Look what’s happening. Look what happened right here in my city with the World Trade Center and lots of other places. So I said it and I thought it was going to be very controversial but actually it was very well received. I think people want the truth. I think they’re tired of politicians. They’re tired of politically correct stuff. I mean I could have said, ‘Oh absolutely not Bill, there’s no Muslim problem, everything is wonderful, just forget about the World Trade Center.’ But you have to speak the truth. We’re so politically correct that this country is falling apart.
    Brody: With some evangelicals there are some problems with the teachings of the Koran. Do you have concerns about the Koran?
    Trump: Well, I’ll tell you what. The Koran is very interesting. A lot of people say it teaches love and there is a very big group of people who really understand the Koran far better than I do. I’m certainly not an expert, to put it mildly. But there’s something there that teaches some very negative vibe. I mean things are happening, when you look at people blowing up all over the streets that are in some of the countries over in the Middle East, just blowing up a super market with not even soldiers, just people, when 250 people die in a super market that are shopping, where people die in a store or in a street. There’s a lot of hatred there that’s some place. Now I don’t know if that’s from the Koran. I don’t know if that’s from some place else. But there’s tremendous hatred out there that I’ve never seen anything like it. So, you have two views. You have the view that the Koran is all about love and then you have the view that the Koran is, that there’s a lot of hate in the Koran.
    • On CBN News’ “The Brody File” (12 April 2011) (video) (transcript)
  • I look very much forward to showing my financials. Because they are huge.
    • Scherer, Michael (11 April 2011), “In the presence of Donald Trump”, TIME Magazine, retrieved on 2019-10-28 
  • I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records.
    • Associated Press interview, 2011-04-25
    • Madison, Lucy (25 April 2011), “Trump: How did Obama get into the Ivy League?”, CBS News, Archived from the original on 2013-06-28, retrieved on 2011-05-01 
    • About Barack Obama’s education, who graduated from Columbia University in 1983 and graduated magna cum laude with a Juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1991
  • Today I’m very proud of myself, because I’ve accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish. I was just informed, while on the helicopter, that our president has finally released a birth certificate. I want to look at it, but I hope it’s true, so that we can get on to much more important matters, so the press can stop asking me questions. He should have done it a long time ago. Why he didn’t do it when the Clintons asked for it, why he didn’t do it when everyone else was asking for it, I don’t know. But I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully getting rid of this issue. Now, we have to look at it, we have to see, is it real? Is it proper? What’s on it? But I hope it checks out beautifully. I am really proud, I am really honored.
    • press conference, 2011-04-27
    • “Trump Questions Obama Birth Certificate”, TMZ, 27 April 2011, retrieved on 2011-05-01 
    • Regarding the release of Barack Obama’s full birth record from Hawaii that morning
  • The word is, according to what I’ve have read, is that he was a terrible student when he went to Occidental. He then gets to Columbia and then gets to Harvard. I heard at Columbia he was not a very good student, and then he then he gets into Harvard. How do you get into Harvard if you are not a good student? Maybe that’s right, maybe that’s wrong, but I don’t know why he doesn’t he release his records. Why doesn’t he release his Occidental records?
    • press conference, New Hampshire, 2011-04-27
    • “Schieffer: Racism underlying Trump’s assertions”, CBS News, 27 April 2011, Archived from the original on 2013-06-28, retrieved on 2011-05-01 
    • About Barack Obama, who transferred to Columbia from Occidental College in 1981, graduated from Columbia in 1983, and graduated magna cum laude with a Juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1991
  • It’s like in golf. A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.
    • Barbaro, Michael (1 May 2011), “After Roasting, Trump Reacts In Character”, New York Times, retrieved on 2011-05-06 
    • on his opposition to same-sex marriage
  • I know the Chinese. I’ve made a lot of money with the Chinese. I understand the Chinese mind.
    • As quoted in Tony Pierce (3 May 2011), “Donald Trump has read a lot of books on China: ‘I understand the Chinese mind'”, Los Angeles Times , and in John Mauldin (24 August 2015), “Playing the Chinese Trump Card”, Forbes 
  • I dealt with Gaddafi. I rented him a piece of land. He paid me more for one night than the land was worth for two years, and then I didn’t let him use the land. That’s what we should be doing. I don’t want to use the word ‘screwed,’ but I screwed him. That’s what we should be doing.
    • As quoted in “Donald Trump: In his own colourful words”, BBC News, 22 July 2015 
  • She’s a slob, she talks like a truck driver.
  • If I were running my business, I’d fire Rosie, I mean, I’d look her right in that fat ugly face of hers and say, “Rosie, you’re fired.”
    • On an interview on why he hates Rosie O’Donnell (28 August 2011)
  • Our president will start a war with Iran because he has absolutely no ability to negotiate. He is weak and he is ineffective. So the only way he figures he is going to be reelected and as sure as you are sitting there, is to start a war with Iran.
    • A now-deleted video on his YouTube video blog. Andrew Kaczynski (3 January 2020), “Trump repeatedly claimed in 2011 and 2012 that Obama would start a war with Iran to win reelection”, CNN 

2012

  • Mitt is tough. He is smart. He is sharp. He is not going to allow bad things to continue to happen to this country that we all love. So Gov. Romney, go out and get em. You can do it.
    • Quoted in Corbett B. Daly (2 February 2012), “Trump endorses Mitt Romney for president”, CBS News 
  • No, I’ve never really changed. Nothing’s changed my mind. And by the way, you know, you have a huge group of people — I walk down the street, and people are screaming, “Please don’t give that up.” A lot of people are questioning his birth certificate. They’re questioning the authenticity of his birth certificate. I’ve been known as being a very smart guy for a long time. I don’t consider myself birther or not birther, but there are some major questions here and the press doesn’t wanna cover it. The press just refuses to cover it. Now if that were somebody else, they would be covering it, and they’d be throwing people out of office. But they don’t want to cover it. So it’s interesting.
    • Telephone interview, CNBC, 29 May 2012 , quoted in Melissa Jeltsen (29 May 2012), “Donald Trump Goes On Epic Birther Rant”, The Huffington Post 
  • Wolf Blitzer: Donald, you’re beginning to sound a little ridiculous, I have to tell you.
    Donald Trump: No I think you are, Wolf. Now let me tell you something, I think you sound ridiculous, and if you’d ask me a question and let me answer it —
    Blitzer: Here’s the question, did the conspiracy start in 1961 where the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser contemporaneously published announcements that he was born in Hawaii?
    Trump: That’s right. That’s right. And many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefit because of getting so-called born in this country. Many people did it. It was something that was done by many people even though they weren’t born in the country. You know and so do I… And so do a lot of your viewers. Although you don’t have too many viewers.
  • Donald Trump (clip): I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding.
    Meredith Vieira (clip): You have people now, down there searching—
    Trump (clip): Absolutely.
    Vieira (clip): I mean, in Hawaii?
    Trump (clip): Absolutely. And they cannot believe what they’re finding.
    Wolf Blitzer: All right, tell us what your people who were investigating in Hawaii, what they found.
    Trump: Oh, we don’t have to go into old news. That’s old news.
    Blitzer: Well, what did they find?
    Trump: There’s been plenty found. You can call many people. You can read many, many articles on the authenticity of the certificate. You can read many articles from just recently as to what the publisher printed in a brochure as to what Obama told him, as to where his place of birth is. And that’s fine, Wolf.
    Now, it’s appropriate, I think, that we get to the subject of hand, which is — at hand, which is jobs, which is the economy, which is how our country is not doing well at all under this leadership, which is how are we going to do something about energy, which is really that things that I wanted to talk to you about, but you like to keep going back to the place of birth.
    • The Situation Room, CNN, 29 May 2012 , quoted in Elizabeth Flock (29 May 2012), “Wolf Blitzer Spars With Donald Trump Over Obama’s Birth Certificate”, US News & World Report 
    • Referring to a 1991 promotional booklet by literary agency Acton & Dystel with bios of 89 authors, that erroneously described Barack Obama as “born in Kenya”.[3]
  • He [Obama] lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!
  • The phoney [sic] electoral college made a laughing stock out of our nation. The loser one!
  • More votes equals a loss… revolution!
  • This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!
  • The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.
    • Tweets on November 6 and 7, 2012, some of which were later deleted. Trump falsely believed Barack Obama had lost the popular vote. Trump’s flip-flop on the electoral college: From ‘disaster’ to ‘genius’
  • Republicans didn’t have anything going for them with respect to Latinos and with respect to Asians… The Democrats didn’t have a policy for dealing with illegal immigrants, but what they did have going for them is they weren’t mean-spirited about it… They didn’t know what the policy was, but what they were is they were kind… He had a crazy policy of self deportation which was maniacal… It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote… He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country… Take care of this incredible problem that we have with respect to immigration, with respect to people wanting to be wonderful productive citizens of this country.
    • Interview with Newsmax (November 2012), quoted in Jim Geraghty (10 July 2015), “Trump 2008: Bush Is Evil, Talk to Iran, Obama Cannot Do Worse Than Bush”, National Review 
  • [climate change was] “created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive”
    • said in 2012 according to What does Trump actually believe on climate change?

2013

  • Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure,it’s not your fault
    • Tweet 9 May 2013
  • I keep asking, how long will we go on defending South Korea from North Korea without payment? South Korea is a very very rich country. They’re rich because of us. They sell us televisions, they sell us cars. They sell us everything. They are making a fortune. We have a huge deficit with South Korea. They’re friends of mine. I do deals with them. I’ve been partners with them, no problem. But they think we’re stupid. They can’t believe it. We are defending them against North Korea, we’re doing it for nothing. We’re not in that position. When will they start to pay us for this defense? Isn’t it really ridiculous when you think of it? They make a fortune on the United States and then they got some problems, and what happens? They call the United States to defend them, and we get nothing?
    • “From the Desk of Donald Trump: South Korea” YouTube (10 April 2013)
  • Must be a pretty picture you dropping to your knees.
    • ” to Brande Roderick, From The Apprentice, Season 6, Episode 1″ (3 March 2013)
  • Leadership: whatever happens, you’re responsible. If it doesn’t happen, you’re responsible.
    • Tweet (8 November 2013)
  • I do have a relationship and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today, he’s probably very interested in what you and I are saying today, and I’m sure he is going to be seeing it in some form. But I do have a relationship with him, and I think, er, it’s very interesting to see what’s happened. I mean, look, he’s done a very brilliant job in terms of what he represents and who he’s representing, if you look at what he’s done with Syria, if you look at so many of the different things, he has really eaten our president’s lunch, let’s not kid ourselves.
    • Trump responding to a question about whether he had a relationship with Vladimir Putin during an interview with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts while visiting Moscow for the Miss Universe competition (November 2013)

2014

  • If this doctor, who so recklessly flew into New York from West Africa,has Ebola,then Obama should apologize to the American people & resign!
    • Snopes fact check: Did Trump Call for Obama to Resign After Ebola Doctor Returned to U.S.? (23 Oct)

2015

  • There is a way of beating ISIS so easily, so quickly, so effectively, and it would be so nice…I know a way that would absolutely give us guaranteed victory…the problem is then everybody will take the idea, run with it and then people will forget where it came from…I ran it past two or three people. [It’s] so simple. It’s like the paper clip.
    • On his plan to defeat ISIS (May 2015)
  • So I said to myself, you know, nobody’s ever going to know unless I run, because I’m really proud of my success.
    • Announcement speech (June 2015)
  • Donald Trump: Oh, well, if you look at the statistics, of people coming— I didn’t say about Mexic— I say the illegal immigrants— if you look at the statistics on rape, on crime, on everything, coming in illegally into this country, they’re mind-boggling. If you go to Fusion, you will see a story about 80% of the women coming in– I mean, you have to take a look at these stories. And you know who owns Fusion? Univision. It was in The Huffington Post. I said, let me get some of these articles because I’ve heard some horrible things. I deal a lot of talking with people on the border patrol. They’re incredible people. They help our country.
    Don Lemon: But I want some clarification–
    Trump: No, but Don, all you have to do is go to Fusion and pick up the stories on rape, and it’s unbelievable when you look at what’s going on. So all I’m doing is telling the truth.
    Lemon: I’ve read The Washington Post, I read the Fusion, I read The Huffington Post. And that’s about women being raped, it’s not about criminals coming across the border entering the country.
    Trump: Somebody’s doing the raping, Don, I mean, you know– I mean, somebody’s doing it. You think it’s women being raped, well who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping? I mean how can you say such a thing. So, the problem is you have to stop illegal immigration coming across the border. You have to create a strong border. If you don’t, we don’t have a country.
    • The Situation Room, CNN, 1 July 2015 

I can’t apologize for the truth.

  • I can never apologize for the truth. I don’t mind apologizing for things but I can’t apologize for the truth.
    • “TRUMP: ‘I use the word rape and all of a sudden everyone goes crazy'”, finance.yahoo.com, 2 July 2015 
  • I didn’t know it was going to be this severe.
    • “Trump stands by statements on Mexican illegal immigrants, surprised by backlash”, FoxNews.com, 4 July 2015 
  • I don’t know. I really don’t know. I don’t know why he wouldn’t release his records.
    • When asked whether he thought Barack Obama was born in the U.S. — as quoted in Nick Gass (10 July 2015), “Trump: I’m still a birther”, Politico 
  • The silent majority is back, and we’re going to take the country back.
    • Speech at a packed Phoenix Convention Cente, as quoted in “Trump: ‘We’re Going to Take the Country Back'”, Fox News Insider, 12 July 2015 
  • The Obama Administration’s agreement with Iran is very dangerous. Iran developing a nuclear weapon, either through uranium or nuclear fuel, and defying the world is still a very real possibility. The inspections will not be followed, and Iran will no longer have any sanctions. Iran gets everything and loses nothing. Every promise the Obama Administration made in the beginning of negotiations, including the vow (made at the beginning of the negotiations) to get our great American prisoners returned to the U. S. has been broken. This is a bad deal that sets a dangerous precedent. This deal sets off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, which is the most-unstable region in the world. It is a horrible and perhaps catastrophic event for Israel. Furthermore, we should have kept the billions of dollars we have agreed to pay them. Any great dealmaker would know this is a perfect example of “tapping along” and because they have been unchecked for so long throughout this extremely lengthy process, I guarantee they are much closer to producing a nuclear weapon than they were at the start of negotiations. The fact is, the US has incompetent leaders and even more incompetent negotiators. We must do better for America and the world. We have to Make America Great Again.
    • Statement by Donald J. Trump on the Iran Agreement, American Presidency Project, 14 July 2015
  • And I had an idea recently. When they send illegals into our country, we charge Mexico $100,000 for every illegal that crosses that border because it’s trouble.
    • “Fox News “Hannity”- Transcript: Trump On El Chappo And Undocumented Immigration”, Fox News, 15 July 2015 
  • It’s going to get worse in our country and we better start fighting a lot tougher than we’re fighting right now.
    • “Trump: ‘Absolutely Ridiculous’ Marines Not Allowed to Carry Guns at Centers”, Fox News Insider, 16 July 2015 
  • Donald Trump: 15,000 people showed up to hear me speak. Bigger than anybody and everybody knows it. A beautiful day with incredible people that were wonderful, great Americans, I will tell you. John McCain goes, “Oh, boy, Trump makes my job difficult. He had 15,000 crazies show up.” Crazies. He called them all crazy. I said, they weren’t crazy. They were great Americans. These people— if you would have seen these people— you— I know what a crazy is. I know all about crazies. These weren’t crazy. So he insulted me and he insulted everybody in that room…
    Frank Luntz: He’s a war hero.
    Donald Trump: He’s not a war hero.
    Luntz: He’s a war hero.
    Trump: He is a war hero—
    Luntz: Five and a half years in a POW camp.
    Trump: He’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK? I hate to tell you.
    Luntz: Do you agree with that?
    Trump: He’s a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured, OK? You can have— and I believe— perhaps he’s a war hero, but— but right now he said some very bad things about a lot of people.
    • Family Leadership Summit 2015, quoted in Harriet Alexander (18 July 2015), “Donald Trump tells John McCain: ‘I like people who weren’t captured'”, The Telegraph 
  • I see Rick Perry the other day. … He’s doing very poorly in the polls. He put on glasses so people will think he’s smart. And it just doesn’t work! You know people can see through the glasses!
    • “Trump Campaign Statement on Rick Perry”, NPR, 21 July 2015 
  • But you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right—who would have thought?), but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners—now it used to be three, now it’s four—but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years—but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.
    • “Speech in Sun City, South Carolina”, Slate, 21 July 2015 
  • If you can’t get rich dealing with politicians, there’s something wrong with you.
    • Campaign Rally in South Carolina
    • YouTube
  • I’m a Republican, I’m a conservative, I’m in first place, I want to run as a Republican and I think I’ll get the nomination… [Hillary Clinton] is easily the worst Secretary of State in the history of the country. She’s going to be beaten and I’m the one to beat her.
    • “Donald Trump tours Mexican border with Texas”, BBC, 23 July 2015 
  • Jose Diaz-Balart: Mr. Trump, you know 53,000 Hispanics turn 18 years of age in this country every month, born in the country of voting age. 54 million plus Hispanics — many feel that what you said when you said that the people who cross the border are rapists and murderers—
    Donald Trump: No, no, no! We’re talking about illegal immigration and everybody understands that. And you know what? That’s a typical case. That’s a typical case of the press with misinterpretation. They take a half a sentence, they take a half a sentence, then they take quarter of a sentence and put it all together. It’s a typical thing…
    Diaz-Balart: I’m not finished with my question.
    Trump: No, no! You’re finished!
    • Oliver Darcy (23 July 2015), “Crowd Erupts in Applause at How Donald Trump Handles MSNBC Host at Presser: ‘You’re Finished!'”, TheBlaze 
  • I think that I would be a great uniter. I think that I would have great diplomatic skills. I think that I would be able to get along with people very well. I’ve had a great success in my life. I think the world would unite if I were the leader of the United States.
    • Jesse Byrnes (30 July 2015), “Trump: ‘World would unite if I were the leader'”, The Hill 

I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct.

  • I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct.
    • Republican Presidential Debate 2015 — “Annotated transcript: The Aug. 6 GOP debate”, The Washington Post, 6 August 2015 
  • You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.
    • On Megyn Kelly (7 August 2015)
  • I cherish women. I want to help women. I’m going to do things for women that no other candidate will be able to do.
    • Gregoy Krieg (9 August 2015), “12 times Donald Trump declared his ‘respect’ for women”, CNN 
  • We have to keep the families together, but they have to go. What if they have no place to go?
    • During the Iowa State Fair (2015 August 15)
  • You know, when you put out policy, like a 14-point plan? A lot of times in the first hour of negotiation, that 14-point plan goes astray, but you may end up with a better deal. That’s the way it works. That’s the way really life works. When I do a deal, I don’t say, “Oh, here’s 14 points.” I got out and do it. I don’t sit down and talk about 14 points.
    • Appearance at Iowa State Fair – “Donald Trump’s surprisingly savvy analysis of American politics”, The Washington Post, 15 August 2015 
  • Hillary Clinton was the worst Secretary of State in the history of the country. The world came apart under her reign… I will be the one to beat Hillary.
    • “Donald Trump Explains All”, TIME, 20 August 2015 
  • If you start adding it up, our real unemployment rate is 42%.
    • “Donald Trump Explains All”, TIME, 20 August 2015 . For a discussion of this figure, see “The Real Jobless Rate Is 42 Percent? Donald Trump Has a Point, Sort Of” by Neil Irwin, The New York Times (10 February 2016).
  • You’ve seen my statements, I do very well, I don’t mind paying some taxes. The middle class is getting clobbered in this country. You know the middle class built this country, not the hedge fund guys, but I know people in hedge funds that pay almost nothing and it’s ridiculous.
    • Interview on Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect — David Knowles (26 August 2015), “Donald Trump Says He Wants to Raise Taxes on Himself”, Bloomberg 
  • We’re a nation that speaks English. I think that, while we’re in this nation, we should be speaking English… that’s how we assimilate.
    • “Donald Trump: “While We’re in This Nation, We Should Be Speaking English””, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 September 2015 
  • Look at that face! [of Carly Fiorina] Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”
    • “Trump Seriously: On the Trail With the GOP’s Tough Guy”, Rolling Stone, 9 September 2015 
  • The fact is all lives matter. That includes black, and it includes white, and it includes everybody else. And we have… Democrats that are afraid to even say that.
    • As quoted in Colin Campbell (9 September 2015), “Donald Trump trashes Black Lives Matter: ‘I think they’re trouble'”, Business Insider 
  • This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish.
    • Criticizing Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish on the campaign trail during a Republican Presidential Debate on CNN (16 September 2015)
  • Audience member: We have a problem in this country, it’s called Muslims. Our current President is one. We know he’s not even an American. We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question, when can we get rid of them?
    Donald Trump: We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things. A lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. We’re going to be looking at that and a lot of different things.
    • At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire — as quoted in Maya Rhodan (17 September 2015), “Here’s How Donald Trump Responded to a Person Saying President Obama is Muslim”, Time 
  • Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!
  • This is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something.
    • Tweets — quoted in Doina Chiacu (20 September 2015), “Trump defend Obama? ‘I don’t think so!'”, Reuters 
  • You can be politically correct if you want, but are you trying to say we don’t have a problem? … Most Muslims, like most everything, I mean, these are fabulous people… But we certainly do have a problem, I mean, you have a problem throughout the world. … It wasn’t people from Sweden that blew up the World Trade Center.
    • On CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper — as quoted in Timothy Cama (20 September 2015), “Trump: ‘We certainly do have a problem’ with some Muslims”, The Hill 
  • The first thing I’d do in my first day as president is close up our borders so that illegal immigrants cannot come into our country.
    • Twitter question and answer session from Twitter’s New York office — as quoted in Jesse Byrnes (21 September 2015), “Trump: I’ll close US borders ‘in my first day'”, The Hill 
  • You ever see guys with nothing on their desk? They always fail. I don’t know what it is. I’ve seen it for years.
    • Explaining his messy desk, NY Times Magazine interview. Mark Leibovich (21 September 2015), “Donald Trump is not going anywhere”, The New York Times Magazine 
  • Why aren’t we letting ISIS go and fight Assad and then we pick up the remnants?
    • Interview in 60 Minutes, 2015-09-27
    • Cited by Mitt Romney in Business Insider, 2016-03-03
  • I will tell you in terms of leadership he is getting an ‘A,’ and our president is not doing so well. They did not look good together.
    • Reena Flores (30 September 2015), “Donald Trump gives Russia’s Putin an ‘A’ in leadership”, CBS News 
  • I’ve always said, if you run for president, you shouldn’t be allowed to use teleprompters. Because you don’t even know if the guy is smart.
    • Norcross, Georgia, 2015-10-10, quoted in Joe Concha (21 July 2016), “Teleprompter Trump: the right temperament or low-energy Donald?”, The Hill 
  • He was such a nice guy. And he said, Oh, I’m never going to attack. But then his poll numbers tanked. He’s got — that’s why he’s on the end — and he got nasty. And he got nasty. So you know what? You can have him.
    • Response to John Kasich “CNBC Republican debate transcript”, CNBC, 28 October 2015 
  • Trump: I’m Donald Trump, and I’m running for president. Our country is in deep trouble because let’s face it: politics are all talk and no action. My opponents have no experience in creating jobs or making deals. The fact is, I’m going to make the greatest trade deals we’ve ever made in our country. And I’m going to bring jobs and money back to the United States. I’ll take care of our veterans and make our military so strong that nobody will ever mess with us. I’ll secure our borders, and yes, we will have a wall. You can’t have a country without borders. Obamacare is a total disaster. It will be repealed and replaced with something much better. If the people of Iowa vote for me, you’ll never be disappointed. I don’t disappoint people, I produce. Together, we’re going to Make America Great Again. I’m Donald Trump, candidate for president, and I approve this message.
    Female V/O: Paid for by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
    • Radio ad aired in Iowa (5 November 2015)
  • You’re going to have a deportation force, and you’re going to do it humanely and you’re going to bring the country — and, frankly, the people, because you have some excellent, wonderful people, some fantastic people hat have been here for a long period of time. Don’t forget, Mika, that you have millions of people that are waiting in line to come into this country and they’re waiting to come in legally. And I always say the wall, we’re going to build the wall. It’s going to be a real deal. It’s going to be a real wall. There was a picture in one of the magazines where they had a wall this tall and they were taking drugs over the wall. They built a ramp over the wall and the truck was going up and down. They were using it like a highway; the wall is like a highway. It’s not going to happen. It’s going to be a Trump wall. It’s going to be a real wall. And it’s going to stop people and it’s going to be good. But your friend Thomas Friedman called me and said, hah, there should be a big door. I said going to be a big door. I love the expression. There’s going to be a big beautiful nice door. People are going to come in and they’re going to come in legally. But we have no choice. Otherwise, we don’t have a country. We don’t even know how many people. We don’t know if it’s 8 million or if it’s 20 million. We have no idea how many people are in our country. And then you see what happened with Kate in San Francisco. You see what happens with all of the things going on, all of the tremendous crime going on. It costs us $200 billion a year for illegal immigration right now. $200 billion a year, maybe $250, maybe $300. They don’t even know. We’re going to stop it. We’re going to run it properly and we’re going to stop it.
    • On his immigration plan (2015 November 11)
  • Watch and study the mosques, because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques.
    • As quoted in “Donald Trump: ‘Strongly consider’ shutting mosques” (16 November 2015), by Gregory Krieg, CNN (2015), Atlanta, Georgia: Cable News Network.
  • [When the government says] ‘everybody gets equal pay,’ you get away from the whole American Dream.
    • An unequal answer about equal pay (19 November 2015)
  • I would certainly implement that. Absolutely… There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases. We should have a lot of systems… They have to be. They have to be… It’s all about management.
    • As quoted in “Donald Trump Says He Supports a Database and ID Cards to Track Muslims in the U.S.: ‘We’re Going to Have to Look at the Mosques'” (20 November 2015), by Char Adams, People.
  • Get him the hell out of here.
    • As quoted in “Trump supporters, Black Lives Matter protester clash at rally” (21 November 2015), by Reena Flores, CBS News, CBS Interactive, Inc.
  • I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.
    It was on television. I saw it. It was well covered at the time, George. Now, I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good.
    • 21 November 2015 speech in Birmingham, Alabama, then next-day reply to George Stephanopoulos, according to 22 November 2015 PolitiFact article
  • Written by a nice reporter. Now the poor guy – you ought to see the guy: ‘Uhh I don’t know what I said. I don’t remember!’ He’s going, ‘I don’t remember! Maybe that’s what I said.’
    • As quoted in “Trump mocks reporter with disability” (25 November 2015 by CNN) and “Donald Trump accused of mocking disabled reporter” (26 November 2015), by Rob Crilly regarding Serge Kovaleski
  • My policy has always been the same. We’re fighting ISIS and Assad is fighting ISIS, but we’re backing rebels to fight Assad. You can’t fight everybody, you have to pick who you want to fight. And now you’ve got Turkey, who like ISIS more than they like others, no one really knows because we don’t have people that know what they’re doing. So in my opinion, you go along, and Russia does not like ISIS, and people are starting to find out. I mean in all fairness lost an airplane, got blew out of the air. So Russia is not a fan of ISIS. Russia is bombing the hell out of them, starting to bomb them. I say isis is our number one threat. We can’t be fighting everybody at the same time. ISIS is our number one threat. I would bomb the hell out of them — I like to do one thing at a time. I would knock the hell out of ISIS. I would hit them … so hard like they’ve never been hit before.
    • In an interview with Fox & Friends. [4] (December 2, 2015)
  • They’re using them as shields. It’s a horrible thing. They’re using them as shields. But we’re fighting a very politically correct war. And the other thing is with the terrorists. You have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives. Don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their families.
    • When asked how he would deal with civilian casualties. In an interview with Fox & Friends. [5] (December 2, 2015)
  • Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on… According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing “25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad” and 51% of those polled, “agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah.” Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won’t convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.
    • Statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration (2015)
  • If you’re in the White House, who wants to take a vacation? You’re in the White House!… What’s better than the White House? Why these vacations?
    • Hardball with Chris Matthews, August 4, 2017 December 5, 2015 rally
  • We have places in London and other places that are so radicalised that the police are afraid for their own lives. We have to be very smart and very vigilant.
    • As quoted in “Donald Trump claims parts of London are ‘so radicalised’ police officers are ‘afraid for their lives'” by Rose Troup Buchanan, The Independent (8 December 2015); also in “‘Trump’s not wrong – we can’t wear uniform in our OWN cars’: Five police officers claim Donald Trump is RIGHT about parts of London being so ‘radicalised’ they are no-go areas” by Martin Robinson, Daily Mail Online (9 December 2015)
  • These are people that are outside the country, so we’re really not talking about the Constitution. And it’s not about religion. This is about safety. This has nothing to do with religion. It’s about safety.
    • Interview on ABC’s “Life with Kelly and Michael”, as quoted in “Trump: Muslim ban ‘not about religion'” by Jesse Byrnes, The Hill (9 December 2015)
  • We’re doing really well with the evangelicals, and, by the way: And again, I do like Ted Cruz

— but not a lot of evangelicals come out of Cuba, in all fairness. It’s true. Not a lot come out. But I like him nevertheless. But I think we’re going to do great, and we are doing great with evangelicals.

  • I’m with you. I’m with everybody. I’m with everybody, look, I’m self-funding. I have no oil company. I have no special interest. I have no lobbyists.
  • Well look he’s from Texas — to the best of my knowledge, there’s a lot of oil in Texas, right? So, he gets a lot of money from the oil companies, and he’s against ethanol and everything you’re else talking about. And I’m not I’m totally in favor. And you know it’s a big industry here, it’s a big industry. You know if that industry is upset Iowa’s got problems.
  • I really do, I like Ted Cruz a lot, I would say that we would certainly have things in mind for Ted, to be honest with you. I mean, he’s somebody that I could certainly say that [about] because I like him.
    • During a rally in Iowa. [6][7][8] (December 11, 2015)
  • I think there has to be a trust. There actually has to be a trust. If you don’t trust, you’re not going to do very well.
    • In response to a reporter’s line of questioning on what his specific plans will be to achieve the goals of his campaign. “Trump on Specifics of His Proposals: ‘Trust Me'” (12 August 2015), by Melanie Hunter
  • We are losing a lot of people to the Internet. We have to do something. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them [about], maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Some people will say, ‘Freedom of speech, Freedom of speech’. These are foolish people.
    • Google’s Eric Schmidt calls for ‘spell-checkers for hate and harassment’, 8 December 2015, by Alex Hern.
  • I know words. I have the best words.
    • Speech in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 30 December 2015, reported by Gawker and The Daily Caller, among others.
  • I’m trying to figure out, let’s see, I’m in my room, in New York city, and I want to put a little spray, so I can, you know [mimes spraying] right, right, but I hear they don’t want me to use the hairspray, they want me to use the pump, because the other one, which I really like better than going [mimes pumping] bang, bang, bang, and then it comes out in big globs, right, and it’s stuck in your hair and you say, “Oh my god I’ve got to take a shower again, my hair’s all screwed up”, right, I want to use hairspray, but they say “Don’t use hairspray, it’s bad for the ozone”, so I’m sitting in this concealed [sic] apartment, this concealed unit (you know I do live in a very apartment, right) but it’s sealed (it’s beautiful) I don’t think anything gets out, and I’m not supposed to be using hairspray!
    • Speaking at a rally in Hilton Head, SC (30 December 2015)
  • We’re rounding ’em up in a very humane way, in a very nice way. And they’re going to be happy because they want to be legalized. And, by the way, I know it doesn’t sound nice. But not everything is nice.
    • 60 Minutes, 27/0/15
  • I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.
    • Campaign launch rally, 15/6/15
  • I will be phenomenal to the women. I mean, I want to help women.
    • Face the Nation, 9/8/15
Presidential Bid Announcement (June 16, 2015)

At Trump Tower, 2015-06-16, speech announcing his candidacy for U.S. president — “Full text: Donald Trump announces a presidential bid”, The Washington Post, 16 June 2015 

  • Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. All the time. When did we beat Japan at anything? They send their cars over by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn’t exist, folks. They beat us all the time. When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically. The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.
  • When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably – probably – from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.
  • Islamic terrorism is eating up large portions of the Middle East. They’ve become rich. I’m in competition with them. They 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.
  • I love the military, and I want to have the strongest military that we’ve ever had, and we need it more now than ever. But I said, “Don’t hit Iraq,” because you’re going to totally destabilize the Middle East. Iran is going to take over the Middle East, Iran and somebody else will get the oil, and it turned out that Iran is now taking over Iraq. Think of it. Iran is taking over Iraq, and they’re taking it over big league.
  • We lost thousands of lives, thousands in Iraq. We have wounded soldiers, who I love, I love — they’re great — all over the place, thousands and thousands of wounded soldiers. And we have nothing. We can’t even go there. We have nothing. And every time we give Iraq equipment, the first time a bullet goes off in the air, they leave it.
  • Last quarter, it was just announced our gross domestic product — a sign of strength, right? But not for us. It was below zero. Whoever heard of this? It’s never below zero.
  • A lot of people up there can’t get jobs. They can’t get jobs, because there are no jobs, because China has our jobs and Mexico has our jobs. They all have jobs.
  • Our enemies are getting stronger and stronger by the way, and we as a country are getting weaker. Even our nuclear arsenal doesn’t work. It came out recently they have equipment that is 30 years old. They don’t know if it worked. And I thought it was horrible when it was broadcast on television, because boy, does that send signals to Putin and all of the other people that look at us and they say, “That is a group of people, and that is a nation that truly has no clue. They don’t know what they’re doing. They don’t know what they’re doing.”
  • We have a disaster called the big lie: Obamacare. … We have to repeal Obamacare, and it can be — and — and it can be replaced with something much better for everybody. Let it be for everybody. But much better and much less expensive for people and for the government. And we can do it.
  • Remember the $5 billion Web site? $5 billion we spent on a Web site, and to this day it doesn’t work. A $5 billion Web site. I have so many Web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a Web site. It costs me $3.
  • I watch the speeches of these people, and they say the sun will rise, the moon will set, all sorts of wonderful things will happen. And people are saying, “What’s going on? I just want a job. Just get me a job. I don’t need the rhetoric. I want a job.”
  • 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. In fact, I’d love him to leave early and play, that would be a very good thing.
  • I’ve watched the politicians. I’ve dealt with them all my life. If you can’t make a good deal with a politician, then there’s something wrong with you. You’re certainly not very good. And that’s what we have representing us. They will never make America great again. They don’t even have a chance. They’re controlled fully — they’re controlled fully by the lobbyists, by the donors, and by the special interests, fully.
  • I have lobbyists. I have to tell you. I have lobbyists that can produce anything for me. They’re great. But you know what? it won’t happen. It won’t happen. Because we have to stop doing things for some people, but for this country, it’s destroying our country. We have to stop, and it has to stop now.
  • Our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now. We need a leader that wrote “The Art of the Deal.” We need a leader that can bring back our jobs, can bring back our manufacturing, can bring back our military, can take care of our vets. Our vets have been abandoned. And we also need a cheerleader. … We need somebody that can take the brand of the United States and make it great again. It’s not great again.
  • He (Barack Obama) was vibrant. He was young. I really thought that he would be a great cheerleader. … But he wasn’t a cheerleader. He’s actually a negative force. He’s been a negative force. He wasn’t a cheerleader; he was the opposite.
  • We need somebody that can take the brand of the United States and make it great again. It’s not great again.
  • We need — we need somebody — we need somebody that literally will take this country and make it great again. We can do that.
  • You know, all of my life, I’ve heard that a truly successful person, a really, really successful person and even modestly successful cannot run for public office. Just can’t happen. And yet that’s the kind of mindset that you need to make this country great again.
  • So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again!
  • We have people that aren’t working. We have people that have no incentive to work. But they’re going to have incentive to work, because the greatest social program is a job. And they’ll be proud, and they’ll love it, and they’ll make much more than they would’ve ever made, and they’ll be — they’ll be doing so well, and we’re going to be thriving as a country, thriving. It can happen. I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created. I tell you that.
  • We owe China $1.3 trillion. We owe Japan more than that. So they come in, they take our jobs, they take our money, and then they loan us back the money, and we pay them in interest, and then the dollar goes up so their deal’s even better. How stupid are our leaders? How stupid are these politicians to allow this to happen? How stupid are they?
  • I’m totally against the trade bill for a number of reasons. Number one, the people negotiating don’t have a clue. Our president doesn’t have a clue. He’s a bad negotiator. He’s the one that did Bergdahl. We get Bergdahl, they get five killer terrorists that everybody wanted over there. We get Bergdahl. We get a traitor. We get a no-good traitor, and they get the five people that they wanted for years, and those people are now back on the battlefield trying to kill us. That’s the negotiator we have.
  • Israel maybe won’t exist very long. It’s a disaster, and we have to protect Israel.
  • I’m a free trader. But the problem with free trade is you need really talented people to negotiate for you. If you don’t have talented people, if you don’t have great leadership, if you don’t have people that know business, not just a political hack that got the job because he made a contribution to a campaign, which is the way all jobs, just about, are gotten, free trade terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people, but we have people that are stupid. We have people that aren’t smart. And we have people that are controlled by special interests. And it’s just not going to work.
  • I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower. I love China. People say, “Oh, you don’t like China?” No, I love them. But their leaders are much smarter than our leaders, and we can’t sustain ourself with that.
  • We have all the cards, but we don’t know how to use them. We don’t even know that we have the cards, because our leaders don’t understand the game. We could turn off that spigot by charging them tax until they behave properly.
  • You have a problem with ISIS. You have a bigger problem with China. And, in my opinion, the new China, believe it or not, in terms of trade, is Mexico.
  • I know the smartest negotiators in the world. I know the good ones. I know the bad ones. I know the overrated ones.
  • I love the Saudis. Many are in this building. They make a billion dollars a day. Whenever they have problems, we send over the ships. We say “we’re gonna protect.” What are we doing? They’ve got nothing but money.
  • Saudi Arabia without us is gone. They’re gone.
  • All of these politicians that I’m running against now, they’re trying to disassociate. I mean, you looked at Bush, it took him five days to answer the question on Iraq. He couldn’t answer the question. He didn’t know. I said, “Is he intelligent?” Then I looked at Rubio. He was unable to answer the question, is Iraq a good thing or bad thing? He didn’t know. He couldn’t answer the question. How are these people gonna lead us? How are we gonna — how are we gonna go back and make it great again? We can’t. They don’t have a clue. They can’t lead us. They can’t. They can’t even answer simple questions. It was terrible.
  • Saudi Arabia is in big, big trouble. Now, thanks to fracking and other things, the oil is all over the place. And I used to say it, there are ships at sea, and this was during the worst crisis, that were loaded up with oil, and the cartel kept the price up, because, again, they were smarter than our leaders. They were smarter than our leaders.
  • I think I am a nice person. People that know me, like me. Does my family like me? I think so, right. Look at my family. I’m proud of my family.
  • This is going to be an election that’s based on competence, because people are tired of these nice people. And they’re tired of being ripped off by everybody in the world. And they’re tired of spending more money on education than any nation in the world per capita, than any nation in the world, and we are 26th in the world, 25 countries are better than us in education. And some of them are like third world countries. But we’re becoming a third word country, because of our infrastructure, our airports, our roads, everything. So one of the things I did, and I said, you know what I’ll do. I’ll do it. Because a lot of people said, “He’ll never run. Number one, he won’t want to give up his lifestyle.” They’re right about that, but I’m doing it.
  • We have losers. We have people that don’t have it. We have people that are morally corrupt. We have people that are selling this country down the drain.
  • I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.
  • I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. And we won’t be using a man like Secretary Kerry that has absolutely no concept of negotiation, who’s making a horrible and laughable deal, who’s just being tapped along as they make weapons right now, and then goes into a bicycle race at 72 years old, and falls and breaks his leg. I won’t be doing that. And I promise I will never be in a bicycle race. That I can tell you.
  • Fully support and back up the Second Amendment.
  • Bush is totally in favor of Common Core. I don’t see how he can possibly get the nomination. He’s weak on immigration. He’s in favor of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can’t do it. We have to end — education has to be local.
  • Rebuild the country’s infrastructure. Nobody can do that like me. Believe me. It will be done on time, on budget, way below cost, way below what anyone ever thought. I look at the roads being built all over the country, and I say I can build those things for one-third. What they do is unbelievable, how bad.
  • Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts. Have to do it. Get rid of the fraud. Get rid of the waste and abuse, but save it. People have been paying it for years. And now many of these candidates want to cut it. You save it by making the United States, by making us rich again, by taking back all of the money that’s being lost.
  • We’re in a bubble. We have artificially low interest rates. We have a stock market that, frankly, has been good to me, but I still hate to see what’s happening. We have a stock market that is so bloated. Be careful of a bubble because what you’ve seen in the past might be small potatoes compared to what happens. So be very, very careful.
  • Sadly, the American dream is dead. But if I get elected president, I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again.
Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again (2015)
  • The enthusiasm was based on pure love and love of what we were doing.
    • Preface, p. xiv
  • The fact is I give people what they need and deserve to hear – exactly what they don’t get from politicians – and that is The Truth. Our country is a mess right now and we don’t have time to pretend otherwise. We don’t have time to waste on being politically correct.
  • I use the media the way the media uses me—to attract attention. Once I have that attention, it’s up to me to use it to my advantage.
  • I’ve seen these so-called journalists flat-out lie. I say that because incompetence doesn’t begin to explain the inaccurate stories they have written.
  • Our country, our people, and our laws have to be our top priority.
  • Citizenship is not a gift we can afford to keep giving away.
  • I want good people to come here from all over the world, but I want them to do so legally. We can expedite the process, we can reward achievement and excellence, but we have to respect the legal process. And those people who take advantage of the system and come here illegally should never enjoy the benefits of being a resident–or citizen–of this nation. So I am against any path to citizenship for undocumented workers or anyone else who is in this country illegaly. They should–and need to–go home and get in line.
  • Depending on the price of oil, Saudi Arabia earns somewhere between half a billion and a billion dollars every day. They wouldn’t exist, let alone have that wealth, without our protection. We get nothing from them. Nothing. We defend Germany. We defend Japan. We defend South Korea. These are powerful and wealthy countries. We get nothing from them. It’s time to change all that. It’s time to win again.
  • When Kuwait was attacked by Saddam Hussein, all the wealthy Kuwaitis ran to Paris. They didn’t just rent suites—they took up whole buildings, entire hotels. They lived like kings while their country was occupied. Who did they turn to for help? Who else? Uncle Sucker. That’s us.
  • We can’t be afraid to use our military, but sending our sons and daughters should be the very last resort. I’ve seen what wars do to our kids. I’ve seen their broken bodies, know all about the horrors that live in their heads, and the enormous effects of trauma. We cannot commit American troops to battle without a real and tangible objective.
  • To me, for politicians to claim that we have an answer to every problem is silly. When you listen to some politicians reeling off their prepared answers, you almost fall for it. They’re all experts. But nothing ever happens.
  • I manage to blast through the ridiculous liberal bias of the media and speak right to the hearts of the people – or at least I try.
  • It’s not just jobs that are being lost to other countries. We are seeing whole industries vanish overseas.
  • A great leader has to be flexible, holding his ground on the major principles but finding room for compromises that can bring people together. A great leader has to be savvy at negotiations so we don’t drown every bill in pork barrel bridges to nowhere. I know how to stand my ground — but I also know that Republicans and Democrats need to find common ground to stand on as well.
  • We look at politicians and think: This one’s owned by this millionaire. That one’s owned by that millionaire, or lobbyist, or special interest group. Me? I speak for the people. So the establishment attacks me. They can’t own me, they can’t dictate to me, so they search for ways to dismiss me.

2016

January

I’m very angry. Because our country is being run horribly. I will gladly accept the mantle of anger. Our military is a disaster. Our healthcare is a horror show. Obamacare, we’re going to repeal it and replace it.
We have no borders. Our vets are being treated horribly. Illegal immigration is beyond belief! Our country is being run by incompetent people and yes, I am angry. I’m angry because our country is a mess!

  • The entire world has been upset. The entire world, it’s a different place. During Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s term, she’s done a horrible job.
    She has caused death. She has caused tremendous death with incompetent decisions. I was against the war in Iraq. I wasn’t a politician, but I was against the war in Iraq. She voted for the war in Iraq.
    Look at Libya. That was her baby. Look. I mean, I’m not even talking about the ambassador and the people with the ambassador. Young, wonderful people. With messages coming in by the hundreds, and she’s not even responding. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about all of the death that’s been caused and not only our side.
    There was nothing saved. If we would have never done anything in the Middle East, we would have a much safer world right now. … All of this has led to the migration. All of this has led to tremendous death and destruction. And she for the most part was in charge of it along with Obama.
    She’s constantly playing the woman card. It’s the only way she may get elected. I mean frankly… Personally, I’m not sure that anybody else other than me is going to beat her. And I think she’s a flawed candidate. And you see what’s happened recently. And it hasn’t been a very pretty picture for her or for Bill. Because I’m the only one that’s willing to talk about his problems. I mean, what he did and what he has gone through I think is frankly terrible, especially if she wants to play the woman card.
    I have more respect for women by far than Hillary Clinton has. And I will do more for women than Hillary Clinton will. I will do far more including the protection of our country. She caused a lot of the problems that we have right now.
    • CBS interview with John Dickerson (taped 1 January 2016) for Face the Nation — as quoted in “Trump: Clinton has ruined the world” by Nick Gass, Politico (3 January 2016)
  • They’ve created ISIS. Hillary Clinton created ISIS with Obama; created with Obama. But I love predicting because you know, ultimately, you need somebody with vision.
    • At a rally, as quoted in “TRUMP: ‘Hillary Clinton created ISIS with Obama'” by Colin Campbell, Business Insider (3 January 2016)
  • She [Clinton] has a terrible record as secretary of state. I mean, she’s literally created ISIS. If you look at her, between her and Obama, they’re the ones — we have this big ISIS problem they created with their bad policies and their bad thinking.
    • On Fox & Friends, as quoted in “TRUMP: ‘Hillary Clinton created ISIS with Obama'” by Colin Campbell, Business Insider (3 January 2016)
  • Mexico is going to be the new China because what they’re doing to us is unbelievable, although they did catch El Chapo. Good? Good? They did catch El Chapo, that’s good. I mean I don’t know, he better not escape a third time, you know? Those tunnels, bing, boom, right under the toilet, bing boom, right up. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it, right? But anyway. I have an idea: Put him on the fourth floor this time, right? No more, no more first floors.
    • Speech (9 January 2016), as quoted in “El Chapo on Donald Trump: ‘Mi Amigo!”, by Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News (10 January 2016).
  • I’m very angry because our country is being run horribly and I will gladly accept the mantle of anger. Our military is a disaster. Our healthcare is a horror show. Obamacare, we’re going to repeal it and replace it. We have no borders. Our vets are being treated horribly. Illegal immigration is beyond belief. Our country is being run by incompetent people. And yes, I am angry. I’m angry because our country is a mess.
    • Full Transcript of the Sixth Republican Debate in Charleston, Time (14 January 2016).
  • And just so — if I could, because he insulted a lot of people. I’ve had more calls on that statement that Ted made — New York is a great place. It’s got great people, it’s got loving people, wonderful people. When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York. You had two one hundred, you had two 110-story buildings come crashing down. I saw them come down. Thousands of people killed, and the cleanup started the next day, and it was the most horrific cleanup, probably in the history of doing this, and in construction. I was down there, and I’ve never seen anything like it. And the people in New York fought and fought and fought, and we saw more death, and even the smell of death — nobody understood it. And it was with us for months, the smell, the air. And we rebuilt downtown Manhattan, and everybody in the world watched and everybody in the world loved New York and loved New Yorkers. And I have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that Ted made.
    • Full Transcript of the Sixth Republican Debate in Charleston, Time (14 January 2016).
  • The truth is, he’s a nasty guy. He was so nice to me. I mean, I knew it. I was watching. I kept saying, ‘Come on Ted. Let’s go, okay.’ But he’s a nasty guy. Nobody likes him. Nobody in Congress likes him. Nobody likes him anywhere once they get to know him. He’s a very –- he’s got an edge that’s not good. You can’t make deals with people like that and it’s not a good thing. It’s not a good thing for the country. Very nasty guy.
    • About Ted Cruz in an interview on This Week [9] (January 17, 2016)
  • Tony Perkins wrote that out for me — he actually wrote out 2, he wrote out the number 2 Corinthians, I took exactly what Tony said, and I said, ‘Well Tony has to know better than anybody.
  • It’s a very small deal, but a lot of people in different sections of the world say two, and I’ve had many, many people say that to me. My mother, as you know, was from Scotland, and they say two.
    • In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, about saying “two Corinthians” instead of “Second Corinthians” during a speech at Liberty University. [10] (January 22, 2016)
  • The people, my people, are so smart, and you know what they say about my people? The polls. They say I have the most loyal people — did you ever see that? Where I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters. It’s like incredible. No, they say, “Trump we love you too.” Trump’s voters are by far, ya know, I’m at sixty-eight and sixty-nine percent, I’m at ninety percent, total, like, “Will you say absolutely?” I think it’s sixty-eight and sixty-nine percent. “Will you most likely stay?” That gets into the nineties. Other guys like a ten. A guy like Jeb Bush, he has a nobody, but he’s like, they don’t have people. They have nothing. Rubio, soft. They’re all soft. My people stay, by the way, Cruz, soft. When they heard about this thing with that he was bordering Canada, nobody knew them? He lost a lot of people! He’s gone down big in the polls. Ted Cruz has gone down big in the polls. That doesn’t mean he’s giving us a fight in Iowa, that doesn’t mean you can stay home, okay, see, you with the smile? It doesn’t mean that. You gotta go out cause we can’t take any chances.
    • Speech at campaign rally (23 January 2016), Sioux Center, Iowa.
  • Ted Cruz lies. He’s a liar. And that’s why nobody likes him, that’s why his Senate people won’t endorse him. That’s why he stands on the middle of the Senate floor and can’t make a deal with anybody. He looks like a jerk. He’s standing all by himself. And you know, there’s something to say about having a little bit of ability to get other people to do things. You can’t be a lone wolf and stand there. That’s sort of what we have right now as a president.
    • Morning Joe (26 January 2016)
  • But you cannot say anymore that the United States is going to pay for the wall. I am just going to say that we are working it out. Believe it or not, this is the least important thing that we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important talk about.
    • Full transcripts of Trump’s calls with Mexico and Australia By Greg Miller, Julie Vitkovskaya and Reuben Fischer-Baum; Aug. 3, 2017 (Friday, January 27, 2017)
  • So what I would like to recommend is – if we are going to have continued dialogue – we will work out the wall. They are going to say, “who is going to pay for the wall, Mr. President?” to both of us, and we should both say, “we will work it out.” It will work out in the formula somehow. As opposed to you saying, “we will not pay” and me saying, “we will not pay.”
    • Full transcripts of Trump’s calls with Mexico and Australia By Greg Miller, Julie Vitkovskaya and Reuben Fischer-Baum; Aug. 3, 2017 (Friday, January 27, 2017)
  • Up in New Hampshire – I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den – is coming from the southern border.
    • Actually, Clinton took NH; Full transcripts of Trump’s calls with Mexico and Australia By Greg Miller, Julie Vitkovskaya and Reuben Fischer-Baum; Aug. 3, 2017 (Friday, January 27, 2017)
Speech at Liberty University (18 January 2016)

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump at Liberty University, C-SPAN (18 January 2016)

  • I have read a lot about it and I watched it and Liberty University, like a rocket ship, a really great rocket ship.
  • I’m in first place. I said when you’re in first place, you discuss polls.
  • I love Iowa, and I’m going there right after this, going up to New Hampshire, I’m going to Iowa because I want to win Iowa. Everyone says don’t say that. Just say you’re going to do well. That’s the closest, but I can’t do that. The safe way is, I think I’ll do well. I want to win Iowa.
  • We’ve done great with the evangelicals. The evangelicals have been amazing. The Tea Party has been amazing and we’re doing really well.
  • We’re going to protect Christianity, and I can say that. I don’t have to be politically correct. We’re going to protect it. I hear this is a major theme right here, but two Corinthians, 3:17, that’s the whole ball game. “Where the Spirit of the Lord“, right, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty“, and here there is Liberty College, but Liberty University, but it is so true. You know, when you think — and that’s really — is that the one? Is that the one you like? I think that’s the one you like because I loved it, and it’s so representative of what’s taken place. But we are going to protect Christianity. And if you look what’s going on throughout the world, you look at Syria where if you’re Christian, they’re chopping off heads. You look at the different places, and Christianity, it’s under siege.
  • I’m a protestant. I’m very proud of it, Presbyterian to be exact, but I’m proud of it, very, very proud. And we’ve got to protect because bad things are happening, very bad things are happening, and we don’t — I don’t know what it is. We don’t band together, maybe. Other religions, frankly, they’re banding together.
  • This is a movement. It is a movement going on. We want to take our country back. Our country is disappearing. You look at the kind of deals we make. You look at what’s happening, our country is going in the wrong direction, and so wrong, and it’s got to be stopped and it’s got to be stopped fast.
  • And my generals, by the way, they’re not going on television, OK? So the enemy can learn all about it. Oh, well, then we attack.
  • They have totally destabilized the Middle East. It’s a disaster.
  • When our sailors were captured last week, I said that’s one of the saddest things that I have seen when those young people were on their hands and knees in a begging position with their hands up and thugs behind them with guns, and then we talk like it’s OK. It’s not OK. It’s lack of respect. We can’t let that happen to this country. It’s lack of respect.
  • The Persians, very good negotiators. Great negotiators, legendary negotiators. They’re known for it. They’re sitting across the table.
  • I hate to tell this to the woman, they’re behind the fact, they’re a little behind the fact. They haven’t figured out that women may be in certain ways much better than men. But I don’t want to say that because I will get myself in trouble with men. But they haven’t figured this out yet but that’s OK.
  • We’re a debtor nation. We owe $19 trillion. We’re not going to give you any money, and you want to be nice. You don’t want to put it in their face. Just say, look, we’re a poor nation. We’ve been mismanaged, we’ve been misrun. We don’t know what the hell we’re doing, right?
  • If I’m president, you’re going to see ‘Merry Christmas’ in department stores, believe me.
  • We spent 5 trillion dollars in the Middle East and our country is going to hell. We gotta bring it back. We gotta knock the hell out of ISIS.
  • I want to see a woman president soon, but not [Hillary Clinton]. She’s a disaster. She’s a disaster. She’s a disaster. I mean, just think of the corruption and the scandal… We don’t want to go through it. We want to see winning. We want to see win, win, win – constant winning. And you’ll say – if I’m president… ‘Please, Mr. President, we’re winning too much. We can’t stand it anymore. Can’t we have a loss?’ And I’ll say no, we’re going to keep winning, winning, winning… because we’re going to make America great again. And you’ll say, ‘Okay, Mr. President. Okay.’
February
  • To have a crowd like this on our final day, can you believe it, this is the day. This is the day we take our country back. Remember that. This is the day we take our country back. So I got a little notice in case you see it. It’s security guys. We have wonderful security guys. They said, “Mr. Trump, there may be somebody with tomatoes in the audience.” So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously… Okay? Just knock the hell… I promise you I will pay for the legal fees, I promise. I promise. There won’t be so much cause the courts agree with us too. What’s going on in this country.
    • At a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (1 February 2016)
  • This has been going if it’s not going to happen anymore, folks. We’re going to bring businesses back. We’re going to have businesses that used to be in New Hampshire, that are now in Mexico, come back to New Hampshire and you can tell them to go f— themselves…because they let you down, and they left. We want the businesses that stay. I know a lot of businesses up here and I knew a lot of businesses up here. These are great people, they could’ve left and they wanna stay. They willing to stay, they’re fighting to stay. It’s hard. With a highest tax nation in the entire world. It’s hard for them to stay and they stay. Those are the people we have to cherish and love. These are the people that are great.
    • At a rally in New Hampshire. (4 February 2016)
  • Trump: No, I didn’t use the word. I never said the word, Bill. I don’t know who told you — I would never use the word. I didn’t say the word. I said, “you can tell them to go [beat of silence] themselves.”
    O’Reilly: But the lips kind of moved in the —
    Trump: Well, they might have. No, I didn’t say the word. I wouldn’t do that. Even I — hey Bill, even I wouldn’t do that, okay. No, I never said the word.
    • On an interview on The O’Reilly Factor (6 February 2016)
  • It’s the Harvard of Terrorists.
    • Interview with Charlie Rose (17 February 2016)
  • Torture works, okay folks? […] Believe me, it works. […] Waterboarding is your minor form. Some people say it’s not actually torture. Let’s assume it is. But they asked me the question. What do you think of waterboarding? Absolutely fine. But we should go much stronger than waterboarding. That’s the way I feel.
    • Donald Trump: “Torture works”. CBS News (17 February 2016). Bluffton, South Carolina.
  • They were having terrorism problems, just like we do, and he caught 50 terrorists who did tremendous damage and killed many people. And he took the 50 terrorists, and he took 50 men and he dipped 50 bullets in pigs’ blood — you heard that, right? He took 50 bullets, and he dipped them in pigs’ blood. And he had his men load his rifles, and he lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those people. And the 50th person, he said: You go back to your people, and you tell them what happened. And for 25 years, there wasn’t a problem. Okay? Twenty-five years, there wasn’t a problem.
    • During a campaign stop in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina (February 19, 2016) [11]. Referring to a false story about John J. Pershing which has circulated on the Internet.
  • Bye bye. Look, see? He’s smiling. See, he’s having a good time. Oh, I love the old days, you know? You know what I hate? There’s a guy, totally disruptive, throwing punches, we’re not allowed to punch back anymore. I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks. You know, I love our police, and I really respect our police, and they’re not getting enough. They’re not. Honestly, I hate to see that. Here’s a guy, throwing punches, nasty as hell, screaming at everything else when we’re talking, and he’s walking out, and we’re not allowed — you know, the guards are very gentle with him, he’s walking out, like, big high fives, smiling, laughing — I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you.
    • At a rally in Las Vegas (22 February 2016)
  • We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.
    • Donald Trump declares ‘I love the poorly educated’ as he storms to victory in Nevada caucus, 24 February 2016
  • Ted Cruz: Donald, relax.
    Donald Trump: I’m relaxed. You’re the basket case. Go ahead, don’t get nervous.
    • CNN-Telemundo Republican debate (25 February 2016)
March
  • Donald Trump: I think you’ve become very negative.
    Bill O’Reilly: Why would I do that?
    Trump: Who knows. You’ll have to ask your psychiatrist.
    • “Trump to O’Reilly: ‘I think you’ve become very negative'” by Nick Gass, Politico (3 March 2016)
  • Look at those hands. Are they small hands? And he referred to my hands — if they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there’s no problem, I guarantee.
    • Fox News Republican debate, 2016-03-03, quoted in Gregory Krieg (4 March 2016), “Donald Trump defends size of his penis”, CNN 
  • Anderson Cooper: Is Islam at war with the West?
    Donald Trump: I think Islam hates us. There is something there, there is a tremendous hatred there, and we have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable hatred of us.
    Cooper: In Islam itself?
    Trump: You’re going to have to figure that out, but there is a tremendous hatred and we have to be very vigilant, we have to be very careful and we can’t allow people coming into this country who have this hatred of the United States and of people that are not Muslim.
    Cooper: The question is is there a war between the West and radical Islam or is it between the West and Islam itself?
    Trump: Well it’s radical but it’s very hard to define, it’s very hard to separate because you don’t know who’s who.
    • 9 March CNN interview, as quoted in “US Election 2016: Donald Trump tells CNN TV interviewer ‘Islam hates us'” by Harriet Sinclair, International Business Times (10 March 2016)
  • Come on, get ’em out, police, please. Let’s go! … Nobody wants to hurt each other anymore.
    • During a St Louis, Mo., rally, as quoted in “‘Get ’em out!’ Racial tensions explode at Donald Trump’s rallies”, by Jose A. DelReal, The Washington Post (12 March 2016), Washington, D.C.
  • I promise you, I will not be taking very long vacations, if I take them at all. There’s no time for vacations. We’re not going to be big on vacations.
    • Hardball with Chris Matthews, August 4, 2017 March 14, 2016 rally
  • Iran has already, since the deal is in place, test-fired ballistic missiles three times. Those ballistic missiles, with a range of 1,250 miles, were designed to intimidate not only Israel, which is only 600 miles away, but also intended to frighten Europe and someday maybe hit even the United States. And we’re not going to let that happen. We’re not letting it happen. And we’re not letting it happen to Israel, believe me.
    Thank you. Thank you.
    Do you want to hear something really shocking? As many of the great people in this room know, painted on those missiles in both Hebrew and Farsi were the words “Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth.” You can forget that.
    What kind of demented minds write that in Hebrew?
    • 21 March 2016 address to AIPAC (America-Israel Public Affairs Committee)
  • Obama: But you would rule in the possibility to fight against ISIS.
    Trump: Well, I’m never gonna rule anything out. And I wouldn’t wanna say. Even if I felt — it wasn’t going — I wouldn’t wanna tell you that because, at a minimum, I want them to think maybe that we would use it.
    • As part of a conversation with Barack Obama about ruling out the use of nuclear weapons (March 23, 2016) reported 24 March 2016 by CBS
  • If Saudi Arabia was without the cloak of American protection, I don’t think it would be around.
    • Interview on foreign policy given on 25 March 2016, published: In Donald Trump’s Worldview, America Comes First, and Everybody Else Pays, The New York Times (26 March 2016)
  • I was angry because they sued.
    • explaining why he withdrew the medical benefits to his nephew’s infant son who had cerebral palsy, after his nephew claimed that the exclusion from Fred Trump’s will was a result of Donald Trump and his siblings unduly influencing the older man
    • as quoted in Donald Trump’s Cruel Streak, by Conor Friedersdorf, in The Atlantic; published September 26, 2016; retrieved October 24, 2016
  • Talking about success, most people think success is measured in the form of monetary success. It’s not really. I mean to be a successful person is to have a great family, is who loves the family, loves the children and the children love him or her. To me that’s a much more successful person than a person that has made a billion dollars or ten billion dollars, and is miserable and doesn’t have a good family and nobody likes that person. I think I’ve seen every type of person there is that God created.
    • Donald Trump talks about Success and Happiness – Motivational speech held in Wisconsin on March 30, 2016, Mike Mohamed on YouTube. (2:37 to 3:05)
April
  • I can be presidential, but if I was presidential I would only have – about 20% of you would be here because it would be boring as hell.
    • At a rally in Superior, Wisconsin (4 April 2016)
  • I love working. I’m not a vacation guy. Right? Like Obama, he plays golf in Hawaii. He flies in a 747.
    • Hardball with Chris Matthews, August 4, 2017 April 21, 2016 rally
  • If you love what you do, you’re happy. You don’t take vacations.
    • Hardball with Chris Matthews, August 4, 2017 April 22, 2016 rally
Foreign Policy Speech (27 April 2016)

No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first.Transcript: Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech, The New York Times (27 April 2016)

  • It’s time to shake the rust off America’s foreign policy.
  • My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security above all else… That will be the foundation of every single decision that I will make. America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.
  • Our foreign policy is a complete and total disaster. No vision. No purpose. No direction. No strategy.
  • President Obama has weakened our military by weakening our economy. He’s crippled us with wasteful spending, massive debt, low growth, a huge trade deficit and open borders.
  • Our allies are not paying their fair share… The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense, and if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves. We have no choice.
  • Israel, our great friend and the one true democracy in the Middle East has been snubbed and criticized by an administration that lacks moral clarity… President Obama has not been a friend to Israel. He has treated Iran with tender love and care and made it a great power.
  • We’ve let our rivals and challengers think they can get away with anything, and they do… If President Obama’s goal had been to weaken America, he could not have done a better job.
  • We’ve made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before. We left Christians subject to intense persecution and even genocide. We have done nothing to help the Christians, nothing, and we should always be ashamed for that lack of action.
  • Hillary Clinton refuses to say the words radical Islam, even as she pushes for a massive increase in refugees coming into our country. After Secretary Clinton’s failed intervention in Libya, Islamic terrorists in Benghazi took down our consulate and killed our ambassador and three brave Americans. Then, instead of taking charge that night, Hillary Clinton decided to go home and sleep. Incredible. Clinton blames it all on a video, an excuse that was a total lie, proven to be absolutely a total lie. Our ambassador was murdered and our secretary of state misled the nation.
  • We’re also going to have to change our trade, immigration and economic policies to make our economy strong again. And to put Americans first again. This will ensure that our own workers, right here in America, get the jobs and higher pay that will grow our tax revenues, increase our economic might as a nation.
  • I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia from a position of strength only is possible.
  • Americans must know that we’re putting the American people first again on trade, on immigration, on foreign policy. The jobs, incomes and security of the American worker will always be my first priority. No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first. Both our friends and our enemies put their countries above ours and we, while being fair to them, must start doing the same. We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism. The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down, and will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.
May
  • We have a 500 billion dollar deficit, trade deficit with China. We’re going to turn it around and we have the cards, don’t forget, we’re like the piggy bank that’s being robbed. We have the cards, we have a lot of power with China. When China doesn’t want to fix the problem in North Korea we say “Sorry folks, you’ve got to fix the problem.” Because we can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what they’re doing. It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world.
    • “China accused of trade ‘rape’ by Donald Trump” BBC (2 May 2016)
  • You’ve been hearing me say it’s a rigged system, but now I don’t say it anymore because I won. It’s true. Now I don’t care.
    • “Trump: GOP ‘rigged,’ but I don’t care because I won” by Ryan Lovelace, Washington Examiner (5 May 2016)
June
  • It’s going to be like this. I’m not changing.
    • Answer to the question whether the American public could expect a similar dynamic if he would win the presidential elections, quoted in Alan Fisher (1 June 2016), “Donald Trump: Questions on money for war veterans”, Al Jazeera 
  • He’s a Mexican. We’re building a wall between here and Mexico.
    • About American judge Gonzalo Curiel (3 June 2016), as quoted in Nina Totenberg (4 June 2016), “Trump Presses Case That ‘Mexican’ Judge Curiel Is Biased Against Him”, National Public Radio 
  • I’m truly honored by your support. Together, we accomplished what nobody thought was absolutely possible and you know what that is and we’re only getting started and it’s going to be beautiful, remember that. Tonight we close one chapter in history and we begin another. Our campaign received more primary votes than any GOP campaign in history, no matter who it is, no matter who they are, we received more votes. This is a great feeling. That’s a great feeling. This is not a testament to me but a testament to all of the people who believed real change, not Obama change, but real change is possible. You’ve given me the honor to lead the Republican Party to victory this fall.
    • Victory speech after winning New Jersey and other states Tuesday night (7 June 2016) – TIME transcript
  • To those who voted for someone else in either party, I will work hard to earn your support and I will work very hard to earn that support. To all of those Bernie Sanders voters who have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of super delegates, we welcome you with open arms. And by the way, the terrible trade deals that Bernie was so vehemently against and he’s right on that will be taken care of far better than anyone ever thought possible and that’s what I do. We are going to have fantastic trade deals. We’re going to start making money and bringing in jobs.
    • Victory speech after winning New Jersey and other states Tuesday night (7 June 2016) – TIME transcript
  • My goal is always again to bring people together. But if I’m forced to fight for something I really care about, I will never, ever back down and our country will never, ever back down. Thank you. I’ve fought for my family. I’ve fought for my business. I’ve fought for my employees. And now, I’m going to fight for you, the American people like nobody has ever fought before.
    • Victory speech after winning New Jersey and other states Tuesday night (7 June 2016) – TIME transcript
  • We’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind. And the something else in mind, you know, people can’t believe it, people cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism. There’s something going on — it’s inconceivable. There’s something going on. He doesn’t get it, or he gets it better than anybody understands. It’s one or the other, and either one is unacceptable.
    • Phone interview on Fox and Friends, as quoted in Jesse Byrnes (13 June 2016), “Trump on Obama and Islam: ‘There’s something going on'”, The Hill 
  • Look, companies now are leaving the United States. Corporate inversion, they’re leaving the United States, we have almost $5 trillion sitting out there, where they can’t get the money back, they can’t bring it in because there’s no mechanism to bring it back in and the tax is so high. I’m going to bring tremendous amounts of money, tremendous amounts of jobs, tremendous numbers of companies, and yes the tax is going to be cut from the highest tax nation anywhere in the world to a fairly low tax. Not the lowest in the world, but to a fairly low tax.
  • Norah O’Donnell: Hillary Clinton called you the king of debt.

    Donald Trump: Well, no she didn’t call me, I called myself the king of debt. I’m the king of debt. I’m great with debt, nobody knows debt better than me. I made a fortune by using debt. And if things don’t work out I renegotiate the debt, I mean that’s a smart thing not a stupid thing. And I made a fortune.

    O’Donnell: How do you renegotiate the debt?

    Trump: Because you go back and you say, hey, guess what, the economy just crashed, I’m going to give you back half. I like debt for me, I don’t like debt for the country. I like debt for my company, but I don’t like debt for the country. For the country we have $19 trillion in debt, it’s going to be very soon $21 trillion, not billion, $21 trillion in debt. And I will tell you we are sitting on a time bomb and Hillary Clinton doesn’t have a clue. And President Obama has pretty much doubled the debt since he’s been in office and somebody’s going to pay a big price. We have to start chopping that debt down.

    O’Donnell: Janet Yellen, who you know, the chairman of the Federal Reserve blasted you for saying that the U.S. could load up on debt and then make a deal with creditors if the economy has soured. She said there would be very severe consequences if an elected president tried to renegotiate the nation’s debt.

    Trump: I wouldn’t renegotiate the debt.

    • In an interview with CBS This Morning’ Norah O’Donnell, 2016-06-22, quoted in “CBS’ Norah O’Donnell Challenges Trump On His Economic Plan”, Media Matters for America, 22 June 2016 
  • Our enemies probably know every single one [of Clinton’s deleted emails]. So they probably now have a blackmail file. . . . We can’t hand over our government to someone whose deepest, darkest secrets may be in the hands of our enemies. Can’t do it.”
    • speech, 2016-06-22, quoted in Dana Milbank (22 June 2016), “Nobody brings the crazy quite like Trump”, Washington Post 
Speech about the Orlando Shooting (June 13, 2016)

Speech after the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting (transcript)

  • So many people — it’s just hard to believe, but just so many people dead, so many people gravely injured, so much carnage, such a disgrace. The horror is beyond description. The families of these wonderful people are totally devastated, and they will be forever. Likewise, our whole nation and indeed the whole world is devastated.
  • Our nation stands together in solidarity with the members of Orlando’s LGBT community. They have been through something that nobody could ever experience. This is a very dark moment in America’s history. A radical Islamic terrorist targeted the nightclub, not only because he wanted to kill Americans, but in order to execute gay and lesbian citizens, because of their sexual orientation.
  • It’s a strike at the heart and soul of who we are as a nation. It’s an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want, and express their identity. It’s an attack on the right of every single American to live in peace and safety in their own country.
  • We’re not acting clearly, we’re not talking clearly, we’ve got problems.
  • We have a dysfunctional immigration system, which does not permit us to know who we let into our country, and it does not permit us to protect our citizens properly. We have an incompetent administration.
  • The immigration laws of the United States give the president powers to suspend entry into the country of any class of persons. Now, any class — it really is determined and to be determined by the president for the interests of the United States. And it’s as he or she deems appropriate. Hopefully it’s he in this case.
  • When I’m elected I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there’s a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies until we fully understand how to end these threats. … After a full and partial and long — really long overdue security assessment we will develop a responsible immigration policy that serves the interests and values of America.
  • We cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to pour into our country many of whom have the same thought process as this savage killer. Many of the principles of radical Islam are incompatible with Western values and institutions. Remember this, radical Islam is anti-woman, anti-gay and anti- American. I refuse to allow America to become a place where gay people, Christian people, Jewish people are targets of persecution and intimation by radical Islamic preachers of hate and violence. This is not just a national security issue. It’s a quality of life issue. If we want to protect the quality of life for all Americans — women and children, gay and straight, Jews and Christians and all people then we need to tell the truth about radical Islam and we need to do it now. We need to tell the truth also about how radical Islam is coming to our shores. And it’s coming.
  • We’re importing radical Islamic terrorism into the West through a failed immigration system and through an intelligence community held back by our president.
  • They share these oppressive views and values. We want to remain a free and open society. Then, and if we do, then we have to control our borders. We have to control, and we have to control them now, not later. Right now.
  • Hillary Clinton, for months, and despite so many attacks, repeatedly refused to even say the words radical Islam until I challenged her yesterday. And, guess what, she will probably say them. She sort of has said them, but let’s see what happens. She really has no choice, but she doesn’t want to. However, she’s really been forced, and she has been forced to say these words. She supports, and the reason is, she supports so much of what is wrong, and what is wrong with this country, and what’s going wrong with our country and our borders. She has no clue, in my opinion, what radical Islam is and she won’t speak honestly about it if she does, in fact, know. She’s in total denial, and her continuing reluctance to ever name the enemy broadcasts weakness across the entire world — true weakness.
  • She says the solution is to ban guns. They tried that in France which has among the toughest gun laws anywhere in the world, and 130 people were brutally murdered by Islamic terrorists in cold blood. Her plan is to disarm law abiding Americans, abolishing the Second Amendment, and leaving only the bad guys and terrorists with guns. No good. Not going to happen, folks. … She wants to take away American’s guns and then admit the very people who want to slaughter us. Let them come into the country, we don’t have guns. Let them come in, let them have all the fun they want.
  • Hillary Clinton’s catastrophic immigration plan will bring vastly more radical Islamic immigration into this country, threatening not only our society but our entire way of life. When it comes to radical Islamic terrorism, ignorance is not bliss. It’s deadly — totally deadly. … Clinton’s State Department was in charge of admissions and the admissions process for people applying to enter from overseas. Having learned nothing from these attacks, she now plans to massively increase admissions without a screening plan including a 500 percent increase in Syrian refugees coming into our country. Tell me, tell me – how stupid is that? This could be a better, bigger, more horrible version than the legendary Trojan Horse ever was. Altogether, under the Clinton plan, you’d be admitting hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East with no system to vet them, or to prevent the radicalization of the children and their children. Not only their children, by the way, they’re trying to take over our children and convince them how wonderful ISIS is and how wonderful Islam is and we don’t know what’s happening. The burden is on Hillary Clinton to tell us why she believes immigration from these dangerous countries should be increased without any effective system to really to screen. We’re not screening people.
  • We have, just, no intelligence gathering information. We need this information so badly. … We need an intelligence gathering system second to none. Second to none. That includes better cooperation between state, local and federal officials, and with our allies, very importantly. I will have an Attorney General, a Director of National Intelligence and a Secretary of Defense who’ll know how to fight a war on radical Islamic terrorism.
  • They have put political correctness above common sense, above your safety, and above all else. I refuse to be politically correct.
  • The days of deadly ignorance will end, and they will end soon.
  • The media talks about home grown terrorism but Islamic radicalism and that’s a very, very important term — a term that the president refuses to use and the networks that nurture it are imports from overseas whether you like it or whether you don’t like it. Yes, there are many radicalized people already inside our country as a result of poor policies of the past.
  • Hillary Clinton can never claim to be a friend of the gay community as long as she continues to support immigration policies that bring Islamic extremists to our country and who suppress women, gays and anyone who doesn’t share their views or values.
  • Clinton wants to allow radical Islamic terrorists to pour into our country. They enslave women, and they murder gays. I don’t want them in our country.
  • Immigration is a privilege, and we should not let anyone into this country who doesn’t support our communities. All of our communities, every single one of them.
  • I want every American to succeed including Muslims. But the Muslims have to work with us. They have to work with us. They know what’s going on. They know that he was bad. They knew the people in San Bernardino were bad. But you know what? They didn’t turn them in. And you know what? We had death, and destruction.
  • Hillary Clinton wants to empty out the Treasury to bring people into the country that include individuals who preach hate against our citizens. I want to protect our citizens, all of our citizens.
  • America must do more — much more — to protect its citizens, especially people who are potential victims of crimes based on their backgrounds or sexual orientation, as you just saw in Orlando.
  • The decision to overthrow the regime in Libya, then pushing for the overthrow of the regime in Syria, among other things, without plans for the day after, have created space for ISIS to expand and grow like nobody has ever seen before. These actions, along with our disastrous Iran deal, have also reduced our ability to work in partnership with our Muslim allies in the region. That is why our new goal must be to defeat Islamic terrorism not nation building. No more nation building. It’s never going to work.
  • The last major NATO mission was Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya. That mission helped to unleash ISIS on a new continent.
  • America must unite the whole civilized world in the fight against Islamic terrorism. Pretty much like we did with communism during the Cold War. We tried it President Obama’s way, doesn’t work. He gave the world his apology tour. We got ISIS and many other problems in return. That’s what we got. Remember the famous apology tour. We’re sorry for everything.
July
  • Saddam Hussein was a bad guy. Right? He was a bad guy, really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read them the rights—they didn’t talk, they were a terrorist, it was over. Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism. You want to be a terrorist, you go to Iraq. It’s like Harvard. Okay?
    • At a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina (July 5, 2016)
  • I’ll stand up for Article Two, Article 12, you name it of the Constitution.
    • About the U.S. Constitution, which only has seven articles and 27 amendments; as recounted by Mark Sanford, quoted in “Trump Manages To Give Some House GOPers More Heartburn In Hill Meeting” (2016), Talking Points Memo (July 7, 2016).
  • [Interviewer: You’re not known to be a humble man. But I wonder—] I think I am actually humble. I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.
    • During an interview by Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes (17 July 2016)
  • Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart—you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it’s true!—but when you’re a conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune—you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged—but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are—nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right, who would have thought?—but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners—now it used to be three, now it’s four—but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years—but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.
    • Speech in South Carolina (19 July 2016)
  • Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.
    • Press conference, reported in Ashley Parker and David E. Sanger, “Donald Trump Calls on Russia to Find Hillary Clinton’s Missing Emails, The New York Times (July 27, 2016).
  • Though Bernie is exhausted and has given up on his revolution, many of his voters still want to keep up the fight. I expect that millions of Bernie voters will refuse to vote for Hillary because of her support for the War in Iraq, the invasion of Libya, NAFTA and TPP, and of course because she is totally bought and sold by special interests. She and her husband have been paid millions and millions by global corporations and powerful interests who will control her every decision. She is their puppet, and they pull the strings. We welcome with open arms all voters who want an honest government and to fix our rigged system so it works for the people. This includes fixing one of Bernie’s biggest issues, our terrible trade deals that strip our country of its jobs and wealth.
    • How Donald Trump Beat Reddit, The Atlantic (July 28, 2016)
  • The things that were said about me. … You know what, I wanted to hit a couple of those speakers so hard. … I was gonna hit one guy in particular, a very little guy. I was gonna hit this guy so hard, his head would spin. He wouldn’t know what the hell happened.
    • Press conference, reported in Jacob Bogage, “‘I wanted to hit a couple of those speakers so hard’, Trump says of Democratic convention”, The Washington Post (July 29, 2016).
  • A guy who didn’t have the guts to run for president. Little Michael. He doesn’t know anything about me. But he never had the guts to run. He probably wished he did but he didn’t. He spent millions of dollars on polling but he was missing one thing: guts. Little Michael.
    • On Michael Bloomberg’s speech about Trump. At an interview with The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd. [12] (July 29, 2016)
  • Obama gave a good speech but not nearly as good as the press would have you believe. Whether it’s good or bad, the press will say it’s fantastic. In many ways, I like Obama. It’s hard to define. There’s something about him I do like. I’m embarrassed to admit it. I give him a lot of credit. It’s very unique and very hard to do and I give him tremendous credit. He became a two-term president of the United States. He’s got some quality going.
    • At an interview with The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd. [13] (July 29, 2016)
  • Emails in general are terrible. There’s no security. It happens so often. I’m old-fashioned. I put a letter in an envelope and have it hand delivered. My son is 10 years old, and he has grown up computer literate. They start using computers before they can walk. His computer was locked and he unlocked it. And I said, ‘Barron, how did you do that?’ And he said, ‘I won’t tell you, Dad.
    • At an interview with The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd. [14] (July 29, 2016)
  • Putin said I was a genius. I do say this: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we actually could get along with Russia and China and some other countries that we don’t get along with, and then we go out and knock the hell out of ISIS? Wouldn’t it be nice if we cleaned that mess up? Wouldn’t it be smart?
    • At an interview with The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd. [15] (July 29, 2016)
  • I think he’s a pervert. It’s dangerous to allow him on the convention floor.
    • About Anthony Weiner on the 2016 Democratic National Convention. At an interview with The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd. [16] (July 29, 2016)
  • Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe. The real problem here are the radical Islamic terrorists who killed him, and the efforts of these radicals to enter our country to do us further harm. Given the state of the world today, we have to know everything about those looking to enter our country, and given the state of chaos in some of these countries, that is impossible. While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things. If I become President, I will make America safe again.
  • Hillary Clinton should be held accountable for her central role in destabilizing the Middle East. She voted to send the United States to war against Iraq, helped lead the disastrous withdrawal of American troops years later that created the vacuum allowing the rise of ISIS, and has never met a regime change she didn’t like (which have all been disasters) – not to mention her invasion of Libya and her abandonment of American personnel in Benghazi. The loss of these lives in Libya is directly traceable to Clinton, but their families’ testimonials were rejected by the media.
  • Clinton’s actions have been reckless and have directly led to the loss of American lives. And her extreme immigration policies, as also laid out by American victims in Cleveland, will cause the preventable deaths of countless more — while putting all residents, from all places, at greater risk of terrorism. As Bernie Sanders said on numerous occasions, Hillary Clinton suffers from “bad judgement.” She is not qualified to serve as Commander in Chief.
    • Written statement responding to Khizr M. Khan [17] (July 30, 2016)
2016 Republican National Convention (21 July 2016)

I have joined thepoliticalarena so that thepowerfulcan no longer beat up onpeoplethat cannot defend themselves.
Nobody knows thesystembetter than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”Full transcript of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the RNC”, Vox (22 July 2016) · “Donald Trump’s entire Republican convention speech”, CNN (21 July 2016) · Donald Trump 2016 RNC draft speech transcript, Politico (21 July 2016)

  • The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.
  • Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities. Many have witnessed this violence personally. Some have even been its victims.
    I have a message for all of you: The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon — and I mean very soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored.
    The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead.
  • It is finally time for a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation. I will present the facts plainly and honestly. We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore.
    So if you want to hear the corporate spin, the carefully-crafted lies, and the media myths — the Democrats are holding their convention next week. Go there.
    But here, at our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else.
  • Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this Administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement.
  • America is far less safe – and the world is far less stable – than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy. I am certain it is a decision he truly regrets. Her bad instincts and her bad judgment – something pointed out by Bernie Sanders – are what caused the disasters unfolding today.
  • This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and weakness.
  • The problems we face now – poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad – will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them. A change in leadership is required to change these outcomes.
  • There can be no prosperity without law and order
  • Our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect.
  • Big business, elite media and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged system in place. They are throwing money at her because they have total control over everything she does. She is their puppet, and they pull the strings. That is why Hillary Clinton’s message is that things will never change. My message is that things have to change – and they have to change right now.
  • Every day I wake up determined to deliver for the people I have met all across this nation that have been neglected, ignored, and abandoned. I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country, and they are forgotten, but they’re not going to be forgotten long. These are people who work hard but no longer have a voice. I AM YOUR VOICE.
  • I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens.
  • When innocent people suffer, because our political system lacks the will, or the courage, or the basic decency to enforce our laws – or worse still, has sold out to some corporate lobbyist for cash – I am not able to look the other way.
  • When a Secretary of State illegally stores her emails on a private server, deletes 33,000 of them so the authorities can’t see her crime, puts our country at risk, lies about it in every different form and faces no consequence – I know that corruption has reached a level like never before.
  • I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves. Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.
    I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders – he never had a chance.
  • He (Mike Pence) is a man of character and accomplishment. He is the right man for the job.
  • An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans. I have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police: when I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order our country.
  • In this race for the White House, I am the Law And Order candidate. … I will work to ensure that all of our kids are treated equally, and protected equally.
    • “I am the law-and-order candidate” was a phrase used by Richard Nixon during his 1968 presidential campaign.
  • Once again, France is the victim of brutal Islamic terrorism. Men, women and children viciously mowed down. Lives ruined. Families ripped apart. A nation in mourning.
  • I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBT citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.
  • We must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terror. This includes working with our greatest ally in the region, the State of Israel.
  • We must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place.
  • I only want to admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love our people. Anyone who endorses violence, hatred or oppression is not welcome in our country and never will be.
  • Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.
  • Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our border.
  • We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities.
  • Peace will be restored.
  • We are going to be considerate and compassionate to everyone. But my greatest compassion will be for our own struggling citizens.
  • Americans want relief from uncontrolled immigration. Communities want relief.
  • I’m going to make our country rich again. I am going to turn our bad trade agreements into great ones.
  • I pledge to never sign any trade agreement that hurts our workers, or that diminishes our freedom and independence. Instead, I will make individual deals with individual countries.
  • No longer will we enter into these massive deals, with many countries, that are thousands of pages long – and which no one from our country even reads or understands. We are going to enforce all trade violations, including through the use of taxes and tariffs, against any country that cheats.
  • We’ll walk away if we don’t get the deal that we want.
  • Reducing taxes will cause new companies and new jobs to come roaring back into our country.
  • My Dad, Fred Trump, was the smartest and hardest working man I ever knew.
  • I have loved my life in business.
  • We must break free from the petty politics of the past.
  • America is a nation of believers, dreamers, and strivers that is being led by a group of censors, critics, and cynics.
  • All of the people telling you that you can’t have the country you want, are the same people telling you that I wouldn’t be standing here tonight. No longer can we rely on those elites in media, and politics, who will say anything to keep a rigged system in place.
  • We must choose to Believe In America. History is watching us now.
  • My opponent asks her supporters to recite a three word loyalty pledge. It reads, “I’m with her.” I choose to recite a different pledge. My pledge reads, “I’m with you – the American people.” I am your voice. So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for a better future, I say these words to you tonight: I’m with you, and I will fight for you, and I will win for you. To all Americans tonight, in all of our cities and towns, I make this promise: We will make America proud again, we will make America strong again, we will make America safe again, and we will Make America Great Again! God bless you and good night! I love you!
This Week Interview (July 30, 2016)

Interview on ABC News’ This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Transcript (31 July 2016)

  • She’s (Hillary Clinton) a very dishonest person. I have one of the great temperaments. I have a winning temperament. She has a bad temperament. She’s weak. We need a strong temperament and that’s all it is, I have a strong temperament. … I think I have a great temperament. I beat 16 very talented people in — and I’ve never done this before. You don’t do that with a bad temperament. … I’m leading her in the polls, as you probably have noticed. And I think I have a great temperament. I have a temperament where I know how to win. She doesn’t know how to win. She’s not a winner. She doesn’t know how to win. Honestly, she lies a lot and she really — she should tell the truth. I honestly believe if she told the truth — because she made some reference to my campaigning, I’ve had a beautiful — I’ve had a — had a flawless campaign. You’ll be writing books about this campaign. And yet she’s criticizing my campaign.
  • If you look at what’s going on in terms of unity, the Bernie people are angry. They’re angry. He was angry. What was amazing to me is when she was talking about Bernie last night, the camera was on him and he was angry. It almost looks like he has buyer’s remorse, like he shouldn’t have made the deal.
  • I have no relationship with Putin. I don’t think I’ve ever met him. I never met him. I don’t think I’ve ever met him. … I have never spoken to him on the phone, no. I’ve speak — I’ve spoken — when we had the Miss Universe contest a number of years ago, we had Miss Universe in Moscow, in the Moscow area, he was invited. He wanted to come. He wasn’t able to come. That would have been a time when I would have met him. … I don’t know what it means by having a relationship. I mean he was saying very good things about me, but I don’t have a relationship with him. I didn’t meet him. I haven’t spent time with him. I didn’t have dinner with him. I didn’t go hiking with him. I don’t know — and I wouldn’t know him from Adam except I see his picture and I would know what he looks like.
  • If our country got along with Russia, that would be a great thing. When Putin goes out and tells everybody — and you talk about a relationship, but he says Donald Trump is going to win and Donald Trump is a genius, and then I have people saying you should disavow. I said, I’m going to disavow that? … If we can have a good relationship with Russia and if Russia would help us get rid of ISIS, frankly, as far as I’m concerned, you’re talking about tremendous amounts of money and lives and everything else, that would be a positive thing, not a negative thing.
  • NATO is going to be just fine. But NATO countries — we have 28 countries — many of them are taking advantage of us because they’re not paying. So we’re protecting these countries and they’re not paying. … I’m all in favor of NATO. I said NATO is obsolete. I was asked a question by one of your competitors and I said NATO is obsolete, because it’s not taking care of terror.
  • The people of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were. And you have to look at that, also. Now, that was under — just so you understand, that was done under Obama’s administration. And as far as the Ukraine is concerned, it’s a mess. And that’s under the Obama’s administration, with his strong ties to NATO. So with all of these strong ties to NATO, Ukraine is a mess. Crimea has been taken. Don’t blame Donald Trump for that.
  • No debts. I have very little debt to anybody. I don’t need debt. You know, it’s very interesting, I’m so liquid, I don’t need debt. And if I need debt, if I want debt, I can get it from banks in New York City very easily.
  • If you want to get a television today — I buy thousands of television sets. If I want a television, I would love the buy American-made televisions like they used to have where they had GE and Sylvania and all of the different. Today, it’s Samsung, it’s LG, it’s Sony. We don’t make televisions anymore.
  • When I do ties, I bid them out. And I go all over the place. You have companies over in different countries where they devalue their currency and they make it impossible for American companies to compete. The hat, Make America Great Again. I fought like crazy to find a company in this country that could make the hats. And I found one. And they’re American-made, but it’s — because I knew the first thing people would do is, where is the hat made. OK, Make America Great.
  • He (Khizr M. Khan) was, you know, very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me. His wife, if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me. But plenty of people have written that. She was extremely quiet. And it looked like she had nothing to say. A lot of people have said that. And personally, I watched him. I wish him the best of luck.
  • I’d say we’ve had a lot of problems with radical Islamic terrorism. That’s what I’d say. We have a lot of problems. … I’d say you’ve got to take a look at that, because something is going on. And it’s not good.
  • Well, that sounds – who wrote that? Did Hillary’s scriptwriters write it? Because everybody that went out there, we also had John Allen who failed with ISIS. I mean, he was a general, Allen, General Allen. He went out. And he was ranting and raving. And then I read a report. He was in there for a number of months. And he failed with ISIS.
  • The generals aren’t doing so well right now. Now, I have a feeling it may be Obama’s fault. But if you look at ISIS… General MacArthur and General Patton, they’re spinning in their graves. The generals certainly aren’t doing very well right now.
  • I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve done, I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot. … I think they’re sacrifices. I think when I can employ thousands and thousands of people, take care of their education, take care of so many things, even in military. I mean, I was very responsible, along with a group of people, for getting the Vietnam Memorial built in downtown Manhattan, which to this day people thank me for.
  • I raised, and I have raised, millions of dollars for the vets. I’m helping the vets a lot. I think my popularity with the vets is through the roof, far greater than hers. She’s done nothing. All she’s done is tell everybody that the vets are in good shape. They’re fine. And they’re not fine. People are waiting on line for seven days to see a doctor. She thinks it’s fine.
  • Our country’s a mess. And that’s why when she makes the speech, she doesn’t talk about radical Islam. She doesn’t talk about the problems that we have in this country and throughout the world. Many of the problems, she caused. I mean, she created ISIS with her stupidity and her lack of knowledge with her bad judgment.
August
  • Don’t worry about that baby. I love babies. I hear that baby crying, I like it. What a baby. What a beautiful baby. Don’t worry, don’t worry. The mom’s running around like—don’t worry about it, you know. It’s young and beautiful and healthy and that’s what we want. […] Actually, I was only kidding, you can get the baby out of here. That’s all right. Don’t worry. I, I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I’m speaking. That’s OK. People don’t understand. That’s OK.
    • At a rally in Ashburn, Virginia. (August 2, 2016)
  • He’s a terrible president, he’ll probably go down as the worst president in the history of our country, he’s been a total disaster.
    • On Barack Obama during an interview with WJLA. Eric Bradner (2 August 2016), “Trump responds to Obama: ‘He’s a terrible president'”, CNN 
  • I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf.
    • Trump used to have a slightly different opinion of presidents playing golf by Phillip Bump, Washington Post, August 8 Virginia rally (August 20, 2016)
  • Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the second amendment. If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.
    • Rally in Wilmington, North Carolina on August 9, 2016 (Corasaniti, Nick; Haberman, Maggie (August 9, 2016). “Donald Trump Suggests ‘Second Amendment People’ Could Act Against Hillary Clinton”. The New York Times. Retrieved on November 15, 2018. ; Smith, David (August 10, 2016). “Donald Trump hints at assassination of Hillary Clinton by gun rights supporters”. The Guardian. Retrieved on November 15, 2018. ).
  • ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS. And I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.
    • During a Florida rally at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, as quoted in “Donald Trump: President Barack Obama ‘Is the Founder of ISIS'” by David Caplan, ABC News (August 10, 2016)
  • No group in America has been more harmed by Hillary Clinton’s policies than African-Americans. If Hillary Clinton’s goal was to inflict pain on the African-American community, she could not have done a better job. It’s a disgrace. Tonight, I’m asking for the vote of every single African-American citizen in this country who wants to see a better future. The inner cities of our country have been run by the Democratic party for more than fifty years. Their policies have reduced only poverty, joblessness, failing schools and broken homes. It’s time to hold Democratic politicians accountable for what they have done to these communities. At what point do we say, “enough?” It’s time to hold failed leaders accountable for their results not just their empty words over and over again. Look at what the Democratic party has done to the city as an example and there are many others of Detroit: forty percent of Detroit’s residents live in poverty. Half of all Detroit residents do not work and cannot work and can’t get a job. Detroit tops the list of most dangerous cities in terms of violent crime. This is the legacy of the Democratic politicians who have run this city. This is the result of the policy agenda embraced by Hillary Clinton: thirty-three thousand emails gone. The only way to change results is to change leadership. We can never fix our problems by relying on the same politicians who created our problems in the first place. A new future requires brand new leadership. Look how much African-American communities suffered under Democratic control. To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump. What do you have to lose? I say it again, what do you have to lose. Look, what do you have to lose? You’re living your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed? What the hell do you have to lose? And at the end of four years, I guarantee you, that I will get over ninety-five percent of the African-American vote. I promise you.
    • Speech to the African-American community in Dimondale, Michigan (August 19, 2016)
  • Immigration security, we need to protect American jobs. We need to protect American safety. We’re going to build a wall folks, don’t worry, we’re going to build a wall. That wall will go up so fast, your heads will spin. And you’ll say, “you know, know he meant it!” And you know what else I mean? Mexico is going to pay for the wall.
    • On immigration at a rally in Akron, Ohio (22 August 2016)
  • It’s our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us.
    • Immigration speech (31 August 2016), quoted in “Donald Trump delivers immigration speech after meeting with Mexican president” by CNN Wire, Fox 59.
  • When politicians talk about immigration reform, they usually mean the following: amnesty, open borders, and lower wages. Immigration reform should mean something else entirely: it should mean improvements to our laws and policies to make life better for American citizens. But if we are going to make our immigration system work, then we have to be prepared to talk honestly and without fear about these important and sensitive issues.
    • Immigration speech (31 August 2016)
  • To all the politicians, donors and special interests, hear these words from me today: there is only one core issue in the immigration debate and it is this: the well-being of the American people. Nothing even comes a close second.
    • Immigration speech (31 August 2016)
  • You’re stealing my money! You’re stealing my fucking money! What the fuck is this? Why are you letting him steal my fucking money?
    • When informed he was by law required to fund a transition.[18]
  • Fuck the law. I don’t give a fuck about the law. I want my fucking money.
    • When informed he was by law required to fund a transition.[19]
Speech at rally in Wilmington, North Carolina (August 9, 2016)

Speech at rally in Wilmington, North Carolina. Transcript (August 9, 2016)

  • I’m the messenger, but I’ll tell you what, the message is the right message.
  • $400 million in all cash, anybody know what that looks like? That’s a lot of cash. That’s a lot of case. And honestly, it’s so sad. Think of it, going to Iran, a terrorist state. Now I happen to think they have plenty of money, we’ve given then $150 billion, so the $400 million is just, you know – I happen to think it goes into their accounts in Switzerland personally. Now, a lot of people say, “no, no, it’s used for terror,” and they use it for terror because it’s the number one terror funder – not even close. But I also think that when you have $400 million in cash, different denominations, do you see the size of this? I guess they did release the pictures after all. They released pictures. … Obama said that he did it because we don’t have a working account with Iran. Do you believe that? How long does it take to set up an account? Right? You don’t have a working account, you set up an account, right?
  • What’s going on in this country is insane. And we have people running our country that don’t know what they’re doing, they’re grossly incompetent, and it’s time. We have to make change, real change. Not Obama change, we have to make change.
  • We get Bergdahl who was a traitor, and they get five of the greatest killers that they’ve wanted for eight years. We get Bergdahl — I call it the five for one trade. For the Iran deal, where we get nothing, we get nothing. They get ultimately, they have the path, beautiful path, they’ll get way, way earlier than that. They’ll get nuclear weapons, so if you get Trump you’re going to see a lot of changes to that deal. That’ll happen fast.
  • Remember Obamacare, “you’re going to keep your doctor, you’re going to keep your plan, over and over again, you’re going to keep your doctor.” It was a lie. And in fact, if he didn’t make the lie, he would have never gotten it approved because most Democrats, many of the Democrats didn’t want to do it. It was only that, that got them to sign it and to approve it. And it was a lie.
  • America first. We get a little tired of these deals where they actually put, and you know why, because of lobbyists and special interests and people representing and people wanting it to happen. It’s just not that they want other countries to benefit over us. There are reasons for it and you know, when I raise money, and I’m putting up a lot of money for my own campaign, I’m funding me. And I’m raising for the Republican party. And we’re getting a lot of money from the small donors.
  • Those cameras are not going on the move unless we have a protester. If we had a protester that’s the only time they move because they’re showing something that in their mind is a bad thing, so then they move. But I like that, I’ve always liked my protesters because the cameras show these massive crowds and people say wow, was that a big crowd.
  • She (Hillary Clinton) lacks judgment, she lacks temperament and I’m the one that used unfit many, many months ago. And now they’ve turned it around, use it on me, unfit? I’m unfit? That’s — that’s a first. But she lacks the temperament and the moral character to lead this country, its very simple. She really does. She’s a dangerous person who doesn’t tell the truth which has been proven very loudly. I’ve never seen a — I don’t think we’ve ever had greater proof of that, of anybody. And she has disregarded the lives of Americans — you see what’s happening — with what she has done with her server? And you know why she did that. So, I just look at this, and I said that if she gets elected, she will cause the destruction of this country from within. Remember that. … She is disdainful of the rules set for everyone else and she hasn’t changed a bit. This is — that was the good thing. I couldn’t say the bad things. It was too much. Nobody would even — nobody would even believe it. You’ve got to see this book. Nobody would believe because it’s so terrible, so terrible. And she comes across like this woman — nice, easy — but she’s not. And — and she’s — listen — she’s not a leader, not a leader. And she is a liar.
  • France isn’t France anymore. We’re not going. And so many people are saying that. Look at what’s going on with Germany. Look at what’s happening with Germany. Look at the crime; look at the problems. We have enough problems in our country right now. We don’t need additional problems, folks. We don’t need additional problems. And for all we know, this could be the great Trojan Horse. This could be. We don’t know who these people are. … We have to get smart, folks. We don’t need the problems — and we’ve already got those problems, just so you understand. Because they’re coming into the country, they’re being put where nobody even knows where they are. It’s like, if I were the enemy, I would say, I can’t believe they’re that stupid. They’re taking my people and they’re putting them all over the place, because you have great military right here.
  • 33,000 e-mails are missing. And she’s so guilty. She’s so guilty.
  • Could you imagine if I said that “I short circuited”? They would be calling for my execution, — electric chair. They’d bring back the electric chair. It would be a whole different ball game if I said it, believe me.
  • Obama-Clinton economic policies have produced 1.2 percent economic growth, the weakest so-called recovery since the Great Depression. Now, this is, like, unbelievable — 1.2. Do you know China goes to 7 percent or 8 percent, it’s like a national catastrophe. Now, what they do is they cut their currency. They devalue their currency, and big league, and then all of our businesses continue to be drained out of the United States. Our money, our jobs. They make our product, they sell our product to us. No tax, no nothing, you devalue — see devaluing is sort of cheating.
  • I see the carnage that NAFTA has caused, I see the carnage. It’s been horrible. … It’s a suicidal pact for our country. And you know I’ve watched for years.
  • I like Mexico. And I respect the leaders of Mexico because they’re much smarter, they’re much street smarter, but they’re much smarter and more cunning than our leaders. But you have to see what’s going on.
  • I can’t believe I’m saying I’m a politician.
  • The Bernie ones were — they had a lot more spirit. I think we’re going to get a lot of Bernie voters, if you want to know the truth. Because they do understand that trade is killing us. Trade.
  • The national debt has doubled. And you know the bad part about that? You think if the national debt has doubled, our infrastructure would be great, our country would be in great shape. We’d have beautiful roads, beautiful highways. You see where like 50 percent of the bridges are in danger in this country. And the roadways are a mess.
  • We have great people. We have the most loyal people. We have the smartest people. You know, so many of my people, they’re so smart. They like to say, well, Trump, I don’t know if he’s got this right — let me tell you, we have the smartest people. We have the people that are the smartest, and the strongest, and the best and the hardest working. We have the smartest people. We’ll put I.Q.s among — some of us, we couldn’t say all of us, right — against any I.Q.s that we — we have to deal with, that I can tell you. I would love to do that.
  • Today, homeownership is at its lowest rate in 51 years. … Lowest that its been in so many years, 51 years. Nearly 12 million people and more Americans are dependent on food stamps and 2 million more Latino Americans live in poverty under Obama and Clinton — under Obama; because Clinton’s just gonna carry on.
  • Hillary wants to raise taxes. It’s a comparison. I want to lower them.
  • If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know. But — but I’ll tell you what. That will be a horrible day. If — if Hillary gets to put her judges — right now, we’re tied. You see what’s going on.
  • Hillary essentially wants to abolish the Second Amendment.
  • Hillary and President Obama refused to use the term radical Islamic terrorism. Big problem. Big problem. Hillary wants to release violent criminals and criminal offenders from prison, that’s wonderful, enjoy yourselves. I want to work with our police. Our police are so incredible, they’re not getting the respect they deserve.
  • We have to respect and cherish our police.
  • We’re fighting a political correct war. It’s a political correct war. I mean, you know what’s going on. You know what’s going on. These are people that chop off heads. These are people that, in steel cages, drop steel cages into the waters and drowned large numbers of people. These are people that buried people in the sand. We’ve got to knock them out. I was against the war in Iraq. We shouldn’t have been to the war in Iraq. It destabilized the Middle East and I said that was going to happen. But we shouldn’t have gotten out the way we got out. The way we got out was insane. And Obama gave a date, and he — and that’s how ISIS happened, folks. Hence, the birth of ISIS.
  • If I’m ISIS, I call her (Hillary Clinton) up and I give her the most valuable player award. … And I guarantee you with Libya, which was her baby, and all of the other mistakes she has made. Obama takes now, because obviously, for him, that’s the better alternative, all right? But he has been an incompetent president. He has done a horrible job.
Speech in Jackson, Mississippi (August 24, 2016)

Speech in Jackson, Mississippi. As quoted by CBS and The Hindu [20][21] (August 24, 2016)

  • Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future. She’s going to do nothing for African-Americans. She’s going to do nothing for the Hispanics. She’s only going to take care of herself, her consultants, her donors, these are the people she cares about. She doesn’t care what her policies have done to your communities. She doesn’t care. Remember this, you’ve had her policies — Democrats running some of the inner cities for 50, 70, 80, even over 100 years. And look what you have right now: poverty, no education, crime, you can’t walk down the street with your child. We’re going to fix it. Hillary Clinton has no remorse. I will fight to create a better future for every American.
  • Eight years of Obama-Clinton policies have sacrificed our safety and undermined our freedom and independence. … The Obama-Clinton foreign policy has unleashed ISIS, destabilised the Middle East and put the nation of Iran — which chants Death to America — in a dominant position of regional power and, in fact, aspiring to be a dominant world power.
  • Our jobs have moved overseas, Islamic terrorism has spread within our shores and an open border has crushed low-income workers and threatened our security. The issues we face here in America are similar to the issues faced in Britain during their referendum on membership in the EU. This is the movement known as Brexit
  • Hillary wants to surrender America to globalism. She wants a country without borders. She wants trade deals written for the benefit of foreign corporations. She wants a government that ignores the will of the people. She wants to sell out American security to the Clinton Foundation for a pile of cash. It is hard to tell where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins. … Hillary Clinton has betrayed her duty to the people.
  • The job of a public official is to serve and protect the citizens of the United States. Not illegal immigrants, not foreign nationals seeking entry, but the people living here lawfully today — including millions of African-American and Hispanic citizens.
  • I will fight for their security, I will fight for their jobs, I will fight for their families. One American Nation.
  • It’s time for America to recapture its destiny. Our government, our leaders, and our media have lost touch with the people. You need no better evidence of that than the fact that the media ignores the plight of Americans who have lost their children to illegal immigrants, but spends day after day pushing for amnesty for those here in violation of the law.
  • This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness. But Hillary Clinton’s legacy doesn’t have to be America’s legacy.
  • I have a message for the terrorists trying to kill our citizens: we will find you, we will destroy you, and we will win. This is not only a military fight, but we will also require cyberwarfare and financial warfare. It is also an ideological fight. We will confront directly the hateful ideology of Radical Islam — and promote American values, and American culture, and America’s system of government.
September
  • We can’t have someone in the Oval Office who doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “confidential” or “classified”.
    • Trump campaign speech in Greenville, North Carolina (6 September 2016)
  • For the first time in a long while, her true feelings came out, showing bigotry and hatred for millions of Americans. How can she be President of our country when she has such contempt and disdain for so many great Americans?
    • Berke, Beremy (10 September 2016). “Clinton walks back ‘deplorables’ comment: I ‘regret’ using the term to describe ‘half’ of Trump’s supporters”. Business Insider
  • While my opponent slanders you as deplorable… I call you hard-working, American patriots.
    • Donald Trump Campaign Rally in Ashville, North Carolina, C-SPAN.org (12 September 2016).
  • OK, what I do is, wash it with Head and Shoulders. I don’t dry it, though. I let it dry by itself. It takes about an hour. Then I read papers and things…I also watch TV…OK, so I’ve done all that. I then comb my hair. Yes, I do use a comb…
    Do I comb it forward? No, I don’t comb it forward…I actually don’t have a bad hairline. When you think about it, it’s not bad. I mean, I get a lot of credit for comb-overs. But it’s not really a comb-over. It’s sort of a little bit forward and back. I’ve combed it the same way for years. Same thing, every time.
    • 15 September 2016 to Jimmy Fallon
  • Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it. You know what I mean. President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.
    • “Trump finally says Obama born in U.S., blames Clinton for controversy”. USA Today. 16 September 2016. 
    • Conspiracy theories about Barack Obama’s citizenship were not started by Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign according to PolitiFact.com, and Trump continued to question Obama’s citizenship for years after he released his long-form birth certificate in 2011[22].
  • People don’t know how great you are. People don’t know how smart you are. These are the smart people. These are the smart people. These are really the smart people. And they never like to say it, but I say it. And I’m a smart person. These are the smart. We have the smartest people. We have the smartest people. And they know it. Some say it, but they hate to say it. But we have the smartest people.
    • Council Bluffs, Iowa, quoted in “Donald Trump’s Bizarre Speech: ‘You Are The Smartest People'”, Leading Britain’s Conversation, 29 September 2016 
  • On the question if he would honor the results of the election should he lose:
    “We’re going to have to see. We’re going to see what happens. We’re going to have to see.”
    • In an interview with the New York Times; Trump Appears to Back Off Pledge to Support Clinton If She Wins, NBC News (30 September 2016)
First presidential debate (September 26, 2016)

Transcript, Washington Post

  • Our jobs are fleeing the country. They’re going to Mexico. They’re going to many other countries. You look at what China is doing to our country in terms of making our product. They’re devaluing their currency, and there’s nobody in our government to fight them. And we have a very good fight. And we have a winning fight. Because they’re using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China, and many other countries are doing the same thing. … We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us. We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States and, with it, firing all of their people. … We cannot let it happen. Under my plan, I’ll be reducing taxes tremendously, from 35 percent to 15 percent for companies, small and big businesses. That’s going to be a job creator like we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan. It’s going to be a beautiful thing to watch. Companies will come. They will build. They will expand. New companies will start. And I look very, very much forward to doing it. We have to renegotiate our trade deals, and we have to stop these countries from stealing our companies and our jobs.
  • Our country’s in deep trouble. We don’t know what we’re doing when it comes to devaluations and all of these countries all over the world, especially China. They’re the best, the best ever at it. What they’re doing to us is a very, very sad thing.
  • But in all fairness to Secretary Clinton, when she started talking about this, it was really very recently. She’s been doing this for 30 years. And why hasn’t she made the agreements better? The NAFTA agreement is defective. Just because of the tax and many other reasons, but just because of the fact Secretary Clinton and others, politicians, should have been doing this for years, not right now, because of the fact that we’ve created a movement.
  • The first thing you do is don’t let the jobs leave. The companies are leaving. I could name, I mean, there are thousands of them. They’re leaving, and they’re leaving in bigger numbers than ever. And what you do is you say, fine, you want to go to Mexico or some other country, good luck. We wish you a lot of luck. But if you think you’re going to make your air conditioners or your cars or your cookies or whatever you make and bring them into our country without a tax, you’re wrong. And once you say you’re going to have to tax them coming in, and our politicians never do this, because they have special interests and the special interests want those companies to leave, because in many cases, they own the companies. So what I’m saying is, we can stop them from leaving. We have to stop them from leaving. And that’s a big, big factor.
  • CLINTON: Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis. He said, back in 2006, “Gee, I hope it does collapse, because then I can go in and buy some and make some money.” Well, it did collapse.

TRUMP: That’s called business, by the way.

  • We invested in a solar company, our country. That was a disaster. They lost plenty of money on that one. Now, look, I’m a great believer in all forms of energy, but we’re putting a lot of people out of work. Our energy policies are a disaster. Our country is losing so much in terms of energy, in terms of paying off our debt. You can’t do what you’re looking to do with $20 trillion in debt. The Obama administration, from the time they’ve come in, is over 230 years’ worth of debt, and he’s topped it. He’s doubled it in a course of almost eight years, seven-and-a-half years, to be semi- exact.
  • We have to do a much better job at giving companies incentives to build new companies or to expand, because they’re not doing it.
  • NAFTA is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country. And now you [Hillary Clinton] want to approve Trans-Pacific Partnership. You were totally in favor of it. Then you heard what I was saying, how bad it is, and you said, I can’t win that debate. But you know that if you did win, you would approve that, and that will be almost as bad as NAFTA. Nothing will ever top NAFTA.
  • You are going to approve one of the biggest tax cuts in history. You are going to approve one of the biggest tax increases in history. You are going to drive business out. Your regulations are a disaster, and you’re going to increase regulations all over the place. And by the way, my tax cut is the biggest since Ronald Reagan. I’m very proud of it. It will create tremendous numbers of new jobs. But regulations, you are going to regulate these businesses out of existence. … The things that business as in people like the most is the fact that I’m cutting regulation. You have regulations on top of regulations, and new companies cannot form and old companies are going out of business. And you want to increase the regulations and make them even worse. I’m going to cut regulations. I’m going to cut taxes big league, and you’re going to raise taxes big league, end of story.
  • She’s telling us how to fight ISIS. Just go to her website. She tells you how to fight ISIS on her website. I don’t think General Douglas MacArthur would like that too much. … See, you’re telling the enemy everything you want to do. No wonder you’ve been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.
  • I’m really calling for major jobs, because the wealthy are going create tremendous jobs. They’re going to expand their companies. They’re going to do a tremendous job. I’m getting rid of the carried interest provision. And if you really look, it’s not a tax — it’s really not a great thing for the wealthy. It’s a great thing for the middle class. It’s a great thing for companies to expand.
  • We have the worst revival of an economy since the Great Depression. And believe me: We’re in a bubble right now. And the only thing that looks good is the stock market, but if you raise interest rates even a little bit, that’s going to come crashing down.
  • I will release them as soon as the audit. Look, I’ve been under audit almost for 15 years. I know a lot of wealthy people that have never been audited. I said, do you get audited? I get audited almost every year. And in a way, I should be complaining. I’m not even complaining. I don’t mind it. It’s almost become a way of life. I get audited by the IRS. But other people don’t. I will say this. We have a situation in this country that has to be taken care of. I will release my tax returns — against my lawyer’s wishes — when she [Hillary Clinton] releases her 33,000 e-mails that have been deleted. As soon as she releases them, I will release.
    • About releasing his tax returns.
  • That makes me smart.
    • About that Trump didn’t pay federal income taxes.
  • That was more than a mistake. That was done purposely. OK? That was not a mistake. That was done purposely. When you have your staff taking the Fifth Amendment, taking the Fifth so they’re not prosecuted, when you have the man that set up the illegal server taking the Fifth, I think it’s disgraceful.
    • About Hillary Clinton email controversy
  • As far as my tax returns, you don’t learn that much from tax returns. That I can tell you. You learn a lot from financial disclosure. And you should go down and take a look at that.
  • I am very underleveraged. I have a great company. I have a tremendous income. And the reason I say that is not in a braggadocios way. It’s because it’s about time that this country had somebody running it that has an idea about money.
  • Maybe he didn’t do a good job and I was unsatisfied with his work … On occasion, four times, we used certain laws that are there. And when Secretary Clinton talks about people that didn’t get paid, first of all, they did get paid a lot, but taken advantage of the laws of the nation. Now, if you want to change the laws, you’ve been there a long time, change the laws. But I take advantage of the laws of the nation because I’m running a company. My obligation right now is to do well for myself, my family, my employees, for my companies. And that’s what I do. … She [Hillary Clinton] doesn’t say is that tens of thousands of people that are unbelievably happy and that love me.
    • About not having paid to some of his employees.
  • We need law and order. If we don’t have it, we’re not going to have a country. … We need law and order in our country.
  • We have a situation where we have our inner cities, African- Americans, Hispanics are living in hell because it’s so dangerous. You walk down the street, you get shot.
  • Now, whether or not in a place like Chicago you do stop and frisk, which worked very well, Mayor Giuliani is here, worked very well in New York. It brought the crime rate way down. But you take the gun away from criminals that shouldn’t be having it. We have gangs roaming the street. And in many cases, they’re illegally here, illegal immigrants. And they have guns. And they shoot people. And we have to be very strong. And we have to be very vigilant.
  • Our police, in many cases, are afraid to do anything. We have to protect our inner cities, because African-American communities are being decimated by crime, decimated.
  • HOLT: Stop-and-frisk was ruled unconstitutional in New York, because it largely singled out black and Hispanic young men.

TRUMP: No, you’re wrong. It went before a judge, who was a very against-police judge. It was taken away from her. And our mayor, our new mayor, refused to go forward with the case. They would have won an appeal. If you look at it, throughout the country, there are many places where it’s allowed. HOLT: The argument is that it’s a form of racial profiling. TRUMP: No, the argument is that we have to take the guns away from these people that have them and they are bad people that shouldn’t have them.

  • You need more police. You need a better community, you know, relation. … You need better relationships between the communities and the police, because in some cases, it’s not good.
  • So when you [Hillary Clinton] tried to act holier than thou, it really doesn’t work. It really doesn’t.
  • We should be better than anybody else, and perhaps we’re not. I don’t think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She’s saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don’t — maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?
  • We have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare.
  • President Obama and Secretary Clinton created a vacuum the way they got out of Iraq, because they got out — what, they shouldn’t have been in, but once they got in, the way they got out was a disaster. And ISIS was formed.
  • I said it to you once, had we taken the oil — and we should have taken the oil — ISIS would not have been able to form either, because the oil was their primary source of income. And now they have the oil all over the place, including the oil — a lot of the oil in Libya, which was another one of her disasters.
  • You [Hillary Clinton] look at the Middle East, you started the Iran deal, that’s another beauty where you have a country that was ready to fall, I mean, they were doing so badly. They were choking on the sanctions. And now they’re going to be actually probably a major power at some point pretty soon, the way they’re going.
  • I think we have to get NATO to go into the Middle East with us, in addition to surrounding nations, and we have to knock the hell out of ISIS, and we have to do it fast, when ISIS formed in this vacuum created by Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton. And believe me, you were the ones that took out the troops. … When they formed, this is something that never should have happened. It should have never happened. Now, you’re talking about taking out ISIS. But you were there, and you were secretary of state when it was a little infant. Now it’s in over 30 countries. And you’re going to stop them? I don’t think so.
  • I think the best person in her [Clinton’s] campaign is mainstream media.
  • The single greatest problem the world has is nuclear armament, nuclear weapons, not global warming, like you think and your — your president thinks.
October
  • I’d never withdraw. I’ve never withdrawn in my life.
    • phone call to the Washington Post (8 October 2016)
  • So important that you get out and vote. So important that you watch other communities, because we don’t want this election stolen from us. We don’t want this election stolen from us.
    • Transcript of speech at Ambridge, Pennsylvania (October 10, 2016)
  • Donald Trump: Now, he’s supposed to look like Donald Trump, but he’s actually much too good looking. [to toddler] You are really handsome… Do you want to go back to [your parents] or do you want to stay with Donald Trump?
    Toddler: Trump.
    • Little Trump Look-Alike Comes on Stage with Donald in Wilkes-Barre 10/10/16, Right Side Broadcasting, YouTube. Quoted in “Donald Trump Meets His Mini-Me at Pennsylvania Rally” by Dave Quinn, People.com (October 11, 2016).
  • Hillary Clinton meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty in order to enrich these global financial powers, her special interest friends and her donors.
  • Honestly, she should be locked up. She should be. Should be locked up.
    • at a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida (October 13, 2016)
  • She [Clinton] walks in front of me, she walks in front of me, you know. And when she walked in front of me, believe me I wasn’t impressed.
  • Reporters at The New York Times are not journalists. They’re corporate lobbyists for Carlos Slim and Hillary Clinton.
  • Believe me: She [one of the women accusing him of sexual assault] would not be my first choice, that I can tell you.
    • at a rally in Greensboro, N.C. Also quoted in Donald Trump’s Barrage of Heated Rhetoric Has Little Precedent (October 14, 2016)
  • Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt – and when I say corrupt, I’m talking about totally corrupt – political establishment [Obamacare] with a new government controlled by you, the American people. There is nothing the political establishment will not do. No lie that they won’t tell to hold their prestige and power at your expense and that’s what’s been happening. The Washington establishment and the financial and media corporations that funded exist for only one reason: to protect and enrich itself. The establishment has trillions of dollars at stake in this election. As an example, just one single trade deal they’d like to pass involves trillions of dollars controlled by many countries, corporations, and lobbyists. For those who controlled the levels of power in Washington, and for the global special interests, they partner with these people that don’t have your good in mind. Our campaign represents a true existential threat like they haven’t seen before.
    • At a campaign rally in Florida (13 October 2016)
  • No, no, lot of things are going on folks, lot of things. I think she’s actually getting pumped up, if you want to know the truth, she’s getting pumped up, you understand? In fact we’re going to be talking about that in a few minutes. She’s getting pumped up for Wednesday night. Let’s see. You know, I don’t know, maybe, we’re like athletes, right? Hey, look, I beat seventeen senators, governors, I beat all these people, we’re like athletes. Hillary beat Bernie, although it looks like Bernie got a little bit of a bad deal based on Wikileaks, right? If you look at Wikileaks. But we’re like athletes, right? So athletes, they’re making them more and more, but athletes, they make them take a drug test, right? I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate, I do. I think we should, why don’t we do that? We should take a drug test, prior, because I don’t know what’s going on with her. But at the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning, and at the end it was like, “Uh, take me down.” She could barely reach her car. So I think we should take a drug test, I’m, er, anyway I’m willing to do it.
    • At a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, about his rival Hillary Clinton’s performance during the presidential debates (15 October 2016)
  • Such a nasty woman. [of Hillary Clinton]
    • Third Presidential debate (19 October 2016), full transcript at fortune.com.
  • I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election, if I win.
    • 20 October 2016, quoted in Jeremy Diamond (20 October 2016), “Donald Trump: ‘I will totally accept’ election results ‘if I win'”, CNN 
  • I’m going to fight for every American in every last part of this nation. We have a president who doesn’t fight. He goes out and plays golf all the time.
    • Hardball with Chris Matthews, August 4, 2017 October 23 rally
  • She didn’t know what to do, well how did you get him, uh well uh… they were sent by Russia! You know they’re always using Russia
    • October 25, 2016 rally in Sanford regarding Donna Brazile
  • And I have to give the FBI credit, that was so bad, what happened, originally, and it took guts for Director Comey to make the move that he made, in light of the kind of opposition he had, with their trying to protect her from criminal prosecution, you know that. It took a lot of guts, I really disagreed with him, I was not his fan, but I’ll tell you what, what he did, he brought back his reputation, he brought it back. He’s got to hang tough, because there’s a lot of, lotta people, want him to do the wrong thing, what he did was the right thing.
    • At a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan shortly after Comey announced the FBI would investigate further emails relating to Hillary Clinton, but before his statement that no incriminating information was found within them (31 October 2016)
Second presidential debate (October 9, 2016)

Transcript, New York Times

  • Anderson Cooper: You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?
    Donald Trump: No, I didn’t say that at all. I don’t think you understood what was — this was locker room talk.
  • I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do.
  • …if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your [Hilary Clinton’s] situation, because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it, and we’re going to have a special prosecutor.
  • Hillary Clinton: …it’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.
    Donald Trump: Because you’d be in jail.
  • Cooper: Please allow her to respond. She didn’t talk while you talked.
    Clinton: Yes, that’s true, I didn’t.
    Trump: Because you have nothing to say.
  • Martha Raddatz: …you, Secretary Clinton, purportedly say you need both a public and private position on certain issues….
    Clinton: As I recall, that was something I said about Abraham Lincoln after having seen the wonderful Steven Spielberg movie …
    Trump: Now she’s blaming the lie on the late, great Abraham Lincoln. That’s one that I haven’t… OK, Honest Abe, Honest Abe never lied. That’s the good thing. That’s the big difference between Abraham Lincoln and you. That’s a big, big difference. We’re talking about some difference.
  • I know nothing about Russia. I know — I know about Russia, but I know nothing about the inner workings of Russia.
  • Cooper: Did you use that $916 million loss to avoid paying personal federal income taxes for years?
    Trump: Of course I do. Of course I do. And so do all of her donors, or most of her donors. … I pay tremendous numbers of taxes. I absolutely used it. And so did Warren Buffett and so did George Soros and so did many of the other people that Hillary is getting money from.
  • …NAFTA, signed by her husband, is perhaps the greatest disaster trade deal in the history of the world.
November
  • I’m also honored to have the greatest temperament that anybody has.
    • Quoted by Sam Stein (3 November 2016), “Donald Trump Is Honored To Have The Greatest Temperament, Donald Trump Says”, Huffington Post 
  • Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people. The establishment has trillions of dollars at stake in this election. For those who control the levers of power in Washington and for the global special interests, they partner with these people that don’t have your good in mind. The political establishment that is trying to stop us is the same group responsible for our disastrous trade deals, massive illegal immigration and economic and foreign policies that have bled our country dry. The political establishment has brought about the destruction of our factories and our jobs as they flee to Mexico, China and other countries all around the world. It’s a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities. The only thing that can stop this corrupt machine is you. The only force strong enough to save our country is us. The only people brave enough to vote out this corrupt establishment is you, the American people. I’m doing this for the people and the movement and we will take back this country for you and we will make America great again. I’m Donald Trump and I approve this message.
    • Closing argument for America (4 November 2016)
      • Lines recycled from Trump’s campaign rally in West Palm Beach, FL (10/13/2016)
  • No dream is too big, no challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach. America will no longer settle for anything less than the best.
    • Victory Speech (9 November 2016)
  • I think I’m a sober person. I think the press tries to make you into something a little bit different. In my case, a little bit of a wild man, I’m not, I’m actually not. I’m a very sober person.
    • During an interview on 60 Minutes (11 November 2016)
  • Today, I would like to provide the American people with an update on the White House transition and our policy plans for the first 100 days. Our transition team is working very smoothly, efficiently, and effectively. Truly great and talented men and women, patriots indeed are being brought in and many will soon be a part of our government, helping us to Make America Great Again. My agenda will be based on a simple core principle: putting America First. Whether it’s producing steel, building cars, or curing disease, I want the next generation of production and innovation to happen right here, in our great homeland: America – creating wealth and jobs for American workers. As part of this plan, I’ve asked my transition team to develop a list of executive actions we can take on day one to restore our laws and bring back our jobs. It’s about time. These include the following: On trade, I am going to issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country. Instead, we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores. On energy, I will cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy – including shale energy and clean coal – creating many millions of high-paying jobs. That’s what we want, that’s what we’ve been waiting for. On regulation, I will formulate a rule which says that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated, it’s so important. On national security, I will ask the Department of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop a comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyber-attacks, and all other form of attacks. On immigration, I will direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker. On ethics reform, as part of our plan to Drain the Swamp, we will impose a five-year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave the Administration – and a lifetime ban on executive officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government. These are just a few of the steps we will take to reform Washington and rebuild our middle class. I will provide more updates in the coming days, as we work together to Make America Great Again for everyone.
    • A Message from President-Elect Donald J. Trump (21 November 2016)
  • We are very blessed to call this nation our home. And that is what America is: it is our home. It’s where we raise our families, care for our loved ones, look out for our neighbors, and live out our dreams. It is my prayer, that on this Thanksgiving, we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country, strengthened by a shared purpose and very, very common resolve. In declaring this national holiday, President Lincoln called upon Americans to speak with “one voice and one heart.” That’s just what we have to do. We have just finished a long and bruising political campaign. Emotions are raw and tensions just don’t heal overnight. It doesn’t go quickly, unfortunately, but we have before us the chance now to make history together to bring real change to Washington, real safety to our cities, and real prosperity to our communities, including our inner cities. So important to me, and so important to our country. But to succeed, we must enlist the effort of our entire nation. This historic political campaign is now over. Now begins a great national campaign to rebuild our country and to restore the full promise of America for all of our people. I am asking you to join me in this effort. It is time to restore the bonds of trust between citizens. Because when America is unified, there is nothing beyond our reach, and I mean absolutely nothing. Let us give thanks for all that we have, and let us boldly face the exciting new frontiers that lie ahead. Thank you. God Bless You and God Bless America.
    • A Thanksgiving Message from President-Elect Donald J. Trump (23 November 2016)
New York Times Interview (November 23, 2016)

New York Times Interview, Transcript (November 23, 2016)

  • People are giving up tremendous careers in order to be subject to you folks and subject to a lot of other folks. But they’re giving up a lot. I mean some are giving up tremendous businesses in order to sit for four or maybe eight or whatever the period of time is. But I think we’re going to see some tremendous talent, tremendous talent coming in. We have many people for every job. I mean no matter what the job is, we have many incredible people. I think, Reince, you can sort of just confirm that. The quality of the people is very good. … We’re trying very hard to get the best people. Not necessarily people that will be the most politically correct people, because that hasn’t been working. So we have really experts in the field. Some are known and some are not known, but they’re known within their field as being the best. That’s very important to me.
  • I think the popular vote would have been easier in a true sense because you’d go to a few places. I think that’s the genius of the Electoral College. I was never a fan of the Electoral College until now.
  • What we do want to do is we want to bring the country together, because the country is very, very divided, and that’s one thing I did see, big league. It’s very, very divided, and I’m going to work very hard to bring the country together.
  • I want to move forward, I don’t want to move back. And I don’t want to hurt the Clintons. I really don’t. She went through a lot. And suffered greatly in many different ways. And I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious. They say it was the most vicious primary and the most vicious campaign. I guess, added together, it was definitely the most vicious; probably, I assume you sold a lot of newspapers. … It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about. … I’m not looking to look back and go through this. This was a very painful period. This was a very painful election with all of the email things and all of the foundation things and all of the everything that they went through and the whole country went through. This was a very painful period of time.
    • About not prosecuting Hillary Clinton.
  • Our country’s really in bad, big trouble. We have a lot of trouble. A lot of problems. And one of the big problems, I talk about, divisiveness. I think that a lot of people will appreciate … I’m not doing it for that reason. I’m doing it because it’s time to go in a different direction.
  • Clean air is vitally important. Clean water, crystal clean water is vitally important. Safety is vitally important.
  • Sometimes I’ll say I’m actually an environmentalist and people will smile in some cases and other people that know me understand that’s true. Open mind.
  • We’re not a competitive nation with other nations anymore. We have to make ourselves competitive. We’re not competitive for a lot of reasons. That’s becoming more and more of the reason. Because a lot of these countries that we do business with, they make deals with our president, or whoever, and then they don’t adhere to the deals, you know that. And it’s much less expensive for their companies to produce products. So I’m going to be studying that very hard, and I think I have a very big voice in it. And I think my voice is listened to, especially by people that don’t believe in it. And we’ll let you know.
  • As far as the, you know, potential conflict of interests, though, I mean I know that from the standpoint, the law is totally on my side, meaning, the president can’t have a conflict of interest. That’s been reported very widely. Despite that, I don’t want there to be a conflict of interest anyway. And the laws, the president can’t. And I understand why the president can’t have a conflict of interest now because everything a president does in some ways is like a conflict of interest.
  • I don’t care about my company. … Because it doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters to me is running our country.
  • It’s hard to explain. I don’t care about anything having to do with anything having to do with anything other than the country.
  • In theory I could run my business perfectly, and then run the country perfectly. And there’s never been a case like this where somebody’s had, like, if you look at other people of wealth, they didn’t have this kind of asset and this kind of wealth, frankly. It’s just a different thing.
  • I’ve known Steve Bannon a long time. If I thought he was a racist, or alt-right, or any of the things that we can, you know, the terms we can use, I wouldn’t even think about hiring him. First of all, I’m the one that makes the decision, not Steve Bannon or anybody else.
  • To me more important is taking care of the people that really have proven to be, to love Donald Trump, as opposed to the political people. And frankly if the political people don’t take care of these people, they’re not going to win and you’re going to end up with maybe a total different kind of government than what you’re looking at right now. These people are really angry. They’re smart, they’re workers, and they’re angry. I call them the forgotten men and women. And I use that in speeches, I say they’re the forgotten people — they were totally forgotten.
  • I would love to be able to be the one that made peace with Israel and the Palestinians. I would love that, that would be such a great achievement. Because nobody’s been able to do it. … I’ve had a lot of, actually, great Israeli businesspeople tell me, you can’t do that, it’s impossible. I disagree, I think you can make peace. I think people are tired now of being shot, killed. At some point, when do they come? I think we can do that. I have reason to believe I can do that.
  • The Times is, it’s a great, great American jewel. A world jewel.
December
  • There is no global anthem, no global currency, no certificate of global citizenship, we pledge allegiance to one flag and that flag is the American Flag!
    • Thank You Tour – Cincinnati, Ohio (01 December 2016)
  • Funny how that term caught on, isn’t it? I tell everyone, I hated it. Somebody said ‘drain the swamp’ and I said, ‘Oh, that is so hokey. That is so terrible.’ I said, all right, I’ll try it. So like a month ago I said ‘drain the swamp’ and the place went crazy. And I said ‘Whoa, what’s this?’ Then I said it again. And then I start saying it like I meant it, right? And then I started to love it, and the place loved it. Drain the swamp. It’s true. It’s true. Drain the swamp.
    • During a rally in Des Moines, Iowa (December 2016)
  • We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. … Our goal is stability, not chaos, because we want to rebuild our country. It’s time.
    • Speaking at U.S. Bank Arena, quoted in Anna Giaritelli (1 December 2016), “Trump’s new foreign policy: ‘We will stop looking to topple regimes'”, Washington Examiner 

2017

January
  • Reporter: Would a reasonable observer say that you are potentially vulnerable to blackmail by Russia or by its intelligence agencies?
    Trump: Lemme just tell you what I do. When I leave our country, I’m a very high-profile person, would you say? I am extremely careful. I’m surrounded by bodyguards. I’m surrounded by people. And I always tell them—anywhere, but I always tell them if I’m leaving this country, “Be very careful, because in your hotel rooms and no matter where you go, you’re gonna probably have cameras.” I’m not referring just to Russia, but I would certainly put them in that category. And number one, “I hope you’re gonna be good anyway. But in those rooms, you have cameras in the strangest places. Cameras that are so small with modern technology, you can’t see them and you won’t know. You better be careful, or you’ll be watching yourself on nightly television.” I tell this to people all the time. I was in Russia years ago, with the Miss Universe contest, which did very well—Moscow, the Moscow area did very, very well. And I told many people, “Be careful, because you don’t wanna see yourself on television. Cameras all over the place.”
    And again, not just Russia, all over. Does anyone really believe that story? I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way, believe me.
    • Donald Trump Press Conference at Trump Tower (11 January 2017)

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.I looked out, the field was, looked like million, million and a half people.

  • I looked out, the field was, looked like million, million and a half people. They showed a field where there was practically nobody standing there. And they said, “Donald Trump did not draw well.” I said, “It was almost raining!” The rain should’ve scared them away but God looked down and said we’re not going to let it rain on your speech.
    • Trump speaking at the CIA Headquarters about his inauguration crowd and the press coverage, FOX 10 Phoenix (21 January 2017)
  • But when you look at this tremendous sea of love — I call it a “sea of love” — it’s really something special.
    • Trump describing a framed photograph of his inauguration crowd during an interview with David Muir, ABC (25 January 2017)
  • [About David Becker] He’s grovelling again. You know, I always talk about the reporters that grovel when they want to write something that you want to hear but not necessarily millions of people want to hear or have to hear.
    • “Trump’s voter fraud talk has liberals worried”, BBC (27 January 2017)
  • We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas.
    • “Trump signs executive order to keep out ‘radical Islamic terrorists'”, CNN (27 January 2017)
  • I’ve always felt the need to pray…I would say that the office is so powerful that you need God even more.
    • Trump’s interview with David Brody, CBN News (29 January 2017)
Inaugural address, (January 20, 2017)

Transcript (January 20, 2017)

  • Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: Thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges, we will confront hardships, but we will get the job done. Every 4 years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.
  • Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, DC, and giving it back to you, the people. For too long, a small group in our Nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of Government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our Nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes, starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment: It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country. What truly matters is not which party controls our Government, but whether our Government is controlled by the people. January 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this Nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now.
  • You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public. But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our Nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. We are one Nation, and their pain is our pain, their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
  • For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future. We, assembled here today, are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
  • We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never, ever let you down. America will start winning again, winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams. We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful Nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor. We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American. We will seek friendship and good will with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example—we will shine—for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth. At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear: We are protected, and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement, and most importantly, we will be protected by God.
  • Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining, but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again. We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries, and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.
  • It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are Black or Brown or White, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator. So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way. Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And, yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you. God bless America.
February
  • For us here in Washington, we must never ever stop asking God for the wisdom to serve the public according to His will.
    But we had tremendous success on The Apprentice and, when I ran for President, I had to leave the show, that’s when I knew for sure I was doing it, and they hired a big, big movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to take my place, and we know how that turned out. The ratings went right down the tubes, it’s been a total disaster, and Mark [Burnett] will never, ever bet against Trump again, and I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can, for those rating, OK?
    • Trump’s “National Prayer Breakfast” speech (2 February 2017)
  • We have to be tough. It’s time we’re going to be a little bit tough, folks. We’re taken advantage by every nation in the world, virtually. It’s not going to happen any more.
    • White House suggests US may still accept Australia refugees despite clash (2 February 2017)
  • It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported, and in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons and you understand that.
    • Trump on the reporting of terrorist attacks during a speech given at MacDill Air Force Base (6 February 2017)
  • Who is the state senator? Do you want to give me his name? We’ll destroy his career.
    • Trump responding to Sheriff Harold Eavenson’s statement about a Texas state senator proposing legislation to require convictions before sheriffs could receive forfeiture money. (7 February 2017)
  • I listened to a panel of judges and I’ll comment on that — I will not comment on the statements made by, um, certainly one judge — but I have to be honest that if these judges wanted to, in my opinion, help the court, in terms of respect for the court, they’d do what they should be doing. I mean it’s so sad, they should be, you know, when you read something so simple, and so beautifully written, and so perfectly written — other than the one statement, of course, having to do with “he” or “she” — but when you read something so perfectly written, and so clear to anybody, and then you have lawyers and you watched, I watched last night in amazement, and I heard things that I couldn’t believe, things that really had nothing to do with what I just read, and I don’t ever want to call a court biased, so I won’t call it biased, and we haven’t had a decision yet, but courts seem to be so political, and it would be so great for our justice system if they would be able to read a statement and do what’s right.
  • Every child in America should be able to play outside without fear, walk home without danger, and attend a school without being worried about drugs or gangs or violence.
    • Remarks by President Trump at MCCA Winter Conference (8 February 2017)
  • Well I just want to say that we are, you know, very honored by the victory that we had, 306 electoral college votes, we were not supposed to crack 220, you [turning to the Israeli PM] know that right? There was no way to 221, but then they said there’s no way to 270 [Netanyahu tries to respond, but Trump continues, so then mouths “I thought he was talking to me”] and there’s tremendous enthusiasm out there. I will say that, um, we are going to have peace, in this country, we are going to stop crime, in this country, we are going to do everything within our power to stop long-simmering racism, and every other thing that’s going on, because a lot of bad things have been taking place over a long period of time. I think one of the reasons I won the election is we have a very, very divided nation, very divided, and hopefully I’ll be able to do something about that, and I, you know, it’s something that was very important to me. As far as people, Jewish people, so many friends, a daughter who happens to be here right now, a son-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren, I think that you’re going to see a lot different United States of America over the next three, four, or eight years, er, I think a lot of good things are happening, and you’re going to see a lot of love, you’re going to see a lot of love.
    • Trump responding to a reporter’s question about rising anti-Semitic incidents and a perception of xenophobia in his administration, during a joint press conference with Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel (15 February 2017)
  • The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people. Tremendous disservice. We have to talk to find out what’s going on, because the press honestly is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.
  • I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.
  • This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.

Mike Flynn is a fine person, and I asked for his resignation.

  • Mike Flynn is a fine person, and I asked for his resignation. He respectfully gave it. He is a man who there was a certain amount of information given to Vice President Pence, who is with us today. And I was not happy with the way that information was given. He didn’t have to do that, because what he did wasn’t wrong. What he did in terms of the information he saw. What was wrong was the way that other people, including yourselves in this room, were given that information, because that was classified information that was given illegally. That’s the real problem.
  • Look, when I go to rallies, they turn around, they start screaming at CNN. They want to throw their placards at CNN. You know. I think you would do much better by being different.
  • Tomorrow, they will say, “Donald Trump rants and raves at the press.” I’m not ranting and raving. I’m just telling you. You know, you’re dishonest people. But, but I’m not ranting and raving. I love this. I’m having a good time doing it. But tomorrow, the headlines are going to be, “Donald Trump rants and raves.” I’m not ranting and raving.

You know what uranium is, right? It’s a thing called nuclear weapons and other things like lots of things are done with uranium including some bad things.

  • You know what uranium is, right? It’s a thing called nuclear weapons and other things like lots of things are done with uranium including some bad things.
  • In the meantime, Mosul is very, very difficult. Do you know why? Because I don’t talk about military, and I don’t talk about certain other things, you’re going to be surprised to hear that. And by the way, my whole campaign, I’d say that. So I don’t have to tell you. I don’t want to be one of these guys that say, “Yes, here’s what we’re going to do.” I don’t have to do that. I don’t have to tell you what I’m going to do in North Korea. Wait a minute. I don’t have to tell you what I’m going to do in North Korea. And I don’t have to tell you what I’m going to do with Iran. You know why? Because they shouldn’t know. And eventually, you guys are going to get tired of asking that question.
  • Where are you from? [The reporter responds that he is from the BBC] Here’s another beauty.
  • Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours? [Addressing an African-American reporter and referring to the Congressional Black Caucus]
    • Comments made during a news conference at the White House (16 February 2017)
  • You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this, Sweden! They took in large numbers, they’re having problems like they never thought possible.
    • Trump speaking at mass rally of his supporters in Melbourne, Florida (18 February 2017)
  • And I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news. It’s fake, phony, fake. A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are, they are the enemy of the people.
  • They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name. Let their name be put out there. Let their name be put out.
  • I love Sweden, great country, great people, I love Sweden. But they understand, the people over there understand I’m right. Take a look at what’s happening in Sweden.
  • I have a friend, he’s a very, very substantial guy. He loves the city of lights, he loves Paris. For years, every year during the summer, he would go to Paris, was automatic with his wife and his family. Hadn’t seen him in a while and I said, Jim, let me ask you a question, how’s Paris doing? “Paris? I don’t go there anymore, Paris is no longer Paris.”
    • Trump speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (24 February 2017)
  • It’s an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated.
    • Speaking at the National Governors Association meeting at the White House (27 February 2017)
  • Nations around the world, like Canada, Australia and many others – have a merit-based immigration system. It is a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country ought to be able to support themselves financially,
    Yet, in America, we do not enforce this rule, straining the very public resources that our poorest citizens rely upon.
    ..
    With the help of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we have formed a Council with our neighbors in Canada to help ensure that women entrepreneurs have access to the networks, markets and capital they need to start a business and live out their financial dreams
    ..
    America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path. My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America
    ..
    It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur,
    We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America — we cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.
    • 28 February 2017, per Globe and Mail
March
  • As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of that proverb – and this is a good one, this is one I like, I’ve heard it for many many years and I love it – “Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you.” We know that, politically speaking, a lot of us know that, we know it well, it’s a great phrase.
    • Trump speaking during a visit of Enda Kenny, the then Irish head of government (17 March 2017)
April
  • Let’s fucking kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the fucking lot of them.
    • About Bashar al-Assad, as quoted in “Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency” (4 September 2018), by Philip Rucker and Robert Costa, The Washington Post
  • Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world. These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a “red line” against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing. The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable attack.
    • Statement on the Chemical Weapons Attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, American Presidency Project, (6 September 2017)
  • It was a slow and brutal death for so many…Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack.
    • President Trump on Syria’s chemical weapons attack, “President Trump blasts Syria for ‘cruelly murdering’ its own people as U.S. fires at least 50 missiles at airfield”, 6 April 2017.
  • We had finished dinner. We’re now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen and President Xi was enjoying it.
  • So what happens is, I said we’ve just launched 59 missiles heading to Iraq. [Interviewer interrupts to correct him] Yes, heading toward Syria.
    • President Trump explaining his decision to launch a missile strike while dining with Chinese President Xi Jinping, “Trump, Xi talked Syria strike over ‘beautiful’ chocolate cake”, 12 April 2017.
  • So this is promoting agriculture and rural prosperity in America. And, now, there’s a lot of words I won’t bother reading everything.
    • Remarks by President Trump in Farmers Roundtable and Executive Order Signing Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America (April 25, 2017)

I thought it would be easier.

  • I thought it would be easier.
    • Trump discussing his first 100 days in interview with Reuters (April 27, 2017)
  • I think we’ve done more than perhaps any president in the first 100 days…. Not since [President] Harry Truman has anybody done so much.
    • Interview with President Trump, “Full interview with President Trump on his first 100 days”, 28 April 2017.
May
  • People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why?
    • Trump: Why Couldn’t the Civil War Have Been Avoided? (May 1, 2017)
  • No American should be forced to choose between the dictates of the federal government and the tenets of their faith.
    • What Trump understands about religious liberty in America? (May 4, 2017)

I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job.

  • I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job.
    ..
    I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.
    ..
    I’m not under investigation.
    • Part of Trump’s conversation with Russian officials invited to the White House, according to the official account of the meeting (10 May 2017)
  • Have you heard that expression used before? Because I haven’t heard it. I mean, I just… I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good. It’s what you have to do.
    • Trump claiming to have invented the term “prime the pump” in the context of economic stimulus during an interview published in The Economist (11 May 2017)
  • And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, “You know, this Russia thing, with Trump and Russia, is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election.”
    • Trump admitting in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt that annoyance at federal investigations was a motivation for firing FBI Director James Comey (11 May 2017)
  • Nothing is easier or more pathetic than being a critic. Because they’re people that can’t get the job done. But the future belongs to the dreamers, not to the critics. The future belongs to the people who follow their heart no matter what the critics say.
    • Liberty University commencement speech (13 May 2017)
  • Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse, or more unfairly.
    • Trump being a critic of the media during his speech at the US Coast Guard Academy commencement ceremony (17 May 2017)
  • Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.
    • On the appointment of a special counsel in the Russia investigation. As quoted in “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election” by Robert S. Mueller III, Volume II, page 78.
  • So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life, I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are. They’re losers. And we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers—just remember that.
June
  • I was elected represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.
    • Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord, announcing his intention to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement (1 June 2017)
  • History is written by the dreamers, not the doubters.

I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions I just don’t want a poor person.

  • I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions I just don’t want a poor person.
  • We’re thinking about building the wall as a solar wall, so it creates energy, and pays for itself. And this way Mexico will have to pay much less money, and that’s good, right, is that good? You’re the first group I’ve told that to, a solar wall, makes sense, let’s see, we’re working it out, we’ll see, solar wall, panels, beautiful. I mean actually think of it, the higher it goes the more valuable it is, it’s like… pretty good imagination [points to his own head], right, good? My idea.
    • President Trump Holds a Rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (21 June 2017)
  • Well I didn’t tape him — you never know what’s happening, when you see that the Obama administration, and perhaps longer than that, was doing all of this unmasking and, er, surveillance, and you read all about it, and I’ve been reading about for the last couple of months about the seriousness of the, and horrible situation, with surveillance all over the place, and you’ve been hearing the word ‘unmasking’, a word you probably never heard before, so you never know what’s out there — but I didn’t tape, and I don’t have any tape, and I didn’t tape.
  • Well, er, it wasn’t, er, it wasn’t very stupid, I can tell you that. [In response to the interviewer suggesting that his tweeting that there were tapes was a smart tactic]
    • Trump interviewed by Ainsley Earhardt on Fox & Friends (23 June 2017)
  • I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!
    • Trump Mocks Mika Brzezinski (29 June 2017)

The human soul yearns for discovery. By unlocking the mysteries of the universe, we unlock truths within ourselves.

  • The human soul yearns for discovery. By unlocking the mysteries of the universe, we unlock truths within ourselves. That’s true. Our journey into space will not only make us stronger and more prosperous, but will unite us behind grand ambitions and bring us all closer together. Wouldn’t that be nice? Can you believe that space is going to do that? I thought politics would do that. (Laughter.) Well, we’ll have to rely on space instead.
  • Every launch into the skies is another step forward toward a future where our differences seem small against the vast expanse of our common humanity. Sometimes you have to view things from a distance in order to see the real truth. It is America’s destiny to be at the forefront of humanity’s eternal quest for knowledge and to be the leader amongst nations on our adventure into the great unknown.
  • Space. A lotta room out there, right? [Buzz Aldrin interjects: To infinity and beyond!] This is infinity, it could be infinity, we don’t really don’t know, but it could be, there’s gotta be something, but it could be infinity, right?
    • Trump speaking while signing an Executive Order on the National Space Council (30 June 2017)
July
  • The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?
    • Remarks by President Trump to the People of Poland (6 July 2017)
  • …let Obamacare fail, it will be a lot easier. And I think we’re probably in that position where we’ll let Obamacare fail. We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail, and then the Democrats are going to come to us.
    • White House press conference, 2017-07-18, quoted in Thomas Kaplan (18 July 2017), “‘Let Obamacare Fail,’ Trump Says as G.O.P. Health Bill Collapses”, New York Times 
  • I am disappointed in the Attorney General, he should not have recused himself, almost immediately after he took office, and if he was going to recuse himself he should have told me prior to taking office, and I would have quite simply picked somebody else, so I think that’s a bad thing, not for the President but for the presidency, I think it’s unfair to the presidency, and that’s the way I feel.
    • Trump responding to a question about Jeff Sessions in a White House press briefing (25 July 2017)
  • I said please don’t be too nice. Like when you guys put somebody in the car, and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put the hand over, like, don’t hit their head, and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head? I said, you can take the hand away, OK.
    • Speaking to police officers at Suffolk County Community College, Long Island (28 July 2017)
2017 National Scout Jamboree (July 24, 2017)

Trump inspiring young people at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree (24 July 2017)

  • I said, who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the boy scouts, right?
  • You know, I go to Washington and I see all these politicians, and I see the swamp, and it’s not a good place, in fact, today I said we ought to change it from the word ‘swamp’ to the word ‘cesspool’ or perhaps to the word ‘sewer’. But it’s not good, not good.
  • Secretary Tom Price is also here. Today Dr. Price still lives the scout oath, helping to keep millions of Americans strong and healthy as our Secretary of Health and Human Services, and he’s doing a great job. And, hopefully, he’s going to get the votes tomorrow to start our path toward killing this horrible thing known as Obamacare that’s really hurting us, folks. By the way, you going to get the votes? He better get them. He better get them. Oh, he better, otherwise I’ll say, “Tom, you’re fired.”
  • Turn those cameras back there, please, that is so incredible. By the way, what do you think the chances are that this incredible, massive crowd, record-setting is going to be shown on television tonight? 1% or zero? The fake media will say, “President Trump”, and you know what this is, “President Trump spoke before a small crowd of boy scouts today.”
  • By the way, just a question, did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?
  • And you know we have a tremendous disadvantage in the electoral college, popular vote is much easier.
August
  • North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.
    • Comment on North Korean nuclear tests, made during a public meeting on the opioid epidemic.
    • Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ remark was improvised but familiar, CNN. August 9, 2017.
  • We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides [repeat intentional]. This had been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. A long, long time.
    • First statement regarding White Nationalist Rally terrorism in Charlottesville, VA. [24]. The Guardian. (12 August 2017)
  • Racism is evil — and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America. As a candidate I promised to restore law and order to our country and our federal law enforcement agencies are following through on that pledge. We will spare no resource in fighting so that every American child can grow up free from violence and fear. We will defend and protect the sacred rights of all Americans and we will work together so that every citizen in this blessed land is free to follow their dreams, in their hearts, and to express the love and joy in our souls.
    • Subsequent statement regarding the violence at a far-right Charlottesville, VA rally held on August 11-12, 2017; Trump calls KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists ‘repugnant’ (14 August 2017)
  • I think there’s blame on both sides, you look at, you look at both sides, I think there’s blame on both sides, and I have no doubt about it, and you don’t have any doubt about it either. If you reported it accurately, you would say that the neo-Nazis started this thing. They showed up in Charlottesville. Excuse me. They didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis. You had some very bad people in that group. You also had some very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group — excuse me, excuse me — I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name. [Reporters crosstalk] Well, George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down — excuse me — are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him. Good. Are we going to take down his statue? He was a major slave owner. Are we going to take down his statue? It is fine. You are changing history and culture. You had people — and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, they should be condemned totally — you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. The press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people but you also had troublemakers and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats. You had a lot of bad people in the other group too.
  • The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement.
    • Trump, again, casts blame on both sides for deadly violence in Virginia at a press briefing in Trump Tower, New York (15 August 2017) Transcripts: [25][26]
September
  • The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented. It’s that socialism has been faithfully implemented.
    • In his first address to the United Nations. (19 September 2017)
  • The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium, I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore anyway. Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!
    • Referring at a rally in Huntsville, AL to protests by NFL players against the U.S. flag.
    • Aric Jenkins (22 September 2017), “Donald Trump Called for NFL Players to Be Fired for National Anthem Kneeling — And They Responded”, Fortune 
  • All appropriate departments of our government from Homeland Security to Defense are engaged fully in the disaster and the response and recovery effort probably has never been seen for something like this. This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water.
    • Regarding Hurricane Maria
    • Emily Shugerman (29 September 2017), “Donald Trump says Puerto Rico is ‘an island surrounded by big water'”, The Independent (UK) 
October
  • You guys know what this represents? Maybe it’s the calm before the storm. [Reporter: What’s the storm?] Could be the calm, the calm, before the storm. [Reporter: What storm Mr. President?] We have the world’s great military people in this room, I’ll tell you that, and we’re going to have a great evening. [Reporter: What storm Mr. President?] You’ll find out.
    • Speaking during a photo op at the White House (6 October 2017)
  • The media is — really, the word, I think one of the greatest of all terms I’ve come up with is “fake”. I guess other people have used it, perhaps, over the years, but I’ve never noticed it.
    • Daniel Dale (8 October 2017), “Donald Trump defends paper towels in Puerto Rico, says Stephen Paddock was ‘probably smart’ in bizarre TV interview: Analysis”, TheStar.com 
  • Chain migration is one of the disasters. You allow one person and in that one person brings in 10 or 12 people
    • 11 October 2017 being interviewed by Sean Hannity
  • And we see it in the mothers and the fathers who get up at the crack of dawn; they work two jobs and sometimes three jobs. They sacrifice every day for the furniture and — future of their children.
    • Remarks by President Trump at the 2017 Values Voter Summit (13 October 2017)
  • Just out report: “United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.” Not good, we must keep America safe!
    • Tweet by @realDonaldTrump (20 October 2017)
  • We have a very good relationship. People say we have the best relationship of any President-President, because he’s called President also. Now some people might call him the King of China, but he’s called President.
    • Interviewed by Lou Dobbs on Fox Business on the subject of Xi Jinping (25 October 2017)
November
  • Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!
    • Corey Charlton (8 November 2017), “Donald Trump calls Kim Jong-un ‘short and fat’ and says he’s ‘trying hard to be his friend’”, The Sun 
December
  • He killed many people, ran them over. Chain migration. According to chain migration, he may have as many as 22 to 24 people that came in with him. His grandfather, his grandmother, his mother, his father, his brother, his sisters. We have to end chain migration. We have to end chain migration.
    • 8 December 2017

2018

January
  • The libel laws are very weak in this country. If they were strong, it would be very helpful. You wouldn’t have things like that happen where you can say whatever comes to your head.
    • Response to a question regarding Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, Camp David speech (6 January 2018)
  • Right now, in a number of states, the laws allow a baby to be born from his or her mother’s womb in the ninth month. It is wrong, it has to change.
    • As quoted in “Trump just basically said he’s anti-childbirth” (19 January 2018), by Rachel Kraus, Mashable
  • If you’re telling me they’re horrible people, horrible racist people, I would certainly apologize, if you’d like me to do that.
    • Interviewed on Good Morning Britain about his retweeting of inflammatory and unverified anti-Muslim videos from Britain First the previous November (26 January 2018)
  • [Interviewer: Do you believe in climate change? Do you think it exists?] Er, there is a cooling and there is a heating, and I mean, look, it used to not be climate change, it used to be global warming. [Interviewer: Right.] Right? That wasn’t working too well, because it was getting too cold all over the place. The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they’re setting records, OK, they’re at a record level.
    • Interviewed on British TV (28 January 2018)
  • in recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration
    • 30 January 2018
February

Can we call that treason, why not?

  • You’ve got half the room going totally crazy, wild, they loved everything, they wanna do something great for our country, and you have the other side, even on positive news, really positive news, like that, they were like death, and un-American, un-American. Somebody said treasonous, I mean, yeah I guess, why not? Can we call that treason, why not?
    • Speaking in Cincinnati about Democrats did not clap during his State of the Union Address (5 February 2018)
  • My administration has identified three major priorities for creating a safe, modern, and lawful immigration system: fully securing the border, ending chain migration, and canceling the visa lottery. Chain migration is a disaster, and very unfair to our country. The visa lottery is something that should have never been allowed in the first place. People enter a lottery to come into our country. What kind of a system is that? It is time for Congress to act and to protect Americans.
    • 10 February 2018
  • Because in America people don’t worship government. They worship God.
    • CPAC conference (23 February 2018)
March
  • Don’t forget China’s great, and Xi is a great gentleman. He’s now president for life. President for life. And he’s great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.
    • Fundraiser, Mar-a-Lago, quoted in Kevin Liptak (3 March 2018), “Trump on China’s Xi consolidating power: ‘Maybe we’ll give that a shot some day'”, CNN 
April
  • “I want to thank the White House Historical Association and all of the people that work so hard with Melania, with everybody, to keep this incredible house or building, or whatever you want to call it — because there really is no name for it; it is special — and we keep it in tip-top shape. We call it sometimes tippy-top shape. And it’s a great, great place.”
    • Referring to the White House, during a speech given for Easter (April 2, 2018)
  • And chain migration — think of that. So you come in, and now you can bring your family, and then you can bring your mother and your father. You can bring your grandmother. You can bring your this; you can bring — we had somebody on the West Side Highway, which I know very well — in Manhattan — he ran over — I think he killed about eight people
    • 5 April 2018
May

We will not allowa regimethat chants “Death to America” to gain access tothe most deadly weapons on Earth.

  • America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. And we will not allow a regime that chants “Death to America” to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth.
    • statement on the Iran nuclear deal on May 8, 2018 vox.com
June
  • In the meantime, people are suffering because of the Democrats. So we’ve created, and they’ve created, and they’ve let it happen — a massive child-smuggling industry. That’s exactly what it’s become. Traffickers — if you think about this — human traffickers are making a fortune. It’s a disgrace. These loopholes force the release of alien families and minors into the country when they illegally cross the border.
    • Remarks by President Trump at Cabinet Meeting Issued on: June 21, 2018
July
  • but we have to do it gently because we’re in the #MeToo generation, so we have to be very gentle.
    we will very gently take that kit, and we will slowly toss it, hoping it doesn’t hit her and injure her arm.
    • 5 July 2018 per Washington Post
  • Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame. I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it’s never going to be what it was and I don’t mean that in a positive way. So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad. I think you are losing your culture.
    • Interview with The Sun (13 July 2018)
  • The border with the Sahara can’t be bigger than ours with Mexico.
    • In a phone call to the Spain’s foreign minister, Josep Borrell, in the context of Trump’s idea for Spain to build a border wall across Sahara dessert to stem Spain’s Mediterranean migrant crisis.Foreign minister: Trump advised Spain to build wall across Sahara to stop migrants
  • To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
    • The Atlantic: “Six Hours and Three Minutes of Internet Chaos”
  • What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening
    • Quoted by Mahita Gajanan (24 July 2018), “‘What You’re Seeing… Is Not What’s Happening.’ People Are Comparing This Trump Quote to George Orwell”, Time 
  • We’re ordering 147 new F-35 Lightning fighters. This is an incredible plane. It’s stealth; you can’t see it. So when I talk to even people from the other side, they’re trying to order our plane. They like the fact that you can’t see it. I said, ‘How would it do in battle with your plane?’ They say, ‘Well, we have one problem: We can’t see your plane.’
    • Quoted by Kyle Mizokami (24 July 2018), “Trump Keeps Saying the F-35 Is Invisible”, Popular Mechanics 
August
  • We have the worst laws! How about chain migration? One person comes in and you end up with 32 people. The person that ran down 18 people on the West Side Highway, he’s allowed to have — and I think eight died. He has 22 members of his family in the United States because of chain migration. So we have to change this stuff, Rush,
  • How about chain migration? How about that? Somebody comes in, he brings his mother, and his father, and his aunt and uncle, 15 times removed. He brings them all
    • August 8 campaign rally in Ohio
September
  • They haven’t seen anything like what’s coming at us in 25, 30 years. Maybe ever. It’s tremendously big and tremendously wet. Tremendous amounts of water.[1]
  • I just wanna thank all of the incredible men and women who have done such a great job in helping with Florence. This is a tough hurricane. One of the wettest we’ve ever seen from a standpoint of water.[2]
  • And you know the interesting? When I did it, and I was really being tough, and so was he, and we were going back and forth, and then we fell in love. OK? No, really. He wrote me beautiful letters. And they’re great letters. We fell in love.
    • “Trump says he and Kim Jong-un ‘fell in love’ after sending each other ‘beautiful letters’”, The Independent (UK), 30 September 2018 
  • Today I stand before the United Nations General Assembly to share the extraordinary progress we’ve made. In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country. America’s— so true. [assembly laughs] I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK.
    • Address to UN General Assembly, quoted in Daniel Shapiro (26 September 2018), “Trump’s U.N. speech pitting globalism against patriotism proves the president has no idea what patriotism means”, NBC News 
  • America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.
    • Address to UN General Assembly, quoted in Robin Wright (25 September 2018), “Trump’s Speech at the U.N. Triggers Laughter—and Disbelief”, The New Yorker 
October
  • I know you’re not thinking. You never do.
    • Donald Trump to a reporter who was going to ask a question. President Donald Trump To Reporter: ‘I Know You’re Not Thinking. You Never Do’, 2 October 2018 
  • Only do it if I can test her personally. That will not be something I enjoy doing either.
    • regarding acknowledging Elizabeth Warren as Native American
    • Amy B Wang and Deanna Paul (15 October 2018), “Trump promised $1 million to charity if Warren proved her Native American DNA. Now he’s waffling.”, Washington Post 
  • I have a natural instinct for science
    • Quoted in Jonathan Chait (15 October 2018), “Trump: My ‘Natural Instinct for Science’ Tells Me Climate Science Is Wrong”, New York Intelligencer 
  • You know they have a word, it sort of became old-fashioned, it’s called a nationalist,
    And I say ‘really, we’re not supposed to use that word?’ Do you know what I am? I’m a nationalist.
    • 22 October 2018, quoted in John Walsh (23 October 2018), “Trump declares himself a ‘nationalist’ while stumping for Ted Cruz”, Business Insider 
  • Now how ridiculous: we’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits
    • Associated Press (30 October 2018), “Trump wants to end birthright citizenship in the U.S.”, CBC 
  • It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,
    Number one, you don’t need that. Number two, you can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.
    It’s in the process,
    It’ll happen, with an executive order.
    • Robert Farley (30 October 2018), “Can Trump End Birthright Citizenship by Executive Order?”, FactCheck.org 
November
  • You gotta take care of the floors. You know, the floors of the forest. It’s very important. You look at other countries where they do it differently, and it’s a whole different story. I was with the president of Finland, and he said, “We have a much different— we’re a forest nation.” He called it a forest nation. And they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem.
    • Paradise, California, 2018-11-17, quoted in Ashley Hoffman (20 November 2018), “#RakeNews: People in Finland Mock Trump With Leaf-Raking Photos After He Said the Country ‘Rakes the Forest'”, Time Magazine , and with video in Patrick Kingsley (18 November 2018), “Trump Says California Can Learn From Finland on Fires. Is He Right?”, New York Times 
    • Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said he didn’t recall anything being said about raking.[27]
  • Reporter: Have you read the climate report yet?
    Trump: I’ve seen it. I’ve read some of it and — it’s fine.
    Reporter: They say the economic impact could be devastating.
    Trump: Yeah. I don’t believe it.
    Reporter: You don’t believe it?
    Trump: No, no. I don’t believe it. And here’s the other thing: You’re going to have to have China and Japan and all of Asia and all of these other countries — you know, it addresses our country. Right now, we’re at the cleanest we’ve ever been, and that’s very important to me. But if we’re clean but every other place on Earth is dirty, that’s not so good.
    • November 26, 2018, on the Fourth National Climate Assessment (Bump, Philip (November 26, 2018). “Trump responds to his administration’s report indicating a huge cost from climate change: ‘I don’t believe it'”. The Washington Post. Retrieved on December 1, 2018. ; “‘I don’t believe it’ – Trump on climate report”. BBC News. November 26, 2018. Retrieved on December 1, 2018. ; “‘Yeah, I don’t believe it’: Trump on his administration’s own climate report”. The Guardian. Associated Press. ).
  • One of the problems that a lot of people like myself we have very high levels of intelligence, but we’re not necessarily such believers. You look at our air and our water, and it’s now at a record clean. But when you look at China and you look at parts of Asia and when you look at South America, and when you look at many other places in this world, including Russia, including just many other places, the air is incredibly dirty and when you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small and it blows over and it sails over. I mean, we take thousands of tons of garbage off our beaches all the time that comes over from Asia. It just flows right down the Pacific, if flows, and we say where does this come from. And it takes many people to start off with.[3]
    • 28th November, Washington Post interview, Donald Trump on whether he believes in global warming reports of the 13 of agencies of his administration.
December
  • I want to thank Vice President Mike Pence,
    A tremendous supporter, a tremendous supporter of yours. And Karen. And they go there and they love your country. They love your country. And they love this country. That’s a good combination, right?
    • 7 December 2018
  • I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. People in this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country. I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I won’t blame you for it. The last time, you shut it down. It didn’t work. I will take the mantle of shutting it down.
    • Oval Office meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, leading to the 2018–19 United States federal government shutdown. “Trump ‘proud’ to shut down government in wall talks with Democrats”, United Press International (December 12, 2018)
  • Well, I don’t see it. I spoke with Bibi, I told Bibi.
    And, you know, we give Israel $4.5 billion a year.
    And they’re doing very well defending themselves, if you take a look.
    So that’s the way it is.
    The United States cannot continue to be the policeman of the world,
    We don’t want to do that.

2019

January
  • we’re getting out and we’re getting out smart and we’re winning, we’re winning. OK. But just to answer your question, Over a period of time. I never said I’m getting out tomorrow I said I’m pulling our soldiers out and they will be pulled back in Syria, that we’re getting out of Syria. Yeah absolutely. But we’re getting out very powerfully.
    • 2 January 2019
  • Iran is no longer the same country
    Iran is pulling people out of Syria.
    They can do what they want there, frankly, but they’re pulling people out.
    They’re pulling people out of Yemen.
    Iran wants to survive now.
    • Eric Cortellessa (2 January 2019), “Trump: Iran ‘can do what they want’ in Syria”, Times of Israel 
  • We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.
    • Joel Gehrke (5 January 2019), “Trump to Ocasio-Cortez: ‘America will never be a socialist country'”, Washington Examiner 
  • Q: Does the buck stop with you over this shutdown?

    Donald Trump: The buck stops with everybody.

    • White House press conference, 2019-01-10, quoted in Steve Benen (10 January 2019), “Rejecting responsibility, Trump declares, ‘The buck stops with everybody’”, MSNBC , and with video in Oliver Willis (10 January 2019), “Trump: ‘Buck stops with everybody’ for shutdown he was proud to own”, American Independent 
February
  • They’re starting to, as we gain the remainder, the final remainder of the caliphate of the area, they’ll be going to our base in Iraq, and ultimately some will be coming home. But we’re going to be there and we’re going to be staying–
    We have to protect Israel. We have to protect other things that we have. But we’re- yeah, they’ll be coming back in a matter of time. Look, we’re protecting the world. We’re spending more money than anybody’s ever spent in history, by a lot. We spent, over the last five years, close to 50 billion dollars a year in Afghanistan. That’s more than most countries spend for everything including education, medical, and everything else, other than a few countries.
    • 1 February 2019 broadcast 3 February 2019
  • Since the founding of our nation, many of our greatest strides — from gaining our independence to abolition of civil rights to extending the vote for women — have been led by people of faith
    • 08 February 2019
  • In fact, I think I can say this, Prime Minister Abe of Japan gave me the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel Prize. He said: “I have nominated you, respectfully, on behalf of Japan. I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize.” I said, ‘Thank you.’
    We do a lot of good work. This administration does a tremendous job and we don’t get credit for it. So Prime Minister Abe gave me — I mean it’s the most beautiful five-page letter, Nobel Prize, he sent it to them. You know why? Because he had rocket ships and he had missiles flying over Japan, and they had alarms going off — you know that. Now all of the sudden they feel good, they feel safe. I did that.
    • 15 February 2019 (Gregorian, Dareh. “You won’t believe what Trump just said: 6 eye-popping moments”. NBC News. )
March, April, & May
  • there will be some people in the room that don’t like this. We’re down to 3.7 percent unemployment — the lowest number in a long time. But think of this: I got all these companies moving in. They need workers. We have to bring people into our country to work these great plants that are opening up all over the place. This was not necessarily what I was saying during the campaign because I never knew we would be as successful as we’ve been. Companies are roaring back into our country, and now we want people to come in. We need workers to come in, but they’ve got to come in legally, and they’ve got to come in through merit, merit, merit.
    • 3 March 2019
  • Hello, everybody. The economic numbers just came out; they’re very, very good. Our country is doing unbelievably well, economically. Most of you don’t report that, because it doesn’t sound good from your perspective. But the country is doing really, really well. We have a lot of very exciting things going on. A lot of companies will be announcing shortly they’re moving back into the United States. They’re all coming back. They want to be where the action is.
    • 5 April 2019
  • If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value. And they say the noise causes cancer. You told me that one, OK. [makes circles with his hands and a noise with his mouth] You know the thing makes so… and of course it’s like a graveyard for birds.
    • Speech to Republican National Congressional Committee, 2019-04-02, quoted in Zachary B. Wolf (2019-04-03). “Trump’s war on windmills now includes wild cancer claim”. CNN.  and in Jon Greenberg (2019-04-08). Donald Trump’s ridiculous link between cancer, wind turbines. Politifact. Retrieved on 2019-08-18.
    • Cancer is not caused by noises of any kind.
  • The Jews always flip.
    • attested to by Michael Wolff 28 May 2019
June
  • There is no basis whatsoever for impeachment. None. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. There was no crime. The crime was by the Democrats. The crime was by the Democrats. There is no legal basis for impeachment. It’s a big witch hunt. Everybody knows it, including the Democrats.
    • 2 June 2019
  • This week, we commemorate a mighty endeavor of righteous nations and one of the greatest undertakings in all of history. Seventy-five years ago, more than 150,000 Allied troops were preparing on this island to parachute into France, storm the beaches of Normandy, and win back our civilization. As Her Majesty remembers, the British people had hoped and prayed and fought for this day for nearly 5 years. When Britain stood alone during the Blitz of 1940 and 1941, the Nazi war machine dropped thousands of bombs on this country and right on this magnificent city. Buckingham Palace alone was bombed on 16 separate occasions. In that dark hour, the people of this nation showed the world what it means to be British. They cleared wreckage from the streets, displayed the Union Jack from their shattered homes, and kept fighting on to victory. They only wanted victory. The courage of the United Kingdom’s sons and daughters ensured that your destiny would always remain in your own hands. Through it all, the royal family was the resolute face of the Commonwealth’s unwavering solidarity.
    • 3 June 2019
  • This evening we thank God for the brave sons of the United Kingdom and the United States who defeated the Nazis and the Nazi regime and liberated millions from tyranny. The bond between our nations was forever sealed in that “Great Crusade.” As we honor our shared victory and heritage, we affirm the common values that will unite us long into the future: freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, the rule of law, and reverence for the rights given to us by Almighty God. From the Second World War to today, Her Majesty has stood as a constant symbol of these priceless traditions. She has embodied the spirit of dignity, duty, and patriotism that beats proudly in every British heart. On behalf of all Americans, I offer a toast to the eternal friendship of our people, the vitality of our nations, and to the long, cherished, and truly remarkable reign of Her Majesty the Queen. Thank you.
    • 3 June 2019
  • You’re talking about Vietnam and at that time nobody had ever heard of the country
    • Trump was describing the US knowledge about Vietnam in 1968, when about one half million US troops were stationed in Vietnam, as quoted in “Trump says was ‘never a fan’ of Vietnam War, and that Americans hadn’t heard of country in 1968”. Japan Times. 2019-06-05. 
  • I think a lot of progress was made yesterday, but we have to make a lot of progress. Mexico has been making, for many, many years, hundreds of billions of dollars. And then, they’ve been making an absolute fortune on the United States. They have to step up, and they have to step up to the plate, and perhaps they will. We’re going to see. They can solve the problem. The Democrats—Congress has been a disaster. They won’t change. They won’t do anything. They want free immigration—immigration to pour into our country. They don’t care who it is. They don’t care what kind of a record they have. It doesn’t make any difference. They’re not going to be changing anything. We go to them, we say, “Let’s fix the immigration laws.” They just want it to do badly. The worse it does, the happier they are. So that’s the way it is, and I guess that’s the way it will be until after the election. It’s just a disgrace. Because, frankly, we could solve this problem so easy if the Democrats in Congress were willing to make some changes, but they’re not. And that’s the way it is. They want to just ride it out. They want to have a real bad time. They don’t care about crime. They don’t care about drugs pouring into our country. They couldn’t care less. It’s all politics. It’s a vicious business. So that’s the way it is. But we’re having a great talk with Mexico. We’ll see what happens. But something pretty dramatic could happen. We’ve told Mexico the tariffs go on. And I mean it too. And I’m very happy with it. And lot of people, Senators included, they have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to tariffs. They have no—absolutely no idea. When you have the money, when you have the product, when you have the thing that everybody wants, you’re in a position to do very well with tariffs, and that’s where we are. We’re the piggybank. The United States is the piggybank. It has all the money that others want to take from us, but they’re not taking it so easy anymore. It’s a lot different. Our talks with China—a lot of interesting things are happening. We’ll see what happens.
    • 6 June 2019
  • Reporter: Are you willing to go to war with Iran?
    Trump: You’ll find out. You’ll find out.
    • “Trump tells public ‘you’ll find out’ when asked about a war with Iran”. The Washington Post. 2019-06-20. 
  • For some reason we have a certain chemistry — or whatever. Let’s see what happens. We have a long way to go. But I’m in no rush… So, I just want to say that we are going to be heading out to the DMZ and it’s something I planned long ago but had the idea yesterday to maybe say hello, just shake hands quickly and say hello.
    • press conference, Blue House, Seoul, South Korea, quoted in “Trump: Kim and I “have a certain chemistry””, CNN, 30 June 2019 
Remarks on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Colleville-sur-Mer, France

Transcript (June 6, 2016)

  • Here with you are over 60 veterans who landed on D-day. Our debt to you is everlasting. Today we express our undying gratitude. When you were young, these men enlisted their lives in a great crusade, one of the greatest of all times. Their mission is the story of an epic battle and the ferocious, eternal struggle between good and evil. On the 6th of June, 1944, they joined a liberation force of awesome power and breathtaking scale. After months of planning, the Allies had chosen this ancient coastline to mount their campaign to vanquish the wicked tyranny of the Nazi empire from the face of the Earth. The battle began in the skies above us. In those first tense midnight hours, 1,000 aircraft roared overhead, with 17,000 Allied airborne troops preparing to leap into the darkness beyond these trees. Then came dawn. The enemy who had occupied these heights saw the largest naval armada in the history of the world. Just a few miles offshore were 7,000 vessels bearing 130,000 warriors.
  • They were the citizens of free and independent nations, united by their duty to their compatriots and to millions yet unborn. There were the British, whose nobility and fortitude saw them through the worst of Dunkirk and the London Blitz. The full violence of Nazi fury was no match for the full grandeur of British pride. Thank you. There were the Canadians, whose robust sense of honor and loyalty compelled them to take up arms alongside Britain from the very, very beginning. There were the fighting Poles, the tough Norwegians, and the intrepid Aussies. There were the gallant French commandos, soon to be met by thousands of their brave countrymen ready to write a new chapter in the long history of French valor. And finally, there were the Americans. They came from the farms of a vast heartland, the streets of glowing cities and the forges of mighty industrial towns. Before the war, many had never ventured beyond their own community. Now they had come to offer their lives half a world from home.
  • This beach, codenamed Omaha, was defended by the Nazis with monstrous firepower, thousands and thousands of mines and spikes driven into the sand, so deeply. It was here that tens of thousands of the Americans came. The GIs who boarded the landing craft that morning knew that they carried on their shoulders not just the pack of a soldier, but the fate of the world. Colonel George Taylor, whose 16th Infantry Regiment would join in the first wave, was asked: What would happen if the Germans stopped right then and there, cold on the beach, just stopped them? What would happen? This great American replied: “Why, the 18th Infantry is coming in right behind us. The 26th Infantry will come on too. Then, there is the 2nd Infantry Division already afloat. And the 9th Division. And the 2d Armored. And the 3d Armored. And all the rest. Maybe the 16th won’t make it, but someone will.”
  • Nine thousand three hundred and eighty-eight young Americans rest beneath the white crosses and Stars of David arrayed on these beautiful grounds. Each one has been adopted by a French family that thinks of him as their own. They come from all over France to look after our boys. They kneel. They cry. They pray. They place flowers. And they never forget. Today America embraces the French people and thanks you for honoring our beloved dead. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
  • To all of our friends and partners: Our cherished alliance was forged in the heat of battle, tested in the trials of war, and proven in the blessings of peace. Our bond is unbreakable.
  • From across the Earth, Americans are drawn to this place as though it were a part of our very soul. We come not only because of what they did here, we come because of who they were. They were young men with their entire lives before them. They were husbands who said goodbye to their young brides and took their duty as their fate. They were fathers who would never meet their infant sons and daughters because they had a job to do. And with God as their witness, they were going to get it done. They came wave after wave, without question, without hesitation, and without complaint.
  • More powerful than the strength of American arms was the strength of American hearts. These men ran through the fires of hell moved by a force no weapon could destroy: the fierce patriotism of a free, proud, and sovereign people. They battled not for control and domination, but for liberty, democracy, and self-rule. They pressed on for love in home and country, the main streets, the schoolyards, the churches and neighbors, the families and communities that gave us men such as these. They were sustained by the confidence that America can do anything because we are a noble nation, with a virtuous people, praying to a righteous God. The exceptional might came from a truly exceptional spirit. The abundance of courage came from an abundance of faith. The great deeds of an Army came from the great depths of their love. As they confronted their fate, the Americans and the Allies placed themselves into the palm of God’s hand.
  • The men behind me will tell you that they are just the lucky ones. As one of them recently put it, “All the heroes are buried here.” But we know what these men did. We knew how brave they were. They came here and saved freedom, and then, they went home and showed us all what freedom is all about. The American sons and daughters who saw us to victory were no less extraordinary in peace. They built families. They built industries. They built a national culture that inspired the entire world. In the decades that followed, America defeated communism, secured civil rights, revolutionized science, launched a man to the Moon, and then kept on pushing to new frontiers. And today, America is stronger than ever before.
  • Seven decades ago, the warriors of D-day fought a sinister enemy who spoke of a thousand-year empire. In defeating that evil, they left a legacy that will last not only for a thousand years, but for all time—for as long as the soul knows of duty and honor; for as long as freedom keeps its hold on the human heart. To the men who sit behind me, and to the boys who rest in the field before me, your example will never, ever grow old. Your legend will never tire. Your spirit—brave, unyielding, and true—will never die. The blood that they spilled, the tears that they shed, the lives that they gave, the sacrifice that they made, did not just win a battle. It did not just win a war. Those who fought here won a future for our Nation. They won the survival of our civilization. And they showed us the way to love, cherish, and defend our way of life for many centuries to come. Today, as we stand together upon this sacred Earth, we pledge that our nations will forever be strong and united. We will forever be together. Our people will forever be bold. Our hearts will forever be loyal. And our children, and their children, will forever and always be free. May God bless our great veterans, may God bless our Allies, may God bless the heroes of D-day, and may God bless America. Thank you. Thank you very much.
July
  • Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do.
    • Trump was describing battles in 1775, as quoted in Trump blames ‘airports’ gaffe on teleprompter
  • The kidney has a very special place in the heart.
    • 11 July 2019
  • “I said, you know, you don’t like me and I don’t like you. I never have liked you and you never liked me but you’re going to support me because you’re a rich guy. And if you don’t support me, you’re going to be so goddamn poor you’re not going to believe it.”
    • Trump was referring to an unnamed businessperson, as quoted by Chris Cillizza (17 July 2019), “Analysis: The 51 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump’s NC rally”, WLOS.com 
  • Everybody calls me Mr. President. It’s true. It’s a funny thing.
    • Quoted by Chris Cillizza (17 July 2019), “Analysis: The 51 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump’s NC rally”, WLOS.com 
  • These people [Democrats] are clowns
    • from the White House on July 26 (video)
August
  • I think my rhetoric is a very – it brings people together.
    • Quoted by Steve Benen (7 August 2019), “While slamming critics, Trump says his words ‘bring people together’”, MSNBC 
  • I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.
    • Quoted by Maegan Vazquez, Jim Acosta (21 August 2019), “Jewish leaders outraged by Trump saying Jews disloyal if they vote for Democrats”, CNN 
  • I am the chosen one. Somebody had to do it, so I’m taking on China… and you know what we’re winning.
    • Quoted by Tola Mbakwe (21 August 2019), “Donald Trump: ‘I am the chosen one'”, CNN 
September
  • I always look orange. And so do you. The light is the worst.
    • Trump complained about energy-saving light bulbs, quoted by Elliot Hannon (24 September 2019), Trump on Why He Doesn’t Like Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs: “I Always Look Orange” 
  • The truth is plain to see — if you want freedom, take pride in your country; if you want democracy, hold onto your sovereignty, and if you want peace, love your nation. Wise leaders always put the good of their own people and their own country first. The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots. The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbours, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.
    • Address to United Nations General Assembly, quoted in Tim Pearce (13 September 2019), “Trump UN speech knocks globalism: The future belongs to nationalism”, Washington Examiner 
October
Statement on the Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Offiical release at Whitehouse.gov (27 October 2019) · Transcript of delivered remarks at The New York Times (27 October 2019) · “President Trump’s full announcement on the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi”, The Washington Post YouTube channel (27 October 2019)

  • Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization in the World. The United States has been searching for Baghdadi for many years. Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the top national security priority of my Administration. U.S. Special Operations forces executed a dangerous and daring nighttime raid into Northwestern Syria to accomplish this mission.
  • Terrorists who oppress and murder innocent people should never sleep soundly, knowing that we will completely destroy them. These savage monsters will not escape their fate – and they will not escape the final judgement of God.
  • This raid was impeccable, and could only have taken place with the acknowledgement and help of certain other nations and people.
    I want to thank the nations of Russia, Turkey, Syria and Iraq, and I also want to thank the Syrian Kurds for certain support they were able to give us. Thank you as well to the great intelligence professionals who helped make this very successful journey possible.
  • Last night was a great night for the United States and for the World. A brutal killer, one who has caused so much hardship and death, was violently eliminated – he will never again harm another innocent man, woman or child. He died like a dog. He died like a coward. The world is now a much safer place.
  • I don’t want to say how, but we had absolutely perfect — as though you were watching a movie. It was — that — that in — the technology there alone is — is really great.
    • 27 October 2019
November
  • I WANT NOTHING I WANT NOTHING I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO. TELL ZELLINSKY TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THIS IS THE FINAL WORD FROM THE PRES. OF THE U.S.
    • Remarks on a notepad, White House lawn, November 20, after Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony.
December
  • We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers, and other elements of bathrooms.
  • You turn on the faucet and you don’t get any water..
  • People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times.
  • They have so much water that it comes down. It’s called rain.
    • Quoted in Matthew Cantor (6 December 2019), “Trump says people ‘flush the toilet 10 times’ and seeks solution”, The Guardian 
  • I never understood wind. I know windmills very much, I have studied it better than anybody. I know it is very expensive. They are made in China and Germany mostly, very few made here, almost none, but they are manufactured, tremendous—if you are into this—tremendous fumes and gases are spewing into the atmosphere. You know we have a world, right?
  • So the world is tiny compared to the universe. So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything. You talk about the carbon footprint, fumes are spewing into the air, right spewing, whether it is China or Germany, is going into the air.
  • You see all those [windmills]. They’re all different shades of color. They’re like sort of white, but one is like an orange-white. It’s my favorite color, orange.
    • Turning Point USA conference, 2019-12-21, quoted in Connor Mannion (22 December 2019), “Trump Attacks Windmills in Speech to Conservative Group: ‘I Never Understood Wind’”, Mediaite 

2020s

2020

January
  • Well, you have to give him credit. I spoke to him very recently, and he’s also doing the rockets, he likes rockets, and he does good at rockets too, by the way. I never saw… where the engines come down with no wings, no anything, and they’re landing. I’ve said I’ve never seen that before. And I was worried about him, because he’s one of our great geniuses, and we have to protect our genius. We have to protect Thomas Edison, we have to protect all of these people that came up originally with the light bulb, and the wheel, and all of these things. And he’s one of our very smart people, and we want to cherish those people, that’s very important. But he’s done a very good job. Shocking, how well, …how it’s come so fast. You go back a year, and they were talking about the end of the company and all of a sudden they’re talking about these great things. He’s going to be building a very big plant in the United States. He has to. Because we help him, so he has to help us.
    • on Elon Musk, Tesla, and SpaceX after Tesla stock valuation beat General Motors and Ford combined
    • Trump on Elon Musk: I was worried about him, because he’s one of our great geniuses, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 22 January 2020 
  • Joe Kernen: It was a couple of years ago. Before we get started– with- we’re going talk about the economy and a lot of other things–the CDC– has identified a case of coronavirus– in Washington state. The Wuhan strain of this. If you remember SARS, that affected GDP. Travel-related effects. Do you– have you been briefed by the CDC? And–

Donald Trump: I have, and– Joe Kernen: –are there worries about a pandemic at this point? Donald Trump: No. Not at all. And– we’re– we have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s—going to be just fine. Joe Kernen: Okay. And President Xi– there’s just some– talk in China that maybe the transparency isn’t everything that it’s going to be. Do you trust that we’re going to know everything we need to know from China? Donald Trump: I do. I do. I have a great relationship with President Xi. We just signed probably the biggest deal ever made. It certainly has the potential to be the biggest deal ever made. And– it was a very interesting period of time time [sic]. Joe Kernen: Yeah. Let’s get into that– Donald Trump: But we got it done, and– no, I do. I think– the relationship is very, very good.

  • Interview with CNBC’s Joe Kernen at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 22, 2020. Transcript online at CNBC
  • China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency.
    • Cited by Adam Serwer (24 January 2020), “Trump Is Inciting a Coronavirus Culture War to Save Himself”, The Atlantic 
February
  • And by the way, the virus. They’re working hard. Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away. I hope that’s true.
    • Regarding coronavirus
    • Rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, 2020-02-10, quoted in Doyle McManus (26 February 2020), “Trump’s dangerous message on coronavirus”, LA Times 
  • There are a lot of dishonest slimeballs out there. Dishonest scum. Dirty cops, lot of dirty cops … the ones on top, they were absolute scum.
    • Trump described former senior law enforcement officials who were involved in the FBI probes into his campaign, as quoted in Tom Embury-Dennis (20 February 2020), “Trump repeatedly struggles to pronounce words during conspiracy-laden rally, before suggesting he’ll pardon Roger Stone in late-night tweet”, Independent 
  • And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.
    • Regarding known coronavirus cases.
    • White House press conference, 2020-02-26, quoted in Chris Riotta (11 March 2020), “Coronavirus: US passes 1,000 cases – two weeks after Trump said number would soon be ‘close to zero'”, The Independent (UK) 
  • We know all the people. We know all the good people. It’s a question I asked the doctors before. Some of the people we cut, they haven’t been used for many, many years, and if we ever need them, we can get them very quickly. And rather than spending the money — I’m a businessperson, I don’t like having thousands of people around when you don’t need ’em, when we need ’em, we can get them back very quickly.
    • Asked about his consistent budget cuts to the CDC, the NIH, and the WHO.
    • White House press conference, 2020-02-26, quoted in Jonathan Chait (28 February 2020), “As the World Reaches for Face Masks, Trump Buries His Head in the Sand”, New York Magazine 
  • It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear. And from our shores, we — you know, it could get worse before it gets better. It could maybe go away. We’ll see what happens. Nobody really knows.
    • Regarding coronavirus
    • African American History Month reception, White House, 2020-02-27, quoted in Yasmeen Abutaleb, Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey (29 February 2020), “Inside Trump’s frantic attempts to minimize the coronavirus crisis”, Washington Post 
Donald Trump Charleston, South Carolina Rally (February 28, 2020)

Donald Trump Charleston, South Carolina Rally (February 28, 2020), transcript online at Rev.

  • Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. All I can say is that the fake news just doesn’t get it, do they? They don’t get it. [inaudible 00:02:54] They just don’t get it. Hello Charleston, and I’m thrilled to be back in the great state of South Carolina with thousands of hardworking American Patriots who believe in faith, family, God, and country. Thank you. It’s a phenomenal crowd, only topped by the number of people outside that didn’t get in. If anybody would like to give up where you’re standing or your seat, please raise your hand. All right. Then let’s begin, right? Thank you all very much though. This is great. No, they don’t get it. Down the road, they have a rally for one of the people that are going to be running tomorrow. They’re trying to get to a hundred, but they’re not going to make it. So I think they’re going to set up a round table. Well, that’s what they do. So people want to go to a rally, they end up sitting at a round table talking about their definition of impeachment. Crazy.
  • No, it’s crazy. Crazy! It’s a crazy deal. No, the fake news media, they’ve been trying to figure this out for years. They still don’t get it though. They don’t get it. Look at all of those cameras. Look at all of those cameras. That’s a lot of cameras. That’s a lot of cameras, Lindsey and Tim, that’s a lot of… They heard you guys were here. They heard Tim was here and that Lindsey was here and that… And they said, “We’re not going to attend that rally,” but when we heard those two guys plus our great congressmen, they’re here, great congressmen. But this is an incredible time for our nation. We’re thrilled to be in the midst of what we call the Great American Comeback and that’s what it is. Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, factories are returning, poverty is plummeting, confidence is surging, and we have completely rebuilt the awesome power of the United States military. Our country is stronger than ever before.
  • We are stronger, we are better, but while we are building a great future, the radical left Democrats in Washington are trying to burn it all down. They have spent the last three years, and I can even go further than that, three years since the election, but we go before the election, working to erase your ballots and overthrow our democracy. But with your help, we have exposed the far left’s corruption and defeated their sinister schemes and let’s see what happens in the coming months. Let’s watch. Let’s just watch. Very dishonest people. Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, you know that right? Coronavirus, they’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs. You say, “How’s President Trump doing?” They go, “Oh, not good, not good.” They have no clue. They don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa. They can’t even count. No, they can’t. They can’t count their votes.
  • One of my people came up to me and said, “Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.” That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything. They tried it over and over. They’d been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning. They lost. It’s all turning. Think of it. Think of it. And this is their new hoax. But we did something that’s been pretty amazing. We have 15 people in this massive country and because of the fact that we went early. We went early, we could have had a lot more than that. We’re doing great. Our country is doing so great. We are so unified. We are so unified. The Republican party has never ever been unified like it is now. There has never been a movement in the history of our country like we have now. Never been a movement. So a statistic that we want to talk about, go ahead. Say USA. It’s okay. USA. So a number that nobody heard of, that I heard of recently and I was shocked to hear it, 35,000 people on average die each year from the flu. Did anyone know that? 35,000, that’s a lot of people. It could go to 100,000, it could be 27,000. They say usually a minimum of 27, goes up to 100,000 people a year die. And so far we have lost nobody to coronavirus in the United States. Nobody. And it doesn’t mean we won’t and we are totally prepared. It doesn’t mean we won’t, but think of it. You hear 35 and 40,000 people and we’ve lost nobody and you wonder the press is in hysteria mode. CNN fake news and the camera just went off, the camera. The camera just went off. Turn it back on. Hey, by the way, hold it. Look at this, and honestly, all events are like this. It’s about us. It’s all about us. I wish they’d take the camera, show the arena please. They never do. They never do. They never do it. They never show the arena. You can hear it because when you hear it, that’s not 200 people. That’s not a hundred people. That’s thousands and thousands of people including people outside. You can hear it. They always show my face. See that face? They show my face. I want them to show the arena, not my face, right? […] While the extreme left has been wasting America’s time with these vile hoaxes, we’ve been killing terrorists, creating jobs, raising wages, enacting fair trade deals, securing our border, and lifting up citizens of every race, religion, color, and creed. We added another 225,000 jobs last month alone. And that makes seven million jobs since our election, seven million. The unemployment rate in the great state of South Carolina. You ever hear of that place?
  • Practically every one. Can you believe it? I’m sure your husbands are thrilled, right? They’re thrilled. Where are you going tonight? I’m going to another Trump rally. Cool. Number 114. What do your husbands say about that? This group up here. She said, “We don’t care.” Thank you. Thank you. Democrats will only say horrible things even though they know we’re doing a great job. We’re doing a great job with what we have to work with. It’s incredible. The Democrats want us to fail so badly. Even if their actions, and you take a look, hurt the people of this country, they’ll hurt the people themselves, their wealth, their everything. They’re willing to hurt our country in order to say bad, even if they know it’s not so. We made an unbelievable deal with Mexico, with Canada, with China, with South Korea, with Japan. And if you put a microphone with these people back there like the Academy Awards used to be, not anymore. Best movie of the year. It’s made in South Korea. What’s that all about? I’m waiting to see the best movie of the year-
  • And it’s made… He said, “It’s garbage.” Only in South Carolina can you say that. Only in South Carolina. You’re going to get us in trouble. No, I’m just repeating what he said for the fake news. No, but seriously the Academy Awards has gone way, way down in ratings. Do you know why? Because they started attacking us and we don’t believe in it anymore. That’s why. No, but they had the best movie of the year made in South Korea. They make enough stuff for us, right? And they’re good. They’re our friends. Take advantage of us, that’s okay. Not so much anymore. We are really, you take a look, magnificently organized with the best professionals in the world. We’re prepared for the absolute worst. You have to be prepared for the worst, but hopefully it will all amount to very little. That’s why I tell you when we have the flu with 35,000 people and this one we have to take it very, very seriously. That’s what we’re doing. We are preparing for the worst.
  • My administration has taken the most aggressive action in modern history to prevent the spread of this illness in the United States. We are ready. We are ready. Totally ready. On January 31st, I ordered the suspension of foreign nationals who have recently been in China from entering the United States. An action which the Democrats loudly criticized and protested and now everybody’s complimenting me saying, “Thank you very much. You were 100% correct.” Could’ve been a whole different story. But I say, so let’s get this right. A virus starts in China, bleeds its way into various countries all around the world, doesn’t spread widely at all in the United States because of the early actions that myself and my administration took against a lot of other wishes, and the Democrats’ single talking point, and you see it, is that it’s Donald Trump’s fault, right? It’s Donald Trump’s fault. No, just things that happened.
  • But you know what this does show you? Things happen. Whoever thought of this two weeks ago? Who would’ve thought this could be going on four weeks ago? You wouldn’t. But things happen in life and you have to be prepared and you have to be flexible and you have to be able to go out and get it. And my guys that we have the best professionals in the world, the best in the world and we are so ready. At the same time that I initiated the first federally mandated quarantine in over 50 years. We had a quarantine some people. They weren’t happy, they weren’t happy about it. I want to tell you there are a lot of people that not so happy, but after two weeks they got happy. You know who got happy? The people around them got happy. That’s who got happy.
    • Note: Luciana Borio, former director of Medical and Biodefense Preparedness Policy at the National Security Council, said at a symposium at Emory University in Atlanta in 2018, marking the 100th anniversary of 1918 flu pandemic: “The threat of pandemic flu is the number one health security concern, are we ready to respond? I fear the answer is no.” As quoted in Contrary to Trump’s Claim, A Pandemic Was Widely Expected at Some Point (March 20, 2020) by Rem Rieder, FactCheck.org.
  • I also created a White House virus task force. It’s a big thing, a virus task force. I requested 2.5 billion dollars to ensure we have the resources we need. The Democrats said, “That’s terrible. He’s doing the wrong thing. He needs eight and a half billion, not two and a half.” I’ve never had that before. I ask for two and a half, they want to give me eight and a half, so I said, “I’ll take it.” Does that make me a bad… I’ll take it. I’ll take it. I never had that before. I never had it. We want two and a half million. That’s plenty. We demand you take eight and a half. He doesn’t know what he’s doing. We want eight and a half. These people are crazy. We must understand that border security is also health security. And you’ve all seen the wall has gone up like magic. It’s gone up like magic. You think that was an easy one? That was not an easy one. It’s going up great and we’re up now 132 miles and this is the exact wall that border security, water, everything.
  • So I don’t know what the record attendance is in this arena, but I was told that we broke it by a lot. And you got the people outside. Are we allowed to tell them who we would like them to vote for? Because you’re allowed to skip. All right, so wait a minute, let’s do a poll. We do this for the fake news back there. Ready? Who would be the best candidate for us? Not for them. We’re ready. Ready? So let’s go through them just quickly. We won’t include Steyer because he’s a loser. He’s out, okay? We won’t include him. Who would be the best? This is a real poll. This isn’t one of those fake polls taken by … In all fairness, I love you, Fox, taken by Fox, the worst pollster. This guy … this pollster hates Trump’s guts. I was losing the last election by a fortune. They said, “He did great with women.” Everything was wrong. And they never replaced this guy. But watch this. You ready?
  • We had a great event yesterday, an event that was so beautiful, young African American leaders. One of the things I asked them, and I’ve been thinking about this for a long time… And great people, great people. Some of them are here tonight. Do you like the name African American or Black? And they said, “Black!” all at the same time. No, true. I tell you. Because you say, “African American or Black?” And they said almost immediately, “Black.” But we had an incredible group of people and what happened is NBC… It was such a love fest. It was so incredible. It went on for 45 minutes. It was a love fest. It was incredible. NBC turned down… There they are right there. They turned down… Comcast, which owns NBC… Actually NBC, I think, we call it MSDNC, right? MSDNC. But NBC I think is worse than CNN. I actually do. And Comcast, a company that spends millions and millions of dollars on their image… I’ll do everything possible to destroy their image because they are terrible. They are terrible. They’re a terrible group of people. And they paid me a fortune for years for the Apprentice. They paid me a fortune. And when I left the show, it was doing great. When I left the show, 14 seasons, think of that, they got a big movie star. I won’t tell you his name. Nobody would know. Actually nobody will know his name because he was on for such a short period of time. But the show went down the tubes very quickly after they had Trump. But the country in five years from now, of course you want to upset them, five years or nine years or 13 years. Or 18 years! 10 more years. Nah. Oh, they go crazy when you say it. When you say to them five more years, so it’s five, but you then say maybe nine, maybe 13, maybe 17, maybe 21, or not, maybe 21. Let’s do this. Let’s term limit ourselves at 25 years. No more than 25 years. No more. Okay. They’ll pass something in the Senate. Tim, pass it in the Senate with Lindsey, a 25 year term limit please.
March
  • Well, I think the 3.4% is really a false number. Now, and this is just my hunch, and — but based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this. Because a lot people will have this and it’s very mild. They’ll get better very rapidly. They don’t even see a doctor. They don’t even call a doctor. You never hear about those people. So you can’t put them down in the category of the overall population in terms of this corona flu and/or virus. So you just can’t do that. So, if, you know, we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work. Some of them go to work, but they get better.
    • Hannity, Fox News, 2020-03-04, quoted in Inae Oh (5 March 2020), “Trump Unleashes More Coronavirus Misinformation on National Television”, Mother Jones 
  • But as of right now and yesterday, anybody that needs a test — That’s the important thing. And the tests are all perfect. Like, the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.
    • Comparing coronavirus tests to his Ukraine phone call that led to his impeachment
    • during tour of Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, 2020-03-06, quoted in Chas Danner (6 March 2020), “Trump Says Coronavirus Testing Is as ‘Perfect’ as His Ukraine Call”, New York 
  • They would like to have the people come off. I’d rather have the people stay, but I’d go with them. I told them to make the final decision. I would rather — because I like the numbers being where they are. I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.
    • regarding Grand Princess cruise ship with 21 diagnosed cases of coronavirus
    • during tour of Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, 2020-03-06, quoted in Peter Baker (6 March 2020), “Trump Says ‘People Have to Remain Calm’ Amid Coronavirus Outbreak”, New York Times 
  • You know, my uncle was a great person. He was at MIT. He taught at MIT for, I think, like a record number of years. He was a great super genius. Dr. John Trump. I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it. Every one of these doctors said, “How do you know so much about this?” Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for President.
    • during tour of Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, 2020-03-06, quoted in David Nakamura (6 March 2020), “‘Maybe I have a natural ability’: Trump plays medical expert on coronavirus by second-guessing the professionals”, Washington Post 
  • I’ve been briefed on every contingency you can possibly imagine. Many contingencies. A lot of—a lot of positive. Different numbers. All different numbers. Very large numbers. And some small numbers too, by the way.
    • Regarding coronavirus. Posed question: “Mr. President, have you been briefed that up to 100 million Americans would ultimately be exposed to the virus?”
    • Briefing at the White House (2020-03-10)
  • No, I don’t take responsibility at all, because we were given a set of circumstances and we were given rules, regulations and specifications from a different time.
    • Asked if he took responsibility for the lag in coronavirus testing
    • White House press conference, 2020-03-13, quoted in Zachary Halaschak (13 March 2020), “‘I don’t take responsibility at all’: Trump pushes back on complaints about coronavirus testing”, Washington Examiner 
  • They’re trying to scare everybody, from meetings, cancel the meetings, close the schools—you know, destroy the country. And that’s okay, as long as we can win the election.
    • Fundraiser, Mar-a-Lago, quoted in Daniel Chaitin (15 March 2020), “Trump says media ‘scare’ coverage of coronavirus response OK ‘as long as we can win the election’: Report”, Washington Examiner 
  • It’s a very contagious virus. It’s incredible. But it’s something we have tremendous control of. I think very important the young people, people of good health and groups of people just are not strongly affected.
    • In a White House briefing, as quoted in Daniel Dale (15 March 2020), “Fact check: Trump falsely claims US has ‘tremendous control’ of the coronavirus”, CNN 
  • Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment—try getting it yourselves. We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.
    • Call with governors, quoted in  
  • We have an invisible enemy. We have a problem a month ago nobody ever thought about. […] This is a bad one, this is a very bad one. This is bad in the sense that it’s so contagious. It’s just so contagious. Sort of record-setting type contagion.
    • Coronavirus task force press briefing, 2020-03-16, quoted in Jarrett Stepman (17 March 2020), “The Last Great Pandemic”, The Daily Signal 
  • Q: Very simple question; does the buck stop with you? And on a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your response to this crisis?

    Donald Trump: I’d rate it a 10. I think we’ve done a great job. And it started with the fact that we kept a very highly infected country, despite all of the—even the professionals saying no, it’s too early to do that, we were very, very early with respect to China. And we would have a whole different situation in this country if we didn’t do that. I would rate it a very, very—I would rate ourselves and—and the professionals—I think the professionals have done a fantastic job.

    • Coronavirus task force press briefing, 2020-03-16, quoted in Ian Schwartz (16 March 2020), “Trump: I’d Rate My Response To Coronavirus a 10”, RealClearPolitics 
  • Q: Does the buck stop with you, Mr. President? Does the buck stop with you?

    Donald Trump: Yeah, normally. But I think when you hear the—you know, this has never been done before in this country.

    • Coronavirus task force press briefing, 2020-03-16, quoted in Oliver Willis (16 March 2020), “Trump says buck ‘normally’ stops with him — but not for coronavirus”, American Independent 
  • Peter Alexander: How are non-symptomatic professional athletes getting tests while others are waiting in line and can’t get them?

    Donald Trump: No, I wouldn’t say so, but perhaps that’s been the story of life. That does happen on occasion and I’ve noticed where some people have been tested fairly quickly.

    • Coronavirus task force press briefing, 2020-03-18, quoted in Janelle Griffith (18 March 2020), “Coronavirus: Trump says it may be ‘the story of life’ that well-connected get testing first”, NBC News 
  • Peter Alexander: What do you say to Americans who are scared though? I guess, nearly 200 dead, 14,000 who are sick, millions, as you witnessed, who are scared right now? What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?

    Donald Trump: I say that you’re a terrible reporter, that’s what I say. I think that’s a very nasty question.

    • Coronavirus task force press briefing, 2020-03-20, quoted in Adam Edelman (20 March 2020), “Trump launches into tirade against media, insults NBC reporter at coronavirus briefing”, NBC News 
  • We’re opening up this incredible country. Because we have to do that. I’d love to have it open by Easter. I would love to have it opened by Easter. It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I will make it an important day for this, too. I would love to have the country opened up and just rarin’ to go by Easter.
    • Fox News town hall, 2020-03-24
  • Look, Easter’s a very special day for me. And I see it’s sort of in that timeline that I’m thinking about. And I say, “Wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full?” – you know the churches aren’t allowed, essentially, to have much of a congregation there. And most of ’em, I watched on Sunday, online. And it was terrific, by the way, but online is never going to be like being there. So I think Easter Sunday, and you’ll have packed churches all over our country. I think it would be a beautiful time. And it’s just about the timeline that I think is right.
    • Fox News interview, 2020-03-24, quoted in John T Bennett (24 March 2020), “Coronavirus: Trump says Easter with ‘packed churches’ would be ‘beautiful time’ to reopen US”, The Independent (UK) 
  • I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to be, I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You go into major hospitals sometimes, and they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?’
    • Speaking with Sean Hannity on Fox News on 26 March 2020. As quoted in Trump: I don’t believe you really need that many ventilators, 27 March 2020, Politico.
  • Don’t be a cutie pie, okay?
    • Trump responding to the question “But everybody who needs one will be able to get a ventilator?” from reporter Jonathan Karl. As quoted by Tal Axelrod (27 March 2020), “Trump to reporter pressing him about ventilators: ‘Don’t be a cutie pie'”, The Hill 
  • …young people are really, this is an incredible phenomenon, but they are attacked, successfully attacked to a much lesser extent by this pandemic, by this disease. This whatever they want to call it. You call it a germ, you can call it a flu, you can call it a virus. You know, you can call it many different names. I’m not sure anybody even knows what it is, but the children do very well.
    • Coronavirus task force press briefing, 2020-03-27, quoted in Ian Schwartz (27 March 2020), “Trump on Coronavirus: “I’m Not Sure Anybody Even Knows What It Is”; “You Can Call It A Germ, You Can Call It A Flu””, RealClearPolitics 
  • Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!
    • Quoted in Kimmy Yam (27 March 2020), “Trump claims Asian Americans are angry at ‘what China has done’ to U.S.”, Yahoo News / NBC News 
  • Nobody could have imagined a thing like this — a tragedy like this would have happened: the invisible enemy.
    • As quoted in Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Supply Chain Distributors on COVID-19 (March 29, 2020), whitehouse.gov.
  • The federal government has done something that nobody has done anything like this other than perhaps wartime. And that’s what we’re in: We’re in a war.
    • As quoted in Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Supply Chain Distributors on COVID-19 (March 29, 2020), whitehouse.gov.
  • My administration has done a job on really working across government and with the private sector, and it’s been incredible. It’s a beautiful thing to watch, I have to say. Unfortunately, the end result of the group we’re fighting — which are hundreds of billions and trillions of germs, or whatever you want to call them — they are bad news. This virus is bad news and it moves quickly, and it spreads as easily as anything anyone has ever seen.
    • As quoted in Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Supply Chain Distributors on COVID-19 (March 29, 2020), whitehouse.gov.
  • I just want to reiterate, because a lot of people have been asking, well, what would have happened if we did nothing? Did nothing, we just rode it out, and I’ve been asking that question to Tony and Deborah, and they’ve been talking to me about it for a long time, other people have been asking that question, and I think we got our most accurate study today, or certainly most comprehensive. Think of the number, potentially, 2.2 million people if we did nothing. If we didn’t do the distancing, if we didn’t do all of the things that we’re doing. When you hear those numbers, you start to realize that, with the kind of work we went through last week, with the $2.2 trillion, it no longer sounds like a lot, right? You’re talking about, when I heard the number today, first time I’ve heard that number, because I’ve been asking the same question that some people have been asking, I felt even better about what we did last week with the $2.2 trillion, because you’re talking about a potential of up to 2.2 million, and some people said it could even be higher than that. So you’re talking about 2.2 million deaths. 2.2 million people from this. If we can hold that down as we’re saying, to 100,000, it’s a horrible number. Maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100 and 200,000, we altogether have done a very good job. 2.2, up to 2.2 million deaths and maybe even beyond that? I’m feeling very good about what we did last week.
    • Coronavirus Task Force Briefing, March 29, 2020, transcript online at Rev
  • I know South Korea better than anybody, it’s a very tight — do you know how many people are in Seoul? Do you know how big the city of Seoul is? 38 million people. That’s bigger than anything we have.
    • Trump talking about Seoul, which is a city with 10 million people according to the city government’s English language website. As quoted by Jake Lahut (30 March 2020), “Trump tried to flex by asking a reporter about the population of Seoul. Then he got it wrong by 28 million.”, Business Insider 
April
  • It’s called “social media.” It’s social media. It gets out. I have, you know, hundreds of millions of people. Number one on Facebook. Did you know I was number one on Facebook? I mean, I just found out I’m number one on Facebook. I thought that was very nice for whatever it means. No, it represents something. And when I can explain to people: Just don’t do it. You know, it’s going to be bad if you do it. It’s going to be really bad. And they don’t need to do it. They have enough problems. Iran has enough problems without doing that. But we’ve been pulling back very substantially over the last year, in Iraq. And so, you know, that’s the way it is.
    • Coronavirus task force press briefing, 2020-04-01, quoted in James S. Brady (1 April 2020), “Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing”, White House .
    • Note: At April 1, Trump’s official page, with 26.8 million likes and 28.5 million followers, was not among the most-followed Facebook pages. At January 6, speaking on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show Trump stated that Mark Zuckerberg told him that he was “number one on Facebook”, claim that was not refuted by Facebook as reported in Trump Claims Mark Zuckerberg Told Him He’s ‘Number One On Facebook’ (January 8, 2020) by Josephine Harvey, HuffPost Australia
  • We’re working to ensure that the supplies are delivered where and when they’re needed, and in some cases, we’re telling governors we can’t go there because we don’t think you need it and we think someplace else needs it. And pretty much, so far, we’ve been right about that. And we’ll continue to do it. As it really gets — this will be probably the toughest week between this week and next week. And there’ll be a lot of death, unfortunately, but a lot less death than if this wasn’t done. But there will be death.
    • As quoted in Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 4, 2020), whitehouse.gov
  • So we’ve done 1,670,000 tests. Think of that 1,670,000 tests. And we have a great system. Now we’re working with the states in almost all instances, but we have a great system. And the other thing that we bought a tremendous amount of is the hydroxy chloroquine. Hydroxy chloroquine, which I think is, you know, it’s a great malaria drug. It’s worked unbelievably. It’s a powerful drug on malaria and there are signs that it works on this, some very strong signs and in the meantime it’s been around a long time. It also works very powerfully on lupus, so there are some very strong powerful signs and we’ll have to see because again, it’s tested.
    • Coronavirus Task Force Briefing, April 5. Transcript at Rev.
  • Now this is a new thing that just happened to as the invisible enemy we call it. And if you can, if you have a no signs of heart problems, the azithromycin, which will kill certain things that you don’t want living within your body. It’s a powerful drug. If you don’t have a problem, a heart problem, we would say, let your doctor think about it, but as a combination, I think they’re going to be, I think there’s two things that should be looked at very strongly. Now, we have purchased and we have stockpiled 29 million pills of the hydroxy chloroquine, 29 million. A lot of drug stores have them by prescription and also, and they’re not expensive. Also, we’re sending them to various labs. Our military, we’re sending them to the hospitals, we’re sending them all over. I just think it’s something, you know the expression, I’ve used it for certain reasons.
    • Coronavirus Task Force Briefing, April 5. Transcript at Rev.
  • What do you have to lose? What do you have to lose? And a lot of people are saying that when … and are taking it, if you’re a doctor, a nurse, a first responder, a medical person going into hospitals, they say taking it before the fact is good, but what do you have to lose? They say, take it, I’m not looking at it one way or the other, but we want to get out of this. If it does work, it would be a shame if we didn’t do it early. But we have some very good signs. So that’s hydroxy chloroquine and as azithromycin, and again, you have to go through your medical people get the approval. But I’ve seen things that I sort of like, so what do I know? I’m not a doctor, I’m not a doctor, but I have common sense.
    • Coronavirus Task Force Briefing, April 5. Transcript at Rev.
  • The FDA feels good about it. They’ve, as you know, they’ve approved it. They gave it a rapid approved approval. And the reason because it’s been out there for a long time and they know the side effects and they also know the potential. So based on that, we have sent it throughout the country. We have it stockpiled about 29 million doses, 29 million doses. We have a lot of it. We hope it works. Driven by the goal of the brightest minds in science. We have the brightest minds in science, but we were driven by the goal of getting rid of this plague, getting rid of this scourge, getting rid of this virus. These brilliant minds are working on the most effective antiviral therapies and vaccines. We are working very, very hard. I have met many of the doctors that are doing it. These are doctors that are working so hard on vanquishing the virus.
    • Coronavirus Task Force Briefing, April 5. Transcript at Rev.
    • Note: Hydroxychloroquine use is not approved by the FDA for COVID-19 as of 7 April 2020.
  • I want them to try it. It may work, and it may not work. But if it doesn’t work, it’s nothing lost by doing it. Nothing. Because we know long-term what I want. I want to save lives, and I don’t want it to be in a lab for the next year-and-a-half as people are dying all over the place. In France, they had a very good test. They’re continuing. But we don’t have time to go and say, gee, let’s take a couple of years and test it out, and let’s go and test with the test tubes and the laboratories. We don’t have time. I’d love to do that, but we have people dying today. As we speak, there are people dying. If it works, that’d be great. If it doesn’t work, we know for many years malaria, it’s incredible what it’s done for malaria. It’s incredible what it’s done for lupus, but it doesn’t kill people.
    • On using the drug as treatment for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Coronavirus Task Force Briefing (April 5, 2020). Transcript at Rev.
  • Speaker to Anthony Fauci: And would you also weigh in on this issue of hydroxychloroquine? What do you think about this and what is the medical evidence?

Donald Trump: You know how many times he’s answered that question? Speaker: I’d love to hear from the doctor. Donald Trump: Maybe 15. 15 times. You don’t have to ask the question. Speaker: He’s your medical expert, correct? Donald Trump: He answered that question 15 times.

  • On using the drug as treatment for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Coronavirus Task Force Briefing (April 5, 2020). Transcript at Rev
  • She created over 15 million jobs.
    • Donald Trump talking about his daughter Ivanka Trump in a call with business leaders. No explanation or supporting evidence was provided. Ian Millhiser (7 April 2020), “Trump claims that his daughter created 10 percent of all the jobs in the United States”, Vox 
  • This is a very brilliant enemy. You know, it’s a brilliant enemy. They develop drugs like the antibiotics, you see it. Antibiotics used to solve every problem. Now one of the biggest problems the world has is the germ has gotten so brilliant, that the antibiotic can’t keep up with it. And they’re constantly trying to come up with a new— People go to a hospital and they catch– They go for a heart operation, that’s no problem, but they end up dying from, from… problems. You know the problems I’m talking about.
    • Coronavirus task force press briefing, 2020-04-10, quoted in Jake Thomas (10 April 2020), “Watch: Trump Appears To Believe That Coronavirus Is A Bacteria, Not A Virus”, The Intellectualist 
  • When someone is president of the United States the authority is total.
    • Coronavirus task force press briefing, 2020-04-13, quoted by Cody Fenwick (13 April 2020), “CNN reporter flat-out contradicts Trump to his face when he claims king-like authority”, RawStory 
  • The delays the WHO experienced in declaring a public health emergency cost valuable time tremendous amounts of time; more time was lost in the delay it took to get a team of international experts and to examine the outbreak which we wanted to do which they should have done. The inability of the WHO to obtain virus samples to this date has deprived the scientific community of essential data. New data that emerges across the world on a daily basis points to the unreliability of the initial reports and the world received all sorts of false information about transmission and mortality. The silence of the WHO on the disappearance of scientific researchers and doctors and new restrictions on the sharing of research into the origins of COVID-19 in the country of origin is deeply concerning especially when we put up by far the largest amount of money, not even close. Had the WHO done its job to get medical experts into China to objectively assess the situation on the ground and to call out China’s lack of transparency, the outbreak could have been contained as a source with very little death, very little death, and certainly very little death by comparison. This would have saved thousands of lives and avoided worldwide economic damage. Instead the WHO willingly took China’s assurances to face value, and they took it just at face value and defended the actions of the Chinese government, even praising China for its so-called transparency. I don’t think so. The WHO pushed China’s misinformation about the virus, saying it was not communicable, and there was no need for travel bans. They told us when we put on our travel ban a very strong travel ban, there was no need to do it. Don’t do it; they actually fought us. The WHO’s reliance on China’s disclosures likely caused a 20-fold increase in cases worldwide, and it may be much more than that.
    • White House coronavirus task force briefing (April 14, 2020), transcript online at RealClearPolitics
  •  Look, I could tell you about — and I’m not going to do it, because I didn’t want to bring it up — but I could tell you about events that took place. And I said things like, “You’ll never do that again” or “You’ll never do this again” or — I don’t even want to mention the events. I don’t want to mention what you’re supposed to be doing because — and you know one of them was so horrible.  I said, “A certain industry will be out of business — never happen again.” Two weeks later, it was like nothing ever happened. Hopefully, we get rid of this. We have tremendous talent up here and all over, including governors, including local governments, state governments.
    •  Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing | April 17, 2020
  • That’s why your ratings are so bad because you’re pathetic. Go ahead. Let’s go. Your ratings are terrible. You got to get back to real news. Go ahead.
    • Trump interrupting a reporter who started a question with “The first of the month is next week … ” White House coronavirus task force briefing (April 19, 2020), Donald Trump Coronavirus Press Conference Transcript April 19
  • I think I read yesterday a report that we’ve done more than everybody — every other country — combined,
  • We’ve tested more than every other country in the world even put together.
    • Quoted by Aaron Rupar (21 April 2020), “Trump just said the US has done more coronavirus testing than the rest of the world. Not even close.”, Vox 
    • Note: At that time, the US had done just above 4 million tests, while worldwide more than 20 million tests had been done.
  • “And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because, you see, it gets on the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it’d be interesting to check that. So that you’re going to have to use medical doctors, but it sounds — it sounds interesting to me.”
    • Quoted by Jan C. Timm (23 April 2020), “‘It’s irresponsible and it’s dangerous’: Experts rip Trump’s idea of injecting disinfectant to treat COVID-19”, NBC News 
    • Note: Trump’s Food and Drug Administration specifically warned against drinking the chemicals in disinfectants, noting that consumption of such products “can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration.”
  • So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light and I think you said that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it. And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way.
    • Trump, suggesting a way to cure COVID-19, as quoted by Hunter Woodall (23 April 2020), “‘Jaw-Dropping’: Trump Slammed for Touting Dangerous New Virus Treatments After Favored Drug Is Discredited”, Daily Beast 
  • And we’re — really, I’m very happy the governors have been — the governors, really, have been doing a really good job working with us, and it’s — it’s, really, pretty impressive to see. I’ve spoken to numerous leaders of countries over the last 48 hours, and they are saying we’re leading the way. We’re really leading the way in so many different ways.
    • White House coronavirus task force briefing (April 23, 2020), Donald Trump Coronavirus Press Conference Transcript April 23
  • I work from early in the morning until late at night, haven’t left the White House in many months (except to launch Hospital Ship Comfort) in order to take care of Trade Deals, Military Rebuilding etc., and then I read a phony story in the failing @nytimes about my work schedule and eating habits, written by a third rate reporter who knows nothing about me. I will often be in the Oval Office late into the night & read & see that I am angrily eating a hamberger & Diet Coke in my bedroom. People with me are always stunned. Anything to demean!
    • As quoted by Alex Woodward (26 April 2020), “‘Hambergers’ and ‘Noble prizes’: Trump attacks press in furious Twitter rant riddled with spelling errors”, Independent 
  • When will all of the ‘reporters’ who have received Noble Prizes for their work on Russia, Russia, Russia, only to have been proven totally wrong (and, in fact, it was the other side who committed the crimes) be turning back their cherished ‘Nobles’ so that they can be given to the REAL REPORTERS & JOURNALISTS who got it right.
    • Tweet, as quoted by James Pasley (26 April 2020), “Trump calls for journalists who covered the Russia investigation to return their ‘Noble Prizes’ in Twitter rant before deleting it”, Business Insider 
  • What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately. They get record ratings, & the American people get nothing but Fake News. Not worth the time & effort!
    • Tweet, as quoted by Lauren Aratani (26 April 2020), “Trump says briefings ‘not worth the effort’ amid fallout from disinfectant comments”, The Guardian 
  • I can’t imagine why.
    • Trump was answering a question from a journalist about rise in misuse of disinfectants the last few days, as quoted by Lydia O’Connor (27 April 2020), “Trump Says He Takes No Responsibility For People Ingesting Disinfectant”, Huffpost 
  • The only reason the U.S. has reported one million cases of CoronaVirus is that our Testing is sooo much better than any other country in the World.
    • Quoted by Stephen Collinson (29 April 2020), “Trump still seems to not understand how bad the coronavirus crisis is”, CNN 
  • Donald Trump: And you have to understand: When we took over, the cupboards were bare. And the thing that — frankly, it’s not as tough as the ventilator situation. We’re the king of ventilators. But what we have done is — on testing, we’re doing numbers the likes of which nobody has ever seen before. And I told you, the President of South Korea, President Moon, called me to congratulate me on testing. And we did more tests than any other country anywhere in the world. And I think they told me yesterday a number — if you add up the rest of the world, we’ve done more testing. And it’s a higher quality test. So I think we’ve done a — I think the whole team, federal government — we built hospitals for you and others.

Phil Murphy: You bet. Donald Trump: We built medical centers. And I’m talking about thousands and thousands of beds. Many, many medical centers. We had — as you know, we had the governor of Florida and the governor of Louisiana over the last two days. They could not have been — and one was a Democrat, and this gentleman happens to be a proud Democrat. They could not have been more supportive of the effort of the federal government. And I’ll tell you, Jim — James Acosta: But aren’t you seeing massive lines for food? Donald Trump: Let me just tell you, we have — we started off with empty cupboards. The last administration left us nothing. We started off with bad, broken tests and obsolete tests. What we’ve come up with, between the Abbott Laboratories, where you have the five-minute test. Did they test you today? Phil Murphy: They did test me. Donald Trump: Good. Now I feel better. (Laughter.) Phil Murphy: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m negative. Donald Trump: You did the five-minute — the Abbott test. Phil Murphy: I did the quick turnaround. Donald Trump: It’s so great. Phil Murphy: I feel like a new man. Donald Trump: That’s a brand — you know what? That’s a brand-new test. That didn’t exist eight weeks ago, and now it’s like the rage. Everybody wants that test. No, I think we’ve done — I think we’ve done a really great job.

  • About the lack of tests for the novel coronavirus, Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Governor Murphy of New Jersey (April 30, 2020), whitehouse.gov. Quoted in Did Trump Blame Obama for ‘Bad’ COVID-19 Tests? by Bethania Palma, 1 May 2020, Snopes
  • Note: No previous administration could have prepared a test for a disease which had yet to emerge. COVID-19 emerged during Trump’s presidency, the test was designed in 2020 by the Centers for Disease Control under the Trump administration. See Misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic#Presidential
  • These are very good people, but they are angry.
    • Trump described armed demonstrators who stormed the state Capitol in Michigan, as quoted by Travis Gettys (1 May 2020), “Trump urges Michigan governor to give in to ‘very good people’ who stormed statehouse with guns”, Rawstory 
May
  • I can’t tell you that. I’m not allowed to tell you that.
    • Trump was answering what his basis was for claiming that the coronavirus emerged from a virology lab in the Wuhan city of China, as quoted by PTI (1 May 2020), “‘It Came Out Of China, Could Have Been Stopped’: Prez Donald Trump On Coronavirus”, Outlook 
  • We will be AIDS-free within 8 years. We started, 10 years. Should’ve started in the previous administration. They did nothing. It started at my administration.
    • As quoted by Daniel Dale (3 May 2020), “Fact check: Trump peppers Fox News town hall with false claims on coronavirus and other topics”, CNN 
  • With all of that unity we have, in one sense, we have great unity, in another sense, I think they’re going to come along, I mean, you know, I certainly hope so, but the main thing I have to do is bring our country back, and I want to get it back to where it was or maybe beyond where it was, you know, we have tremendous stimulus, all the money we’ve been talking about so far tonight.
    • As quoted by Chris Cillizza (4 May 2020), “The 45 most shocking lines from Donald Trump’s Lincoln Memorial Fox town hall”, CNN 
  • So in California, the Democrats, who fought like crazy to get all mail in only ballots, and succeeded, have just opened a voting booth in the most Democrat area in the State. They are trying to steal another election. It’s all rigged out there. These votes must not count. SCAM!
    • As quoted by Mark NC (9 May 2020), “In Deranged Tweets Trump Says that All California Votes ‘Must Not Count’”, News Corpse 
  • We are getting great marks for the handling of the CoronaVirus pandemic, especially the very early BAN of people from China, the infectious source, entering the USA. Compare that to the Obama/Sleepy Joe disaster known as H1N1 Swine Flu. Poor marks, bad polls – didn’t have a clue!
    • As quoted by Richard Hall (10 May 2020), “Trump claims he is ‘getting great marks’ for coronavirus response as US death toll nears 80,000”, Independent 
  • If people want to get tested, they get tested.
    • Quoted in By Daniel Dale, David Wright, Arman Azad, Holmes Lybrand (11 May 2020), “Fact check: Trump falsely claims, again, that anybody who wants a test can get one”, CNN 
  • Coronavirus numbers are looking MUCH better, going down almost everywhere.
    • Quoted in Steve Benen (11 May 2020), “Trump points to ‘the numbers,’ which don’t say what he thinks they say”, MSNBC 
  • We have to close the country. And I said, say it again. They said, sir, you have to close the country. Nobody ever heard of a thing like this but they were right because if I didn’t we would have lost two million, two and a half million, maybe more than that people.
    • Quoted by Chris Cillizza (11 May 2020), “Why Donald Trump’s idea that he saved millions of lives is laughable”, CNN 
  • Asian Americans are VERY angry at what China has done to our Country, and the World. Chinese Americans are the most angry of all. I don’t blame them!
    • Quoted in Kimmy Yam (12 May 2020), “Trump claims Asian Americans are angry at ‘what China has done’ to U.S.”, Yahoo News / NBC News 
  • To me it’s not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools
    • Trump was commenting on a statement from infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, warning that getting businesses and schools back open too quickly would lead to unnecessary suffering and death, as quoted in Stephen Collinson (13 May 2020), “Trump’s rebuke of Fauci encapsulates rejection of science in virus fight”, CNN 
  • If we didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases
    • As quoted in Aaron Rupar (16 May 2020), “Trump seems to think there’d be no coronavirus if there was no testing. It doesn’t work like that.”, VOX 
  • A lot of doctors take it. I take it.
  • I would have told you that three or four days ago, but we never had a chance, because you never asked me the question.
    • Trump, about taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to prevent Covid-19 disease, as quoted in Justin Paragona, Adam Rawnsley (18 May 2020), “FDA: This Drug Could Kill You. Trump: I’m Taking It!”, The Daily Beast 
  • When we have a lot of cases, I don’t look at that as a bad thing — I look at that in a certain respect as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better. … So I view it as a badge of honour, really,
    • Trump talked about the 1.59 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, as quoted in Oliver O’Connell (19 May 2020), “Coronavirus: Trump says it’s ‘badge of honour’ for US to lead world in Covid-19 cases”, Independent 
  • Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!
    • As quoted in D’Angelo Gore (20 May 2020), “Trump’s False Tweet About Michigan Absentee Ballot Applications”, FactCheck.org 
  • And, you know, when you say “per capita,” there’s many per capitas. It’s, like, per capita relative to what? But you can look at just about any category, and we’re really at the top, meaning positive on a per capita basis, too. They’ve done a great job.
    • Quoted in Kim LaCapria (20 May 2020), “Did Trump Say There Are ‘Many Per Capitas’ During a COVID-19 Discussion?”, TruthOrFiction.com 
  • I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.
    • Trump commented on why he didn’t wear a face mask as a protection against the coronavirus at a visit to a factory, as quoted in Madeleine Carlisle (21 May 2020), “Trump Goes Without Mask For Public Tour of Michigan Factory, Says He ‘Didn’t Want to Give the Press the Pleasure’ of Seeing Him Wearing One”, Time 
  • Yeah. I tested positively toward negative, right? So, no, I tested perfectly this morning, meaning—meaning I tested negative… But that’s a way of saying it: positively toward the negative.
    • On having had a coronavirus test, spoken to reporters on the White House lawn, 2020-05-21. Bethania Palma (22 May 2020), Did Trump Say He ‘Tested Very Positively’ for COVID-19, Meaning Negative?, Snopes, retrieved on May 22, 2020 
  • I was honored five years ago, ‘man of the year’ in Michigan.
    • Robert Farley (22 May 2020), “Trump’s Dubious Michigan ‘Man of the Year’ Boast”, FactCheck.org 
  • There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!
    • Twitter (26 May 2020)
  • Imagine if your local phone companies tried to edit or censor what you said. Social media companies have far more power.
    • Chris Cillizza (28 May 2020), “Donald Trump just used a ridiculous comparison to justify his social media crackdown”, CNN 
June

You have to dominate or you’ll look like a bunch of jerks, you have to arrest and try people.

  • You have to dominate or you’ll look like a bunch of jerks, you have to arrest and try people.
  • You don’t have to be too careful.
    • Trump ordering US governors on how to react against people protesting against police violence following the death of George Floyd, as quoted by Kevin Liptak, Ryan Nobles, Sarah Westwood (1 June 2020), “An agitated Trump encourages governors to use aggressive tactics on protesters”, CNN 
  • Washington, D.C., was the safest place on earth last night!
    • Trump described the violent clashes between protesters and police close to the White House, as quoted by Calvin Woodward, Hope Yen and Arijeta Lajka (2 June 2020), “AP FACT CHECK: Trump Exaggerations on Blacks’ Economic Gains”, US News 
  • It’s a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of quality.
    • Trump claimed that the US economy was “back on track”, and connected this with George Floyd, who had been killed by the police some days earlier, as quoted by by Emma Rosemurgey (5 June 2020), “Trump Criticised For Saying George Floyd Is Looking Down And Calling It ‘A Great Day’”, UNILAD 
  • Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment. @OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?
    • Trump repeated suggestions, without providing evidence, regarding the peaceful protester Martin Gugino who suffered brain damage after being handled brutally by the police. Quoted by Cameron Frew (9 June 2020), “Trump Accuses 75-Year-Old Knocked Down By Buffalo Police Of Faking Fall”, UNILAD 
  • I think I’ve done more for the black community than any other President and let’s take a pass on Abraham Lincoln because he did good but although it’s always questionable, you know in other words the end result.
    • Trump discussing his leadership and relationship with the African-American community during the George Floyd killing protests, spoken on a Fox News interview, archived at “What Was Trump Trying to Say About Abraham Lincoln?” by Jeremy Stahl (June 12, 2020), published in Slate.
  • He is a liar … everybody in the White House hated John Bolton.
    • Trump described John Bolton, who was picked by Trump to be Security Adviser, as quoted by Nicole Darrah (15 June 2020), “Trump brands John Bolton a ‘LIAR’ and says ‘everybody in the White House hated him’ after bombshell book extracts”, The Sun 
  • These are the people – the best, the smartest, the most brilliant anywhere, and they’ve come up with the AIDS vaccine. They’ve come up with … various things.
    • Claimed about scientists, as quoted by Calvin Woodward, Hope Yen (16 June 2020), “AP FACT CHECK: Trump on an AIDS vaccine that doesn’t exist”, News 12 
  • I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous. It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.
    • Trump tells about June 19th, also known as Emancipation day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day and Liberation Day, the holiday that has been celebrated for more than 150 years marking the emancipation of slaves in the US, quoted by Richard Wolffe (20 June 2020), “Don’t call it a comeback: Trump’s Tulsa rally was just another sad farce”, The Guardian 
  • I said, ‘General, there’s no way I can make it down that ramp without falling on my ass, general. I have no railing.’
    • As quoted by Chris Cillizza (20 June 2020), “1,798 words that prove how obsessed Donald Trump is with the West Point ramp story”, CNN 
  • Your 401(k)s and money itself will be worthless.
    • Claimed about what will happen if Joe Biden wins the next president election, as quoted by Daniel Dale, Tara Subramaniam (20 June 2020), “Lying again about the pandemic, Trump made 200 false claims from early June to early July”, CNN 
  • By the way, it’s a disease, without question [that] has more names than any disease in history. I can name “kung flu.” I can name 19 different versions of names. Many call it a virus, which it is. Many call it a flu. What difference? I think we have 19 or 20 different versions of the name.
    • Discussing the COVID-19 pandemic at a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 21, as quoted by Osita Nwanevu (21 June 2020), “This Is How Trump Plans to Beat Biden”, The New Republic 
  • RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!
    • Claim quoted by Miles Parks (22 June 2020), “FACT CHECK: Trump Spreads Unfounded Claims About Voting By Mail”, NPR 
  • Cases up only because of our big number testing. Mortality rate way down!!!
  • It’s fading away, it’s going to fade away.
  • We have got the greatest testing program anywhere in the world.
  • We’ve done too good a job.
  • You know testing is a double-edged sword. … Here’s the bad part. When you test to that extent, you are going to find more people, find more cases. So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down please.’
    • Claimed about the Covid-19 pandemic, as quoted by Calvin Woodward, Hope Yen (23 June 2020), “AP FACT CHECK: Sober science weighs in on Trump’s virus take”, AP 
  • I said to my people slow the testing down please
    • referring to COVID-19 testing during a Jun 21, 2020 campaign ralley in w:Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Well, one of the things that will be really great, you know the word experience is still good. I always say talent is more important than experience. I’ve always said that. But the word experience is a very important word. It’s an — a very important meaning. I never did this before. I never slept over in Washington. I was in Washington, I think, 17 times. All of a sudden, I’m president of the United States. You know the story. I’m riding down Pennsylvania Avenue with our First Lady and I say, ‘This is great. But I didn’t know very many people in Washington. It wasn’t my thing. I was from Manhattan, from New York. Now I know everybody, and I have great people in the administration. You make some mistakes. Like, you know, an idiot like Bolton. All he wanted to do was drop bombs on everybody. You don’t have to drop bombs on everybody. You don’t have to kill people.
    • Trump was responding to the question “What are your top priorities for a second term?”, as quoted by Adam K Raymond (17 July 2019), “Trump Rambles Unintelligibly About Plan for Second Term”, NY Mag 
  • Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians
    • Trump commented on a news report saying that Russian spies are paying Taliban for killing US soldiers in Afghanistan, as quoted by Kyle Balluck (28 June 2020), “Trump denies he was briefed on reported bounties on US troops”, The Hill 
July
  • I think we’re gonna be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that’s going to, sort of, just disappear—I hope.
    • Spoken on a morning news talk show regarding the COVID-19 pandemic; at the time, the United States had over 120,000 deaths from the virus and over 2.5 million infections. As quoted by Richard Hall (1 July 2020), “Trump again claims coronavirus is ‘going to just disappear’ as US sees record number of new cases”, The Independent 
  • Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes but that were villains. The radical view of American history is a web of lies, all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.
    • As quoted by Valerie Strauss (3 July 2020), “Biden tells teachers they have ‘the most important’ job on same day Trump says they teach children to ‘hate their country’”, Independent 
  • In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far left fascism that demands absolute allegiance.
    • As quoted by Valerie Strauss (3 July 2020), “The 28 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech”, CNN 
  • We got hit by the virus that came from China. We’ve made a lot of progress. Our strategy is moving along well.
  • We’ve learned how to put out the flame.
  • Now we have tested almost 40m people. By so doing, we show cases, 99% of which are totally harmless.
    • Trump was describing the situation with Covid-19, where more than 128 000 had died out of around 2,800,000 found cases at that time, a death rate of more than 4 %, and around 40,000 to 50,000 new cases were found per day, as quoted by David Smith (4 July 2020), “Trump claims 99% of US Covid-19 cases are ‘totally harmless’ as infections surge”, The Guardian 
  • We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools.
    • As quoted by Rex Huppke (7 July 2020), “Column: Trump demands schools reopen or funds might be cut — our (expendable) kids must face the virus!”, Chicago Tribune 
  • We have — consumer confidence has risen 12 points since April, an all-time high. Think of that.
    • Untrue claim, quoted by Daniel Dale (9 July 2020), “Fact check: Exaggerating again, Trump claims four non-record economic figures are records”, CNN 
  • Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education. Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues. Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!
    • As quoted by Susan Heavey (11 July 2020), “Doctors, teachers reject Trump’s pressure to reopen U.S. schools”, Reuters 
  • Deaths in the U.S. are way down.
  • For the 1/100th time, the reason we show so many Cases, compared to other countries that haven’t done nearly as well as we have, is that our TESTING is much bigger and better. We have tested 40,000,000 people. If we did 20,000,000 instead, Cases would be half, etc. NOT REPORTED!
  • We have the lowest Mortality Rate in the World.
  • Job growth is biggest in history.
  • Economy and Jobs are growing MUCH faster than anyone (except me!) expected.
    • As quoted by Calvin Woodward, Hope Yen, and Christopher Rugaber (11 July 2020), “AP FACT CHECK: Trump keeps repeating false pandemic information”, Sentinel Colorado 
  • I disagreed with doing this very small (tiny) section of wall, in a tricky area, by a private group which raised money by ads. It was only done to make me look bad, and perhsps it now doesn’t even work. Should have been built like rest of Wall, 500 plus miles.
    • As quoted by Catherine Garcia (12 July 2020), “Trump says possibly unstable section of border wall funded by supporters was ‘only done to make me look bad'”, The Week 
  • I know people that like the Confederate flag and they’re not thinking about slavery.
    • As quoted by Tina Nguyen (18 July 2020), “Trump keeps fighting a Confederate flag battle many supporters have conceded”, Politico 
  • Look, I take responsibility always for everything because it’s ultimately my job, too. I have to get everybody in line.
    • As quoted by Ronn Blitzer (19 July 2020), “Trump pushes back against critics on coronavirus, addresses whether he will accept election results in exclusive interview”, Fox News 
  • I’m not a big fan of Fox, I’ll be honest with you.
  • We’re signing a healthcare plan within two weeks, a full and complete healthcare plan that the supreme court decision on DACA gave me the right to do. So we’re going to solve – we’re going to sign an immigration plan, a healthcare plan, and various other plans. And nobody will have done what I’m doing in the next four weeks.
    • As quoted by Amanda Holpuch (19 July 2020), “Donald Trump v Fox News Sunday: extraordinary moments from a wild interview”, The Guardian 
  • We’ve done much better than most. And with the fatality rate at a lower rate than most, it’s something that we can talk about.
    • As quoted by “AP FACT CHECK: A More Measured Trump Doesn’t Mean Accurate”, VOA, 21 July 2020 
  • Well, you see something that looks good and you don’t investigate it.
    • Trump was describing his habit of retweeting content that has sometimes been odd, as quoted by Ariel Zilber (22 July 2020), “Donald Trump admits he regrets his tweets ‘too often’, says his retweets ‘get him in trouble’ and reminisces about the ‘old days when you could write a letter and let it sit for a day'”, DailyMail 
  • So it sort of is curious. A man works for us, with us, very closely, Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx also, very highly thought of — and yet, they’re highly thought of, but nobody likes me? It can only be my personality, that’s all.
    • As quoted by Kevin Liptak (28 July 2020), “‘Nobody likes me’: Trump ponders pandemic popularity of Fauci and Birx”, CNN 
  • If it reached my desk I would have done something about it.
    • Trump was commenting on a U.S. intelligence assessment that Russia was paying a bounty to militants in Afghanistan to kill Americans there, as quoted by Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward (28 July 2020), “AP FACT CHECK: Trump hype on drug costs, hydroxychloroquine”, Star Tribune 
  • You can look at large portions of our country, it’s corona-free.
    • As quoted by Holmes Lybrand, Tara Subramaniam, Nathan McDermott and Em Steck (28 July 2020), “Fact check: Trump falsely says ‘large portions’ of the US are ‘corona-free,’ repeats claim that protests are leading to rising cases”, CNN 
  • I think she’d be a fine choice, Kamala Harris. She’d be a fine choice.
    • Trump commented on the possibility of Kamala Harris becoming vice president candidate, according to a White House transcript.
  • With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???
    • A tweet (Donald Trump (30 July 2020), With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???, Twitter, retrieved on 2020-07-30 ) that received substantial attention with many further sources quoting it, such as Republicans to Trump: You can’t delay 2020 election, BBC, 30 July 2020, retrieved on 2020-07-30 
  • Must know Election results on the night of the Election, not days, months, or even years later!
    • As quoted by Calvin Woodward (29 July 2020), “AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s election agitations and distortions”, Seattle Times 
  • Young people are almost immune to this disease.
    • As quoted by Jessie Hellman (30 July 2020), “Trump says he can’t assure school safety amid pandemic: ‘Can you assure anybody of anything?'”, The Hill 
August
  • When you see the Drug Companies taking massive television ads against me, forget what they say (which is false), YOU KNOW THAT DRUG PRICES ARE COMING DOWN, BIG.
    • As quoted by Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward (2 August 2020), “AP FACT CHECK: Trump hype on drug costs, hydroxychloroquine”, APNEWS 
  • They are dying. That’s true. And you — it is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague that beset us.
    • As quoted by Stephen Collinson (3 August 2020), “Trump spinning virus failure as a win again by celebrating ‘encouraging’ progress”, CNN 
  • You can take the number of cases and look we’re last, meaning we’re first.
    • Trump was explaining the virus situation, as quoted by James Walker (3 August 2020), “5 Takeaways From Trump’s Axios Interview”, Newsweek 
  • In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state. Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court!
    • As quoted by Quint Forgey (3 August 2020), “Trump threatens lawsuit to block mail-in voting in Nevada”, Politico 
  •  Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True. Florida’s Voting system has been cleaned up (we defeated Democrats attempts at change), so in Florida I encourage all to request a Ballot & Vote by Mail! #MAGA,
    •  As quoted by Betsy Klein (3 August 2020), “In apparent reversal, Trump encourages Floridians to vote by mail”, CNN 
  • There is no way you can go through a mail-in vote without massive cheating.
    •  As quoted by Daniel Dale (3 August 2020), “Jonathan Swan reveals the simple secret to exposing Trump’s lies: basic follow-up questions”, CNN 
  • I read a lot. I comprehend extraordinarily well. Probably better than anybody you’ve interviewed in a long time,
    •  As quoted by Aaron Rupar (3 August 2020), ““They are dying. That’s true. It is what it is.” Trump’s Axios interview was a disaster.”, VOX 
  • I don’t know. I really don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know John Lewis. He chose not to come to my inauguration. He chose — I don’t — I never met John Lewis actually, I don’t believe.
    • Trump was responding to how civil rights icon John Lewis will be remembered, as quoted by Tyler Olson (3 August 2020), “Trump withholds praise for John Lewis, notes he ‘didn’t come to my inauguration'”, Fox News 
  • When I took over we didn’t even have a test.
    • Trump pointed out that in 2017, there was no test for the coronavirus that emerged in 2019, as quoted by Steve Benen (3 August 2020), “Trump points to imagined ‘manuals’ to argue against virus tests”, MSNBC 
  • we have done an incredible job, everything is under control [referring to the United states handling of the Covid Pandemic ]
    • interview by w:Jonathan Swan of Axios on w:HBO
  • It would seem like it based on the explosion. I met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel that it was. This was not a — some kind of a manufacturing explosion type of a event. … They seem to think it was a attack. It was a bomb of some kind, yes.
    • When asked why he called an explosion in Beirut an attack and not an accident, as quoted by Darlene Superville/AP (4 August 2020), “[time.com/5875784/trump-explosion-beirut-attack/ Trump Says Massive Explosion in Beirut Likely an ‘Attack’]”, TIME 
  • Q: (Inaudible) if 160,000 people had died on President Obama’s watch, do you think you would have called for his resignation?

Trump: No, I wouldn’t have done that. I think it’s — I think it’s been amazing what we’ve been able to do. If we didn’t close up our country, we would have had one and a half or two million people already dead. We’ve called it right; now we don’t have to close it. We understand the disease. Nobody understood it because nobody has ever seen anything like this. The closest thing is, in 1917, they say — right? The great — the great pandemic certainly was a terrible thing, where they lost, anywhere from 50- to 100 million people. Probably ended the Second World War; all the soldiers were sick. That was a — that was a terrible situation. And this is highly contagious. This one is highly, highly contagious. No, if I would have listened to a lot of people, we would have kept it open. And, by the way, we keep it open now, all the way. We keep it open. But we would have kept it open and you could be up to a million and a half or two million people right now — one and a half to two million people. Our people have done a fantastic job — our consultants and our doctors. You know, and with disagreements and with a lot of things happening.

  • Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing | August 10, 2020, issued on: August 11, 2020, whitehouse.gov
  • Note: In October 2014, Donald Trump tweeted that U.S. President Barack Obama should resign because a doctor who had treated Ebola patients in Guinea returned to the U.S, reported in Did Trump Call for Obama to Resign After Ebola Doctor Returned to U.S.? by David Mikkelson, 15 May 2020, Snopes. And the 1918 flu pandemic lasted from February 1918 to April 1920, years before the World War II which started in 1939.
  • If Biden would win, he’s going to double, triple, everybody’s taxes.
    • Quoted by Daniel Dale, Holmes Lybrand and Tara Subramaniam (4 August 2020), “Fact Check: At briefings, Trump is settling into a routine of false claims and exaggeration”, CNN 
  • Nasty
  • Horrible
  • Person who has told many many stories that weren’t true
  • Extraordinarily nasty
  • Nasty to a level that was just a horrible thing
  • Very very nasty to Joe Biden
  • Probably nastier even than Pocahontas
  • Meanest, most horrible, most disrespectful of anybody in the U.S. Senate.
    • On Kamala Harris, as quoted by Andrew Solender (11 August 2020), “Trump Repeatedly Calls Kamala Harris ‘Nasty’ And ‘Horrible’ In White House Briefing”, Forbes 
  • Europe has experienced a nearly 40% higher excess mortality rate than the United States
    • Claimed about the coronavirus, as quoted by Jessica McDonald (11 August 2020), “Trump Touts Misleading and Flawed Excess Mortality Statistic”, FactCheck.org 
  • If I don’t win the election, China will own the United States — you will have to learn to speak Chinese!
    • Quoted by Justin Paragona (12 August 2020), “Trump: If I Lose to Biden, Get Ready to ‘Have to Learn to Speak Chinese’”, Daily Beast 
  • So showerheads — you take a shower, the water doesn’t come out. You want to wash your hands, the water doesn’t come out. So what do you do? You just stand there longer or you take a shower longer? Because my hair — I don’t know about you, but it has to be perfect. Perfect.
    • Quoted by Debbie White, Jon Rogers, Fionnuala O’Leary (12 August 2020), “US proposes change to shower rules after President’s hair-washing complaint”, The SUN 
  • Leave Democrat cities. Let them rot.
    • Retweeted by Trump, as quoted by James Gordon (16 August 2020), “‘Let them rot!’: Trump retweets supporter’s message calling for Democrat-led cities such as NYC and Chicago to be abandoned – along with a video of protesters threatening drivers in Manhattan”, CNN 
  • New Zealand, by the way, had a big outbreak
    • Said about the Covid-19 virus, which at that time had caused the death of a total of 22 persons in New Zealand. Quoted by Daniel Dale (18 August 2020), “Fact check: Trump says New Zealand has had a ‘big outbreak.’ It reported 5 new cases on Thursday”, CNN 
  • Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES – They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS. Get better tires for far less! (This is what the Radical Left Democrats do. Two can play the same game, and we have to start playing it now!)
    • Quoted by Betsy Klein (19 August 2020), “Trump ‘cancels’ Goodyear tires as he campaigns against ‘cancel culture'”, CNN 
  • I don’t know much about the movement other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate
    • Said about the QAnon group, as quoted by Kevin Liptak (20 August 2020), “Trump embraces QAnon conspiracy because ‘they like me'”, CNN 
  • I see again the forest fires are starting. They’re starting again in California. I said, you gotta clean your floors, you gotta clean your forests — there are many, many years of leaves and broken trees and they’re like, like, so flammable, you touch them and it goes up. Maybe we’re just going to have to make them pay for it because they don’t listen to us.
    • Quoted by Jeremy B. White (19 August 2020), “Trump blames California for wildfires, tells state ‘you gotta clean your floors'”, Politico 
  • I know nothing about the project other than I didn’t like when I read about it, I didn’t like it.
  • I think it’s a very sad thing for Mr. Bannon. I didn’t know any of the other people, either.
    • Trump talked about the private “We build the wall” project, as quoted by Andrew Kaczynski, Em Steck (20 August 2020), “Fact check: Trump knows most people involved in private border wall project, despite claiming not to”, CNN 
  • The only way they’re gonna win is by a rigged election. I really believe that. I saw the crowd outside.
    • Said about Democrats, as quoted by Daniel Dale (20 August 2020), “Fact check: Trump delivers blizzard of false claims in Pennsylvania speech attacking Biden”, CNN 
  • We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement, and we’re going to have, hopefully, US attorneys, and we’re going to have everybody and attorney generals [sic]
    • Trump told about his plan for monitoring and preventing voter fraud, as quoted by Tara Subramariam (21 August 2020), “Fact Check: Can the President send law enforcement officers to polling places?”, CNN 
  • The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives
    • As quoted by Hope Yen, Calvin Woodward (24 August 2020), “AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s baseless claim of ‘deep state’ at FDA”, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
September
  • The entire city is ablaze all the time.
    • Claimed, without evidence, about Portland, as quoted by By Daniel Dale, Tara Subramaniam, Holmes Lybrand (1 September 2020), “Fact check: Trump makes more false claims about Biden and protests”, CNN 
  • CNN reported that I had a heart attack.
    • Claimed, without evidence, as quoted by Brian Stelter (3 September 2020), “Even Fox News is choosing not to cover Trump’s rallies in full, but his falsehoods are still eye-popping”, CNN 
  • Hospitalizations and deaths have declined radically over the past week.
    • Claimed, without evidence, about the Covid-19 pandemic, as quoted by Brian Stelter (3 September 2020), “Even Fox News is choosing not to cover Trump’s rallies in full, but his falsehoods are still eye-popping”, CNN 
  • Did you ever see a man who likes a mask as much as him? He has it hanging down. Because it gives him a feeling of security. If I were a psychiatrist, right, you know I’d say: ‘This guy’s got some big issues. Hanging down. Hanging down’.
    • Said about President candidate Joe Biden wearing a face mask for protection against Covid-19, as quoted in “Donald Trump mocks Joe Biden for manner of wearing mask”, Independent.ie, 4 September 2020 
  • If it has not been counted, vote — which is every citizen’s right to do — you go and vote. You press the lever and vote. So if it hasn’t been counted, if it doesn’t show up, go and vote, and then, if your mail-in ballot arrives after you vote, which it shouldn’t but possibly it could perhaps, that ballot will not be used or counted in that your vote has already been cast and tabulated, so this way you’re guaranteed to have your vote count.
    • Trump suggested voting twice, which is a federal crime, as quoted in Dianne Gallagher, Caroline Kelly, Marshall Cohen, Brian Rokus (4 September 2020), “Ignoring warnings from election officials, Trump again suggests supporters should try to vote twice”, CNN 
  • The top people in the Pentagon… want to do nothing but fight wars so all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy
    • In front of the White House at a US Labor Day news conference on September 7, 2020
  • Under Operation Warp Speed, we’ve pioneered groundbreaking therapies, reducing the fatality rate 85% since April.
  • We’re way ahead on the nuclear front. We’ve upgraded our nuclear.
  • When reports come out that certain countries don’t really like me too much, that’s not because of my personality, although it could be that also, frankly.
    • Quoted in Chris Cillizza (8 September 2020), “The 37 most absurd lines from Donald Trump’s Labor Day ‘news conference'”, CNN 
  • If Bob Woodward thought what I said was bad then he should have immediately, right after I said it, gone out to the authorities so they can prepare,
    • Trump was talking about what he told Bob Woodward regarding downplaying the coronavirus threat, as quoted in Chris Cillizza (10 September 2020), “Someone needs to remind Donald Trump that Bob Woodward isn’t president of the United States”, CNN 
  • I think there’s probably – possibly – drugs involved
    • Claimed, without evidence, about President Candidate Joe Biden, as quoted in Martin Pengelly (10 September 2020), “Trump uses Fox News interview to accuse Biden of taking drugs”, The Guardian 
  • Tell your governor to open up your state
    • On September 14, 2020, in front of hundreds of supporters packed together, according to Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak says Trump took ‘reckless and selfish actions’ by holding indoor rally
  • I don’t think science knows, actually.
  • It’ll start getting cooler. You just watch.
    • Trump described his stance on climate science and global warming, as quoted in Maegan Vazquez (14 September 2020), “Trump baselessly questions climate science during California wildfire briefing”, CNN 
  • Nobody knew the seniors are susceptible
    • Claimed about the coronavirus, as quoted in Daniel Dale (16 September 2020), “Fact check: Trump made at least 22 false or misleading claims at ABC town hall”, CNN 
  • We’re on track to deliver and distribute the vaccine in a very, very safe and effective manner. We think we can start sometime in October. So as soon as it is announced, we’ll be able to start. That’ll be from mid-October on. It may be a little bit later than that, but we’ll be all set.
    • Quoted in Jessica McDonald (16 September 2020), “Trump Again Overstates Speed of COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout”, FactCheck.org 
  • As soon as the FDA approves the vaccine… we’ll be able to distribute 100 million doses by the end of 2020 and a large number much sooner than that
    • Quoted in Reuters staff (16 September 2020), “Trump says U.S. could distribute at least 100 million COVID vaccine doses by end of 2020”, Reuters 
  • You saw what happened in Pennsylvania. Some state Supreme Court justice just ruled that they can take as long as they want to count the ballots. That means I’ll be leading and winning Pennsylvania like we did last time. Yeah, yeah. We’ll be leading, we’ll be winning Pennsylvania. We’re going to win it easy.
    • Quoted in Rem Rieder (16 September 2020), “Trump’s False Statement About Counting Ballots in Pennsylvania”, FactCheck.org 
  • Can you believe it, in one week they nominated me, not for one, but for two Nobel prizes. But you know, you have a president, you love your president, and your president gets honored, because I’m not being honored, you’re being honored with the Nobel Peace Prize, for Israel, what we did with Israel.
    • Quoted in Robert Farley (19 September 2020), “Trump’s Nobel Nonsense”, FactCheck.org 
  • I’m the only man that got nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and I didn’t get any press. They wouldn’t. For two of them. Last week, I’m not bragging about it.
    • Quoted in Robert Farley (21 September 2020), “Trump’s Nobel Nonsense”, FactCheck.org 
  • I said, ‘Shinzo, please do me a favor, we need more car companies. … We want them built here, not in Japan, please.’ He said, ‘But we cannot do that, this is a free enterprise system.’ I said, ‘… Please, I need some car companies.’ … I said, ‘Shinzo, you have to do it.’ Next day, it was the story: ‘Five car companies opened up in Michigan.‘
    • Claimed, without evidence, as quoted in Hope Yen, Calvin Woodward, Tom Krisher (21 September 2020), “AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s made-up car plants, court revisionism”, AP 
  • I saved it. I put our miners back to work.
    • Claimed, without evidence, about the US coal mining industry, as quoted in Daniel Dale (21 September 2020), “Fact check: Trump makes false claims about his record on manufacturing and coal jobs”, CNN 
  • Now we know it. It [the coronavirus] affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems. That’s what it really affects. That’s it. You know, In some states, thousands of people—nobody young. Below the age of 18, like, nobody. They have a strong immune system, who knows? You look…Take your hat off to the young, because they have a hell of an immune system. But it affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing.
    • Quoted in Kashmira Gander (22 September 2020), “Trump Says Coronavirus ‘Affects Virtually Nobody,’ As U.S. Has World’s Highest Death Toll”, Newsweek 
  • The stated goal of BLM people is to achieve the destruction of the nuclear family, abolish the police, abolish prisons, abolish border security, abolish capitalism and abolish school choice.
    • Claimed, without evidence, about the Black Lives Matter movement, as quoted in Graeme Massie (25 September 2020), “Donald Trump launches blistering attack on the Black Lives Matter movement”, Independent.co.uk 
  • Totally fake news
    • responding to the NYT report on the alleged tax avoidance by Donald Trump
  • We’re leading in Pennsylvania. We’re leading in Florida. I think we’re leading everywhere.
    • Claimed, without evidence, as quoted in Lori Robertson, Robert Farley, Rem Rieder, Eugene Kiely, Jessica McDonald, D’Angelo Gore (28 September 2020), “FactChecking Trump’s Weekend Claims”, FactCheck.org 
  • Drug prices will be coming down 80 or 90 percent.
  • It’s a rigged election.
    • Claimed, without evidence, as quoted in AP staff (30 September 2020), “Fact check: False claims flood Trump-Biden debate”, MPR news 
  • I read today where at least 1% of the ballots for 2016 were invalidated. They take ’em. ‘We don’t like ’em. We don’t like ’em.’ They throw them out, left and right
  • Take a look at West Virginia, mailmen selling the ballots. They’re being sold.
  • Number two, they cheat. They cheat. Hey, they found ballots in a wastepaper basket three days ago, and they all had the name military ballots — there were military — they all had the name Trump on ’em.
    • Quoted in Daniel Dale, Marshall Cohen (30 September 2020), “Fact check: Almost every single one of Trump’s debate claims about mail-in voting was wrong”, CNN 
October
  • Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
    • through twitter on October 1, 2020
  • OUR GREAT USA WANTS & NEEDS STIMULUS. WORK TOGETHER AND GET IT DONE. Thank you!
    • via tweet on October 3, 2020
  • If you look at the therapeutics, which I’m taking right now, some of them, and others are coming out soon that are looking like, frankly, they’re miracles, if you want to know the truth, they’re miracles. People criticize me when I say that, but we have things happening that look like they’re miracles, coming down from God.
    • Quoted by Jessica McDonald, Eugene Kiely, Lori Robertson (3 October 2020), “Trump’s COVID-19 Misinformation Since Testing Positive”, FactCheck.org 
  • I learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school, this isn’t the let’s-read-a-book school. And I get it and I understand it and it’s a very interesting thing and I’m gonna be letting you know about it.
    • Said while being treated in hospital for Covid-19, as quoted by  
  • I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!
    • Via twitter posted 11:37 AM · Oct 5, 2020
  • Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!
    • Claimed in a tweet that was later labeled as misleading and in a Facebook posting that was later deleted by Facebook, as quoted by Jessica Bursztynsky (6 October 2020), “Facebook, Twitter block Trump post that falsely claims coronavirus is less deadly than flu”, CNBC 
  • REPEAL SECTION 230!!!
    • Tweeted about Section 230 of the the United States Communications Decency Act, which allows online platforms to moderate and remove harmful content without being penalized. Quoted by Jessica Bursztynsky (6 October 2020), “Facebook, Twitter block Trump post that falsely claims coronavirus is less deadly than flu”, CNBC 
  • I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business.
    • According to Trump says he will not negotiate on COVID relief until after election
  • I think this was a blessing from God that I caught it. It was a blessing in disguise.
    • Quoted by Kevin Liptak (8 October 2020), “Trump returns to Oval Office and says coronavirus diagnosis was ‘blessing from God'”, CNN 
  • I don’t think I’m contagious at all.
    • Quoted by Will Feuer (8 October 2020), “President Trump says he’s not ‘contagious at all’ days after leaving hospital with coronavirus”, CNBC 
  • I’m not going to do a virtual debate. I’m not going to waste my time at a virtual debate.
    • Trump commented on the initiative of having the presidential candidates participating from remote locations for the second presidential debate, in view of his Covid-19 infection, as quoted by Brooke Singman (8 October 2020), “Trump says he will ‘not waste my time’ with a ‘virtual debate’ after CPD announces changes”, Fox News 
  • Monster
  • Communist
  • Horrible
  • Totally unlikeable
    • Trump was referring to Vice President candidate Kamala Harris, as quoted by Elizabeth Thomas (8 October 2020), “Trump insults Harris as ‘a monster’ morning after vice presidential debate”, ABC News 
  • We want to do a rally in Florida, probably in Florida on Saturday night, might come back and do one in Pennsylvania on the following night. I feel so good!
  • Well, what we’re doing is probably, the test will be tomorrow, and the actual test, because there’s no reason to test all the time, but they found very little infection or virus, if any. I don’t know if they found any, I didn’t go into it greatly with the doctors.
    • Quoted by Justin Baragona (8 October 2020), “Coughing Through Hannity Interview, Trump Says He Wants to Do Saturday Rally”, Daily Beast 
  • Nobody ever even heard of tariffs. They never even heard of tariffs. Nobody. In fact, when I first started doing it, they didn’t even know what it meant.
    • Claimed, without evidence, about tariffs on imports from China, as quoted by Daniel Dale (11 October 2020), “Fact check: Trump makes at least 14 false claims in first post-hospital interview on Fox Business”, CNN 
  • I’ll walk into that audience. I’ll walk in there, I’ll kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful women and the — everybody. I’ll just give everybody a big, fat kiss.
    • Quoted by Stephen Collinson (12 October 2020), “Trump mocks virus as he launches potential superspreader sprint to win reelection”, CNN 

Disputed

  • These people should be executed. They are scumbags.
    • About whistleblowers and journalists. Attributed by John Bolton in The Room Where It Happened, Simon & Schuster, 2020, p. 290 . ISBN 978-1-9821-4805-8. 
  • Do you still like having sex with your wife? How often? You must have had a better fuck than your wife? Tell me about it. I have girls coming in from Los Angeles at three o’clock. We can go upstairs and have a great time. I promise.
    • Reported by Michael Wolff in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (5 January 2018)
  • I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.
    • Reported as being the words of President Trump recorded in a memo that James Comey, FBI Director at the time, wrote shortly after a meeting held in the Oval Office on 14 February 2017, referring to the federal investigation into links to the Russian government of national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, who had resigned the day before. In a statement, the White House has denied the version of events in the memo. — New York Times (16 May 2017)
    • Comey confirmed under oath his account of Trump’s words while appearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee (8 June 2017)
    • When asked about Comey’s testimony during a press conference on 9 June 2017, Trump said, “I didn’t say that. I will tell you I didn’t say that. And there’d be nothing wrong if I did say it according to everybody that I’ve read today, but I did not say that.”
  • Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?
    • Reportedly said in a meeting with lawmakers on immigration, as quoted in “Trump criticized immigration from ‘s—hole’ countries: report” (11 January 2018), by Avery Anapol, The Hill. Variant: “Why do we want all these people from shithole countries coming here?” As quoted in Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment is his new rock bottom, CNN, 12 January 2018. Trump denied making this comment.
      • “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used.” Tweet by @realDonaldTrump (12 January 2018)
  • Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They’re shithole countries … We should have more people from Norway.
    • 12 January 2018, per Reuters’ source
  • Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.
    • Reportedly said in a meeting with lawmakers on immigration, as quoted in “‘Sh*thole countries’ respond to Trump’s rhetoric”, CBS News. Trump denied making this comment.
    • “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!” Tweet by @realDonaldTrump (12 January 2018)
  • [B]lack people are too stupid to vote for me.
    • As quoted in “Michael Cohen Says Trump Repeatedly Used Racist Language in Private” (2 November 2018), by Emily Jane Fox, Vanity Fair. In a post-2018 midterm press conference, Trump denied making the comment and dismissed Cohen’s claims: “That’s false” — as quoted in “President Trump says he has ‘never used racist remarks'” (7 November 2018), by Hunter Walker, Yahoo News.
  • Name one country run by a black person that’s not a shithole… Name one city.
    • As quoted in “Michael Cohen Says Trump Repeatedly Used Racist Language in Private” (2 November 2018), by Emily Jane Fox, Vanity Fair. “White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied those comments at the time.”

Misattributed

  • I have a really high IQ, Phil. I mean, c’mon. It’s impossible for me to not be atheist.
    • Attributed by photo meme to an appearance on The Phil Donahue Show in 1989. According to Snopes.com, there is no evidence he ever said this, nor that he even appeared on The Phil Donahue Show in 1989.
  • If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.
    • There is no record of Trump ever saying this; sometimes “People magazine, 1998″ is incorrectly given as the “source” of this quotation — snopes.com; truthorfiction.com
  • The harder I work, the luckier I get.
    • Originated with Samuel Goldwyn as a paraphrase of a proverb from a collection by Coleman Cox, but similar proverbs have existed since the 16th century. [28]
  • Life is what you do while you’re waiting to die.
    • Fred Ebb, Zorba (1968)
  • People are dying today that have never died before.
    • According to Snopes.com, there is no record of Trump saying this.

Quotes about Trump

Alphabetized by surname. A · B · C · D · E · F · G · H · I · J · K · L · M · N · O · P · Q · R · S · T · U · V · W · X · Y · Z · See also · External linksDonald Trump’s voice is resonating with average Americans who feel their voice has been lost by their party. I believe this will become a new Republican Party, one that we should embrace. We should be the party of working men and women, the party of America first. ~Lou BarlettaDonald Trump, I really trulybelieveis a verydangerousman. If you listen to the things he said… He has joked about killing reporters. ~Glenn Beck

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I don’t know him, when I sit with him face-to-face, I can judge him. But I only look at the person on the TV. ~Bashar al-Assad

  • The meta-impact of President Trump routinely doing the “impossible” is that it changes how all of us view our world. If Trump can keep doing the impossible, time and time again, why can’t we? […] [D]on’t be surprised if 2018 is the year when people all over the world shed their mental prisons and take on the “impossibles” in ways we have never seen. Thanks to President Trump, people everywhere are beginning to recognize the difference between real impossibilities and simple failures of imagination.
    • Scott Adams, “How President Trump Changed Your Imagination” (2 January 2018)
  • Trump gives about four months for Syria troop pull-out: NYT
    • Aljazeera, 1 January 2019 in response to 31 December 2019 article by Eric Schmitt and Maggie Haberman of New York Times titled “Trump to Allow Months for Troop Withdrawal in Syria, Officials Say” that says “Trump has agreed to give the military about four months to withdraw the 2,000 United States troops in Syria, administration officials said on Monday”
  • I think it’s funny because Donald Trump is kind of in the spirit of old Greek tyrants where they used to vote in a guy that had no encumbrances. So the smartest thing about him, which is probably most overlooked, to me, is that he doesn’t owe anybody anything and if he would just stick to fixing the bridges, roads and infrastructures that’s what he knows how to do…just keep him doing that.
    • Tim Allen, as quoted in “Tim Allen says he leans left, leans right, and ends up ‘center right'” by Blanche Johnson, FoxNews.com (13 January 2016)
  • People’s memories are so short and America’s propaganda is so powerful that most, even the greatest losers of this appropriation, have forgotten that a profound change occurred, which we now take for granted. We have been conditioned to react skeptically, even hostilely, to criticism of our current corporate values, values which form the foundation of everyday life today. What’s more appalling is that huge numbers of those left behind in the wealth transfer genuflected to the new plutocratic class, celebrating the most vicious of the uber-CEOs. This craven CEO-worshipping is still going on today- middle Americans drag themselves home after work in order to gather around the television and watch billionaire assholes like Donald Trump deliver his “You’re fired!” line to some desperate, stressed-out Smithers-abee.
    • Mark Ames, Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion: From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond (2005), p. 87-88
  • Petty malice is now the major premise of American life. This meanness has become so common that it even dominates our leisure time, with Americans worshipping mega-millionaire assholes like Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump. It’s an utterly masochistic addiction- and no wonder, since Middle America has taken so much shit over the past 30 years, we’ve grown not only used to the meanness, but we can even get a rush off it. America is now Zed Nation: addicted to the pain that our masters so lovingly deliver to us, rewarding them not only with greater incomes, but with our admiration, our leisure time, and our souls.
    • Mark Ames, Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion: From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond (2005), p. 205
  • We support Trump because he is the savior of the White race, sent by God to free us from the shackles of the Jew occupation and establish a 1000 Reich.
    • Andrew Anglin, as quoted in “Trump’s Neo-Nazi And Jewish Backers Are Both Convinced He’s Secretly On Their Side” (26 May 2016), by Jessica Schulberg, The Huffington Post
  • Yes, Trump is worse than imperfect. So what? We can lament until we choke the lack of a great statesman to address the fundamental issues of our time—or, more importantly, to connect them. Since Pat Buchanan’s three failures, occasionally a candidate arose who saw one piece: Dick Gephardt on trade, Ron Paul on war, Tom Tancredo on immigration. Yet, among recent political figures—great statesmen, dangerous demagogues, and mewling gnats alike—only Trump-the-alleged-buffoon not merely saw all three and their essential connectivity, but was able to win on them. The alleged buffoon is thus more prudent—more practically wise—than all of our wise-and-good who so bitterly oppose him. This should embarrass them. That their failures instead embolden them is only further proof of their foolishness and hubris.
    • Michael Anton (as “Publius Decius Mus”), “The Flight 93 Election”, The Claremont Institute (September 5, 2016)
  • Trump is not the only president in the modern era to have switched sides. Ronald Reagan famously changed from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party, but the change was driven by principle, and the change stuck. He didn’t sway back and forth, again and again. It would be tough for anyone to claim Donald Trump flipped parties on “principle” like Reagan. Some have sought to dig into Trump’s ideological evolution, figuring out what changed or who inspired him to become a Republican. I’ll spare them the needless waste of effort. Donald Trump became a conservative when it became politically convenient for him. I have no doubt he would have become the raucous rising star of the Democratic Party, too, if that looked like a shorter path to the Oval Office. Either way, he did with his belief system what he did with any Trump product. He outsourced it for low-cost manufacturing to someone else, then slapped his name on it. A handful of hired minions gave him the bare-bones requirements of a “conservative” platform. And he covered it with gaudy gold plating to make it his own.
    • Anonymous, A Warning (2019), p. 97
  • Donald Trump has America back on the road to bankruptcy, an area where he has unparalleled expertise for a president of the United States. The small band of fiscal conservatives who remain in the Trump administration warned the president about the eventual dangers of his out-of-control spending addiction. In one such meeting, Trump reportedly said, “Yeah, but I won’t be here.” I never heard him say those words, but it doesn’t come as a surprise. That’s how he thinks. What does he care if the federal government goes belly-up? By then it won’t be his problem.
    • Anonymous, A Warning (2019), p. 101
  • The president’s denial-turned-apathy to Moscow’s actions is why America responded with the diplomatic equivalent of a whimper to one of the biggest foreign affronts to our democracy. Of all the failures of Trump’s foreign policy, letting Russia off the hook is perhaps the most frustrating. The outgoing Obama administration imposed modest sanctions on Moscow, including expelling several dozen alleged Russian agents from the United States, but it left the rest to the incoming White House. Trump was reluctant to take further action that might offend Putin, with whom he hoped to develop a close working relationship. He hesitated to even raise the subject in conversations with the Russian leader, dumbfounding people on the inside. I remember when Congress sanctioned Russia in summer 2017. Representatives vented their anger over how little the administration had done to hold Russia accountable, so they took matters into their own hands and passed legislation punishing the country. Though he would later take credit for the sanctions in order to claim our administration had been unusually tough on Moscow, Trump in fact was furious. He felt Congress was getting in the way of his goal of a warm friendship with the Kremlin. Russia responded to the sanctions by kicking out hundreds of US embassy staff from their country and seizing US diplomatic compounds. President Trump’s response was startling. “I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down on payroll,” Trump told reporters about Putin’s move, without a hint of irony. “And as far as I’m concerned, I’m very thankful that he let go a large number of people, because now we have a smaller payroll. There’s no real reason for them to go back. So I greatly appreciate the fact that we’ve been able to cut our payroll of the United States. We’ll save a lot of money.”
    • Anonymous, A Warning (2019), p. 164-165
  • Trump’s cavalier attitude toward the Russian security threat has had a predictable yet devastating consequence. Moscow has not been deterred from attacking American interests. It has been emboldened. They continue to take advantage of the United States, around the world and on our own soil. Former director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified in January 2019 that Russia was still sowing social, racial, and political discord in the United States through influence operations, and several months later, Robert Mueller said the same. “It wasn’t a single attempt,” he testified to Congress. “They’re doing it as we sit here. And they expect to do it during the next campaign.” This should be a national scandal, a cause for outrage and action against the Russian government. Instead, it’s being ignored where it should matter most- in the Oval Office. Reporters asked Trump about Mueller’s assessment days later and quizzed him again on whether he’d pressed Putin on the topic. “You don’t really believe this,” he shot back. “Do you believe this? Okay, fine. We didn’t talk about it.” Then he boarded Marine One.
    • Anonymous, A Warning (2019), p. 167
  • As we tried to make sense of Donald Trump’s positions or when one of us tried to argue against them, we first had to ask: Why is the president so attracted to autocrats? After a contentious meeting about the president’s engagement with a foreign dictator, a top national security aide offered me his take. “The president sees in these guys what he wishes he had: total power, no term limits, enforced popularity, and the ability to silence critics for good.” He was spot on. It was the simplest explanation.
    • Anonymous, A Warning (2019), p. 171
  • Mr. Trump is a wild card, but he is likely to sign pro-life measures, and he is seeking advice now from the right people to appoint a plausible successor to Justice Scalia. In this Guide for the Perplexed, we may find reason to bite our lips and take the Wild Card over the brutal Sure Thing on the other side.
    • Hadley Arkes, “A Guide for the Perplexed”, The Catholic Thing (4 May 2016)
  • I don’t know him, when I sit with him face-to-face, I can judge him. But I only look at the person on the TV, you know, on the TV you can manipulate everything, you can…rehearse, you can prepare yourself…
    • Bashar al-Assad, Interview with Bill Neely (July 2016) on “NBC: Exclusive Interview with Bashar al-Assad”
  • My analysis is that Trump would not be permitted to win. Why do I say that? Because he has had every establishment off his side. Trump does not have one establishment, maybe with the exception of the Evangelicals, if you can call them an establishment. Banks, intelligence, arms companies, foreign money, etc. are all united behind Hillary Clinton. And the media as well. Media owners, and the journalists themselves.
    • Julian Assange, interview with John Pilger; “Assange: Clinton & ISIS funded by same money, Trump won’t be allowed to win”, RT.com (4 November 2016)
  • There is no greater sacrifice than to lay down one’s life for their country, and that’s the sacrifice that Captain Humayum Khan made fighting to defend our freedom and our constitutional rights. He was a true American hero. The Khan family deserves nothing less than our deepest support, respect, and gratitude, and they have every right to express themselves in any way they choose. I am appalled that Donald Trump would disparage them and that he had the gall to compare his own sacrifices to those of a Gold Star family.
    • Kelly Ayotte, statement regarding Donald Trump’s comments about Khizr and Ghazala Khan [29] (July 31, 2016)

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  • Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump’s birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan.
    • Scott Balber, Donald Trump’s lawyer, to comedian Bill Maher (2013), in response to Maher’s facetious assertion that he’d pay Trump $5 million dollars upon release of Trump’s birth certificate to prove he was not sired by an orangutan. [30] [31]
  • Come on. You know it’s only socialism when it helps the working class. Farm bailout will primarily help big Ag. (referring to Los Angeles Times article: Rich farmers, not mom-and-pop farms, will collect most of Trump’s tariff bailout (31 May 2019)
  • Interesting nugget here as well. @tparsi had been informed by a Hill staffer in touch with the Pentagon that military strikes were imminent. Apparently everyone thought these strikes were really happening right up until the last moment. @esaagar … @tparsi also warns that any military strike could easily lead to full blown conflict. “The Idea that there’s such a thing as a limited strike on Iran is frankly preposterous.” … Interview with Head of the National Iranian American Council @tparsi . He told us it would be “political suicide” for any Iranian politician to meet with Trump as long as Bolton/Pompeo are around. @esaagar … #rising #sanctions #Iran #iranwar
  • Wait… you only thought to ask about how many people would die 10 minutes before the strike??? That’s a rather important piece of info to nearly overlook.
  • Viewed through any conventional lens, President-elect Donald Trump’s candidacy was improbable from start to finish. Today, two things about his victory seem to be in sharper focus: one, that Trump’s victory might best be understood as the success of the country’s first independent president, and second, that the Trump coalition may be even more uniquely his than President Obama’s has turned out to be.
    • Dan Balz, Donald Trump, America’s first independent president (November 19, 2016)
  • Trump owes his success in part to the fact that he ran for president in an environment that favored change over the status quo. But his luck or genius goes beyond that. It has long been noted that the conditions have existed for an independent candidate to run a serious campaign for president.
    • Dan Balz, Donald Trump, America’s first independent president (November 19, 2016)
  • Trump took the elements of an independent candidacy — the lack of clear ideology, the name recognition of a national celebrity and the personal fortune needed to fund a presidential campaign — and then did what no one seemed to have thought of before. He staged a hostile takeover of an existing major party. He had the best of both worlds, an outsider candidacy with crosscutting ideological appeal and the platform of a major party to wage the general election. By the time he had finished, he had taken down two political dynasties: the Bush dynasty in the primaries and the Clinton dynasty in the general election.
    • Dan Balz, Donald Trump, America’s first independent president (November 19, 2016)
  • Donald Trump’s voice is resonating with average Americans who feel their voice has been lost by their party. I believe this will become a new Republican Party, one that we should embrace. We should be the party of working men and women, the party of America first.
    • Lou Barletta, as quoted in “Lou Barletta, an immigration hard-liner in Congress, endorses Trump” by Robert Costa, The Washington Post (22 March 2016)
  • Mr Khan, shame on you & #CrookedHillary (Hillary Clinton) for not being truthful to all in attacks at @realDonaldTrump (Donald Trump).
    • Al Baldasaro, Twitter, August 1, 2016
  • As Democrats jeer that Trump has merely laid bare the true soul of the GOP, some Republicans wonder, with considerable anguish, whether they’re right.
    • Molly Ball, Can the Republican Party Survive Trump?, The Atlantic (August 24, 2015)
  • It should not have taken a pandemic to raise these resources. In June 2019, we presented a Poor People’s Moral Budget to the House Budget Committee, showing that we can meet these needs for this entire country. If you had taken up this Moral Budget, we would have already moved towards infusing more than $1.2 trillion into the economy to invest in health care, good jobs, living wages, housing, water and sanitation services and more.
    This is not the time for trickle-down solutions. We know that when you lift from the bottom, everybody rises. There are concrete solutions to this immediate crisis and the longer term illnesses we have been battling for months, years and decades before. We will continue to organize and build power until you meet these demands. Many millions of us have been hurting for far too long. We will not be silent anymore.
  • With its broad sweep, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us into an unprecedented national emergency. This emergency, however, results from a deeper and much longer term crisis — that of poverty and inequality, and of a society that ignores the needs of 140 million people who are poor or a $400 emergency away from being poor.

Trump and Pence need to let the people go. They’ve been holding poor and low-wealth people hostage, essential workers hostage. It’s time for a change in this country. ~Rev. William Barber II

  • On the issue of the economy, I think there couldn’t be a more fundamental difference between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Joe Biden believes you measure the health and the strength of America’s economy based on the health and the strength of the American worker and the American family. On the other hand, you have Donald Trump, who measures the strength of the economy based on how rich people are doing, which is why he passed a tax bill benefiting the top 1% and the biggest corporations of America, leading to a $2 trillion deficit that the American people are going to have to pay for
    • Rev William Barber II, quoted in Rev. William Barber: Millions Are Struggling. So Why Do the Debates Ignore Poverty?, DemocracyNow, (8 October 2020)
  • Not only will Pence and Trump not acknowledge racism when it comes to police violence, they are not even acknowledging the disparate racism in economics and in healthcare, and… wanting to only secure the wealthy and the greedy…
    The Trump-Pence plan is talking about giving more money to the wealthy. In fact, the Trump-Pence-McConnell plan, they refuse to pass a stimulus because they want another $200 billion in tax cuts, they want money for a fighter jet, and they want to protect corporations from liability when those corporations didn’t protect their people from coronavirus.
    • [[Rev William Barber II], quoted in Rev. William Barber: Millions Are Struggling. So Why Do the Debates Ignore Poverty?, DemocracyNow, (8 October 2020)
  • What I saw in North Carolina, what we defeated in North Carolina, what we filed suit against in North Carolina, is now what Trump and Pence are talking about doing on the national level: surgical racism with surgical precision… Pence and Trump don’t believe in the Voting Rights Act… They know they cannot win if everybody votes. They are terribly afraid of poor and low-wealth Black and Brown people voting.
    • Rev. William Barber II in Rev. William Barber on Voter Suppression: Republicans Know They Can’t Win If Everyone Casts a Ballot’, Democracy Now!, (8 October 2020)
  • And then stop saying Trump won the last time. He was elected by the Electoral College because of 80,000 votes. We have to end this mythology that he had some kind of superpower. The fact of the matter is, 100 million people did not vote. .. I couldn’t help but go to the Book of Exodus, where it talked about where God said, “If you don’t let my people go, I’m going to cause flies to come as a sign of what’s wrong. But I won’t let the flies be on the people, but the fly will be a symbol that you’re just wrong. You’re lying. Let my people go.” And Trump and Pence need to let the people go. They’ve been holding poor and low-wealth people hostage, essential workers hostage. It’s time for a change in this country.
    • Rev. William Barber II in Rev. William Barber on Voter Suppression: Republicans Know They Can’t Win If Everyone Casts a Ballot’, Democracy Now!, (8 October 2020)
  • You can’t trust him.
  • He has no principles. None. None.
  • His goddamned tweet and the lying, oh, my God.
  • The change of stories. The lack of preparation. The lying. Holy shit.
    • Maryanne Trump Barry, sister of Donald Trump, as quoted in Trump’s Sister Says He Is a Liar With “No Principles” in Secret Recordings: “You Can’t Trust Him” by Daniel Politi, Slate (22 August 2020)
  • Iran’s actions can hardly be said to have occurred in a vacuum… it has been the recent policy of “maximum pressure” on Tehran under the incoherent foreign policy of the Trump administration that has exacerbated the current tensions… the Trump administration has withdrawn unilaterally from the internationally agreed – and successful – Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) of 2015… It is not hard, then, to see how these moves might be viewed in Tehran: as part of an escalating offensive from multiple sources threatening its own home front in a campaign of economic warfare designed to weaken the regime….The depth of the US stake in this increasingly dangerous game is far harder to judge, given the usual confusion of Trump’s flip-flopping and the machinations of Bolton… All of which leaves us to contemplate the most frightening element of all in a complex crisis: that the current occupant of the White House lacks any of the skills required to successfully defuse it.
    • Peter Beaumont in Trump’s fanned the flames in Iran, now the fire risks getting out of control, The Guardian, (14 June 2019)
  • When conservatives desperately needed allies in the fight against big government, Donald Trump didn’t stand on the sidelines. He consistently advocated that your money be spent, that your government grow, and that your Constitution be ignored… Trump’s potential primary victory would provide Hillary Clinton with the easiest imaginable path to the White House. But it’s far worse than that. If Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination, there will once again be no opposition to an ever-expanding government. This is a crisis for conservatism. And, once again, this crisis will not go to waste.
    • Glenn Beck, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review
  • Donald Trump, I really truly believe is a very dangerous man. If you listen to the things he said this weekend… ‘I could go onto Fifth Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn’t lose a vote’. He has joked about killing reporters — and ‘not’ killing reporters like Putin does… We don’t change with the mood of the country. That is the problem with our country right now. The Constitution is to anchor us in principles that help temper the mood of the country… The mood of the country is very angry, but you never make a good decision when you are angry… The worst thing we can do is to now start looking at, who is going to get revenge? One of the things that Donald Trump does, when you have a guy who is angry and then has an enemies list and starts to just take people down over and over and over again — if you disagree with him, he destroys you. If that is the mood of the country, we are in more trouble than I thought.
    • Glenn Beck, interview on New Day (January 2016), CNN, Georgia: Cable News Network
  • “The words from his mouths begin in foolishness, and his talk ends in wicked madness, yet Trump talks on and on.”
    • Shlomo Ben-David on Ro’im Olam, May 12, 2018.
  • He does not seem to be able to differentiate between fact and fiction.
    • Ben Berzin jr., Midatlantic Bank, quoted by Steven Malanga in Donald Trump: The Art of the Tease (06 April 2011), Manhattan Institute
  • The evidence shows: Donald Trump cannot retain an ally, keep a promise, uphold a principle, maintain a story, change a mind or show a heart.
    • Preet Bharara on Twitter (8 October 2017)
  • Trump… though representing the most reactionary US government in recent memory, paradoxically has also led to an opening to challenge US power. The first reason is that he and his administration are much less disciplined about obscuring their true intentions behind insincere proclamations of benevolent motives. Whereas the George W. Bush administration in the run up to the Iraq War successfully manufactured consent amongst a large swath of the US public by scaring them over false claims about “weapons of mass destruction,” the Trump administration doesn’t even hide the fact that its foreign policy is motivated by advancing the US economic interests.
    • CounterPunch, The Failed Venezuelan Coup and the Decline of US Hegemony, Peter Bolton, (27 June 2019)
  • In an age of pussified political correctness, you have to respect the people who remain unfiltered.
    • Dan Bilzerian, as quoted in “‘King of Instagram’ praises ‘unfiltered’ Trump” by Jesse Byrnes, The Hill (16 December 2015)
  • Donald found out about [Cohn’s HIV diagnosis] and just dropped him like a hot potato. It was like night and day.
    • Susan Bell, longtime secretary of Trump’s lawyer Roy Cohn, as quoted in Donald Trump turned his back on his closest friend when he heard he had AIDS, at The Week, published April 8, 2016
  • Donald Trump was a joke until nominated, unelectable until elected, incompetent until he succeeded on most fronts, and about to be impeached until he debunked the collusion nonsense; he has had a very successful year. His enemies have been weighed in the balance and they have been found wanting. They shall have their reward.
    • Conrad Black, “Trump’s Whirlwind Year”, National Review (December 19, 2017)
  • …it is merely Marxist drivel to think that employers have more power than employees (tell that to Michael Jordan and Jerry Reinsdorf) or landlords than tenants (tell that to the landlord of Bill Gates or Donald Trump).
    • Walter E. Block, The Case for Discrimination (2010, Ludwig von Mises Institute) p. 404
  • Americans think it would be better to have a businessman than a politician as president, and I sympathize with them. Alas, the only businessmen crazy enough to run for president seem to be, well, crazy. At least Ross Perot kept his craziness confined mostly to private matters, such as the looming disruption of his daughter’s wedding. Donald Trump puts it front and center. From a libertarian point of view, and I think serious conservatives and liberals would share this view, Trump’s greatest offenses against American tradition and our founding principles are his nativism and his promise of one-man rule. Not since George Wallace has there been a presidential candidate who made racial and religious scapegoating so central to his campaign. Trump launched his campaign talking about Mexican rapists and has gone on to rant about mass deportation, bans on Muslim immigration, shutting down mosques, and building a wall around America. America is an exceptional nation in large part because we’ve aspired to rise above such prejudices and guarantee life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to everyone.
    • David Boaz, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review
  • Where Washington and New York-based GOP leaders pledge outreach to immigrants, moderate Muslims and other minorities, the reality TV star plays more overt racial politics than any national candidate since George Wallace. Trump’s brand of nativist, nationalist isolationism marked the path to victory.
    • Igor Bobic and Ryan Grim, “What Donald Trump’s Win In South Carolina Says About The Republican Party” (20 February 2016), The Huffington Post.
  • Trump spoke with Xi Jinping by phone on June 18, ahead of 2019’s Osaka G20 summit, when they would next meet. Trump began by telling Xi he missed him and then said that the most popular thing he had ever been involved with was making a trade deal with China, which would be a big plus politically. They agreed their economic teams could continue meeting. The G20 bilateral arrived, and during the usual media mayhem at the start, Trump said, “we’ve become friends. My trip to Beijing with my family was one of the most incredible of my life.” With the press gone, Xi said this is the most important bilateral relationship in the world. He said that some (unnamed) political figures in the United States were making erroneous judgments by calling for a new cold war, this time between China and the United States. Whether Xi meant to finger the Democrats, or some of us sitting on the US side of the table, I don’t know, but Trump immediately assumed Xi meant the Democrats. Trump said approvingly that there was great hostility among the Democrats. He then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming US presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win. He stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome. I would print Trump’s exact words, but the government’s prepublication review process has decided otherwise.
  • Trump is a fascist. And that’s not a term I use loosely or often. But he’s earned it.
  • Republican Party is dead. … It has been killed by Donald Trump.
  • Trump is an ignorant demagogue who traffics in racist and misogynistic slurs and crazy conspiracy theories. He champions protectionism and isolationism — the policies that brought us the Great Depression and World War II. He wants to undertake a police-state roundup of undocumented immigrants and to bar Muslims from coming to this country. He encourages his followers to assault protesters and threatens to sue or smear critics. He would abandon Japan and South Korea and break up the most successful alliance in history — NATO. But he has kind words for tyrants such as Vladimir Putin. There has never been a major party nominee in U.S. history as unqualified for the presidency. The risk of Trump winning, however remote, represents the biggest national security threat that the United States faces today.
  • I only know one thing for sure: I won’t vote for Trump. My hope is that he will lose by a landslide, and the Republican Party will come to its senses, rejecting both his ugly, nativist populism and the extreme, holier-than-thou conservatism represented by Ted Cruz.
    • Max Boot The Republican Party is dead. Los Angeles Times (May 8, 2016).
  • If an unapologetic ignoramus wins the presidency, the consequences will be no laughing matter.
  • Donald J. Trump, a presidential candidate who truly is the know-nothing his Republican predecessors only pretended to be … It is genuinely terrifying that someone who advances such offensive and ridiculous proposals could win the nomination of a party once led by Teddy Roosevelt, who wrote more books than Mr. Trump has probably read. It’s one thing to appeal to voters by pretending to be an average guy. It’s another to be an average guy who doesn’t know the first thing about governing or public policy. The Trump acolytes claim it doesn’t matter; he can hire experts to advise him. But experts always disagree with one another and it is the president alone who must make the most difficult decisions in the world. That’s not something he can do since he lacks the most basic grounding in the issues and is prey to fundamental misconceptions.
    • Max Boot How the ‘Stupid Party’ Created Trump. The New York Times (August 2, 2016).
  • As media scramble to figure out Trump’s evolving position on immigration, remember he cares *only* about feeding his ego. Policy irrelevant.
    • Max Boot, Twitter, August 20, 2016
  • The GOP base is clearly disgusted and looking for new leadership. Enter Donald Trump, not just with policy prescriptions that challenge the cynical GOP leadership but with an attitude of disdain for that leadership—precisely in line with the sentiment of the base. Many conservatives are relishing this, but ah, the rub. Trump might be the greatest charlatan of them all.
    • L. Brent Bozell III, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review
  • It was spring, four years ago. Donald and Ivana Trump were seated at opposite ends of their long Sheraton table in Mrs. Marjorie Merriweather Post’s former dining room. They were posed in imperial style, as if they were a king and queen. They were at the height of their ride, and it was plenty glorious. Trump was seen on the news shows offering his services to negotiate with the Russians. There was talk that he might make a run for president. Ivana had had so much publicity that she now offered interviewers a press kit of flattering clips. Anything seemed possible, the Trumps had grown to such stature in the golden city of New York.
    • Marie Brenner, “After the Gold Rush” (1 September, 1990), Vanity Fair
  • The religious Right is the latest version of an old model of American politics, variously incarnated by Puritans, abolitionists, and William Jennings Bryan. It, like its predecessors, has argued that America and individual Americans need to have a godly or at least moral character to thrive. Now the religious Right adores a thrice-married cad and casual liar. But it is not alone. Historians and psychologists of the martial virtues salute the bone-spurred draft-dodger whose Khe Sanh was not catching the clap. Cultural critics who deplored academic fads and slipshod aesthetics explicate a man who has never read a book, not even the ones he has signed. Followers of Harry Jaffa, the most important Lincoln scholar of the last 60 years, rally round a Republican who does not know why the Civil War happened. Straussians, after leaving the cave, find themselves in Mar-a-Lago. Econocons put their money on a serial bankrupt.
    • Richard Brookhiser, “WFB Today” (16 February 2018), National Review
  • Donald Trump betrays. It can start with Trump University, where Trump betrayed schoolteachers and others who dreamed of building a better life for themselves.
    • David Brooks, “Donald Trump, the Great Betrayer” (4 March 2016), The New York Times
  • Donald Trump just has more courage. Whatever you might think of him, and I don’t think much of him, but he has more courage than his opponents… He’s a marketing genius who offers no substance. And people either got pushed into subprime loans by Trump Mortgage, or they got suckered into racking up huge credit card debt to buy courses on Trump University, and they were left high and dry when those things went belly up. And so that’s a story that I think can be told. In a country which is feeling betrayed, he is a mass and serial betrayer… Given the numbers now, it’s very hard to see he could win, given the huge numbers of Americans, the vast majority of Americans who say they could not support the guy. And I still find it hard to believe that somebody as policy-thin and as knowledge-thin would very well — he might be able to wear well with the electorate that we have.
    • David Brooks, as quoted in “Shields and Brooks on the GOP push to stop Trump” (4 March 2016), PBS NewsHour
  • Are we really here? Is this really happening? Is this America? Are we a great country talking about trying to straddle the world and create opportunity in this country? It’s just mind-boggling. And we have sort of become acculturated, because this campaign has been so ugly. We have become acculturated to sleaze and unhappiness that you just want to shower from every 15 minutes. The Trump comparison of the looks of the wives, he does have, over the course of his life, a consistent misogynistic view of women as arm candy, as pieces of meat. It’s a consistent attitude toward women which is the stuff of a diseased adolescent. And so we have seen a bit of that show up again. But if you go back over his past, calling into radio shows bragging about his affairs, talking about his sex life in public, he is childish in his immaturity. And his — even his misogyny is a childish misogyny. And that’s why I do not think Republicans, standard Republicans, can say, yes, I’m going to vote for this guy because he’s our nominee. He’s of a different order than your normal candidate. And this whole week is just another reminder of that… The odd thing about his whole career and his whole language, his whole world view is there is no room for love in it. You get a sense of a man who received no love, can give no love, so his relationship with women, it has no love in it. It’s trophy. And his relationship toward the world is one of competition and beating, and as if he’s going to win by competition what other people get by love. And so you really are seeing someone who just has an odd psychology unleavened by kindness and charity, but where it’s all winners and losers, beating and being beat. And that’s part of the authoritarian personality, but it comes out in his attitude towards women.
    • David Brooks, as quoted in “Shields and Brooks on Trump-Cruz wife feud, ISIS terror in Brussels” (25 March 2016), PBS NewsHour
  • You need to be an outsider to be a change agent. There’s only one person who can do that. And that is Donald Trump.
    • Scott Brown endorsing Donald Trump, as quoted in “Brown: Trump is the ‘agent of change’ to fix Washington” by Elliot Smilowitz, The Hill (2 February 2016)
  • Trump is sui generis, unlike any candidate of recent times. And his success is attributable not only to his stance on issues, but to his persona, his defiance of political correctness, his relish of political combat with all comers, his “damn the torpedos” charging in frontally where others refuse to tread…
    • Pat Buchanan — “Pat Buchanan says Donald Trump is the future of the Republican Party”, The Washington Post (12 January 2016)
  • When he looks at a glass, he is mesmerized by its reflection. If Donald Trump were shaped a little differently, he would compete for Miss America.
    • William F. Buckley, as quoted in “WFB Today” (16 February 2018), by Richard Brookhiser, National Review
  • I do not support Trump, and believe he would be a disastrous president and commander in chief.
    • Brent Budowsky, Why Libertarian Gary Johnson must be included in debates, The Hill (August 11, 2016)
  • Trump has no coherent organizing economic philosophy, spent decades acting like and supporting traditional liberal Democrats, has repeatedly shifted his positions on major issues and has little more trust from economists than he has earned among the general electorate.
  • Trump is that he is a crony capitalist, who now states that he supported the Clintons and other liberals with donations for so long because he wanted to obtain influence with them while they were in power. He has led several businesses to bankruptcy. He has called himself the “king of debt,” a description that Johnson or Paul and other leading libertarians would never use to describe themselves. … The viewpoints offered by Trump seem to change like the leaves that change their colors when summer gives way to fall. … Can anyone suggest we know what Trump will believe tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow?
    • Brent Budowsky, Why Libertarian Gary Johnson must be included in debates, The Hill (August 11, 2016)
  • And we, all of us, the Jews, helped them get there.
    • Bradley Burston, Trump’s Win, the Greatest Victory for anti-Semitism in America Since 1941, Haaretz (10-11-2016)
  • He’s an ass.
    • George H. W. Bush in 2011 interviewed by Maureen Dowd of The New York Times (Dowd, Maureen (December 2, 2018). “The Patrician President and the Reporterette: A Screwball Story”. The New York Times. Retrieved on December 10, 2018. ; Liptak, Kevin; Zeleny, Jeff (December 5, 2018). “Uneasy presidents club convenes at Bush funeral”. CNN. Retrieved on December 10, 2018. ; “George W. Bush Eulogizes ‘Best Father’ at Solemn State Funeral”. Fortune. Bloomberg News. December 5, 2018. Retrieved on December 10, 2018. ; Epstein, Jennifer (December 5, 2018). “George W. Bush Eulogizes ‘Best Father’ at Solemn State Funeral”. Bloomberg News. Retrieved on December 10, 2018. ; Dowd, Maureen (2016). The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 9781455539246. ; Goldschlag, William; Janison, Dan (December 3, 2018). “Trump breaks character in show of respect for George H.W. Bush”. Newsday. Retrieved on December 10, 2018. )
  • We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism – forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America. We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade – forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.
    • George W. Bush, indirectly referencing Trump, “George W. Bush Slams ‘Bigotry,’ Politics Of Populism That Led To Trump, Sanders”, NPR, (October 19, 2017)
  • Whatever his views are this morning, they might change this afternoon, and they were different than they were last night, and they’ll be different tomorrow. … They seem to be ever, ever-changing, depending on what crowd he’s in front of. Sounds like a typical politician, by the way, where you get in front of one crowd and say one thing, and then say something else to another crowd that may want to hear a different view. All the things that Donald Trump railed against, he seems to be morphing into — it’s kind of disturbing. … He doesn’t believe in things, this is all a game.
    • Jeb Bush, about Trump’s views — Jeb Bush Says He’s Not Buying The Trump Immigration Shift, BuzzFeed (August 25, 2016)
  • Donald Trump Is Bad for Israel via @NYTimes. Hopefully our President will reverse his decision to abandon Syria.

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  • Hillary is stealing America, whereas Donald Trump is trying to save our society.
    • Herman Cain, on “Hannity” (29 July 2016) transcript
  • If this guy pretends that closing the borders to anywhere either for trade (or) for people is going to provide prosperity to the United States, he is completely crazy… He is not very well informed.
    • Felipe Calderón, interview with CNBC (6 February 2016).
  • If he came to visit our country, I think he would unite us all against him.
    • David Cameron, as quoted in “Donald Trump debate: Could UK really ban him?” (18 January 2016), by Max Foster, CNN, Georgia: Cable News Network
  • He’s a talker, a boaster, a booster, a compulsive self-promoter. At times, he’s a full-blown BS artist.
    • Tucker Carlson, as quoted in Fox News host Tucker Carlson admits media is right about Trump’s lying: ‘He’s a full-blown BS artist’ by Conrad Duncan, 28 November 2019, The Independent
  • You can regularly say embarrassing things on television, you can hire Omarosa to work at the White House. All of that will be forgiven if you protect your people. But if you do not protect them… then you’re done.
    • Tucker Carlson, as quoted in Tucker Carlson Blames Jared Kushner for Trump’s Protest Catastrophe by Justin Baragona, Daily Beast (June 1, 2020)
  • I’ve come to know Donald Trump, he is actually a very intelligent man who cares deeply about America.
    • Ben Carson endorsing Donald Trump, as quoted in “‘He is actually a very intelligent man’; Former candidate Ben Carson endorses Donald Trump” by Alain Tolhurst, The Sun (11 March 2016)
  • Okay, look, this is weird. Because a lot of people on both sides are saying there’s nothing funny about Trump being hospitalized with coronavirus. And those people are obviously wrong. There’s a lot funny about this. Maybe not from a moral standpoint. But mathematically, if you were constructing a joke, this has all the ingredients you need. The problem is, it’s almost too funny. Like, it’s so on the nose. It would be like if I were making fun of people who wear belts and my pants just immediately fell down.
    • Michael Che on Saturday Night Live, October 3, 2020, quoted in “SNL premiere does not hold back on jokes about Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis: ‘It’s almost too funny’”, The Washington Post.
  • Trump probably met discharge requirements Sunday
    • Dr Sean Conley (Physician to the President) via cnbc videoon October 5, 2020
  • The myriad vulgarities of Donald Trump—examples of which are retailed daily on Web sites and front pages these days—are not news to those of us who have been living downwind of him for any period of time. I first encountered Trump more than 30 years ago. Back then he was a flashy go-getter from an outer borough eager to make his name in Manhattan real estate. Which he succeeded in doing in the only way he knew how: by putting his name in oversize type on anything he was associated with—buildings, yes, but also vodka, golf courses, starchy ties, and even a sham of a real-estate school… Just to drive him a little bit crazy, I took to referring to him as a “short-fingered vulgarian” in the pages of Spy magazine. That was more than a quarter of a century ago. To this day, I receive the occasional envelope from Trump. There is always a photo of him—generally a tear sheet from a magazine. On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers.
    • Graydon Carter, “Why Donald Trump Will Always Be a “Short-Fingered Vulgarian”, Vanity Fair (November 2015)
  • I think I would choose Trump, which may surprise some of you, but the reason is Trump has proven already that he’s completely malleable. I don’t think he has any fixed opinions that he would really go to the White House and fight for. Ted Cruz is not malleable. He has far right-wing policies, in my opinion, that would be pursued aggressively if and when he would become president.
    • Jimmy Carter to the House of Lords, when asked about the 2016 United States presidential election. As quoted in Jimmy Carter: I would choose Donald Trump over Ted Cruz (February 3, 2016) by Stephanie Condon, CBS News
  • I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about, I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.
    • Jimmy Carter, as quoted in “Jimmy Carter: The media has been harder on Trump than predecessors” by David Jackson, USA Today, (October 22, 2017)
  • At times he is extremely abrasive. I know that’s kind of his campaign, but I think time will tell, he’s already locked up in some controversial business and it certainly doesn’t speak proudly for America that the person who sits in the Oval Office is involved in controversy, so that’s never a good thing, but time will tell, a man’s legacy is defined by time.
    • John Cena, as quoted in “If John Cena ‘got in the ring’ with Donald Trump” by Alex Michael, Daily Mail (27 June 2017)
  • I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine. My wife and I, we have a 15-year-old daughter, and if I can’t look her in the eye and tell her these things, I can’t endorse this person.
    • Jason Chaffetz Jason Chaffetz Pulls Trump Endorsement Because He Has a 15-Year-Old Daughter (October 2016)
  • We’re all tying ourselves in knots about what Donald Trump said about Mexicans… Just as Dylann Roof doesn’t represent white people, Mexican rapists don’t represent anyone other than themselves either… While I like a good brawl as much as the next person, it seems that Trump is the answer only if the question is: Why can’t we get more oafish egomaniacs into politics? Just when the Republican Party needs finesse and sensitivity when discussing immigration; just when it needs to focus on issues that unite all sectors of the electorate, including Hispanic and Asian voters; it gets a blowhard with all the nuance of a grenade… Trump’s smear about Mexican immigrants was about as far away as you can get from Ronald Reagan… He tarred most Mexican immigrants as drug dealers, criminals, and rapists, allowing only as an afterthought that some may be good people. He claimed to have discussed the matter with border guards. Would those officers please step forward? In any case, crude and vulgar people always preen that they are brave truth tellers.
    • Mona Charen, “The Trump Sideshow Plays Right into Democrats’ Hands” (10 July 2015), National Review
  • Put aside for a moment Trump’s countless past departures from conservative principle on defense, racial quotas, abortion, taxes, single-payer health care, and immigration. That’s right. In 2012, he derided Mitt Romney for being too aggressive on the question, and he’s made extensive use of illegal-immigrant labor in his serially bankrupt businesses. The man has demonstrated an emotional immaturity bordering on personality disorder, and it ought to disqualify him from being a mayor, to say nothing of a commander-in-chief. Trump has made a career out of egotism, while conservatism implies a certain modesty about government. The two cannot mix… When a con man swindles you, you can sue—as many embittered former Trump associates who thought themselves ill used have done. When you elect a con man, there’s no recourse.
    • Mona Charen, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • It seems, at times, as though your administration’s approach has more in common with Obama’s foreign policy than traditional Republican foreign policy.
    • Dick Cheney, speaking to Mike Pence, “Cheney grills Pence on Trump’s foreign policy”, Politico, (March 11, 2019)

[President Trump] is perfectly right when he says we should have better relations withRussia… at the Russian border, there are very extreme tensions, that could blow up anytime and lead to… aterminal nuclear war, terminal for the species and life on Earth. We’re very close to that… it’s becauseNATOexpanded after the collapse of theSoviet Union, in violation of… promises toMikhail Gorbachev, mostly under Clinton, partly under first Bush… those are all issues that should be of primary concern. The fate of… organized human society, even of the survival of the species, depends on this. How much attention is given to these things as compared with, you know, whether Trump lied about something? ~ProfessorNoam Chomsky

  • [President Trump] is perfectly right when he says we should have better relations with Russia. Being dragged through the mud for that is outlandish… Russia shouldn’t refuse to deal with the United States because the U.S. carried out the worst crime of the century in the invasion of Iraq, much worse than anything Russia has done. But they shouldn’t refuse to deal with us for that reason, and we shouldn’t refuse to deal with them for whatever infractions they may have carried out, which certainly exist. This is just absurd. We have to move towards better—right at the Russian border, there are very extreme tensions, that could blow up anytime and lead to what would in fact be a terminal nuclear war, terminal for the species and life on Earth. We’re very close to that… First of all, we should do things to ameliorate it. Secondly, we should ask why. Well, it’s because NATO expanded after the collapse of the Soviet Union, in violation of verbal promises to Mikhail Gorbachev, mostly under Clinton, partly under first Bush, then Clinton expanded right to the Russian border, expanded further under Obama… The fate of… organized human society, even of the survival of the species, depends on this. How much attention is given to these things as compared with, you know, whether Trump lied about something?
    • Noam Chomsky, Noam Chomsky on Mass Media Obsession with Russia & the Stories Not Being Covered in the Trump Era, Democracy Now! (27 July 2018)
  • The coronavirus is serious enough but it’s worth recalling that there is a much greater horror approaching, we are racing to the edge of disaster, far worse than anything that’s ever happened in human history…. Donald Trump & his minions are in the lead, in racing to the abyss. In fact there are two immense threats that we are facing… the growing threat of nuclear war, which has exacerbated it by the tearing what’s left of the arms control regime and the other of course is the growing threat of global warming… If we’re leaving our fate to sociopathic buffoons, we’re finished… Trump is the worst, that’s because of US power which is overwhelming. We are talking about U.S. decline but you just look at the world, you don’t see that when the U.S. imposes sanctions, murderous, devastating sanctions, that’s the only country that can do that, but everyone has to follow… they have to follow the master, or else they get kicked out of the international financial system…
    And back to the coronavirus, one of the most shocking harsh aspects of it, is the use of sanctions, to maximize the pain, perfectly consciously, Iran is in a zone, enormous internal problems by the stranglehold of tightening sanctions, which are consciously designed to make them suffer and suffer bitterly… The Crisis, the civilizational crisis of the West at this point is devastating… it does bring up childhood memories of listening to Hitler raving on the radio to raucous crowds… it makes you wonder if this species is even viable.
    • Noam Chomsky: Coronavirus – What is at stake? | Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25) (Mar 28, 2020)
  • The scale of the plague is surprising, indeed shocking, but not its appearance. Nor the fact that the U.S. has the worst record in responding to the crisis. Scientists have been warning of a pandemic for years. […] But scientific understanding is not enough. There has to be someone to pick up the ball and run with it. […] There will be recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, at severe and possibly horrendous cost, particularly for the poor and more vulnerable. But there will be no recovery from the melting of the polar ice sheets and the other devastating consequences of global warming. […] Trump has reacted during his years in office in the manner to which we have become accustomed: by defunding and dismantling every relevant part of government and assiduously implementing the instructions of his corporate masters to eliminate the regulations that impede profits while saving lives — and leading the race to the abyss of environmental catastrophe, by far his greatest crime — in fact, the greatest crime in history when we consider the consequences.
    • Noam Chomsky, in an interview with C.J. Polychroniou, Chomsky: Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism (April 1, 2020), Truthout
  • Trump was not silent, however. He issued a stream of confident pronouncements informing the public that it was just a cough; he has everything under control; he gets a 10 out of 10 for his handling of the crisis; it’s very serious but he knew it was a pandemic before anyone else; and the rest of the sorry performance. The technique is well-designed, much like the practice of reeling out lies so fast that the very concept of truth vanishes. Whatever happens, Trump is sure to be vindicated among his loyal followers. When you shoot arrows at random, some are likely to hit the target. […] This only skims the surface of Trumpian malevolence, but there’s no space for more here. It is tempting to cast the blame on Trump for the disastrous response to the crisis. But if we hope to avert future catastrophes, we must look beyond him. Trump came to office in a sick society, afflicted by 40 years of neoliberalism, with still deeper roots.
    • Noam Chomsky, in an interview with C.J. Polychroniou, Chomsky: Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism (April 1, 2020), Truthout
  • Donald is a leader. He is a successful person that, like me, isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. Our system is broken and it won’t be fixed from the inside. I am proud to offer my endorsement of his candidacy for President.
    • Chris Christie, endorsing Donald Trump for President, at a campaign rally in Fort Worth, TX [32] (2016)
  • Please stop it with voting for Trump. It was funny for a little while. But the guy is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the 30s. Do you think they saw the shit coming? Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over.
  • Trump is not your best. He’s the worst of all of us. He’s a symptom to a problem that is very real. But don’t vote for your own cancer. You’re better than that.
    • Louis C.K. in an email to fans, quoted in Louis C.K. Compares Donald Trump to Hitler: ‘He’s an Insane Bigot’ (2016)
  • A Trump supporter, a middle-aged woman, was asked how she felt about Trump’s comments that being a celebrity meant women could expect him to grope their private parts. The woman said he would never have said it if Trump had known he was being recorded. That made me laugh.
    • John Cleese, as quoted in “John Cleese on How Donald Trump Is Stealing Comedians’ Best Lines” by Nick Holdsworth, The Hollywood Reporter, (August 17, 2017)
  • Donald Trump has been uncommonly nice to Hillary and me. We’re all New Yorkers. And I like him. And I love playing golf with him.
    • Bill Clinton, as quoted in “Bill Clinton Said What?” (4 June 2012), Salon
  • He’s a master brander, and he’s the most interesting character out there. And…he says something that overrides the ideological differences. There is a macho appeal to saying, ‘I’m just sick of nothing happening. I’ll make things – vote for me.’
    • Bill Clinton on CBS ‘Late Show’ — Ryan Gajewski (6 October 2015), “Bill Clinton to Stephen Colbert: Donald Trump Has a “Macho Appeal””, The Hollywood Reporter 
  • Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again. America has never stopped being great. But we do need to make America whole again. Instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers.
  • We cannot let him roll the dice with America.
    • Hillary Clinton during an election speech, as quoted on boston.com, 2 June 2016
  • It is insufficient to state the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness—that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but can conjure a tailwind for most of them. Land theft and human plunder cleared the grounds for Trump’s forefathers and barred others from it. Once upon the field, these men became soldiers, statesmen, and scholars; held court in Paris; presided at Princeton; advanced into the Wilderness and then into the White House. Their individual triumphs made this exclusive party seem above America’s founding sins, and it was forgotten that the former was in fact bound to the latter, that all their victories had transpired on cleared grounds. No such elegant detachment can be attributed to Donald Trump—a president who, more than any other, has made the awful inheritance explicit.
  • Any empirical evaluation of the relationship between Trump and the white working class would reveal that one adjective in that phrase is doing more work than the other. In 2016, Trump enjoyed majority or plurality support among every economic branch of whites. It is true that his strongest support among whites came from those making $50,000 to $99,999. This would be something more than working-class in many nonwhite neighborhoods, but even if one accepts that branch as the working class, the difference between how various groups in this income bracket voted is revealing. Sixty-one percent of whites in this “working class” supported Trump. Only 24 percent of Hispanics and 11 percent of blacks did. Indeed, the plurality of all voters making less than $100,000 and the majority making less than $50,000 voted for the Democratic candidate. So when [George] Packer laments [in the New Yorker] the fact that “Democrats can no longer really claim to be the party of working people—not white ones, anyway,” he commits a kind of category error. The real problem is that Democrats aren’t the party of white people—working or otherwise. White workers are not divided by the fact of labor from other white demographics; they are divided from all other laborers by the fact of their whiteness.
  • Obama himself, underestimating Trump and thus underestimating the power of whiteness, believed the Republican nominee too objectionable to actually win. In this Obama was, tragically, wrong. And so the most powerful country in the world has handed over all its affairs—the prosperity of its entire economy; the security of its 300 million citizens; the purity of its water, the viability of its air, the safety of its food; the future of its vast system of education; the soundness of its national highways, airways, and railways; the apocalyptic potential of its nuclear arsenal—to a carnival barker who introduced the phrase “grab ’em by the pussy” into the national lexicon. It is as if the white tribe united in demonstration to say, “If a black man can be president, then any white man—no matter how fallen—can be president.”
    • Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The First White President,” The Atlantic, October 2017 issue.
  • I would never trust him to follow the law. We’re dealing with a dangerous egomaniac who has no control of himself, recognizes no limits, no bounds and does not recognize the constraints of law or anything else.
    • Eliot A. Cohen, in Analysis: The Vengeful World of Donald Trump, and Why It Matters, at NBC News; published October 31, 2016
  • Apart from his wife and children, I knew Trump better than anyone else did. In some ways, I knew him better than even his family did because I bore witness to the real man, in strip clubs, shady business meetings, and in the unguarded moments when he revealed who he really was: a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man… He has no one he trusts to keep his secrets. For ten years, he certainly had me, and I was always there for him, and look what happened to me. I urge you to really consider that fact: Trump has no true friends. He has lived his entire life avoiding and evading taking responsibility for his actions. He crushed or cheated all who stood in his way, but I know where the skeletons are buried because I was the one who buried them
    • Michael Cohen, as quoted by Joseph A Wulfsohn (13 August 2020), “Michael Cohen offers preview of tell-all Trump book: ‘I know where the skeletons are buried'”, Fox News 
  • A warning label should be affixed to Trump’s forehead.
    • Richard Cohen, “Reince Priebus, fool” (16 May 2016), The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
  • I can’t believe he’s doing this to me. Donald pisses ice water.
    • Roy Cohn, upon being ostracized by Trump for having contracted HIV. (from Wayne Barrett’s 1992 Trump: The Deals and the Downfall, as quoted in Donald Trump Is The ‘Red’ Sanders Candidate: ‘Winning Isn’t Everything; It’s The Only Thing.’ at Forbes.com)
  • A war crimes complaint has been filed against President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump adviser Jared Kushner in the International Criminal Court (ICC)…. The complaint, filed by Middlesex University law professor William Schabas on June 30 on behalf of four Palestinians who live in the West Bank, states “there is credible evidence” that Trump, Netanyahu and Kushner “are complicit in acts that may amount to war crimes relating to the transfer of populations into occupied territory and the annexation of the sovereign territory of the State of Palestine.” Under article 15 of the ICC’s Rome Statute, any individual, group or organization can bring a complaint to the Office of the Prosecutor. … Schabas’ complaint comes on the heels of unusual moves last month from the Trump administration, which declared a “national emergency” in June in an effort to shield U.S. and Israeli officials from ICC accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
    • Marjorie Cohn in Trump Is Trying to Hide US & Israeli War Crimes by Attacking the International Criminal Court, TruthOut, (8 July 2020)
  • There’s a populism to Trump that I found very appealing. The party elders would like him to go away, but the people have decided that he is not going to… [T]here is something really hopeful about the fact that, well, 36 percent of the likely voters want him to win, so the people in the machine don’t get to say otherwise.
    • Stephen Colbert, as quoted in “Colbert: Trump’s populism ‘very appealing'” by Bradford Richardson, The Hill (23 December 2015)
  • John Dickerson has way too much dignity to trade insults with the President of the United States to his face. But I, sir, am no John Dickerson. Let me introduce you to something we call the Tiffany Way. When you insult one member of the CBS family, you insult us all. Bazinga. All right. Here we go. All right. Mr. Trump, your presidency, I love your presidency, I call it “Disgrace the Nation”. You’re not the POTUS, you’re the BLOATUS. You’re the glutton with the button. You’re a regular Gorge Washington. You’re the presi-dunce, but you’re turning into a real prick-tator. Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine. You have more people marching against you than cancer. You talk like a sign-language gorilla who got hit in the head. In fact the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster. Your presidential library is going to be a kids’ menu and a couple of Juggs magazines. The only thing smaller than your hands is your “tax returns” [holds up little finger] and you can take that any way you want.
    • Stephen Colbert, during his opening monologue of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, after showing a clip of Trump calling the CBS reporter part of the “fake media” and referring to his show as “Deface the Nation”. The Trump-designated chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, has since stated he would investigate the comedian for broadcasting this material (1 May 2017)
  • Trump denied knowing that Serge (Kovaleski) was disabled, and demanded an apology, saying that anyone could see his imitation was of a flustered, frightened reporter, not a disabled person. It’s true that Trump was not mimicking any mannerisms that Serge has. He doesn’t jerk around or flail his arms. He’s not retarded. He sits calmly, but if you look at his wrists, you’ll see they are curved in. That’s not the imitation Trump was doing—he was doing a standard retard, waving his arms and sounding stupid: “‘Ahhh, I don’t know what I said—ahhh, I don’t remember!’ He’s going, ‘Ahhh, I don’t remember, maybe that’s what I said!'”
  • There’s nothing Trump can do that won’t be forgiven, except change his immigration policies.
    • In Trump We Trust [33][34] (2016)
  • Trump is an unreflective beneficiary of every sort of white privilege on offer, from his inherited fortune to his mass-media celebrity to his ability to lie with utter impunity about his career, his finances, and his easily documented record of public statements. If Barack Obama had committed but one of the transgressions Trump reveled in during his 2016 presidential run—deriding John McCain’s war record, to take a comparatively minor instance—he would have suffered a torrent of righteous white moralizing that would have been unprecedented even in a country renowned for its righteous white moralizing. And if he’d been caught on tape bragging about a celebrity-enabled history of sexual assault—well, suffice it to say that it would have been a high-tech lynching on a scale that Clarence Thomas could scarcely begin to imagine.
  • President Trump doubled down Sunday on his push for the use of an anti-malarial drug against the coronavirus, issuing medical advice that goes well beyond scant evidence of the drug’s effectiveness as well as the advice of doctors and public health experts. Mr. Trump’s recommendation of hydroxychloroquine, for the second day in a row at a White House briefing, was a striking example of his brazen willingness to distort and outright defy expert opinion and scientific evidence when it does not suit his agenda.
    • Michael Crowley, Katie Thomas and Maggie Haberman, Ignoring Expert Opinion, Trump Again Promotes Use of Hydroxychloroquine (April 5, 2020), The New York Times.
  • Standing alongside two top public health officials who have declined to endorse his call for widely administering the drug, Mr. Trump suggested that he was speaking on gut instinct and acknowledged that he had no expertise on the subject. Saying that the drug is “being tested now,” Mr. Trump said that “there are some very strong, powerful signs” of its potential, although health experts say that the data is extremely limited and that more study of the drug’s effectiveness against the coronavirus is needed. […] Mr. Trump, who once predicted that the virus might “miraculously” disappear by April because of warm weather, and who has rejected scientific consensus on issues like climate change, was undaunted by skeptical questioning. “What do you have to lose?” Mr. Trump asked, for the second day in a row, saying that terminally ill patients should be willing to try any treatment that has shown some promise.
    • Michael Crowley, Katie Thomas and Maggie Haberman, Ignoring Expert Opinion, Trump Again Promotes Use of Hydroxychloroquine (April 5, 2020), The New York Times.
  • Even as Mr. Trump has promoted the drug, which is also often prescribed for patients with lupus, it has created rifts within his own coronavirus task force. And while many hospitals have chosen to use hydroxychloroquine in a desperate attempt to treat dying patients who have few other options, others have noted that it carries serious risks. In particular, the drug can cause a heart arrhythmia that can lead to cardiac arrest.
    • Michael Crowley, Katie Thomas and Maggie Haberman, Ignoring Expert Opinion, Trump Again Promotes Use of Hydroxychloroquine (April 5, 2020), The New York Times.
  • Hydroxychloroquine has not been proved to work against Covid-19 in any significant clinical trials. A small trial by Chinese researchers made public last week found that it helped speed the recovery in moderately ill patients, but the study was not peer-reviewed and had significant limitations. Earlier reports from France and China have drawn criticism because they did not include control groups to compare treated patients with untreated ones, and researchers have called the reports anecdotal. Without controls, they said, it is impossible to determine whether the drugs worked. But Mr. Trump on Sunday dismissed the notion that doctors should wait for further study.
    • Michael Crowley, Katie Thomas and Maggie Haberman, Ignoring Expert Opinion, Trump Again Promotes Use of Hydroxychloroquine (April 5, 2020), The New York Times.
  • I have been pointing out, and I have been screaming to the rooftops, that Donald Trump is the Charlie Sheen of politics. […] I have to tell you, I love Charlie Sheen, I loved working with him when he was sober, but he was, he’s full of shit. He has been full of shit, you know, he has serious addiction. You know, his addiction is obviously serious, drugs, and, but, Trump is just addicted to feeling important. You know, and I think if anybody is under the delusion that he cares about, uh, uh, anybody in America besides himself, they are, they are stoned and need to rethink their priorities, ’cause he’s, you know, ’cause it’s just ridiculous that’s he’s gotten as far as he has.
    • Jon Cryer on the May 5, 2016, episode of the podcast Never Not Funny.
  • When the voters examine Donald, they’ll discover he actually embodies Washington corruption, the Washington deal-making that they’re so angry about.
    • Ted Cruz, interview with Charlie Rose (1 March 2016), CBS This Morning
  • People are asking themselves, ‘How would we feel if our children came in repeating the words of the president of the United States if that president was Donald Trump?’ And if it would embarrass you to have your children repeat the words of the president, that’s not a good thing… A president should unify us, should appeal to our better angels, should appeal to our shared values that make America who we are.
    • Ted Cruz, interview with John Dickerson (March 2016), Face the Nation
  • It’s not easy to tick me off… I don’t get angry often. But you mess with my wife, you mess with my kids; that’ll do it every time. Donald, you’re a sniveling coward and leave Heidi the hell alone.
    • Ted Cruz, as quoted in “Cruz calls Trump “sniveling coward” and says ‘leave Heidi the hell alone'” (24 March 2016), by Reena Flores, CBS News
  • Let me be clear: Donald Trump may be a rat, but I have no desire to copulate with him.
    • Ted Cruz, as quoted in Ted Cruz Will Do Anything for Love, But He Won’t Do Rats [25 March 2016], by Matt Miller, Esquire Magazine
  • The best thing to happen to politics in a long long time. I don’t care what his actual positions are. I don’t care if he says the wrong thing. He says what’s on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years.
    • Mark Cuban, as quoted in “Mark Cuban: Congrats, Donald: You’re best thing to happen to politics in a long time”, Dallas Mavericks Blog, 27 July 2015 

Hillary Clinton, speech in Warren, Michigan (August 11, 2016)

Speech in Warren, Michigan. Transcript by Newsweek [35] (August 11, 2016)

  • He’s made a career out of stiffing small businesses from Atlantic City to Las Vegas. There are companies that were left hanging because he refused to pay their bills. A lot of those companies scraped together what the could [sic] to pay their employees, and many of them put their businesses at risk and some of them ended up taking bankruptcy. It wasn’t because Trump couldn’t pay them, it was because he wouldn’t pay them.
  • It’s just not right that Donald Trump can ignore his debts, but students and families can’t refinance their debt.
  • Mr. Trump may talk a big game on trade, but his approach is based on fear, not strength. Fear that we can’t compete with the rest of the world even when the rules are fair. Fear that our country has no choice but to hide behind walls.
  • Let’s remember where Trump makes many of his own products. Because it sure is not America. … One positive thing Trump could do to make America great again is actually make great things in America again.
  • Trump would roll back the tough rules that we have imposed on the Financial Industry. I’ll do the opposite – I think we should strengthen those rules so that Wall Street can never wreck Main Street again.
  • He called for a new tax loophole – let’s call it the Trump Loophole – because it would allow him to pay less than half the current tax rate on income from many of his companies. He’d pay a lower rate than millions of middle class families.
  • He’s making a big promise. But his advisors have said, his own advisors have said, he may not stand by them. … One of the differences between Donald Trump and me is I’m telling you what I will do, I’m laying out my plans, and I will stand by them, and I want you to hold me accountable for delivering results. This all reminds me of that old saying, ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.’
  • Guaranteeing equal pay won’t just increase paychecks for women – it will boost family budgets and get incomes rising across the board. And I don’t understand why Trump’s against that. Paid family leave won’t only make life easier for Moms and Dads – it will also keep skilled, talented Americans in the workforce and grow our economy. That’s why every other advanced country already has it. Again, he’s against it. Raising the federal minimum wage won’t just put more money in the pockets of low-income families – it also means they will spend more at the businesses in their neighborhoods. Trump’s against that as well.
  • Based on what we know from the Trump campaign, he wants America to work for him and his friends, at the expense of everyone else.

Hillary Clinton, speech in Reno, Nevada (August 25, 2016)

Speech in Reno, Nevada. Transcript by Vox [36] (August 25, 2016)

  • Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties. His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous. In just the past week, under the guise of “outreach” to African Americans, Trump has stood up in front of largely white audiences and described black communities in insulting and ignorant terms.
  • Donald Trump misses so much. He doesn’t see the success of black leaders in every field… The vibrancy of black-owned businesses…Or the strength of the black church… He doesn’t see the excellence of historically black colleges and universities or the pride of black parents watching their children thrive… And he certainly doesn’t have any solutions to take on the reality of systemic racism and create more equity and opportunity in communities of color. It takes a lot of nerve to ask people he’s ignored and mistreated for decades, “What do you have to lose?” The answer is everything!
  • Trump’s lack of knowledge or experience or solutions would be bad enough. But what he’s doing here is more sinister. Trump is reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters. It’s a disturbing preview of what kind of President he’d be.
  • A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far reaches of the internet, should never run our government or command our military. If he doesn’t respect respect all Americans, he can’t serve all Americans! … There’s no other Donald Trump. This is it.
  • Well, throughout his career and this campaign, Donald Trump has shown us exactly who he is. We should believe him. When Trump was getting his start in business, he was sued by the Justice Department for refusing to rent apartments to black and Latino tenants. Three years later, the Justice Department took Trump back to court because he hadn’t changed. The pattern continued through the decades.
  • Someone detached from reality should never be in charge of making decisions that are as real as they come.
  • He’d abolish the bedrock constitutional principle that says if you’re born in the United States, you’re an American citizen. He says that children born in America to undocumented parents are, quote, “anchor babies” and should be deported. Millions of them.
  • He’d ban Muslims around the world – 1.5 billion men, women, and children –from entering our country just because of their religion.
  • Ever since the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, America has distinguished itself as a haven for people fleeing religious persecution. Under Donald Trump, America would distinguish itself as the only country in the world to impose a religious test at the border.
  • Trump likes to say he only hires the “best people.” But he’s had to fire so many campaign managers it’s like an episode of the Apprentice.

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  • Donald Trump…is the last hope for America. I don’t want nuance, I want bold colors: red, white, and blue… When I saw those guys on the boats on their knees, I mean, that sends a picture about America that I haven’t seen ever before. And I think we need Donald Trump right now. The country needs him.
    • Robert Davi, as quoted in “‘Die Hard’ Actor Robert Davi: Donald Trump Is The ‘Last Hope For America'” by Steve Guest, The Daily Caller (14 January 2016)
  • Let’s say five years ago, someone wanted to tell an end-of-the-world story. Governments have broken down, diplomacy has gone out the window, and lunatic nutbags are running things. If the storyteller wanted to provide a shorthand to establish how things could have possibly gone so wrong, all he would have to do is have a newscaster talking about “President Trump.” Because five years ago, the audience would have snorted and said, “Well, sure, I totally believe that if this country was stupid enough to put Trump into office, then it makes sense that the entire world is falling apart.”
    • Peter David, Freak Out Friday, August 4 2017
  • Trump has been said to have extended his initial 30-day deadline to four months
    • Karen DeYoun of Washington Post, 4 January 2019
  • The case for constitutional limited government is the case against Donald Trump. To the degree we take him at his word — understanding that Trump is a negotiator whose positions are often purposefully deceptive — what he advocates is a rejection of our Madisonian inheritance and an embrace of Barack Obama’s authoritarianism. Trump assures voters that he will use authoritarian power for good, to help those who feel — with good reason — ignored by both parties. But the American experiment in self-government was the work of a generation that risked all to defeat a tyrannical monarch and establish a government of laws, not men. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people is precisely what the Constitution offers, and what is most threatened by “great men” impatient to impose their will on the nation. Conservatives should reject Trump’s hollow, Euro-style identity politics.
    • Ben Domenech, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • If your claim to fame is that you’ve taken money from other people and haven’t delivered what you promised, that doesn’t make you a genius businessman, that makes you a thief.
    • Kathy Duva, as quoted in “Donald Trump was awful at boxing, too” by Paul Gagno, The Boxing Tribune (January 19, 2017)

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  • People are looking for somebody who is outspoken and who isn’t afraid. And [Trump] seems to have kind of a fearless attitude.
    • Clint Eastwood, as quoted in “Clint Eastwood Praises Trump, Carson: ‘Really Good People'” by Todd Beamon, Newsmax (25 December 2015)
  • I’d have to go for Trump … you know, [because] she’s declared that she’s gonna follow in [President] Obama’s footsteps. I mean, it’s a tough voice to listen to for four years. It could be a tough one. If she’s just gonna follow what we’ve been doing, then I wouldn’t be for her. She’s made a lot of dough out of a being a politician. I gave up dough to be a politician. I’m sure that [former President] Ronald Reagan gave up dough to be a politician. … [Trump]’s onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That’s the kiss-ass generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a p-ssy generation.
    • Clint Eastwood, interview with Esquire as quoted in “Clint Eastwood: ‘I’d have to go for Trump’ over Clinton” by Mark Hensch, The Hill (3 August 2016)
  • The only thing that I can say about President Trump is that he is the only person who, in 2009 when I served a lot of subpoenas on a lot of people, or at least gave notice to some pretty connected people, that I want to talk to them, is the only person who picked up the phone and said, let’s just talk. I’ll give you as much time as you want. I’ll tell you what you need to know, and was very helpful, in the information that he gave, and gave no indication whatsoever that he was involved in anything untoward whatsoever, but had good information. That checked out and that helped us and we didn’t have to take a deposition of him in 2009.
    • Bradley Edwards (attorney prosecuting Jeffrey Epstein) in December 2018, according to 7 July 2019 article by Joe Hoft of Gateway Pundit
  • I will not be voting for Donald Trump in the primary. I take my conservatism seriously, and I also take Saint Paul seriously. In setting out the qualifications for overseers, or bishops, Saint Paul admonished Timothy… We should not put a new conservative in charge of conservatism or the country, so that he does not become puffed up with conceit and fall into condemnation. Republicans have wandered in the wilderness already by letting leaders define conservatism in their own image. Donald Trump needs more time and more testing of his new conservative convictions.
    • Erick Erickson, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review
  • Hitler is not Hillary Clinton either. The neo-nazis and white supremacists backing Donald Trump fetishize Hitler too. Trump dog whistles to them.
    • Erick Erickson, “Republicans for Hitler” (17 May 2016), The Resurgent

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  • Trump is Hillary Clinton’s Christmas gift wrapped up under a tree.
  • I think Trump says a lot of things that are crazy… [repeating what a 10-year-old girl said] Trump’s a moron.
    • Carly Fiorina, as quoted in “Carly Fiorina Repeats After Girl: ‘Donald Trump’s a Moron'” (16 January 2016), by Ben Gittleson, ABC News
  • He reminds me of Hitler.
    • Vicente Fox, interview with Anderson Cooper (February 2016)
  • Most amateur diagnosticians have mislabeled President Trump with the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder. I wrote the criteria that define this disorder, and Mr. Trump doesn’t meet them. He may be a world-class narcissist, but this doesn’t make him mentally ill, because he does not suffer from the distress and impairment required to diagnose mental disorder.

Mr. Trump causes severe distress rather than experiencing it and has been richly rewarded, rather than punished, for his grandiosity, self-absorption and lack of empathy. It is a stigmatizing insult to the mentally ill (who are mostly well behaved and well meaning) to be lumped with Mr. Trump (who is neither).

  • Allen Frances, “An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump’s Mental State,” The New York Times, February 14, 2017.
  • A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel… I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and I will give him the benefit of the doubt.
    • Pope Francis, as quoted in “Pope Francis: Donald Trump ‘is not Christian'” (18 February 2016), by Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News
  • I was wrong. Weeks ago I said on a number of radio interviews that while I opposed Trump in the primary, I’d back him if he won the GOP nomination. I hadn’t yet seen, or had been unwilling to believe, the full extent of his contempt for the truth, his fondness for far-left conspiracy theories, and his sheer malice. When I saw Trump in full, my decision was easy. Never Trump… I cannot abide the notion of voting for a man whose ‘war strategy’ is a child-killing war crime.
    • David French, “Why I Changed My Mind and Joined the #NeverTrump Movement” (2 March 2016), National Review
  • There is an Ivy League grad who has spent most of his life in Manhattan, where he is chauffeured around in limousines. He frequently brags to strangers about his massive personal wealth. In public statements, he has advocated government healthcare, a woman’s right to an abortion, an assault weapons ban, and paying off the national debt by forcing rich people to forfeit 14.25 percent of their total wealth. When the man married his third wife, he invited Bill and Hillary Clinton to the wedding, and he has given many thousands to their political campaigns and their foundation. He’s donated many thousands more that helped elect Democrats to the Senate and the House. And George W. Bush was “maybe the worst president in the history of this country,” the man said in 2008. “He was so incompetent, so bad, so evil.” On paper, this is not someone you’d expect to excel in the 2016 Republican Party primary. But Donald Trump is excelling. Thanks to his celebrity, a few epic flip-flops, and his willingness to pander to the most xenophobic element of the GOP’s base, the real-estate developer and reality-TV star is polling near the top of the field.
    • Conor Friedersdorf, “Donald Trump Is No Conservative” (13 July 2015), The Atlantic

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  • Donald Trump is a serial liar.
    • Neal Gabler, “Donald Trump is a serial liar. More upsetting is that no one seems to care” (15 May 2016), Salon
  • We thought about it when we made the movie! Are you kidding? You watch Part II again and there’s a scene where Marty confronts Biff in his office and there’s a huge portrait of Biff on the wall behind Biff, and there’s one moment where Biff kind of stands up and he takes exactly the same pose as the portrait? Yeah.
    • Bob Gale, ‘Back to the Future’ Writer: Biff Tannen Is Based on Donald Trump, The Daily Beast (October 15, 2015)
  • Donald Trump rightly criticized the Khan parents. Clearly, Trump does not oppose Muslim soldiers serving in the military. Nonsense. Trump opposes Muslim immigration from jihad-hot regions. We know Islamic terror groups are plotting attacks on the West and using the migration to import their soldiers.
    • Pamela Geller, DNC, Mainstream Media’s New SPOX — Muslim Parents of Fallen Soldier WHO OPPOSE TRUMP BUT NOT JIHAD TERROR @chucktodd @meetthepress (July 31, 2016)
  • I remain a skeptic about Donald Trump. Trump fans look at us skeptics with incredulity that we could possibly object to their man… Yet I see people comparing Trump to Reagan. Donald Trump has been a conservative for about ten minutes.
  • @realdonaldtrump you are full of shit!
    • Chrysler executive Ralph Gilles
    • Chrysler Exec Calls Donald Trump “Full Of Shit” On Twitter, at Jalopnik (2012)
  • [W]e have to learn something from history here. Fascism begins with the rhetoric of dehumanization, humiliation, and reification, right? It starts with the language of brutality, which it normalizes. It legitimates hatred and racism and violence. It views certain groups through rhetoric as enemies of the American people. It operates off of the rhetoric of war, anti-intellectualism, and white supremacy. It operates off of the language of disposability. That language doesn’t just simply normalize increasingly the notions of white nationalism, white supremacy, racism, and xenophobia; it also enacts policies and it creates a culture of utter stupidity, a culture of ignorance. And, unfortunately, it functions so as to enable violence against groups labeled as dangerous, other, excess, and a threat to the whitewashed notion of citizenship.
    With respect to the latter, when people can’t tell the difference between fact and fiction, they can’t tell the difference between good and evil. They can’t recognize a crime when they see one or what lawlessness looks like. All standards of truth go out the window. It’s a very dangerous moment because it means that people become more susceptible to demagogues, to people like Trump, and I think that the media has played an enormous role in creating a formative culture that at its worst legitimates and at its best enables what we see happening in the United States today.
    • Henry Giroux, Henry Giroux on His Latest Book — The Terror of the Unforeseen — and How Neoliberal Capitalism Sets the Stage for Fascism (August 19, 2019), Media For Us interview.
  • President Trump made history Sunday when he became the first sitting U.S. president to step foot in North Korea. Trump was there to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the military demarcation line at the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Kim then invited Trump to cross the line, which has divided North and South Korea since 1953. Trump then took about 20 steps into North Korea. Following the meeting at the DMZ, Trump and Kim held a three-way gathering with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Sunday marked Trump and Kim’s first meeting since nuclear talks broke down in February… It appears another round of nuclear talks could begin in the coming weeks.
    • Amy Goodman in Trump Makes History by Walking into North Korea. Could This Help to Finally End the Korean War? DemocracyNow! (1 July 2019)
  • As a party, we are better to risk losing without Donald Trump than trying to win with him. Enough already with Mister Trump.
  • If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed…….and we will deserve it.
  • Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke told radio show listeners that ‍’‍Jewish tribal nature‍’‍ is to blame for the media’s harsh treatment of Trump and compared Jews to ‍’‍a pack of wild dogs.‍’‍ The white supremacist is a vocal supporter of Trump.
    • Shanika Gunaratna, “Neo-Nazis Tag Jews on Twitter: Harassment, Hate Speech, Politics” (10 June 2016), CBS News, CBS Interactive, Inc.
  • Last week, the New York Times reported that the FBI, in 2017, launched an investigation of President Trump “to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security” and specifically “whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.” …As usual – this melodrama was accomplished by steadfastly ignoring the now-standard, always-buried paragraph pointing out the boring fact that no actual evidence of guilt has yet emerged.
  • The FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of Trump is far from the first time that the FBI has monitored, surveilled and investigated U.S. elected officials…. It is not difficult to understand what is so ominous and even tyrannical about the FBI investigating domestic political figures whose loyalties they regard as “suspicious,” and whose political career they regard as a “national security threat,” simply because those politicians express policy positions about U.S. adversaries that the FBI dislikes… If a politician adopts policy views… which is unduly accommodating to America’s adversaries or “enemies,” that’s not a crime and the FBI thus has no business using its vast investigative powers against…[them]…the FBI investigation… clearly based, at least in part, on the FBI’s disagreements with Trump’s foreign policy views and the agency’s assessment that such policies fail to safeguard “U.S. interests” as the FBI defines them.
    • Glenn Greenwald, The FBI’s Investigation of Trump as a “National Security Threat” is Itself a Serious Danger. But J. Edgar Hoover Pioneered the Tactic The Intercept (14 January 2019)

As you can imagine, [Pat] is an expert on politics and she predicts whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner! ~Richard NixonI think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about, I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation. ~Jimmy CarterHe’s a master brander, and he’s the most interesting character out there. And…he says something that overrides the ideological differences. There is a macho appeal to saying, ‘I’m just sick of nothing happening. I’ll make things – vote for me.’ ~Bill ClintonWe’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism – forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America. We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade – forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism. ~George W. BushWe’re shocked that somebody would be saying these things. We’re shocked that somebody is fanning anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-Muslim sentiment. We’re shocked! We’re shocked that somebody could be loose with the facts. Or distort someone’s record — shocked… This is the guy, remember, who was sure that I was born in Kenya. Who just wouldn’t let it go. And all this same Republican establishment, they weren’t saying nothing. As long as it was directed at me, they were fine with it. They thought it was a hoot. Wanted to get his endorsement… What is happening in this primary is just a distillation of what’s been happening inside their party for more than a decade. ~Barack Obama

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  • I think he could be a great leader, because he’s inspiring a lot of people, and especially people, including me, who are tired of Republicans being weak. I’m so sick of it.
    • Sean Hannity — “Hannity on Trump: ‘That Boldness Needs to Be There If Republicans Want to Win'”, Fox News Insider, 30 July 2015 
  • The conservative president we desperately need requires a paradoxical combination of boldness and restraint. The president will need to be bold in challenging the runaway power and reach of his own branch, against the fury of the bureaucracy itself, its client groups, and the media. This boldness is necessary to restore the restraint that a republican executive should have in our constitutional order. Trump exhibits no awareness of this supreme constitutional task.
    • Steven F. Hayward, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review
  • Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The longer we perpetuate the fiction that we live in a functioning democracy, that Trump and the political mutations around him are somehow an aberrant deviation that can be vanquished in the next election, the more we will hurtle toward tyranny. The problem is not Trump. It is a political system, dominated by corporate power and the mandarins of the two major political parties, in which we don’t count. We will wrest back political control by dismantling the corporate state, and this means massive and sustained civil disobedience, like that demonstrated by teachers around the country this year…
    As a foreign correspondent I covered collapsed societies… It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion. All the harbingers of collapse are visible… We suffer the usual pathologies of impending death. I would be happy to be wrong. But I have seen this before. I know the warning signs. All I can say is get ready.
    • Chris Hedges in The Coming Collapse, Common Dreams, (21 May 2018)
  • He doesn’t know the Constitution, history, law, political philosophy, nuclear strategy, diplomacy, defense, economics beyond real estate, or even, despite his low-level-mafioso comportment, how ordinary people live. But trumping all this is a greater flaw presented as his chief strength. Governing a great nation in parlous times is far more than making “deals.” Compared with the weight of the office he seeks, his deals are microscopic in scale, and as he faced far deeper complexities he would lead the country into continual Russian roulette. If despite his poor judgment he could engage talented advisers, as they presented him with contending and fateful options the buck would stop with a man who simply grasps anything that floats by. Following Obama’s, a Trump presidency would be yet more adventure tourism for a formerly serious republic.
    • Mark Helprin, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review
  • What bitch is Donald Trump hanging his dick inside of today?
    • Doug Henderson, guitarist/singer/lyricist of Spongehead in the song “Nothing” from Curb Your Dogma (Triple X Records, 1993)
  • Trump undermines the free press because he wants to be the only legitimate source of information in society. He lies all the time to break down the processes by which we discern the truth about the world around us, and compile the observations and facts which make up the tapestry of reality. He has exposed the paper-thin vulnerability of our democratic society, which depends mightily on observing social norms—like yielding to shame—and a shared acceptance of some common set of truths.

    The American president is determined to bulldoze this architecture of social structures, and usher in an era where force, not deliberation and cooperation, determines the path our society will take. If he never acknowledges any truth besides his own, he never has to do anything outside his own direct interests. He does not have to actually respond to any kind of criticism, or ever reconsider his course of action. Relentless lying, after all, is a form of coercion, in which you bend others to your will by forcing them to accept the infrastructure of your false reality—or to give up caring whether anything is true or false in the first place. Don’t believe your eyes and ears. Everybody was cheering for me.

    • Jack Holmes, Politics editor at Esquire.com, “Donald Trump’s Press Conference With Theresa May Would Not Be Complete Without an Assault on Truth”, Esquire.com (June 4, 2019)
  • Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
    • Note appended to every article about Trump published by the Huffington Post as of January 2016, but removed after Trump’s presidential victory.
    • HuffPost to publish anti-Trump kicker with all Trump coverage, at Politico, published January 28, 2016
  • Casting the Trump administration’s credibility gap into sharp relief, allies like Japan and Germany have demanded more “credible” evidence to support the U.S. claim. While President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been unequivocal in their assertion that Iran was responsible for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week, some of America’s closest allies are demanding more proof.
    Both Japan and Germany have requested more concrete evidence… Jeremy Corbyn, Britain’s opposition leader, said more “credible evidence” was needed to support Trump’s allegation…. According to The New York Times, other European leaders have also been hesitant to lay the blame on Iran ― a doubt fueled in part by their “distrust of the Trump administration and its hawkish policy toward Tehran,” the paper said.
    • Huffington Post, Pompeo Claims There’s ‘No Doubt’ Iran Attacked Tankers, But U.S. Allies Want Proof, Huffington Post, Dominique Mosbergen (17 June 2019)

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  • Mr. Trump has crossed the line. More than one line. Captain Khan died in battle trying valiantly to save others. There is no place for criticism, stated or implied, of this brave soldier. He served our country. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery along with those of many ethnic backgrounds and religious denominations. They served our country. Mr. Trump did not. Criticizing Mrs. Khan for not speaking on stage is vile beyond words. No Gold Star Mother should ever be treated like that. Mr. Trump, you owe Mrs. Khan and all Gold Star families a huge apology.
    • Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, about Trump’s statements on the Khan family Jewish War Veterans Condemns Remarks of Donald Trump (2016)
  • The problem is, I know Trump, so my optimism has been squashed like a baby bird … Everything bad I had to say about him, I said to his face. … I think he’s very good, very compelling on that show [Celebrity Apprentice] … I really like him because of his absence of filters. I really like the glimpse we get into the human heart we get when someone loses their filters … “A genius is the one most like himself.” In a really weird way, Donald Trump has achieved that. If he weren’t running for president, you’d be seeing essays from me about how much I learned from Donald Trump and how much I loved being on the show … I’m feeling so, so, so guilty, because I feel like, along with millions of other people, I played right into this. The cynicism of the Clintons, the careful, tightrope walk of all politicians, forced me, as an atheist, to get down on my knees and pray that someone would come along with some kind of authenticity. Well, someone called my bluff, goddamn it. … The stuff [Trump] is saying on immigration, the stuff he saying on torture, the stuff he is saying on war, is absolutely unforgivable … He is coming out directly against the Statue of Liberty. I’m a pure and utter peacenik. I want a president who sings the praises of people, sings the praises of peace and sings the praises of working together for a great country … Abraham Lincoln wouldn’t have laughed about waterboarding … I want a president that is kinder, smarter and more measured than me. … I disagree with Hillary Clinton on just about everything there is to disagree with a person about. If it comes down to Trump and Hillary, I will put a Hillary Clinton sticker on my fucking car. … Someone who is paying attention can do the same thing that Trump is doing with hate, and do it with love, and become president … That’s kind of beautiful. There’s nothing more optimistic than that. … Donald Trump does, when it comes right down to it, fuck up everything … He fucks up his casinos. He fucks up his buildings…. Maybe he’ll fuck up his campaign before he fucks up the country.
    • Penn Jillette, as quoted in “Why Penn Jillette is Terrified of a President Trump” by Grant Burningham, in Newsweek (1 March 2016)
  • The only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.
    • Boris Johnson, as quoted in Boris Johnson: ‘The only reason I wouldn’t visit some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump’ by Helena Horton, The Telegraph (8 December 2015)
  • Donald Trump’s a pussy.
    • Gary Johnson, in U.S. Libertarian Party debate (2016)

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  • I’m rooting for him to do well for the same reason I root for a pilot on my airplane to do well.
    • John Kasich, Kasich: ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do’ in 2020, The Hill, May 6 2017
  • The Trump phenomenon is better understood as an amalgam of three different, largely pathological strains in American history and culture… The first and perhaps most obvious strain is hostility toward immigrants… In the 1850s, the American Party, labeled the ‘Know-Nothings’ by its opponents, accused Irish and German Catholics of being agents of the pope and a threat… Later in the century, white workers on the Pacific coast led a mass campaign against Chinese newcomers, whom they blamed for undercutting wages… Federal lawmakers affirmed their bigotry by excluding any Chinese laborers… In the 1920s, fears of Slavs, Jews, Italians, and others suspected of being hostile to America’s white ‘Nordic’ heritage persuaded Congress to impose quotas that all but banned immigrants… Trump’s attacks on ‘rapists and murderers’ crossing the southern border and on potential Muslim terrorists jetting across the Atlantic belong to this long and ignominious tradition.
    • Michael Kazin, “Trump in Context” (14 December 2015), Dissent Magazine
  • His vow to ‘Make America Great Again’ lacks any explanation of what or who made it so wonderful before. Searching his website for clues turns up no proposals that might credibly bring about a national revival, unless one believes that a simplified tax code and a stern crackdown on illegal immigration amount to a sufficient blueprint for major change.
    • Michael Kazin, “Trump in Context” (14 December 2015), Dissent Magazine
  • The allure of Trump’s candidacy and the dread it provokes at home and abroad stem from the same impulses, which run deep in U.S. political culture. A rich man whose name is familiar to everyone bashes people whom many citizens either fear or mistrust and makes vague promises to fix whatever ails the nation. And he does all this with a smirk, a threat, and yet also with a yearning for respect, even from those he routinely assaults in speeches. Trump probably will not be elected president, and it would be a disaster if he was. But his act is hardly as novel as he, and many of his fans and his critics, believe. After he leaves the stage, another wealthy performer with a talent for bombast and no political record to defend may well take his place.
    • Michael Kazin, “Trump in Context” (14 December 2015), Dissent Magazine
  • Trump is no true conservative. He’s not even a reactionary in the best sense of the word. He’s a self-aggrandizing opportunist. His policies go no further than his catchphrase, ‘you’re fired’. Listening to his first television ad is like a preview for a bad movie; an empty supercut of the highlights, or lowlights, without the plot being revealed because it’s so thin. Trump is no everyman. He built his empire with $100 million from his wealthy father. Far from born into working or middle class, Trump never struggled a day in his life except by his own failings in business and the resulting repeated bankruptcies. His privileged background enabled him to make money off money; not exactly high on the hierarchy of middle-class values. As for being incorruptible, Trump gave big to politicians. He admitted that was meant to buy favors. His policy positions are similarly ephemeral; he supported the Big Government policies of Democrats and slippery values of the Clintons when it suited him. Steadfast, he is not.
    • Sean Kennedy, “Donald Trump must be destroyed” (8 January 2016), CNN, Georgia: Cable News Network
  • Donald Trump is convincingly playing the role of a pandering demagogue. He seeks to stir up a passionate reaction that serves the purposes of his ambition. America’s founders repeatedly warned against such demagoguery, because it sets people up for tyranny. Given his background, it’s advisable to assume Donald Trump is being used by the enemies of rightful liberty to lead otherwise sincerely conservative people down a blind canyon into the withering fire of their elitist foes… Given this track record, before following Trump’s lead, shouldn’t people sincerely anxious to restore America’s constitutional liberty carefully examine the nature of his purported advocacy? With much fanfare, Trump is being attacked by his erstwhile elitist faction buddies. But has he attacked them for treacherous betrayal of the security and sovereignty of the American people?
    • Alan Keyes, “Is Donald the Elitist Faction’s Trump?” (16 July 2015), WND
  • Every president lies at some point, for diplomatic or national security reasons or to sell a policy. But Trump is not known for one big lie — just a constant stream of exaggerated, invented, inconsistent, dubious and false claims. In the nine years I have run The Fact Checker, I have never encountered a politician so cavalier about the facts, so unconcerned with accuracy, so willing to attack people for made-up reasons and so determined to falsely depict his achievements.
    • Glenn Kessler, editor and chief writer of The Washington Post Fact Checker, in Fact-checking Trump: He’s on a dangerous path that must be documented and discouraged (June 2, 2020)
  • Donald Trump has asked why I did not speak at the Democratic convention. He said he would like to hear from me. Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.
  • Donald Trump said I had nothing to say. I do. My son Humayun Khan, an Army captain, died 12 years ago in Iraq. He loved America, where we moved when he was 2 years old. He had volunteered to help his country, signing up for the ROTC at the University of Virginia. This was before the attack of Sept. 11, 2001. He didn’t have to do this, but he wanted to.
  • I cannot walk into a room with pictures of Humayun. For all these years, I haven’t been able to clean the closet where his things are — I had to ask my daughter-in-law to do it. Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?
  • Donald Trump said that maybe I wasn’t allowed to say anything. That is not true. My husband asked me if I wanted to speak, but I told him I could not. My religion teaches me that all human beings are equal in God’s eyes. Husband and wife are part of each other; you should love and respect each other so you can take care of the family. When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant. If he studied the real Islam and Koran, all the ideas he gets from terrorists would change, because terrorism is a different religion. Donald Trump said he has made a lot of sacrifices. He doesn’t know what the word sacrifice means.
    • Ghazala Khan, mother of fallen U.S. Army Captain Humayun S. M. Khan. Ghazala Khan: Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice., The Washington Post (July 31, 2016)
  • Muslims are American, Muslims are citizens, Muslims participate in the well-being of this country as American citizens. We are proud American citizens. It’s the values of this country that brought us here, not our religion. Trump’s position on these issues do not represent those values.
    • Khizr M. Khan in an interview with Vocativ. [37] (December 08, 2015)
  • If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America. Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country. Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words “liberty” and “equal protection of law.” Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending America — you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one. We can’t solve our problems by building walls and sowing division. We are Stronger Together.
    • Khizr M. Khan, speech during the final day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. [38] (29 July 2016)
  • His policies, his practices, do not reflect that he has any understanding of the basic, fundamental constitutional principles of this country, what makes this country exceptional, what makes this country exceptional in the history of the mankind. There are principles of equal dignity, principle of liberty. He talks about excluding people, disrespecting judges, the entire judicial system, immigrants, Muslim immigrants. These are divisive rhetoric that is totally against the basic constitutional principle. If you read the Constitution, you will either deliberately would be violating those principles or you have not read. That is why I have watched whole ear and rest of the world has watched, and the love and affection and support that we have received after my statement, at every corner of the street, at every place. The affection, the support, the love that I have received, that we continue to receive is a testament that he is talking about ignorance. He is not fully aware of these principles.
  • Two things are absolutely necessary in any leader or any person that aspires, wishes, to be a leader. That is moral compass and second is empathy. This candidate is void of both traits that are necessary for the stewardship of this country.
  • I do not believe his whole year-long rhetoric, division, excluding people, talking about them derogatorily, has prepared him. He promised to the Republican leadership that he will change his manner, he will not be as ignorant as he had been. But he had continued. Those two traits of moral compass and empathy are absolutely necessary for the leader of a free world leader of nation like United States.
  • This candidate for presidency to not be aware of the respect of a gold star mother standing there, and he had to take that shot at her, this is height of ignorance. This is why I showed him that Constitution. Had he read that, he would know what status a gold star mother holds in that nation. This country holds such a person in the highest regard. And he has no knowledge, no awareness. That is height of his ignorance. She is ill. She had high blood pressure. People that know her, looked at her face, and she said, “I may fall off the stage.” And I told her that, you have to assemble yourself and stand for the beauty of this tribute that is being paid. This person is total incapable of empathy. I want his family to counsel him, teach him some empathy. He will be a better person if he could become — but he is a black soul. And this is totally unfit for the leadership of this beautiful country, the love and affection that we have received affirms that our beliefs, our experience in this country had been correct and positive. The world is receiving us like we have never seen. They have seen the blackness of his character, of his soul, that he is void of recognizing, empathizing with people.
    • Khizr M. Khan, on an interview with CNN about Donald Trump saying that Khan’s wife didn’t speak because she was forbidden. [39] (July 31, 2016)
  • I have exactly the same rights as he does. He had been abusing, disrespecting women, judges, all decent Americans. He had been so abusive of them. I exercise exactly the same rights. That, again, proves his ignorance. He wants to have one set of rights for himself, and he wants to have another set of rights for others. No, somebody should tell him that there is equal dignity, equal protection of law in this country. That is why that Constitution came to play. I keep that in my pocket, because I cherish this document. I wish somebody would read it to him. Certain fundamental values that enshrine in this document.
  • Donald Trump needs to sit with his advisers and portray to this world that he is empathetic. You solve the problems with empathy, putting people together. There are bad people among us, but there are good people among us, as well. You gather good people to get rid of bad people, but you do not malign the whole religion — the whole culture.
  • We are the solution to the dealing with the terrorism in the United States. Join hands with good Muslims. Only war is not the solution. It is one of the solutions. Communities coming together is the solution. We are as concerned as Donald Trump is about the safety of this country. We are testament to the goodness of this country. We need to stop fighting with one another, but we need a leader that will unite us, not disrespect, not by derogatory remarks. I feel bad about the discourse that this campaign — this election campaign has taken. We need to join hands. We have a very serious problem of this for the safety of the citizens of this country. We are solution. Look, the treatment of Muslims in France and other places, there is much worse security issues than United States does.
    • Khizr M. Khan, in an interview in New Day on CNN Monday [40] (August 1, 2016)
  • When a person becomes Commander-in- Chief, president, you are president and Commander-in-Chief of everybody that has supported you and that has not supported you.
    • Khizr M. Khan, in an interview in Anderson Cooper 360° Transcript (August 2, 2016)
  • But, far from making remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful to defusing tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors. A frightened dog barks louder. […] He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician. […] Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say. […] I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.
    • Kim Jong-un, quoted in Seun Oyedele (22 September 2018), “Trump Is A Rogue And Gangster Playing With Fire- North Korean Leader, Kim Jong”, Odua Voice 
  • Donald Trump is a fascist. … Not in the sense of an all-purpose bad guy, but in the sense of somebody who sincerely believes that the toxic combination of strong government and strong corporations should run the nation and the world. He spent his previous career negotiating with the government on behalf of corporations; now he has switched teams. But it’s the same game.
    • Michael Kinsley, Donald Trump is actually a fascist, The Washington Post (December 9, 2016)
  • If instead of having ten fingers, I had ten combs for fingers, I’d love to meet Donald Trump, just so I could run my fingers through his hair.
    • Jarod Kintz (18 May 2011), This Book is Not For Sale 
  • I have spent my life building bridges and tearing down barriers — not building walls. That’s why I find Donald Trump’s belief that an American-born judge of Mexican descent is incapable of fairly presiding over his case is not only dead wrong, it is un-American. As the Presidential campaign progressed, I was hoping the rhetoric would tone down and reflect a campaign that was inclusive, thoughtful and principled. While I oppose the Democratic nominee, Donald Trump’s latest statements, in context with past attacks on Hispanics, women and the disabled like me, make it certain that I cannot and will not support my party’s nominee for President regardless of the political impact on my candidacy or the Republican Party. It is absolutely essential that we are guided by a commander-in-chief with a responsible and proper temperament, discretion and judgment. Our President must be fit to command the most powerful military the world has ever seen, including an arsenal of thousands of nuclear weapons. After much consideration, I have concluded that Donald Trump has not demonstrated the temperament necessary to assume the greatest office in the world.
    • Mark Kirk, quoted in Sen. Mark Kirk withdraws support for Trump by Lynn Sweet, 7 June 2016, Chicago Sun-Times.
  • Donald Trump — a political neophyte, a New York loudmouth who plays fast and loose with the truth, a massive egotist and a not altogether pleasant human being — has delivered conservatives one of the greatest years in living memory and has made our government more moral in the process. The left and many on the right didn’t see it coming because they hate the man. And because they didn’t see it coming, they won’t see that it’s come.
    • Andrew Klavan, “Trump Has Made Our Government More Moral”, PJ Media (December 15, 2017)
  • President Trump has violated many of the norms and laws on which our democracy depends. He circumvents Congress by declaring the “crisis” at the border a national emergency. He orders his staff to ignore subpoenas. He uses his presidential status to enhance his family’s wealth. He demands absolute loyalty from his appointees. He treats truth like a despot and jokes with Vladimir Putin about his “fake news” problem. He boasts about his misogyny and spews racist insults. Trump is not a despot. But neither were Mussolini and Hitler early on. No black or brown shirts march in our streets. President Trump’s enablers wear white shirts and black robes. They are unified. Democrats are not.
    • Claudia Koonz, Autocrats do not need a majority to destroy democracy. A divided opposition helps them. (September 15, 2019), History News Network.
  • Look, Trump has been elected, he will be our president and he has the right to choose conservatives. But instead of turning to the many principled Republicans available, he seems drawn to hotheads and bigots, embarrassing himself and our nation.
    • Nicholas D. Kristof, Trump Embarrasses Himself and Our Country, The New York Times (November 19, 2016)
  • Isn’t Donald Trump the very epitome of vulgarity? In sum… Isn’t Trumpism a two-bit Caesarism of a kind that American conservatives have always disdained? Isn’t the task of conservatives today to stand athwart Trumpism, yelling Stop?
    • William Kristol, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • What do African-Americans have to lose, asks Donald Trump.
    • Paul Krugman, about the comments of Trump on African Americans in the United States. Twitter, August 20, 2016

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  • Sadism has even found a prominent position in popular culture.Many prime-time television series now owe their staying power to the sadistic impulses they exploit on the tube. Audience members find tremendous enjoyment in viewing horrified contestants who devour worms and insects on NBC’s Fear Factor; Donald Trump who exclaims without nuance, “You’re fired” on his wildly popular series, The Apprentice
    • Jack Levin and James Alan Fox, “Normalcy in Behavioral Characteristics of the Sadistic Serial Killer”, Chapter 1 in Serial Murder and the Psychology of Violent Crimes, edited by Richard N. Kocsis, 2008 Humana Press; p. 12-13
  • Donald Trump is no conservative. That’s not a crime, it’s just a reason to vote against him. Many fine people are not conservatives. But the reason Trump’s candidacy should worry the Right runs much deeper than that. He poses a direct challenge to conservatism, because he embodies the empty promise of managerial leadership outside of politics.
    • Yuval Levin, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • We have now arrived at a point where what is being spouted by Donald Trump, and others, amounts to a shallow, vulgar, uncompassionate conservatism. Sadly, to many Republicans, Bush is now a punchline, and Trump is the fad of the moment.
    • Matt Lewis, “You Guys, I’m Starting to Miss Dubya” (25 November 2015), The Daily Beast
  • President Trump’s order to take out Qasem Soleimani was morally, constitutionally and strategically correct. It deserves more bipartisan support than the begrudging or negative reactions it has received thus far from my fellow Democrats.
    • Joe Lieberman, “The Democrats and Iran”, The Wall Street Journal (January 5, 2020)
  • I know Donald Trump. He’s been a frequent guest on my radio and television programs, and I introduced him at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2015. He has always been amiable and complimentary. I genuinely like him. But not as my presidential pick.
    • Dana Loesch, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • While Trump’s appeal to various groups may be understandable, he makes a terrible champion for Republicans, and especially for conservatives. By the standards we typically use to evaluate candidates — their records, their views, their popularity with the general public, their experience, their temperament, their character — Trump should be dismissed out of hand. No candidate is perfect, but large numbers of conservatives have never before supported any candidate so obviously deficient in all of these respects. That Trump has a long history of liberal positions that extends even into the fairly recent past should not by itself be disqualifying. Conservatism has always welcomed converts. But conservatives have also expected some demonstrated commitment to their principles, some action that advanced their causes, before seeking to elevate a convert to high office. When Mitt Romney ran for the Senate in 1994, for example, he tried to distance himself from Reagan-era conservatism. He later moved right. But even on his least conservative day, Romney was arguing for a smaller government and lower taxes (and for an end to Ted Kennedy’s career). Trump, by contrast, has done essentially nothing for any conservative cause prior to deciding to run for the Republican presidential nomination.
    • Rich Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru, “Trump Wrongs The Right” (19 October 2015), National Review.
  • Trump obviously never meant to impose a wealth test on his administration, or he would have failed it himself. He is proof that a fortune isn’t necessarily an obstacle to being a champion of an agenda of populist reform.
    • Rich Lowry, No, the Swamp Won’t Be Drained, Politico (December 01, 2016)
  • He wouldn’t drain the swamp, but merely feed different alligators.
    • Rich Lowry, No, the Swamp Won’t Be Drained, Politico (December 01, 2016)
  • When you get up there and try to say you want to see Hillary Clinton win, that wouldn’t go over so big. Trump has sold me. What more can I say? I just think he’s the only one who’s going to turn this country around.
    • Loretta Lynn, as quoted in “This Huge Country Star Just Revealed The Republican She’s Supporting For President” by Kaitlan Collins, The Daily Caller (13 January 2016)

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  • Donald Trump, for all of his bluster, is at least authentically stupid… All these other guys are clown posers. Trump is the genuine article. And, God help me, I think I’d rather have him sitting in the Oval Office, getting stupidly out-maneuvered by the politicians under him, than bringing in a guy like Carson who is willing to shred every last bit of his intellectual credibility in order to lord over a citizenry he doesn’t seem to have much respect for.
    • Drew Magary, “F*ck Ben Carson”, GQ (8 October 2015)
  • New Rule: Whenever you think the Tea Party can’t get any dumber, they get dumber. Now they’re in love with Donald Trump. Because nothing says “We’re serious about fiscal responsibility” quite like a billionaire whose corporations have filed for bankruptcy three times.
    • Bill Maher (2011), The New New Rules: A Funny Look At How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass, New York: Blue Rider Press, ISBN 978-0399158414 
  • Here’s the thing about Donald Trump: He never apologizes. He’s never wrong, no matter what crazy thing he says. He’s totally— he’s the white Kanye. And they are gonna love him. For a party whose base adores belligerence, this is the guy.
    • Bill Maher, Real Time with Bill Maher, 26 June 2015 
  • Did you know that of the 14 states with the highest number of painkiller prescriptions per person, they all went for Trump?
    • Bill Maher Real Time with Bill Maher, January 20th 2017
  • His behavior defies the traditional definition of what it means to be “manly.” He wears bronzer, loves gold and gossip, is obsessed with his physical appearance, whines constantly, can’t control his emotions, watches daytime television, enjoys parades and interior decorating, and used to sell perfume.
    • Windsor Mann, The least macho president, The Week, 18 February 2019 
  • I think even during the campaign I said that Trump reminded me most of Joffrey. They have the same level of emotional maturity. And Joffrey likes to remind everyone that he’s king. And he thinks that gives him the ability to do anything. And we’re not an absolute monarchy, like Westeros is. We’re a constitutional republic. And yet, Trump doesn’t seem to know what that means. He thinks the presidency gives him the power to do anything. And so, yeah, Joffrey is Trump.
    • George R. R. Martin, interviewed by Jamie Sims in the T: The New York Times Style Magazine, “George R. R. Martin Answers Times Staffers’ Burning Questions,” October 16, 2018.
  • Trump is a potential disaster as commander-in-chief—uninformed, volatile, poor judgment. Hard to believe this is the candidate of a major political party.
    • Barry McCaffrey, retired four-star U.S. Army general, as quoted in “What Does the Military Think of Donald Trump?” (15 June 2016), Time
  • In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged a fallen soldier’s parents. He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.
    • John McCain, statement regarding Donald Trump’s comments about Khizr and Ghazala Khan (transcript by CNN) (August 1, 2016)
  • I claim no moral superiority over Donald Trump. I have a long and well-known public and private record for which I will have to answer at the Final Judgment, and I repose my hope in the promise of mercy and the moderation of age. I challenge the nominee to set the example for what our country can and should represent.
    • John McCain, statement regarding Donald Trump’s comments about Khizr and Ghazala Khan (transcript by CNN) (August 1, 2016)
  • Arizona is watching. It is time for Donald Trump to set the example for our country and the future of the Republican Party. While our Party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.
    • John McCain, statement regarding Donald Trump’s comments about Khizr and Ghazala Khan (transcript by CNN) (August 1, 2016)
  • Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. … President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world. … No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are — a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.
    • John McCain, official statement: “SASC Chairman John Mccain on Trump-Putin Meeting” (16 July 2018)
  • The presidency’s most crucial duty is the protection of American national security. Yet, interviewed by Hugh Hewitt months into his campaign, Donald Trump did not know the key leaders of the global jihad. The man who would be commander-in-chief was unfamiliar with Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader who has been murdering Americans for over 30 years; Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s longtime deputy who has quite notoriously commanded al-Qaeda since the network’s leader was killed by U.S. forces in 2011; and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State (ISIS) and a jihadist so globally notorious that many teenagers are aware of him. Of course a man who wants to be president should make it his business to know such things.
    • Andrew C. McCarthy, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • When you think of how far we have come, and at what cost, and with what faith, to just turn it all over to this monstrous clown with a monstrous ego, with no experience, never served his country in any way — it’s just crazy. We can’t stand by and let it happen. The Republican Party shouldn’t stand by and let it happen.
    • David McCullough, quoted by Jim Dwyer in The New York Times, “Scholars Steeped in Dead Politicians Take On a Live One: Donald Trump,” July 12 2016.
  • Trump had been calling for better relations with Russia during his presidential campaign… Stooping to a new low, Friday’s (New York) Times headline screamed: “F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia.” For those interested in evidence — or the lack of it— regarding collusion between Russia and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, we can thank the usual Russia-gate promoters at The New York Times and CNN for inadvertently filling in some gaps in recent days… NYT readers had to get down to paragraph 9 to read: “No evidence has emerged…”
    • Ray McGovern in Ray McGovern: Russia-gate Evidence, Please, (15 January 2019)
  • Donald Trump is no conservative. He’s a populist whose theme is: Our government is broken, and I’ll fix it. He’s right on point one: Both parties have failed to lead. Obama and congressional Democrats manipulate the levers of power to push America farther toward European socialism; Republicans promise free-market alternatives but end up caving in to pressure or carrying water for the GOP’s own big-government special interests. The American people have signaled in recent elections that they’ve had enough of business as usual, and now they want to clean house. Yet Trump is no better than what we already have. He’ll say anything to get a vote but give us more of the same if he gets into office. Trump beguiles us, defies the politically correct media, and bullies anyone who points out that the emperor has no clothes. None of that makes him a conservative who cherishes liberty… For decades, Trump has argued for big government.
    • David McIntosh, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • Trump himself thought it was a good idea in the recent past to support Hillary Clinton, including to be President.
    • Dan McLaughlin, “The Never Trump Movement Is Neither Anti-American Nor Hypocritical” (17 May 2016), Red State
  • Trump is unexpectedly increasing my enthusiasm for Hillary. What he is saying is not based on facts: it’s based on immaturity, bad judgment and ignorance, and I think it’s going to be hard for people in uniform who are thoughtful about this, to vote for him.
    • Merrill McPeak, retired U.S. Air Force chief of staff, as quoted in “What Does the Military Think of Donald Trump?” (15 June 2016), Time
  • Trump’s brawling, blustery, mean-spirited public persona serves to associate conservatives with all the negative stereotypes that liberals have for decades attached to their opponents on the right. According to conventional caricature, conservatives are selfish, greedy, materialistic, bullying, misogynistic, angry, and intolerant. They are, we’re told, privileged and pampered elitists who revel in the advantages of inherited wealth while displaying only cruel contempt for the less fortunate and the less powerful. The Left tried to smear Ronald Reagan in such terms but failed miserably because he displayed none of the stereotypical traits… Trump is the living, breathing, bellowing personification of all the nasty characteristics Democrats routinely ascribe to Republicans.
    • Michael Medved, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • There are two tactical approaches for candidates seeking their party’s nomination in election campaigns. One is to strongly debate the issues and firmly advocate your positions, but to avoid personal attacks on your opponents or needless divisiveness. The other is to vigorously attack your fellow candidates, disparaging them personally and seeking to raise yourself up by dragging them down. Ronald Reagan was famous for epitomizing the former path. Donald Trump, unfortunately, has chosen to follow the latter course… At a time when the nation is suffering under one of the most divisive and incompetent presidents in history, our people need positive, unifying leadership, not negative, destructive political rhetoric.
    • Edwin Meese, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • Trump owes less to Willkie’s tradition than to Benito Mussolini’s, and not only because of the superficial: Trump’s chin-out toughness, sweeping right-hand gestures and talk of his “huge” successes and his “stupid” opponents all evoke the Italian dictator’s style. Monday’s breathtaking announcement that he would block all Muslims from entering the United States has many pointing out the obvious fascist overtones… Trump uses many of the fascist’s tools: a contempt for facts, spreading a pervasive sense of fear and overwhelming crisis, portraying his backers as victims, assigning blame to foreign or alien actors and suggesting only his powerful personality can transcend the crisis. He endorsed the violence done to a dissenter at one of his rallies, and he now floats the idea of making entry to the United States contingent on religion.
    • Dana Milbank, “Donald Trump, America’s modern Mussolini” (8 December 2015), The Washington Post.
  • For all the promises Trump is breaking, there is one he has kept without wavering: his vow to be unpredictable. … Some suggest that there is a method to Trump’s madness, that he is trying to make would-be adversaries think he is irrational and capricious, thereby making foes and rivals wary of pushing him too far. … But in Trump’s application of the Madman Theory there seems to be less theory than madman. There may be advantages to keeping foes and opponents off guard, but Trump is baffling friends and allies, too. In foreign affairs, unpredictability spooks allies and spreads instability. And unpredictable policy at home has long been seen as toxic for business. … The widespread chaos suggests Trump isn’t signaling new policies as much as he’s winging it. His unpredictability is not a theory. It’s the absence of one.
    • Dana Milbank, Trump’s one consistent policy: Chaos, The Washington Post (December 6, 2016)
  • He needs no introduction. His name is familiar to every person on the planet Earth. His name comes up in almost every conversation in the world on global politics. His every word is followed by tens of millions. He has left a deep and lasting impact everywhere.
    • Narendra Modi, speaking at the “Howdy Modi” rally at NRG Stadium in Houston, United States, ETV Andhra Pradesh (22 September 2019)

President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. ~Moon Jae-in

  • President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize.
    • Moon Jae-in, as quoted in “South Korea president says Trump deserves Nobel Peace Prize” by Hyonhee Shin, Reuters (30 April 2018)
  • The three primary goals of religious conservatives: to protect all human life, including that of the unborn; to reinforce the sanctity of marriage and the family; and to conserve the religious freedom of all persons. All three goals would be in jeopardy under a Trump presidency. Yes, Trump says that he is pro-life now, despite having supported partial-birth abortion in the past. The problem is not whether he can check a box. Pro-life voters expect leaders to have a coherent vision of human dignity and to be able to defend against assaults on human life in the future—some of which may be unimaginable today and will present themselves only as new technologies develop.
    • Russell Moore, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • Trump’s proposal would assure the enmity of all Muslims, including those whose support we need if we are to prevail. Even assuming an infallible way to identify who is Muslim, the proposal is both under- and over-inclusive. It is under-inclusive because it does not address potential terrorists who have U.S. passports or residence permits, or are already here, or may threaten us abroad; it is over-inclusive because it bars the huge majority of Muslims who are not potential terrorists. Trump says he would order the military to kill the families of terrorists. That would be a direct violation of the most basic laws of armed conflict, which require that deadly force be used only when required by military necessity, under circumstances that allow distinction between military and civilian targets, and when incidental damage to non-military targets is proportional to the military advantage gained. A military that adhered to the laws of armed conflict would necessarily disobey such an order; if it followed the order, both the person who gave it and those who followed it would be subject to prosecution for war crimes.
    • Michael B. Mukasey, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • What a fucking idiot.
    • Rupert Murdoch, as quoted in “Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Be President” (January 2017), by Michael Wolff, NY Mag
  • Trump has gotten six or seven stories in his presidency so far, that if they happened in 1981, there would have been serious talk about the president needing to resign. And that’s gone now, that ray gun of, “We don’t do this. You can’t get away with that” is pretty much gone… Everything is a racial stereotype with him half the time. We’ve got to admit that about Trump.
    • Mike Murphy, interview with Bill Kristol (20 June 2017)
  • A Moscow loving grifter is on the loose in the White House. Shame on the Vichy Republicans who constantly enable him.
    • Mike Murphy, interview with Daniel Lippman (2018)

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  • When Trump came for the Mexicans, I did not speak out — as I was not a Mexican. When he came for the Muslims I did not speak out — as I was not a Muslim. Then he came for me.
    • The Daily News, variant of First they came … by Martin Niemöller, as quoted in Daily News cover shows Donald Trump cutting off the Statue of Liberty’s head (December 09, 2015) by Colin Campbell, Business Insider
  • I love Donald, and he would make a great president. Number one, he tells the truth. Number two, he’s been where most of these guys want to be, in terms of riding on his own plane. He doesn’t have to worry about what hotels he stays in, he doesn’t have to worry about how his family gets to Hawaii, so on and so forth. I could give you so many reasons. But most of all, most important I think for Mr. Trump, is he tells it like it is. Look, we can talk about these radicals all we want, but it’s my opinion, and I heard [Trump] say this too: They’re only going to be as radical as we let them be.
    • Wayne Newton on Fox & Friends, 6 October 2015  — as quoted in “Wayne Newton all in on Trump” by Judy Kurtz, The Hill (6 October 2015)
  • Trump has chosen to identify himself as a Republican as a matter of egotistical convenience.
    • Tom Nichols, “I’ll Take Hillary Clinton Over Donald Trump” (24 February 2016), The Federalist
  • As you can imagine, [Pat] is an expert on politics and she predicts whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner!
    • Richard Nixon, crediting his wife Pat Nixon in a letter to Trump in 1987, FACT CHECK: Did Richard Nixon Write a Letter Predicting Donald Trump’s Success in Politics?, Snopes, (May 18, 2017)
  • Have you ever argued with a toddler? Because if you have, you probably lost that argument, or you killed the toddler. Either way, you didn’t win the argument, because you can’t win an argument against a toddler. Toddlers will say the most outlandish shit. […] Over the course of this election season, we’ve come to realize that president-elect Donald Trump might have the mind of a toddler. And if you think about it, it makes sense. He loves the same things that toddlers do. They like building things. They love attention, always grabbing things they’re not supposed to. […] You don’t argue with a child if you want to win. Don’t amplify the toddler’s voice, because you’ll just get trapped in the toddler’s world. Rather, just keep asking the toddler to elaborate. Because logic is the downfall of every toddler. The point is to gently demoralize the toddler and smother his tantrums. And, as a bonus, stop him from delegitimizing the press.
    • Trevor Noah, The Daily Show, November 30, 2016. Quoted in Trevor Noah: How journalists really need to deal with Trump (November 30, 2016) by Paul Schrodt, Business Insider
  • Donald Trump should be given the Medal of Freedom for speaking his mind in such a bold, honest and straight-forward manner.
    • Ted Nugent, Give Trump the Medal of Freedom, WorldNetDaily (August 7, 2015). Quoted in Shaq Didn’t Call Trump the ‘Best President’ (September 17, 2018) by Catherine Monk, FactCheck.org
  • Donald Trump comes closer than anyone else to being the archetype of the species; crossing genres, he exemplifies all the ways an asshole can capture our attention.
    • Geoffrey Nunberg (14 August 2012), Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years, New York: PublicAffairs, pp. 164-165, ISBN 978-1610391757 

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  • [Americans have] a continuing normative commitment to the ideals of individual freedom and mobility, values that extend far beyond the issue of race in the American mind. The depth of this commitment may be summarily dismissed as the unfounded optimism of the average American—I may not be Donald Trump now, but just you wait; if I don’t make it, my children will.
    • Barack Obama, in a 1991 law school paper called “Race and Rights Rhetoric”, as quoted in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama (2017) by David Garrow, and reported in “Young Obama Said the American Dream Is to Be Donald Trump”, Vice (12 May 2017)
  • We’ve got a debate inside the other party that is fantasy and schoolyard taunts and selling stuff like it’s the Home Shopping Network. And then you’ve got the Republican establishment — they’re very exercised: We’re shocked that somebody would be saying these things. We’re shocked that somebody is fanning anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-Muslim sentiment. We’re shocked! We’re shocked that somebody could be loose with the facts. Or distort someone’s record — shocked… This is the guy, remember, who was sure that I was born in Kenya. Who just wouldn’t let it go. And all this same Republican establishment, they weren’t saying nothing. As long as it was directed at me, they were fine with it. They thought it was a hoot. Wanted to get his endorsement… What is happening in this primary is just a distillation of what’s been happening inside their party for more than a decade. I mean, the reason that many of their voters are responding is because this is what’s been fed through the messages they’ve been sending for a long time — that you just make flat assertions that don’t comport with the facts. That you just deny the evidence of science. That compromise is a betrayal. That the other side isn’t simply wrong, or we just disagree, we want to take a different approach, but the other side is destroying the country, or treasonous. I mean, that’s – look it up. That’s what they’ve been saying. So they can’t be surprised when somebody suddenly looks and says, you know what, I can do that even better. I can make stuff up better than that. I can be more outrageous than that. I can insult people even better than that. I can be even more uncivil.
    • Barack Obama on Trump, March 2016
  • I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously … But he never did. For close to four years now, he’s shown no interest in putting in the work; no interest in finding common ground; no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends; no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves. … Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t.
    • Barack Obama on Trump, 20 August 2020
  • I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart. Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him.
    • Malik Obama, President Obama’s half-brother, as quoted in “Why Obama’s half-brother says he’ll be voting for Donald Trump” by Isabel Vincent, New York Post (24 July 2016)
  • Let’s take a page from Donald Trump’s book and ignore political correctness for a moment. If you support Trump, you support his sexist, bigoted and racist views. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it, and this is especially true for GOP party leaders, elected officials and even community leaders. Some have said things such as, ‘I don’t like Trump’s history of demeaning women, but I think he will be good for the economy’. Sorry, you don’t get a pass because you like one of his policy proposals. It’s akin to saying, ‘I supported Hitler for his tax plan’. And no, I’m absolutely not comparing Trump to Hitler. But Anne Frank’s 86-year-old stepsister, Eva Schloss, who survived Auschwitz, did just that a few weeks ago, telling Newsweek that Trump ‘is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism’.
    • Dean Obeidallah, “A Vote For Trump Is A Vote” (24 February 2016), CNN, State of Georgia: Cable News Network
  • He said to me, “if you’re ever caught cheating, you deny, deny, deny, and wear them out, and they will believe you eventually because you’ve denied so long.”
    • Jack O’Donnell, former president of the Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City, Believing Him: For Trump, Sticking With Men Like Stephen Moore Is Nothing New (26 April 2019), New York Times
  • This young girl, Tara Conner, how old is she? 20? 21. She went out and she was partying. She’s from Kentucky. She went to New York and she was hanging out at all the parties, and doing what Paris and Lindsay do — you know, dancing, whatever. And so he held a press conference to announce whether or not she was going to retain her crown. And then she started to cry, going, “I just want to thank Donald for giving me a second chance.” And there he is, hair looping, going [flipping hair over top of her head, imitating Trump] “Everyone deserves a second chance. I’m going to give her a second chance.”

    He annoys me on a multitude of levels. He’s the moral authority? Left the first wife, had an affair. Left the second wife, had an affair. Had kids both times, but he’s the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America. Donald, sit and spin, my friend! I don’t enjoy him. No. No, no, no.

  • He inherited a lot of money — wait a minute — and he’s been bankrupt so many times where he didn’t have to pay. But the people beneath him who he owed money to got shorted out of the money, but he got to again, try again and again. And you know what saved him the second time? After his father died, with that money, he paid off all his bankruptcy. This is not a self-made man.
  • I just think that this man is sort of like one of those, you know, snake oil salesmen in Little House on the Prairie.
    • Rosie O’Donnell, The View (2006), quoted in “Rosie O’Donnell Hits Back at Donald Trump After Debate Bashing – and Calls Him an ‘Orange Anus'”, People (2016-09-27)
    • Referring to Trump’s announcement that he would give Miss USA 2006 a “second chance” after her substance abuse scandal.
  • This man just can’t be president. They’ve got this button — this briefcase. He’s going to find it.
    • P. J. O’Rourke, alluding to the nuclear codes the commander-in-chief takes control of upon assuming office, May 7, 2016 on NPR
  • The Founding Fathers created a system of checks and balances to limit the power of the President, but it only works if someone fucking checks or balances. And if you don’t, it’s no longer on Trump, it’s on you. Because when you’ve got the presidential equivalent of a five-year-old shitting on the salad bar of a Ruby Tuesdays, at some point you stop blaming the five-year-old, and you start blaming the people who are not stopping him. Stop that boy, that’s what I am saying. Stop that boy, now.
    • John Oliver during a piece on the aftermath of Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on his Last Week Tonight show (14 May 2017)
  • Now that he’s president-elect, you just hope that he can make the world a better place. He won fair and square. We have to give him a chance. There’s no need talking about recounts and this and that.
    • Shaquille O’Neal, as quoted in Shaq Didn’t Call Trump the ‘Best President’ (September 17, 2018) by Catherine Monk, FactCheck.org

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  • I’m happy with what Trump has done, because he’s totally blown up the media! All of a sudden, ‘BOOM!’ That lack of caution and shooting from the hip. He’s not a president, of course. He’s not remotely a president. He has no political skills of any kind. He’s simply an American citizen who is creating his own bully pulpit.
    • Camille Paglia, as quoted by Luke Morgan Britan, “Before Calling Taylor Swift A ‘Nazi Barbie’, Camille Paglia Laid Into Plenty Of Other Celebrities”, NME.com, Dec 11, 2015; retrieved 15 September 2017
  • Had Hillary won, everyone would have expected disappointed Trump voters to show a modicum of respect for the electoral results as well as for the historic ceremony of the inauguration, during which former combatants momentarily unite to pay homage to the peaceful transition of power in our democracy. But that was not the reaction of a vast cadre of Democrats shocked by Trump’s win. In an abject failure of leadership that may be one of the most disgraceful episodes in the history of the modern Democratic party, Chuck Schumer, who had risen to become the Senate Democratic leader after the retirement of Harry Reid, asserted absolutely no moral authority as the party spun out of control in a nationwide orgy of rage and spite. Nor were there statesmanlike words of caution and restraint from two seasoned politicians whom I have admired for decades and believe should have run for president long ago—Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. How do Democrats imagine they can ever expand their electoral support if they go on and on in this self-destructive way, impugning half the nation as vile racists and homophobes?
    All of which brings us to the issue of Trump’s performance to date. The initial conundrum was: could he shift from being the slashing, caustic ex-reality show star of the campaign to a more measured, presidential persona? Perhaps to the dismay of his diehard critics, Trump did indeed make that transition at the Capitol on inauguration morning, when he appeared grave and focused, palpably conveying a sense of the awesome burdens of the highest office. As for his particular actions as president, I am no fan of executive orders, which usurp congressional prerogatives and which I was already denouncing when Obama was constantly signing them (with very little protest, one might add, from the mainstream media).
    • Camille Paglia, as quoted by Johnathan V. Last, “Camille Paglia: On Trump, Democrats, Transgenderism, and Islamist Terror”, The Weekly Standard, June 15, 2017
  • Only one candidate’s record of success proves he is the master of the art of the deal… I’m here to support the next president of the United States, Donald Trump.
    • Sarah Palin, “Sarah Palin’s speech endorsing Donald Trump in full”, Independent (20 January 2016)
  • With Donald Trump as the presumptive presidential nominee, we are witnessing a populist hijacking of one of the United States’ great political parties… [R]ooted in ignorance, prejudice, fear and isolationism… This troubles me deeply as a Republican, but it troubles me even more as an American… Enough is enough… It’s time to put country before party and say it together: Never Trump.
    • Henry Paulson, “Choose country over party” (24 June 2016), The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., as quoted in CBS News (June 2016)
  • Trump has made a living out of preying on and bullying society’s most vulnerable, with the help of government. He isn’t an outsider, but rather an unelected politician of the worst kind. He admits that he’s bought off elected officials in order get his way and to openly abuse the system. The rabid defense he gets from some quarters is astonishing. Trump’s liberal positions aren’t in the distant past—he has openly promoted them on the campaign trail. Trump isn’t fighting for anyone but himself, which has been his pattern for decades. Conservatives have a serious decision. Do we truly believe in our long-held principles and insist that politicians have records demonstrating fealty to them? Or are we willing to throw these principles away because an entertainer who has been a liberal Democrat for decades simply says some of the right things?
    • Katie Pavlich, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review
  • Observing his behavior, I have concluded that he is like the man who refuses to ask for directions.
  • All of the answers are there. And yet the president continues to go down the wrong path and refuses to ask for directions from scientists who know better than any of us.
    • Nancy Pelosi, talking about the need for testing, contact tracing, treatment, social distancing, masking and equipment for handling the Coronavirus pandemic, as quoted by Marisa Schultz, “Pelosi compares Trump to ‘the man who refuses to ask for directions'”, July 17 2020, CNN
  • Donald Trump and I believe that Captain Humayun Khan is an American hero and his family, like all Gold Star families, should be cherished by every American. Captain Khan gave his life to defend our country in the global war on terror. Due to the disastrous decisions of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, a once stable Middle East has now been overrun by ISIS. This must not stand. By suspending immigration from countries that have been compromised by terrorism, rebuilding our military, defeating ISIS at its source and projecting strength on the global stage, we will reduce the likelihood that other American families will face the enduring heartbreak of the Khan family.
    • Mike Pence, about the statements of Donald Trump on the fallen Captain Humayun S. M. Khan’s family — Facebook, July 31, 2016
  • It really is remarkable to think about the progress the American people have made over the last several months. When the president tapped me to lead the White House Coronavirus Task Force, he gave us the first objective is to save lives. And to focus on slowing the spread, bending the curve. […] Secondly, the president made it clear to us that we were to make sure the hospitals in impacted areas had the resources and the equipment that they needed to be able to save as many lives as possible.
    • Mike Pence, in an interview with Chuck Todd at Meet the Press (April 19, 2020). Transcript online at NBCNews.com
  • The president has made it clear that we want the governors to implement testing and deploy testing where they deem it’s most appropriate in their state, we’re going to continue to fully partner with states around the country to increase the supply, to make sure that they have the reagents and the test kits necessary to perform those tests. But I want to say again, it is truly — it’s a tribute to the president’s leadership that early on in this process he brought in the top commercial labs in the country. They formed an alliance. And we went from one month ago to 80,000 tests being done to four million tests being completed as of yesterday. We’ll continue to increase that. We’ll continue to make governors aware of that.
    • Mike Pence, in an interview with Chuck Todd at Meet the Press (April 19, 2020). Transcript online at NBCNews.com
  • I’ve seen that report in the papers this morning. And I know that HHS is making inquiries. But we believe those issues were resolved on that particular test by early February. But it’s important for your viewers to know that that test, the slow lab-based test that is typical for CDC and public health labs would never have been able to meet the needs of testing in this coronavirus epidemic. That’s why President Trump was so right when he brought together these commercial labs and formed a consortium. And literally took us from — at that time in February we had done some 20,000 tests total across the country. Now we’ve done more than four million and we believe we’ll have done more than five million tests before the end of this month. None of that would have been possible without the president’s leadership, without the innovation, without the incredible efforts of companies like Roche and Avid Laboratories.
    • Mike Pence on a FDA’s report stating that CDC’s initial test was faulty, in an interview with Chuck Todd at Meet the Press (April 19, 2020). Transcript online at NBCNews.com
  • The American people can be confident that this president wants to reopen the American economy as soon as we can safely and responsibly do it.
    • Mike Pence, in an interview with Chuck Todd at Meet the Press (April 19, 2020). Transcript online at NBCNews.com
  • I wrote the scripture reference, which is 2 Corinthians 3:17, which is how it’s written, I’m guilty as charged. That’s exactly what I did. I sent him a couple of suggestions of some things he could talk about as a connection point.
    It shows that he’s not familiar with Bible, Donald Trump’s a very interesting guy. There are some things about him that I find fascinating, that I like about him, as well as other evangelicals.
    • Tony Perkins, in an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett on OutFront, about Trump saying “two Corinthians” instead of “Second Corinthians” during a speech at Liberty University. [41] (January 22, 2016)
  • He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued… Let no one be mistaken: Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded. … Donald Trump is the modern-day incarnation of the Know Nothing movement.
    • Rick Perry, campaign event, Willard Hotel, 2015-07-22, quoted in DelReal, Jose A. (22 July 2015), “Perry: Trump’s campaign ‘a barking carnival act’ and ‘a cancer on conservatism'”, The Washington Post 
  • I don’t know how far Trump will go. But in giving confidence to the American people and exposing establishment hypocrisy, he has already done a great service for our country.
    • Jesse Lee Peterson, “Cowards join forces to attack the ‘bully'”, WND (21 September 2015)
  • The coming war on China is likely to happen by mistake or accident as a result of deliberate provocations by the US and its echoes. Under cover of the pandemic, the Trump regime is sending strategic bombers and spy drones within sight of China itself. Our silence is our peril.
  • Trump is an unbalanced force. He is the politicized American id. Should his election results match his polls, he would be, unquestionably, the worst thing to happen to the American common culture in my lifetime.
    • John Podhoretz, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • Donald Trump was so awful, so horrible, so disgusting… His lies, his distortions, his deceits, and his libels thicker and fouler than they’ve yet been… Since he began running he has demonstrated he knows things we don’t know about the emotions roiling in the American underbelly. Maybe he knows this too… He interrupts, he yells over them, he insults them, he goes over his allotted time, and the whirlwind he creates turns into a vacuum that sucks all the air out of the place and right into his attention-whore lungs.
    • John Podhoretz, “Trump was out of control in South Carolina debate” (13 February 2016), New York Post.
  • There is no comparison between the stance of Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and U.S. President Donald Trump: the former had a sober, science-based attitude, while the latter has consistently laughed off the coronavirus as a simple flu as recently as June 24.
    • Vijay Prashad in COVID-19: Why Laos, Vietnam & China Have Beaten the Virus and India, Brazil and the US Have Not, Consortium News (16 July 2020)
  • Donald Trump and his top Republican allies in Congress are fighting a war, and the battle lines have begun to clarify themselves. Their war is not being waged against COVID-19, the pandemic that has killed tens of thousands in this nation alone. Their war is being waged against the nation itself, and specifically against areas of the nation that are heavy on population but light on Trump supporters. In other words, the big-city blue states, whose governors have refused to fawn over Trump’s gibberish-flecked “leadership” during this crisis.
    • William Rivers Pitt, Trump and McConnell Aren’t Waging War on COVID. They’re Waging War on Us. (April 28, 2020), Truthout
  • Trump has been treating the delivery of federal aid to the states like his own personal spoils system: rewarding loyalty, punishing critics, and demanding to be praised for doing his job whenever he actually does it, but especially when he doesn’t.
    • William Rivers Pitt, Trump and McConnell Aren’t Waging War on COVID. They’re Waging War on Us. (April 28, 2020), Truthout
  • If you don’t pay your bills, your bank account stays full. It’s a trick Trump learned a long time ago.
    • William Rivers Pitt, Trump and McConnell Aren’t Waging War on COVID. They’re Waging War on Us. (April 28, 2020), Truthout
  • Trump and McConnell know these states are reopening too soon, but they don’t care, because they need to make the money happy. […] The utter cruelty of these tactics, the nihilistic self-destruction of it in the face of more than 55,000 dead and thousands more to follow, has scarce precedent in the annals of U.S. politics. Instead of helping the entire country in this time of grievous crisis, Trump and McConnell are putting their boots to the neck of every state they deem ideologically unfit. It will be a damn miracle if the nation survives this, and them.
    • William Rivers Pitt, Trump and McConnell Aren’t Waging War on COVID. They’re Waging War on Us. (April 28, 2020), Truthout

He’s a really brilliant and talented person, without any doubt. It’s not our job to judge his qualities, that’s a job for American voters, but he’s the absolute leader in the presidential race. ~Vladimir Putin

  • He’s a really brilliant and talented person, without any doubt. It’s not our job to judge his qualities, that’s a job for American voters, but he’s the absolute leader in the presidential race.
    • Vladimir Putin, as quoted in “Putin praises Trump: ‘He’s a really brilliant and talented person'” by Neetzan Zimmerman, The Hill (17 December 2015)

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  • There are side effects to hydroxychloroquine. It causes psychiatric symptoms, cardiac problems and a host of other bad side effects. […] There may be a role for it for some people, but to tell Americans ‘you don’t have anything to lose,’ that’s not true. People certainly have something to lose by taking it indiscriminately.
    • Megan Ranney, in response to Trump’s statement on using the drug as treatment for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19. Quoted in Ignoring Expert Opinion, Trump Again Promotes Use of Hydroxychloroquine (April 5, 2020) by Michael Crowley, Katie Thomas and Maggie Haberman, The New York Times.
  • Your reminder that America’s richest 1 percent now own half the value of the U.S. stock market. The richest 10 percent own 92 percent. So when Trump says the stock market is the economy, know who he’s really talking about.
  • As the pandemic surges back, Trump and his lackeys have:

—Tried to dismantle the Affordable Care Act —Rallied to pass a $740,000,000,000 defense spending bill —Declined extending additional unemployment benefits to out-of-work Americans Their priorities are crystal clear.

  • You may not agree with his authenticity but he’s authentic. People like that. He speaks his mind, which reminds me of me once in a while. I think that’s something that’s refreshing.
    • Harry Reid, as quoted in “Reid praises Trump for being ‘authentic'” by Rebecca Savransky, The Hill (11 February 2016)
  • He presents himself as a Strong Man who promises to knock heads and make things right again. In this, he has a lot more in common with South American populist demagogues than with our tradition of political leaders… The middle-class consensus in America has collapsed. This is the most important political and social earthquake since World War II. The conservative movement’s leadership isn’t up to the challenge, and a good number of voters are willing to gamble on Trump’s bluster. Bad bet. Our nation’s solidarity is being tested. It will only make things worse if we go Trumpster diving.
    • R.R. Reno, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • For anyone to compare their ‘sacrifice’ to a Gold Star family member is insulting, foolish and ignorant. Especially someone who has never served himself and has no children serving, our county has been at war for a decade and a half and the truth is most Americans have sacrificed nothing. Most of them are smart and grounded enough to admit it.
    • Paul Rieckoff, in response to Trump’s comparison of his sacrifices with those of someone like Khizr M. Khan — Donald Trump to Father of Fallen Soldier: ‘I’ve Made a Lot of Sacrifices’, ABC News (July 30, 2016)
  • He is a successful man for a reason. He’s actually created a dialogue [and] forced conversations. He has gotten more people engaged in the political process and current events and what’s going on in the world than anyone else has for a long time. More people are engaged than ever before. I think whether you agree with Donald or you don’t agree with Donald, he starts conversations. That’s what democracy is — you’ve got to get people engaged to make this country run.
    • Melissa Rivers, as quoted in “Melissa Rivers: Trump is ‘a successful man for a reason'” by Mark Hensch, The Hill (9 December 2015)
  • Mr. Trump lacks the focus or self-discipline to do the basic work required of a president. His chronic impulsiveness is apparently unstoppable and clearly self-defeating.
    • Karl Rove, Republican strategist, Political Death by 1,000 Tweets, in the Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2017
  • Donald Trump, champion and avatar of the shallow state, has won power because his supporters are threatened by what they don’t understand, and what they don’t understand is almost everything. Indeed, from evolution to data about our economy to the science of vaccines to the threats we face in the world, they reject vast subjects rooted in fact in order to have reality conform to their worldviews. They don’t dig for truth; they skim the media for anything that makes them feel better about themselves. To many of them, knowledge is not a useful tool but a cunning barrier elites have created to keep power from the average man and woman. The same is true for experience, skills, and know-how. These things require time and work and study and often challenge our systems of belief. Truth is hard; shallowness is easy.
    • David Rothkopf, “The Shallow State,” Foreign Policy, February 22, 2017.
  • I think it’s time for a war president. Republicans, conservatives and Christians, and capitalist, any who love capitalism, any who loves America, patriots, I think we need a war president and I think God sent us someone named Donald Trump, I think he’s perfect for this election. We needed someone who is a bit coarse and foul-mouthed and vicious and fights with a gun in a gunfight, not with a knife in a gun fight.
    • Wayne Allyn Root [42] (August 8, 2016)
  • Voldemort was nowhere near as bad.
  • Dishonesty is Trump’s hallmark: He claimed that he had spoken clearly and boldly against going into Iraq. Wrong, he spoke in favor of invading Iraq. He said he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating 9/11. Wrong, he saw no such thing. He imagined it. His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader. His imagination must not be married to real power.
  • We have long referred to him as “The Donald.” He is the only person in America to whom we have added an article before his name. It wasn’t because he had attributes we admired.
    • Mitt Romney, remarks on Donald Trump and the 2016 race at the University of Utah. [43] (March 3, 2016)

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Donald Trump…his entire political strategy is to divide the American people…So you have a president who gives tax breaks to billionaires…who tried to throw 32 million people off health care…who gave 83 percent of the tax benefits to the top one percent…So how do you win an election? What do you say — You see those undocumented people, they all your enemy. ‘Stand with me. Hate them. Let’s divide this country up.’ ~Bernie Sanders

  • What [Donald Trump] is doing and this is his entire political strategy is to divide the American people up based on where we came…So you have a president who gives tax breaks to billionaires and wants to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. That’s not what he’s going to run on. You’ve got a president who tried to throw 32 million people off health care. He ain’t gonna run on that one. You got a president who gave 83 percent of the tax benefits to the top one percent, not going to run on that one. So how do you win an election? What do you say — You see those undocumented people, they all your enemy. ‘Stand with me. Hate them. Let’s divide this country up.’ I think that is an incredibly ugly and dangerous thing to be done. And I will do everything I can to stop that.”
    • Stand With Me. Hate Them: Bernie Sanders says Trump’s Relection Plan is Based on Dividing the Country, Newsweek, Chris Morran (23 June 2019)
  • Attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman are unacceptable and must be fully investigated… but this incident must not be used as a pretext for a war with Iran, a war which would be an unmitigated disaster for the United States, Iran, the region, and the world… The time is now for the United States to exert international leadership,… and bring the countries in the region together to forge a diplomatic solution to the growing tensions…I would also remind President Trump that there is no congressional authorization for a war with Iran… A unilateral U.S. attack on Iran would be illegal and unconstitutional.
    • Bernie Sanders, Trump Must Not Be Allowed to Use Gulf of Oman Incidents as ‘Pretext for Illegal War With Iran’: Bernie Sanders, Common Dreams, Andrea Germanos, (14 June 2019)
  • I think that the American people are never going to elect a president who insults Mexicans, who insults Muslims, who insults women, who insults African-Americans. And let us not forget that several years ago, Trump was in the middle of the so- called birther movement, trying to delegitimize the president of the United States of America. You know, I find it very interesting, Karen, my dad was born in Poland. I know a little bit about the immigrant experience. Nobody has ever asked me for my birth certificate. Maybe it has something to do with the color of my skin.
    • Bernie Sanders, Democratic Presidential Debate in Miami. transcript by The New York Times (March 9, 2016)
  • In this country, immigration reform is a very hot debate. It’s divided the country. But I would hope very much, that as we have that debate, we do not, as Donald Trump and others have done, resort to racism and xenophobia and bigotry. This idea of suddenly, one day or maybe a night, rounding up 11 million people and taking them outside of this country is a vulgar, absurd idea that I would hope very few people in America support.
    • Bernie Sanders, Democratic Presidential Debate in Miami. transcript by The New York Times (March 9, 2016)
  • When you have Republican candidates for president and in Congress telling you that climate change is a hoax, which is Donald Trump and other candidates’ position, what they are really saying is, we don’t have the guts to take on the fossil fuel industry. … You know what happens to that Republican who listens to the scientists? On that day, that Republican loses his campaign funding from the Koch brothers and the fossil fuel industry.
    • Bernie Sanders, Democratic Presidential Debate in Miami. transcript by The New York Times (March 9, 2016)
  • Donald Trump is a pathological liar.
  • It’s impossible to ignore the conspicuous regularity with which Donald Trump issues intentionally provocative, news-cycle-dominating comments. It’s equally difficult to look past their timing, which tends to often coincide with scandalous revelations that reflect poorly on Democratic politicians… This is far from an isolated event; it’s a pattern. First, a Democrat becomes embroiled in a controversy or an external event reflects negatively on the party. Donald Trump then makes an outrageous comment calculated for maximum political impact. Like clockwork, the press abandons their critical examination of Democratic policies, and Republicans are back at each other’s throats. This is a measurable phenomenon. In just the last six months, there are almost too many examples to count.
    • Noah Rothman, “The Many Times Trump Rescued Dems” (8 December 2015), Commentary Magazine
  • Yes, we must donate and volunteer and protest and vote, all while reminding ourselves daily that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. And we must commit to defending our friends, neighbors, and coworkers who are immigrants (documented or not), Muslims (American born, immigrants, or refugees), people of color, women seeking reproductive health care, trans men and women seeking safety, lesbian and gay men seeking to protect their families, and everyone and everything else Trump has threatened to harm, up to and including the planet we all live on.

But we must make time for joy and pleasure and laughter and friends and food and art and music and sex. During the darkest days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, when Republicans and religious conservatives controlled the federal government and were doing everything in their power to harm the sick and dying, queers organized and protested and volunteered and mourned. We also made music and theater and art. We took care of each other, and we danced and loved and fucked. Embracing joy and art and sex in the face of fear and uncertainty made us feel better—it kept us sane—and it had the added benefit of driving our enemies crazy. They couldn’t understand how we could be anything but miserable, given the challenges we faced—their greed, their indifference, their bigotry—but we created and experienced joy despite their hatred and despite this awful disease. We turned to each other—we turned to our lovers and friends and sometimes strangers—and said, “Fuck them. Now fuck me.” […] We may never eradicate racism and sexism and hatred. But fight it we will. And don’t listen to anyone who tells you that music and dance and art and sex and joy are a distraction from the fight. They are a part of the fight.

  • Dan Savage, Mourning in America, Savage Love column, The Stranger, 15 November 2016
  • I found that when I was briefing him, I had to put pictures of him in the briefing. When I put the pictures in, it was a good sign, and when I didn’t put the pictures in, you couldn’t get him to focus on it.
  • Here’s the bad news, though. Even if you got him to focus on it, he wouldn’t listen to you anyway because he’s so maniacally narcissistic.
    • Anthony Scaramucci, former White House Communications Director serving under Trump, as quoted by David Smith, “‘The guy stinks and he’s a racist’: Anthony Scaramucci on Donald Trump”, the Guardian, 17 July 2020 
  • No two people on this planet seem less concerned with criticism, more content with themselves, or more oblivious to the obscenity of the words they speak.
    • Dave Schilling on Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, “Apocalypse now: Sarah Palin’s bizarre Trump endorsement analyzed” (20 January 2016), The Guardian.
  • He does look like he’s the last hope [for America]. We don’t hear anybody saying what he’s saying. In fact, most of the people who ought to be lining up with him are attacking him. They’re probably jealous of the amount of press coverage he gets. But the reason he gets so much press coverage is the grassroots are fed up with people who are running things, and they do want a change. They do want people to stand up for America. It really resonates when he says he wants to ‘Make America Great Again.’
    • Phyllis Schlafly, as quoted in “Phyllis Schlafly: Trump is ‘last hope for America'”, WND (21 December 2015)
  • Donald Trump and I have known each other 25 years. I marched on him with Central Park Five. I dealt with him on the birther issue. He can say what he wants. He called me a troublemaker? Yes. I make trouble for bigots. I made trouble for him with Central Park. I made trouble with him for birtherism. I’m going to keep making trouble for bigots. As far as me being a con man, if he really thought I was a con man, he’d be nominating me for his cabinet.
    • Al Sharpton, as quoted in Al Sharpton: ‘If Trump really thought I was a con man, he’d be nominating me for his cabinet’, Daily Kos (29 July 2019).
  • If Donald Trump becomes the next president of the U.S. it would be a complete disaster… I think he is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism… I remember how upset the world was when the Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 and now everybody is building walls again to keep people out. It’s absurd.
    • Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s step-sister, interview with Newsweek (January 2016)
  • I put lipstick on a pig. I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is. I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes, there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.
    • Tony Schwartz, as quoted in Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All (July 25, 2016) by Jane Mayer, The New Yorker.
  • There are two Trumps. The one he presents to the world is all bluster, bullying and certainty. The other, which I have long felt haunts his inner world, is the frightened child of a relentlessly critical and bullying father and a distant and disengaged mother who couldn’t or wouldn’t protect him.
    • Tony Schwartz (author), I wrote The Art of the Deal with Trump. He’s still a scared child (18 January 2018), The Guardian.
  • Trump’s temperament and his habits have hardened with age. He was always cartoonish, but compared with the man for whom I wrote The Art of the Deal 30 years ago, he is significantly angrier today: more reactive, deceitful, distracted, vindictive, impulsive and, above all, self-absorbed – assuming the last is possible.
    • Tony Schwartz (author), I wrote The Art of the Deal with Trump. He’s still a scared child (18 January 2018), The Guardian.
  • Fear is the hidden through-line in Trump’s life – fear of weakness, of inadequacy, of failure, of criticism and of insignificance. He has spent his life trying to outrun these fears by “winning” – as he puts it – and by redefining reality whenever the facts don’t serve the narrative he seeks to create. It hasn’t worked, but not for lack of effort.
    • Tony Schwartz (author), I wrote The Art of the Deal with Trump. He’s still a scared child (18 January 2018), The Guardian.
  • Whatever happens, may the worst of Trump inspire the best in us.
    • Tony Schwartz (author), I wrote The Art of the Deal with Trump. He’s still a scared child (18 January 2018), The Guardian.
  • Lying is second nature to him. More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.
    • Tony Schwartz (author), ‘Lying is second nature to him’: Trump’s ghostwriter regrets penning Art of the Deal (19 July 2016), TheJournal.ie.
  • He is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational art, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he’s a great military man.
  • Trump wants to institute a ban that will keep all Muslims out of America… Of course such a ban will not come to pass. The Constitution forbids it. Republicans and Democrats oppose it. Even Israeli politicians, who have a far longer history of confronting terrorism, have chided him for equating Islam with terrorism… Republicans support Trump because he appears to be authentic, isn’t afraid to tell it like it is and is not worried about being politically correct. I see the opposite. He isn’t authentic, he is cynically opportunistic.
    • Khosrow Semnani, “My view: Trump’s Fear-Mongering Threatens Republican Party” (17 December 2015), Deseret News
  • And [then] you end up in idiocies like Donald Trump on stage waiving around a Bible, pretending he gives a damn what’s in it. Right, after two marriages, and several adulterous affairs, and all that and bragging about having his experiences with married women; standing up there with a Bible and going ‘this is an even better book than the odd of the deals’.”
    • Ben Shapiro, Ben Shapiro on Gay Marriage, Gun Control, and Piers Morgan, The Rubin Report on YouTube. (12:39 to 13:07) (February 18, 2016)
  • We know Hillary will be a terrible, hard-core ideological leftist; there is probably a 75 percent chance that Trump would govern less badly than Hillary. There is also a 25 percent chance that Trump would do something so catastrophically awful that he seriously harmed the country in ways Hillary wouldn’t dream of. His trade policy alone could cast America back into recession; his foreign policy is a shambles. Any talk of him listening to advisers must be based on conjecture — so far, Trump hasn’t just been a bull in a china shop, he’s been a tank in a glass factory.
    • Ben Shapiro, Conservatism’s Sad and Ugly Transformation into Trumpism, National Review (August 3, 2016)
  • We have predicted nine of his last eight stumbles, and they have yet to all materialize… I think it’s more than childish and juvenile and adolescent. There is something creepy about this, his attitude toward women. Take Megyn Kelly of FOX News, who he just has an absolute obsession about, and he’s constantly writing about, you know, how awful she is and no talent and this and that. It’s an obsession. And I don’t know if he’s just never had women — strong, independent women in his life who have spoken to him. It doesn’t seem that way. His daughter… But there is something really creepy about this that’s beyond locker room. It’s almost like a stalker, and I just — I thought this was — it actually did the impossible. It made Ted Cruz look like an honorable, tough guy on the right side of an issue.
    • Mark Shields, as quoted in “Shields and Brooks on Trump-Cruz wife feud, ISIS terror in Brussels” (25 March 2016), PBS NewsHour
  • I’ve known Donald for a few decades, and what you can say without argument is that he’s a good father. His kids have turned out really well. There’s nothing bad you can say about that.
    • Gene Simmons, Interview with Radio.com (July 6, 2016)
  • [Trump] is not someone who would rule justly or wisely. His track record shows that he is a man of coveting and self-serving – a liar and a cheat should not hold that position.
    • Art Sisneros, Republican member of the Electoral College who resigned rather than vote for Trump.Teen becomes seventh ‘faithless elector’ to protest Trump as president-elect at the Guardian, November 30 2016
  • A great leader treats people with respect even when they present different opinions. Without a variety of views and opinions, we would have no innovation or creativity in our nation. Being a bully and being strong are not the same thing. Being strong is standing up for your convictions. Being a bully is trying to intimidate those who are perceived to be weaker or a threat. As a proud nerd, I had to deal with bullies over many years; it is tragedy watching our world suffer from one. In addition, President Trump lacks a moral compass. He ignores the truth.
    • Rick Snyder, Republican governor of Michigan from 2011 to 2018. Former Michigan governor Rick Snyder: I am a Republican vote for Biden at USA Today, September 3 2020
  • It’s very difficult to respond in a serious way to any statement that’s made by Donald Trump.
    • Edward Snowden in response to Trump calling Snowden “a total traitor” and “a bad guy” and saying “there is still a thing called execution.”
    • “Edward Snowden says Hillary Clinton ‘ridiculous’ to think emails were secure”, The Guardian (3 September 2015)
  • Donald Trump is a thin-skinned reality TV star with an authoritarian streak.
    • Robby Soave, “Don’t fall for ‘lesser of two evils’ argument” (1 June 2016), CNN, State of Georgia: Cable News Network
  • He is, as of this writing, the most mocked man in the world. (…) He is the old fisherman’s wife who wished for everything and sooner or later he will end up with nothing.
    • Rebecca Solnit, The Loneliness of Donald Trump, May 30, 2017
  • Let me put this in language Donald Trump understands… You’re a loser. You’re a third-rate politician, who clearly doesn’t understand issues, and is so scared of Megyn Kelly exposing it, that you’re looking to use veterans to protect you from facing her questions.
    • Jon Soltz, VoteVets (January 2016)
  • In a country with more than 300 million people, it is remarkable how obsessed the media have become with just one—Donald Trump. What is even more remarkable is that, after seven years of repeated disasters, both domestically and internationally, under a glib egomaniac in the White House, so many potential voters are turning to another glib egomaniac to be his successor.
    • Thomas Sowell, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • I had some friends over for dinner and we were of course talking about Trump. People are saying, we don’t think Trump’s going to be the nominee. I said, I’ll tell you what: I think he is. I’ll tell you why I think he’s going to be the nominee: he’s proven that no matter what he says, people dig him. … I think more or less, people are super tired of politicians, meaning that they like the idea of a successful businessman running the country who might actually be able to get shit done.
    • Howard Stern — as quoted in Matt Wilstein (24 August 2015), “Howard Stern Predicts Trump Will Be GOP Nominee: He ‘Gets Sh*t Done'”, Mediaite.com 
  • His stance on Muslim immigration, which he would cease until the terror threat is brought under control, is racist. Trump does not care about the things that regular conservatives have dedicated their lives to fighting for: controls on abortion, protection of marriage, reform of the healthcare market. His inclination towards expanding the government and putting it on the side of his people isn’t terribly constitutional. And his claim in a debate that the purpose of conservatism is to conserve wealth is spiritually impoverished. The Republican Party needs to stop him; and sooner rather than later.
    • Timothy Stanley, “Donald Trump can win – and he must be stopped” (10 February 2016), CNN, State of Georgia: Cable News Network
  • In the past few months, a Republican front-runner has emerged who has praised Planned Parenthood, pushed elements of a big spending agenda and questioned the neoconservative agenda. There’s a case for saying that some or all of these were in need of analysis and revision. But Trump has taken a wrecking ball to the American conservative movement that threatens to leave it in pieces. It’s a revolutionary moment and, unless I’m very much mistaken, conservatives are not supposed to be the revolutionaries. They exist to bring order to chaos, rationality over passion. Trump seems to exist to “mix things up.” He is “nasty” and “fun” – although more the former than the latter. His enthusiasm for torture is unpleasant to say the least.
    • Timothy Stanley, “Trump is blowing up conservatism – can he be stopped?” (21 February 2016), CNN, State of Georgia: Cable News Network
  • In January 2018, the experts at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock to two minutes before midnight, where it had stood during the darkest days of the Cold War, from 1953 to 1960. The latest move of the hands was precipitated by the recklessness in Trump’s nuclear thinking… Trump wondered aloud about the point of having nuclear weapons if he couldn’t use them.
    His answer was to make them more usable, which he did with his new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), the first since Obama’s 2010 NPR, which had reduced the role of nuclear weapons in the US defense posture. The 2018 NPR significantly elevated their role, permitting use in response to vaguely defined “extreme circumstances,” such as cyberattacks or attacks on the infrastructure of both the United States and its “allies and partners.” The review doubled down on Obama’s unconscionable 30-year trillion-dollar modernization of all parts of the nuclear arsenal. The actual cost looks to be closer to $1.7 trillion and climbing. To make matters worse, all eight other nuclear powers are undertaking their own modernizations, though on a far more modest scale. Russia, it should be noted, actually cut its defense spending this past year.
  • On top of this, we have the rapid and accelerating drift toward planetary disaster exacerbated by the climate change–denying troglodytes in the Trump administration.
    • 2 Minutes and Counting, Crises that seemed contained not long ago have now spiraled out of control—and the prospects for resolving them peacefully look depressingly bleak, the Nation, Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, (April 2019)
  • Trump is not just a wacky politician of the far right, or a riveting television spectacle, or a Twitter phenom and bizarre working-class hero. He is not just another candidate to be parsed and analyzed by TV pundits in the same breath as all the others. In terms of our liberal democracy and constitutional order, Trump is an extinction-level event. It’s long past time we started treating him as such.
    • Andrew Sullivan, in “America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny” in New York Magazine (2 May 2016)
  • Trump is, of course, a master of distraction and media ma­nipu­la­tion. It’s possible to resist being his chump, but it takes continued self-regulation.
    • Margaret Sullivan, Journalists in the age of Trump: Lose the smugness, keep the mission., The Washington Post (November 29, 2016)
  • But at some point—if you understand, and this is not just ideological, it’s not just the fact that he’s abandoned one position after another or that he has the penchant for internet hoaxes or conspiracy theories. I mean a week ago tonight, remember, he was peddling the notion that Ted Cruz’s dad had something do with the JFK assassination. So there are people who say that just because of party loyalty we’re supposed to forget all of that. I just don’t buy that. Because I’ve cautioned my fellow conservatives, you embrace Donald Trump, you embrace it all. You embrace every slur, every insult, every outrage, every falsehood. You’re going to spend the next six months defending, rationalizing, evading all that. And afterwards, you come back to women, to minorities, to young people and say, that wasn’t us. That’s not what we’re about. The reality is, if you support him to be president of the United States, that is who you are, and you own it.
    • Charlie Sykes, on The Kelly File (2016), FOX News

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  • All of Trump’s constant bragging about his money and his poll numbers and his virility speak directly to this surprisingly vibrant middle American fantasy about a castrated white America struggling to re-grow its mojo… as basketball star turned pundit Kareem Abdul-Jabbar pointed out earlier this week, PC isn’t a new thing, or even a thing at all. It’s just an “emotional challenge every generation has had to go through.” We get older, our kids correct our bad habits, it happens. Not to Trump’s supporters. They’ve turned some minor cultural changes into a vast conspiracy of white victimhood. They’re eating up Trump’s Make America Great Again theme, which one supporter hilariously explained must be his true goal, because ‘it’s on his hat’, because it’s a fantasy tale of a once-great culture ruined by an invasion of mongrel criminals.
    • Matt Taibbi, “The Republicans Are Now Officially the Party of White Paranoia”, Rolling Stone.
  • What we saw week in and week out, for me, after two and a half years in that administration, was terrifying. We would go in to try to talk to him about a pressing national security issue — cyberattack, terrorism threat — he wasn’t interested in those things. To him, they weren’t priorities.
  • Given what I have experienced in the administration, I have to support Joe Biden for president and even though I am not a Democrat, even though I disagree on key issues, I’m confident that Joe Biden will protect the country and I’m confident that he won’t make the same mistakes as this President.
  • I saw firsthand how dangerous Trump is for America.
    • Miles Taylor, who served as chief of staff to Department of Homeland Security Secretary in the Trump administration from 2017 to 2019. Quoted by Gillian Turner, Paul Steinhauser (17 August 2020), “Former senior Trump administration official backs Biden”, Fox News 
  • What we saw week in and week out and for me after two and a half years in that administration was terrifying
    • Miles Taylor, former DHS chief of staff on CBS News
  • [T]he media always is taking Trump literally. It never takes him seriously, but it always takes him literally. I think a lot of the voters who vote for Trump take Trump seriously, but not literally.
    • Peter Thiel, Speech at the National Press Club (October 31, 2016)
  • Trump has given more than $100,000 to the Democratic House and Senate campaign committees. In 2006, the year Democrats took back Congress, he gave $25,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee… Trump wanted Nancy Pelosi to be speaker of the House and Harry Reid the Senate majority leader. Which is not surprising. At the time he made those contributions, from August 2001 to September 2009, Trump was a registered Democrat… Trump continued to support Reid as majority leader in the election immediately after the passage of Obamacare… With all his past support for Democrats, Trump ought to be asked: Will he commit to supporting whoever is the eventual Republican nominee? After all, why should he be welcomed into the Republican fold if he is going to end up throwing his support to Clinton? The fact is, Trump isn’t a Democrat or a Republican; he is an opportunist… He’s less a candidate than a brand. And running for president is great for the Trump brand, an opportunity for Donald Trump to take the national stage and tell us all how great he is. He pretty much admitted as much during his announcement speech, when he pointed out that some questioned whether he was really as successful as he claimed.
    • Marc A. Thiessen, “How Donald Trump helped Democrats pass Obamacare” (22 June 2015), The Washington Post
  • I wanted to like Donald Trump, much as I wanted to like Richard Nixon’s vice president, Spiro Agnew. Both men have said many things with which I agree. Agnew attacked media bias, and Trump attacks the establishment’s failure to “make America great,” as he nonspecifically puts it. But a proper diagnosis does not equal competence in administering a cure. If I developed a brain tumor, I would want Ben Carson to operate on me, but do I want Donald Trump “operating” on America? Everyone has a temperament. The dictionary defines it as “the combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person.” Would Trump’s “combination” make him a good president? I think not.
    • Cal Thomas, “Conservatives Against Trump” (21 January 2016), National Review.
  • The governments that have been negligent from the beginning […] are afraid of demonstrating their ineptitude in the face of such a health crisis. At the last minute, Trump declared a “national emergency” and agreed with the Democrats in Congress on a special package for sick leave and rapid testing. If he appears incompetent in the face of a crisis and thousands of people die, he could lose the U.S. presidency, even to Biden.
  • I think he would be a great president… He is one of the most dynamic people in the world. He looks presidential, and he talks presidential, and he would make the changes he promises.
    • Ivana Trump, as quoted in Eddie Roche (11 February 2016), “Daily Exclusive: Ivana Trump Uncensored”, Daily Front Row 
  • My father is an unbelievable listener, and I don’t think people realize that until they actually know him. And he ultimately makes his own decisions and that’s what any leader needs to do.
    • Ivanka Trump, as quoted in Judy Kurtz (14 October 2015), “Ivanka Trump: Dad’s conflict with Megyn Kelly ‘very sensationalized'”, The Hill 
  • Today, Donald is much as he was at three years old: incapable of growing, learning, or evolving, unable to regulate his emotions, moderate his responses, or take in & synthesize information.
    • Mary Trump (niece of Donald Trump) (7 July 2020), “The explosive tell-all book by Trump’s niece is coming out two weeks earlier than expected”, CNN 
  • Donald’s pathologies are so complex and his behaviors so often inexplicable that coming up with an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis would require a full battery of psychological and neurophysical tests that he’ll never sit for
    • William Goldschlag, Dan Janison (8 July 2020), “Donald Trump’s niece: He lies, cheats, is cruel, incompetent and cheap”, Newsday 
  • I have no problem calling Donald a narcissist — he meets all nine criteria.
    • Mary Trump, as quoted by Kurt Andersen (14 July 2020), “Review: The most devastating thing about Mary Trump’s portrait is her empathy for Donald Trump”, Los Angeles Times 
  • In order to understand what brought Donald- and all of us- to this point, we need to start with my grandfather and his own need for recognition, a need that propelled him to encourage Donald’s reckless hyperbole and unearned confidence that hid Donald’s pathological weaknesses and insecurities. As Donald grew up, he was forced to become his own cheerleader, first, because he needed his father to believe he was a better and more confident son than Freddy was; then because Fred required it of him; and finally because he began to believe his own hype, even as he paradoxically suspected on a very deep level that nobody else did. By the time of the election, Donald met any challenges to his sense of superiority with anger, his fear and vulnerabilities so effectively buried that he didn’t even have to acknowledge they existed. And he never would.
    • Mary L. Trump, Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man (2020), p. 11
  • In the 1970s, after my grandfather had already been preferring and promoting Donald for years, the New York media picked up the baton and began disseminating Donald’s unsubstantiated hype. In the 1980s, the banks joined in when they began to fund his ventures. Their willingness (and then their need) to foster his increasingly unfounded claims to success hung on the hopes of recouping their losses. After a decade during which Donald floundered, dragged down by bankruptcies and reduced to fronting for a series of failed products from steaks to vodka, the television producer Mark Burnett gave him yet another chance. The Apprentice traded on Donald’s image as the brash, self-made dealmaker, a myth that had been the creation of my grandfather five decades earlier and astonishingly, considering the vast trove of evidence disproving it, had survived into the new millennium almost entirely unaltered. By the time Donald announced his run for the Republican Party nomination in 2015, a significant percentage of the American population had been primed to believe that myth.
    • Mary L. Trump, Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man (2020), p. 11
  • To this day, the lies, misrepresentations, and fabrications that are the sum total of who my uncle is are perpetuated by the Republican Party and white evangelical Christians. People who know better, such as Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell; true believers, such as Representative Kevin McCarthy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Attorney General William Barr; and others too numerous to name, have become, unwittingly or not, complicit in their perpetuation.
    • Mary L. Trump, Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man (2020), p. 11-12
  • The fact is, Donald’s pathologies are so complex and his behaviors so often inexplicable that coming up with an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis would require a full battery of psychological and neuropsychological tests that he’ll never sit for. At this point, we can’t evaluate his day-to-day functioning because he is, in the West Wing, essentially institutionalized. Donald has been institutionalized for most of his adult life, so there is no way to know how he would thrive, or even survive, on his own in the real world. At the end of my aunt’s birthday party in 2017, as we lined up for our pictures, I could see that Donald was already under a kind of stress he’d never experienced before. As the pressures upon him have continued to mount over the course of the last three years, the disparity between the level of competence required for running a country and his incompetence has widened, revealing his delusions more starkly than ever before. Many, but by no means all of us, have been shielded until now from the worst effects of his pathologies by a stable economy and a lack of serious crises. But the out-of-control COVID-19 pandemic, the possibility of an economic depression, deepening social divides along political lines thanks to Donald’s penchant for division, and devastating uncertainty about our country’s future have created a perfect storm of catastrophes that no one is less equipped than my uncle to manage. Doing so would require courage, strength of character, deference to experts, and the confidence to take responsibility and to course correct after admitting mistakes. His ability to control unfavorable situations by lying, spinning, and obfuscating has diminished to the point of impotence in the midst of the tragedies we are currently facing. His egregious and arguably intentional mishandling of the current catastrophe has led to a level of scrutiny and pushback that he’s never experienced before, increasing his belligerence and need for petty revenge as he withholds vital funding, personal protective equipment, and ventilators that your tax dollars have paid for from states whose governors don’t kiss his ass sufficiently.
    • Mary L. Trump, Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man (2020), p. 13-14
  • After the election, Donald called his big sister, ostensibly to find out how he was doing. Of course, he thought he already knew the answer; otherwise he wouldn’t have made the call in the first place. He merely wanted her to confirm very strongly that he was doing a fantastic job. When she said, “Not that good,” Donald immediately went on offense. “That’s nasty,” he said. She could see the sneer on his face. Then, seemingly apropos of nothing, he asked her, “Maryanne, where would you be without me?” It was a smug reference to the fact that Maryanne owed her first federal judgeship to Donald because Roy Cohn had done him (and her) a favor all those years ago. My aunt has always insisted that she earned her position on the bench entirely on her own merits, and she shot back at him, “If you say that one more time, I will level you.” But it was an empty threat. Although Maryanne had prided herself on being the only person on the planet Donald ever listened to, those days were long past, which was illustrated not long after, in June 2018. On the eve of Donald’s first summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, Maryanne called the White House and left a message with his secretary: “Tell him his older sister called with a little sisterly advice. Prepare. Learn from those who know what they are doing. Stay away from Dennis Rodman. And leave his Twitter alone.” He ignored all of it. The Politico headline the following day read “Trump Says Kim Meeting Will Be About ‘Attitude,’ Not Prep Work.” If Maryanne had ever had any sway over her little brother, it was gone now. Aside from the requisite birthday call, they didn’t speak much after that.
    • Mary L. Trump, Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man (2020), p. 188-189
  • Donald was to my grandfather what the border wall as been for Donald: a vanity project funded at the expense of more worthy pursuits.
    • Mary L. Trump, Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man (2020), p. 194
  • He’s smart, he’s tough, he knows what he’s doing. He’s speaking from his heart. He’s the best.
    • Melania Trump, as quoted in “Melania Trump not nervous for husband” by Judy Kurtz, The Hill (16 December 2015)
  • Trump’s entire personal and professional history is Obama-esque. When it serves his interests, Trump lies. He has lied to business associates, employees, friends, spouses, and now to millions of prospective voters. Anyone who thinks that Trump will not lie to them, or that he will at least tell the truth about ‘important things’, immigration or ISIS or whatever, is deluding himself. When it becomes expedient for Trump to lie, he will.
    • Ian Tuttle, “Donald Trump’s Huge Lies”, National Review
  • We’re really good friends, we go back to ’86, ’87. Most of my successful and best fights were at Trump’s hotels. He didn’t manage me, though. He was just helping me with my court case. We’re the same guy, a thrust for power, a drive for power. Whatever field we’re in, we need power in that field. That’s just who we are. Balls of energy. We’re not even who we think we are. We’re fire. We’re made of this crap—water, motion, dirt, diamonds, emeralds. We’re made out of that stuff, can you believe it?
  • That shit is the real deal. Listen: I’m a black motherfucker from the poorest town in the country. I’ve been through a lot in life. And I know him. When I see him, he shakes my hand and respects my family. None of them—Barack, whoever—nobody else does that. They’re gonna be who they are and disregard me, my family. So I’m voting for him. If I can get 20,000 people or more to vote for him, I’m gonna do it.
    • Mike Tyson, in an interview with The Daily Caller. [45] (January 21, 2016)

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  • People no longer trust the career politicians, no longer trust the status-quo because they screwed it up so bad. I loved listening to you talk to those other talking heads about ‘Donald Trump could be the destruction of the whole Republican party.’ I throw my hands up in the air and cheer. I hope it happens! And I hope Bernie Sanders is the destruction of the Democratic Party. It’s time to break up the two party dictatorship.
    • Jesse Ventura on CNN with Don Lemon, as quoted in Chris Enloe (7 October 2015), “Jesse Ventura Wants to Destroy the Political Establishment and He’s Named Two Guys to Do It”, IJ Review 
  • We believe your final decision yesterday was the right one — given the so-called “fog of war” and against the background of a long list of intelligence mistakes, not to mention “cooking” shenanigans. We… think Tucker Carlson had it right yesterday evening: “The very people — in some cases, literally the same people who lured us into the Iraq quagmire 16 years ago — are demanding a new war — this one with Iran. Carlson described you as “skeptical.” We believe ample skepticism is warranted.
  • After the close call yesterday when you called off the planned military strike on Iran, we remain concerned that you are about to be mousetrapped into war with Iran. You have said you do not want such a war (no sane person would), and our comments below are based on that premise. There are troubling signs that Secretary Pompeo is not likely to jettison his more warlike approach, More importantly, we know from personal experience with Pompeo’s dismissive attitude to instructions from you that his agenda can deviate from yours on issues of major consequence… Pompeo’s behavior betrays a strong desire to resort to military action — perhaps even without your approval — to Iranian provocations (real or imagined), with no discernible strategic goal other than to advance the interests of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
  • If Pompeo failed to report back to you on the conversation you instructed him to have with Binney, you might ask him about it now (even though the flimsy evidence of Russia hacking the DNC has now evaporated, with Binney vindicated). There were two note-takers present at the October 24, 2017 meeting at CIA headquarters. There is also a good chance the session was also recorded. You might ask Pompeo about that… Binney had the impression Pompeo was simply going through the motions — and disingenuously, at that. If he “really wanted to know about Russian hacking,” he would have acquainted himself with the conclusions that VIPS, with Binney in the lead, had reached in mid-2017, and which apparently caught your eye…. Had he pursued the matter seriously with Binney, we might not have had to wait until the Justice Department itself put nails in the coffin of Russiagate, CrowdStrike, and Comey. In sum, Pompeo could have prevented two additional years of “everyone knows that the Russians hacked into the DNC.” Why did he not?
  • We are all Gold Star Families, who have lost those we love the most in war. Ours is a sacrifice you will never know. Ours is a sacrifice we would never want you to know.
  • Your recent comments regarding the Khan family were repugnant, and personally offensive to us. When you question a mother’s pain, by implying that her religion, not her grief, kept her from addressing an arena of people, you are attacking us. When you say your job building buildings is akin to our sacrifice, you are attacking our sacrifice. You are not just attacking us, you are cheapening the sacrifice made by those we lost. You are minimizing the risk our service members make for all of us. This goes beyond politics. It is about a sense of decency. That kind decency you mock as “political correctness.”
    • VoteVets’ Gold Star Family Members, open letter to Trump [46] (August 1, 2016)

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  • We’ve never had a president whose business created as many potential conflicts of interest as Donald Trump, and at the same time we’ve never had a president who cared less about conflicts of interest as Donald Trump. Indeed, he and his children are making it quite clear that they will use the presidency as a tool to make as much money as they can. And Republicans, particularly Congress, have apparently decided that if Trump does it, it’s okay.
    • Paul Waldman, Republicans are already making it clear: Trump can do whatever he wants, The Washington Post (December 5, 2016)
  • Can we get Trump to prove he’s a good citizen or we’ll deport him?
    • Shannon Wheeler, cartoonist, twitted 10.10
  • Trump actually faces unique obstacles as he courts black voters. The mogul has a long history of using racially charged rhetoric and his real estate company was sued for allegedly discriminating against black renters in the 1970s. His stance on Muslims, which has drawn praise from white supremacists, could also prove problematic, since over 25 percent of American Muslims are black.
    • Hunter Walker, “Donald Trump has a plan to win ‘100 percent’ of the black vote and prove he’s not a racist” (10 December 2015), Yahoo! News
  • America has lost more than 12 million jobs in the last six months. An estimated 12 million people have lost their employer-sponsored health insurance during the worst pandemic in a century. Tens of millions report not having enough to eat. But one month ago, tens of millions of unemployed Americans lost… a $600 weekly federal unemployment insurance benefit that Congress failed to renew… How can this happen in a democracy? This is a question that everyone who works for a living… might want to consider on this Labor Day… If the facts of this political disaster were more widely known and understood, Republicans could lose not only the presidency but also the Senate in November. After all, millions of unemployed Republicans lost most of their income as a result of what their political party…did… Who would want to be forcing layoffs — potentially totaling millions at the state and local level — during a depression and pandemic? Ask Sen. McConnell and Donald Trump.
    • Mark Weisbrot, What is our government doing to labor?, Times Free Press, (6 September 2020)
  • You will never hear me say a negative thing about Donald Trump. Me and Donald are cool. … Donald will get my vote.
    • Dana White, as quoted in “UFC head Dana White endorses Trump” by Sylvan Lane, The Hill (12 December 2015)
  • He will be a real American leader, who might not always be the best one from Europe’s perspective but defends the interests of his own people. I wish we had political leaders like this in the Netherlands who defend their own country… and forget the rest.
    • Geert Wilders, on BNR radio, as quoted in “Geert Wilders says the Netherlands needs a leader like Donald Trump” (18 July 2016), DutchNews.nl.
  • I’d vote for a bowling ball covered in dog shit and pubic hair before I vote for Trump.
    • bestselling author Chuck Wendig, “I’m With Her”, June 8, 2016
  • The cost of appearing with a bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me. Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics.
    • George Will on This Week, ABC, 27 May 2012 , quoted in Tapper, Jake (27 May 2012), “George Will Calls Donald Trump a ‘Bloviating Ignoramus'”, ABC News 
  • It has come to this. The GOP, formerly the party of Lincoln and ostensibly the party of liberty and limited government, is being defined by clamors for a mass roundup and deportation of millions of human beings. To will an end is to will the means for the end, so the Republican clamors are also for the requisite expansion of government’s size and coercive powers… Trump evidently plans to deport almost 10 percent of California’s workers, and 13 percent of that state’s K–12 students. He is, however, at his most Republican when he honors family values: He proposes to deport intact families, including children who are citizens… Trump proposes seizing money that illegal immigrants from Mexico try to send home. This might involve sacrificing mail privacy, but desperate times require desperate measures. He would vastly enlarge the federal government’s enforcement apparatus, but he who praises single-payer health care systems and favors vast eminent domain powers has never made a fetish of small government.
    • George Will, “Trump Should Have No Place in the Party of Liberty and Limited Government” (22 August 2015), National Review
  • If Donald Trump were a Democratic mole placed in the Republican Party to disrupt things, how would his behavior be any different? I don’t think it would be.
    • George Will, as quoted in “Is Donald Trump a Democratic secret agent?” (11 December 2015), by Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, United Kingdom: British Broadcasting Corporation
  • What you saw was the real Trump, unbound by facts, reason, logic, the law, or the Constitution
    • Conservative campaign consultant Rick Wilson, commenting on a coronavirus press briefing “Rick Wilson: Trump’s press conference meltdown was a ‘manic ragefest by America’s Worst President’” (14 April 2020), Rawstory
  • Shortly after 8pm on Election Night, when the unexpected trend – Trump might actually win – seemed confirmed, Don Jr told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears – and not of joy. There was, in the space of little more than an hour, in Steve Bannon’s not unamused observation, a befuddled Trump morphing into a disbelieving Trump and then into a horrified Trump. But still to come was the final transformation: Suddenly, Donald Trump became a man who believed that he deserved to be, and was wholly capable of being, the president of the United States.
  • Trump did not enjoy his own inauguration. He was angry that A-level stars had snubbed the event, disgruntled with the accommodations at Blair House, and visibly fighting with his wife, who seemed on the verge of tears. Throughout the day, he wore what some around him had taken to calling his golf face: angry and pissed off, shoulders hunched, arms swinging, brow furled, lips pursed.
  • In pursuing a friend’s wife, he would try to persuade the wife that her husband was perhaps not what she thought.
  • Trump, in fact, found the White House to be vexing and even a little scary. He retreated to his own bedroom – the first time since the Kennedy White House that a presidential couple had maintained separate rooms. In the first days, he ordered two television screens in addition to the one already there, and a lock on the door, precipitating a brief standoff with the Secret Service, who insisted they have access to the room.
  • She [Ivanka Trump] treated her father with a degree of detachment, even irony, going so far as to make fun of his comb-over to others. She often described the mechanics behind it to friends: an absolutely clean pate – a contained island after scalp-reduction -surgery – surrounded by a furry circle of hair around the sides and front, from which all ends are drawn up to meet in the center and then swept back and secured by a stiffening spray. The color, she would point out to comical effect, was from a product called Just for Men – the longer it was left on, the darker it got. Impatience resulted in Trump’s orange-blond hair color.
  • Rupert Murdoch, heretofore doubtlessly certain Trump was a charlatan and a fool, said he and his new wife, Jerry Hall, would pay a call on the president-elect. But Murdoch was late- quite late. Trump kept assuring his guests that Rupert was on his way, coming soon. When some of the guests made a move to leave, Trump cajoled them to stay a little longer. You’ll want to stay to see Rupert. (Or, one of the guests interpreted, you’ll want to stay to see Trump with Rupert.) It was a matched set of odd reversals- an ironic symmetry. Trump, perhaps not yet appreciating the difference between becoming president and elevating his social standing, was trying mightily to curry favor with the previously disdainful media mogul. And Murdoch, finally arriving at the party he was in more than one way sorely late to, was as subdued and thrown as everyone else, and struggling to adjust his view of a man who, for more than a generation, had been at best a clown prince among the rich and famous.
  • Murdoch suggested that taking a liberal approach to H-1B visas, which open America’s doors to select immigrants, might be hard to square with his promises to build a wall and close the borders. But Trump seemed unconcerned, assuring Murdoch, ‘We’ll figure it out.’ “What a fucking idiot,” said Murdoch, shrugging, as he got off the phone.
  • The unique problem here was partly how to get information to someone who did not (or could not or would not) read, and who at best listened only selectively. But the other part of the problem was how best to qualify the information that he liked to get… The information he did not get was formal information. The data. The details. The options. The analysis. He didn’t do PowerPoint. For anything that smacked of a classroom or of being lectured to- “professor” was one of his bad words, and he was proud of never going to class, never buying a textbook, never taking a note- he got up and left the room.
    • p. 188
  • The president liked generals. The more fruit salad they wore, the better. The president was very pleased with the compliments he got for appointing generals who commanded the respect that Mattis and Kelly and McMaster were accorded (pay no attention to Michael Flynn). What the president did not like was listening to generals, who, for the most part, were skilled in the new Army jargon of PowerPoint, data dumps, McKinsey-like presentations. One of the things that endeared Flynn to the president was the fact that Flynn, quite the conspiracist and drama queen, had good storytelling sense.
    • p. 188
    • Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (2018)
  • Let’s begin with [Trump’s] the simplest assertion: we are doing “great” economically… over the last 20 years the United States has had a hard time achieving economic growth. The last year or two are slightly better… because the government gave an enormous boost… not private capitalist corporations, the government gave… The 2017 tax cut… gave corporations… hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes they don’t have to pay anymore… and they mostly used it to increase salaries of executives… very good for the top one percent, but not for the rest of the American people.
  • Chinese workers, the average amount of money they get adjusted for inflation, has quadrupled in the last 12, 15 years. What happened to the average wage in America, adjusted for inflation? It hardly budged… Excluding that from the conversation – prancing around as if the economy here is the envy of the world – that’s not just nonsense.
  • …he spent more time… demonizing immigrants than on any other topic…. the United States is an economy of three hundred and twenty five million people; the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States is estimated between 10 and 12 million [~3.4]% …Focusing on immigrants is pure scapegoating; it’s focusing people on something that doesn’t matter because you don’t want them to focus on what does matter.
    • Richard Wolffe in Wolff responds to Trump’s “State of the Union” address, (6 February 2019)
  • I still call myself a conservative, but only in full knowledge that there is a blot on the escutcheon, and many a writer who claims that title is an open traitor to all I in truth uphold and he in word only. Because, honestly, a conservative who opposes Trump on the grounds of ideals, despite what this administration has already done in deregulating and defanging the bureaucracy, reversing foreign policy mistakes, and appointing originalist judges, falls into the same error of being a cultist and not a political thinker.

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  • He’s the classic demagogue described well in the Federalist Papers that our system is designed to stop.
    • John Yoo, Analysis: the Vengeful World of Donald Trump and Why It Matters, at NBC News, published October 31, 2016
  • Donald Trump is also a coward. For all of his tough talk and bluster, the president of the United States is a punk ass bitch. And this has also been apparent for as long as we’ve known who he is.
  • He slipped out of draft duty because of … bone spurs. Bone spurs don’t even get you on the NFL injury report, but he used it to stay the fuck away from actually having to fight. We know his history of bullying and insulting women. And, since he’s been in office, we’ve seen him cower to Kim Jong Un and literally get Deeboed by Vladimir Putin — two men who, for all of their faults, would definitely whoop Trump’s ass.
  • We’ve had racist presidents before. We’ve had malignant misogynists in office before. But never has our president been such a fucking wimp.
    • Damon Young, Just Remember That Your Punk-Ass President Would Never, Ever, Ever Call LeBron James Dumb to His Face, in The Root, published August 4, 2018.

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  • Donald Trump would be an awesome GOP nominee if he was remotely conservative, suited to beat Hillary, or had the temperament of a good POTUS.
    • John Ziegler, Twitter post (February 2016)
  • Could Donald Trump be a secret double-agent, sent by Democrats to destroy their party from within? Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who has borne the brunt of more than a few Trump barbs, seems to think there’s a possibility… He’s belittling his Republican colleagues. He’s pulling the party to the nativist right in direct conflict with the goal set by strategists in 2013 to appeal to a more ethnically diverse nation. And he’s generally sucking up all the political oxygen, making it harder for other candidates to get their message out. All in all, many experts say he’s making it much more difficult for a Republican to win the general election next fall. Maybe he’s doing it on purpose… But as the saying goes, even paranoids have enemies. And, at least for the moment, there are some Republicans who see Donald Trump much more of an enemy than a friend.
    • Anthony Zurcher, “Is Donald Trump a Democratic secret agent?” (11 December 2015), BBC News, United Kingdom: British Broadcasting Corporation

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  • “Trump’s Lies” by David Leonhardt and Stuart A. Thompson – a catalog of “nearly every outright lie he has told publicly” in his first five months in office, in The New York Times (23 June 2017)
  1. ↑ Trump Says Hurricane Florence Is ‘Tremendously Big And Tremendously Wet’
  2. ↑ Trump Describes Hurricane Florence “Wettest We’ve Seen From Standpoint Of Water”
  3. ↑ https://splinternews.com/man-with-very-high-level-of-intelligence-says-oceans-ar-1830699334

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