8 of Donald Trump’s Most Outrageous Quotes
Traditional Republicans and party leaders have wholeheartedly rejected Donald Trump. I believe all Republicans should listen to their own party. There is no debate here, or there shouldn’t be. Trump shouldn’t be President. Democracy is officially terrifying because it means someone like Donald Trump could be a Republican frontrunner in the race for President of the United States. The problem is that people who want to vote for Trump aren’t reading this article. Or any other article that criticizes Trump. Chances are, they don’t even read articles.
Republicans aren’t bad people. They have the ability to think critically. How do I know this? Because there are well-educated, prominent Republicans who are just as terrified of Trump as the Democrats. The Facebook group Republicans Against Donald Trump has over 1,000 members. The National Review collected numerous quotes from leading Republicans on why Trump is not the answer. Throughout this article, for each insane quote by the Donald there is a quote from The National Review by a fellow conservative criticizing him. Here’s one to get us started:
This [Donald Trump] is a crisis for conservatism. –Glenn Beck, founder of The Blaze and bestselling author
For the first time in his life, Glenn Beck makes sense. Let the outrage begin:
“Two Corinthians 3-17, that’s the whole ball game… Is that the one? Is that the one you like? I think that’s the one you like.”
Oh man. You know, part of being a successful politician is sounding like you’re one of the people you want to vote for you, like you actually understand and respect them. This is a soundbite from Trump’s speech at Liberty University, an evangelical college.
Here’s the verse he was referring to: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” I mean, I guess that’s a good one? But couldn’t he have at least taken the time to memorize it?
Trump later ranked his favorite book, placing one he had written “a deep, deep second to the Bible…” because “the Bible blows it away.” Oh, Lord have mercy.
Just as Trump’s political leanings are unpredictable, so is his religion. Some say he’s a Catholic, a member of the Dutch Reformed Church, or a Presbyterian. He was married to his third wife in an Episcopalian church.
Remember: the Christian Trump accuses Muslims of being full of hatred, hatred he’s never seen any other place, yet his treatment of them is anything but Christian.
I once compared Trump to Lonesome Rhodes, the character played by Andy Griffith in the 1957 film A Face in the Crowd. Trump might also be compared to Elmer Gantry, the fictional evangelist who used religion to mask his dark side. Cal Thomas, Fox News contributor
Look at Trump’s record and ask yourself, does he really deserve support of the religious right?
“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!?”
Donald Trump is king of playground insults and here’s some of his childish sexism for you to chew on. Here’s the full quote excerpted from Rolling Stone:
[Trump makes a joke.] His staffers at the conference table howl and hoot; their man, though, is just getting warm. When the anchor throws to Carly Fiorina for her reaction to Trump’s momentum, Trump’s expression sours in schoolboy disgust as the camera bores in on Fiorina. “Look at that face!” he cries. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” The laughter grows halting and faint behind him. “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
And there, in a nutshell, is Trump’s blessing and his curse: He can’t seem to quit while he’s ahead. The instincts that carried him out to a lead and have kept him far above the captious field are the same ones that landed him in ugly stews with ex-wives, business partners, networks, supermodels and many, many other famous women.
The man is 69 years old and his go-to way of criticizing a female opponent is saying she has an ugly face? Fiorina has a truly classy and simple response:
The point is, whether a man thinks you’re homely or a man thinks you’re beautiful, it’s not a topic of conversation when a woman is trying to do a job – whether it’s president of the United States or secretary or anything else.
Preach, girl. Mona Charen reigns us in on the big picture: Trump’s comments are reflective of an extremely low level of maturity:
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. –Mona Charen, senior fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center
“I know exactly what I want to do, I just don’t want to announce it yet.”
Well that’s an easy way to answer the tough questions, right?
Trump wants to Make America Great Again. This is a cute and simple idea, but when it comes to how to execute this goal, Trump reveals no detail, no plan. And, just like a middle schooler, he’s mood swinging and changing his mind all over the place. We forgive teenagers, but we can’t forgive Trump as easily.
The Washington Post sends Trump to the principal, and how could he possibly defend himself when everything he’s said is recorded?
Here’s the long version of his wavering position:
Simplify it. (June)
You can’t just boom, boom, hard and fast. (August 11)
Fair Tax. (August 11)
Flat tax. (August 11)
Or you can leave the system alone. (August 11)
I know exactly what I want to do, I just don’t want to announce it yet. (August 11)
I’m just not prepared to tell you right now… (August 11)
Trump, for real? You are the biggest tease. Or maybe you’re just that confused. Just like a teenager looking to get into the cool clique, Trump seems to be willing to say anything to get voters.
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, president of Media Research Center and chairman of For America
“We must have universal healthcare. I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one. We should not hear so many stories of families ruined by healthcare expenses.”
This is a quote from Donald Trump’s book released in 2000 called The America We Deserve.
This doesn’t sound like the most shocking quote, that is, if you live underneath a rock. Why is this so shocking? Because it sounds nothing like a real Republican, especially not a frontrunner. So, how is this guy getting votes? And is his flip-floppery an indication of genuine ignorance or masterful adjustments simply designed to get the most voters? So here he goes, keeping it as vague as ever:
Trump promises to make Obamacare “much better and much less expensive.” (June)
“I want to take care of everybody.” (July)
“We are going to have to work out some kind of a very, very smart deal with hospitals” (July)
“You need a compromise… you need flexibility.” (August)
In other words, Trump has no plan whatsoever, but, surely, he’ll fix it. Because he’s the Donald.
In a 60 Minutes interview with Scott Pelley, Trump aggressively supported universal health care, saying, “This is an un-Republican thing for me to say. . . . I’m going to take care of everybody. . . . The government’s going to pay for it.” He supported the prosecution of hate crimes. He favored wealth-confiscation policies. He supported abortion rights. On all these things, Donald Trump now says he has changed his mind. –Erick Erickson, editor of The Resurgent
“I would bring back waterboarding and I would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
The law bans waterboarding, also known as “controlled drowning,” as a cruel and inhumane punishment on the level of a war crime. Yet Trump wants to “go through a process and get it declassified;” “waterboarding at a minimum,” though it isn’t apparent what comes after that.
Why is this a crazy quote? Let’s study waterboarding for a second. For one, it doesn’t work. This isn’t just softy Democrats trying to get rid of torture… waterboarding simply does not work the way you’d imagine it would. Waterboarding and similar techniques literally “cause severe, repeated and prolonged stress, which compromises brain tissue supporting memory and executive function,” according to Wired. Torture subjects often rewire their memories to match what interrogators want to hear. In other words, they don’t even know what the truth is anymore.
Why is Trump pro-waterboarding? The answer is simple. It’s a really easy way to get ignorant, war-mongering, angry people to vote for him. If Trump based any of his decisions or opinions on cold hard facts, he wouldn’t be making proposals like bringing back waterboarding, a torture device that doesn’t even work. And, is, you know, a torture device.
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. –Mark Helprin, novelist
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her… wherever.”
Wait, what? Are you kidding? Trump implied that Megyn Kelly was on her period when she asked him some tough questions at the Republican debate. Here’s what she’d said:
You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs,’ and disgusting animals’… Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president…?
That is such a fair, simply worded question that I commend Megyn Kelly. Here’s how Trump responded:
What I say is what I say, and honestly, Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry. I’ve been very nice to you although I could probably not be based on the way you have treated me.
Uh wait. Trump’s answer was to threatening the moderator? Saying he can say something even worse about her? And, at the same time, he’s offering no apology for talking about women like animals and objects for men’s pleasure.
Trump later said if anyone deserved an apology, it was him. She’d asked a mean question. In what world does this man live in?
It’s all too easy to compare Trump to petulant and spoiled children. Remember that kid on the playground who just had to have the last word? “Are not!” “Are too!” “Are not!” until the sun goes down? That’s Trump. He closed the Kelly feud (after she gracefully bowed out of it from the very beginning) with a real classy Tweet:
I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!
Isn’t Donald Trump the very epitome of vulgarity? –William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard
“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
It’s actually difficult to be as offensive as Donald Trump is. And it gets you thinking that maybe part of his campaign platform is actually being offensive, bombastic, and obnoxious. What a platform, right? If it isn’t a platform, why would we ever vote for someone with such a terrible personality? This is beyond political correctness. It’s basic human civility and respect for others.
Senator John McCain spent five years as a prisoner during the Vietnam War.
Here’s an extension of the interview, since Trump has said before that the quote was taken out of context unfairly:
“[John McCain] is not a war hero,” Trump told pollster Frank Luntz, who was hosting the session.
“He is a war hero,” Luntz interjected.
“He is a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said, cutting him off. “I like people that weren’t captured, OK? I hate to tell you. He is a war hero because he was captured. OK, you can have — I believe perhaps he is a war hero.”
Wait, let me get this straight. John McCain would be a war hero if he weren’t captured? It was his being captured that prevented him from being considered a hero. Joining the war effort in the first place had no effect on his character at all. Alright, Trump. Step back.
Worst of all, 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… Trump is the living, breathing, bellowing personification of all the nasty characteristics Democrats routinely ascribe to Republicans. –Michael Medved, talk show host
“They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Trump kicked off a horrific campaign by asserting that undocumented Mexicans, as a whole, were rapists and drug dealers who were only going to corrupt the United States. His answer to this problem? Build a big-ass wall.
Here’s the quote in context: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… 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.” Some are good people. Wow, Trump is so nuanced in his offensive statements!
Instead of taking back his comments, Trump added to them on Fox News: “Our politicians are stupid… And the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning… They send the bad ones over because they don’t want to pay for them, they don’t want to take care of them. Why should they, when the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for me?”
Here’s yet another Republican against Trump for quotes like this one:
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 deporation, 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… –David Boaz, author of The Libertarian Mind
Thank you, David Boaz.
The Donald is our frontrunner for the Republican nominee for the President of the United States! He has shown, clearly, in his own words, a lack of respect for Muslims, Mexicans, women, and even veterans.
If you’re a Republican, respect your party and vote for anyone but Trump. Anyone would be better than him. If you’re a Democrat or Independent, please drag yourself to the polls, even if you feel more hopeless than ever.
Trump has no experience in domestic or international political affairs. He has weird hair. He is, according to numerous prominent psychologists, likely a person with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Voting Trump into the White House would make America a laughingstock, and it would be our greatest mistake in decades.