Despite the fact that he's been in the public eye for decades now, one has to wonder if Donald Trump thinks before he speaks. Ever.
Because of his candid ability to really say whatever the hell he wants, I was excited when his presidential campaign began because I thought about all the laughter it would bring into my boring life. I didn’t take him seriously but alas, he is now the Republican Party nominee for this election and that is still pretty shocking.
The beauty of digging up some of the most outrageous things Donald Trump has said is that he hasn’t lived his life as many other politicians have. Most people running for president have solely been in politics their entire lives and have not been in the public eye for other reasons. Ol’ Donald Trump is another story.
The businessman has been in the public eye for decades now. He's even appeared on Sex and the City (quite frankly, I’d rather Miranda be running), Home Alone 2 and Zoolander. He also hosted his own reality show, The Apprentice, for ten years. During this time, he had done plenty of interviews with seemingly no thought that he may one day run for president. The things he had said in the past are a bit ridiculous.
You would think that after he started his campaign, he’d stop saying things that are batshit crazy, but the gold nuggets of quotes keep pouring out of his mouth. Below are 31 quotes that really, truly, actually came out of Donald Trump’s mouth, the mouth of the possible next President of the United States.
31 "Russia... I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails."
This is perhaps the most recent of Trump's WTF moments. In a press conference, Trump said, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."
Trump is referring to Hillary Clinton's deleted emails, which is also an issue in and of itself. The real issue with this quote is that Trump just encouraged Russia to commit cyber-espionage, so yeah.
This is also right after the Democratic National Committee's computer system was hacked and their emails were leaked - an action which may have been the work of the Russian government to begin with.
30 "...You’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass."
In 1991, Trump did an interview with Esquire, in which he said, "You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] writes as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
There are just so many things wrong with that statement. For starters, the phrase "you've got" implicates ownership over a person, and this would not be the last time Trump would speak about women like they are something that can be owned.
Oh, and then there's the whole "young and beautiful piece of ass" part. That's really just an elegant way to talk about women.
29 "I will build a great wall."
In this speech, Trump said: “I will 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 make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
There is just so much in this. Apparently, we're going to build The Wall from Game of Thrones along our southern border. And just to clarify, when Trump says inexpensively, he means that he thinks the wall won't cost more than a measly $12 billion. Other experts have weighed in, estimating that it will likely cost over $25 billion. But, none of that really matters because apparently, Mexico is paying for this wall.
28 "They're rapists."
Trump's reason for building the wall may be because he believes this statement to be true: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. 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 bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”
With that kind of thought process, of course he wants to build the biggest baddest wall ever, because apparently immigrants are rapists.
27 "Somebody's doing the raping."
In the above clip, you'll see Trump's response on CNN when asked about calling immigrants rapists - and it is just so good and so confusing. Trump defends his remarks, referring to an article that states 80% of the women coming into the country are raped. This is where things get murky. Are the immigrants rapists or victims?
Don Lemon even tries to clarify the statistic, as it is about women being raped, not rapists coming into the country. Trump then says, "Well, somebody’s doing the raping, Don. I mean somebody’s doing it. You think it's women being raped - well, who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?"
Funny that Trump should ask who is doing the raping. 99% of sex offenders are male and 6 in 10 are white men. So, oddly enough, Donald Trump, as a white man, is part of the group who is "doing the raping."
26 "What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?"
26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2013
In the previous clip, it does seem like Donald Trump may have been troubled by hearing about female victims of rape, despite the fact that he says it in a very round about way. But, then you read the above tweet, in which he said, “26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military. Only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?”
Yes, Trump literally reported a statistic about rape and followed it up with "what did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together." Rape should be considered a byproduct of putting men and women in the same room, which is essentially what Trump just said. That should also not be the thought of someone living in an informed, advanced time period, let alone to man running for President of the United States.
25 "Our great African-American President..."
Our great African American President hasn't exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2015
If I was Ivanka Trump, I would seriously change the password on my father's Twitter account and never tell him it again. It would be best for everyone. Since that has yet to happen, here is another tweet from Trump, saying: “Our great African-American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.”
After this tweet, people were quick to point out just how racist it sounds because, well, it does sound racist as hell.
24 "We need global warming!"
It's freezing and snowing in New York--we need global warming!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Now, we get a look inside Trump's views on environmental issues with this fun tweet: “It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!”
In his defense, he did tweet this out in 2012, years before his campaign began. One would really think that you'd sweep your social media sites for any dumb shit like this before your campaign ramps up. Not Trump, though.
While global warming may have been a punchline many years ago, now most accredited scientists would tell you that yes, global warming is a major issue and threat to our earth. This tweet, of course, could just be a joke but in the next item, Trump goes even deep into global warming...
23 "Global warming was created by and for the Chinese."
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Just one day before Trump tweeted about how we need global warming, he tweeted this gem: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
So, now global warming is a hoax made up by the Chinese. This seems to be pretty unlikely and if it were true, I'd say the Chinese have gone pretty far with their efforts to make this hoax believable. I mean, melting the polar ice caps? Way to go, China. They really went the extra mile with this one.
22 "My Twitter has become so powerful..."
My twitter has become so powerful that I can actually make my enemies tell the truth.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2012
This, again, is an older tweet. In 2012, Trump tweeted: "My Twitter has become so powerful that I can actually make my enemies tell the truth.”
Quite frankly, I'm not even sure what he's referring to. The only celebrity with a social media platform so powerful it can make their enemies tell the truth is Kim Kardashian and her Snapchat. No, I'm serious Kim's leak of the Taylor Swift videos was epic and Trump's Twitter has yet to provide anything close to that.
21 "Laziness is a trait in the blacks."
So, this doesn't come from YouTube, Twitter or an interview. Instead this is a second-hand quote from a former employee. In John R. O’Donnell's 1991 book, Trumped, Trump supposedly said, "Laziness is a trait in blacks."
It gets worse. He goes on to say that this trait of laziness cannot be helped and that he hates black guys counting his money. Oh, and then it gets even worse. In a 1997 interview with Playboy, Trump said, "The stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true."
Well, we could have given him the benefit of a doubt but he basically owned up to that racist quote so there's that.
20 "The only kind of people I want counting my money..."
It actually gets even worse again. After saying he hates when black guys count his money, Trump followed it up with: "The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. Those are the kind of people I want counting my money. No one else."
With the tip off of yarmulkes, one can assume he means Jewish men. Though, I'm not sure if Jewish men are commonly short. I have no idea where Trump's short comment came from but that's neither here nor there. What is important is that he seemingly then made a stereotypical racial remark about Jewish people too, because why just insult one large group of people when you can insult two?
19 "A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage..."
Despite what the #blacklivesmatter movement may make you think, according to Trump "a black" has an advantage in the world. In this interview, Trump says: "A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. I think sometimes a black may think they don't have an advantage or this and that... if I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black."
One could point out the awkward way he keeps saying "a black" as opposed to, you know, a black man but since he also said "a white" we'll let that one slide.
What Trump is saying is still incorrect though, because a black man must have a higher level of education in order to get a job over a white man. A black man with an associates degree has an 88% likelihood of finding a job, the same percentage as a white high school graduate. Getting a bachelor's degree, ups a black man's likelihood of finding a job to 93%, the same as a white man who dropped out of college.
So, no. Black men have to be even more educated in order to compete with white men in the same job market. That's literally the opposite of an advantage. In fact, it would be more accurate to say that they start with a handicap.
18 That Time Trump Referenced His Penis
Feel free to gag. In a statement, Trump said, “My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.”
Cool. I didn't really care to hear about Trump's fingers and I especially did not want to hear about Trump's supposedly long and beautiful penis but this statement about his fingers goes much deeper. In fact, he's been talking about his fingers for almost 30 years.
In 1988, Spy, a New York based magazine, called Trump a "short-fingered vulgarian" and apparently Trump hated it. Trump wasn't upset about being called a vulgarian (a rich person with bad manners) but was rather really upset by the comment about the length of his fingers.
Trump did not take this lying down. Graydon Carter, the author who originally called Trump a short fingered vulgarian, recently penned a piece for Vanity Fair in which he said: "He thinks nothing of saying the most hurtful thing about someone else, but when he hears a whisper that runs counter to his own vainglorious self-image, he coils like a caged ferret. 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. I almost feel sorry for the poor fellow because, to me, the fingers still look abnormally stubby."
17 "I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her."
So, this was awkward for just about everybody. While on The View, Trump so casually said, "I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her."
What makes that statement even weirder is that they had been talking about the possibility of Ivanka doing a Playboy shoot. Trump compliments his daughter's figure, then goes into the statement that perhaps he'd be dating her. Coupled with the awkward hug of theirs at the RNC and the quote feels even weirder.
16 "Heidi Klum. Sadly, she’s no longer a 10."
Trump has some pretty high standards for women because apparently Heidi Klum is not a 10. You know, the same Heidi Klum who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was a freaking Victoria's Secret Angel. Yeah, of her, Trump said, "Heidi Klum. Sadly, she’s no longer a 10."
For my two sense, I still think Heidi Klum is a knockout at the age of 43. Oh, and she's also a successful businesswoman who was able to branch out into other venues, earning an Emmy in the process. The above video was Heidi's response to Trump's insult.
You're still a 10 to us, Heidi.
15 Trump On What It Takes To Be A 10
Now that we know Trump doesn't consider Heidi Klum a 10 (very important info for the voters btw), let's find out what Trump thinks it takes to be a 10.
On breasts: "A person who is flat-chested is very hard to be a 10.”
On Kim Kardashian: "Does she have a good body? No. Does she have a fat ass? Absolutely."
On Jennifer Lawrence: "Jennifer has a little skin problem. A little rough with the skin. I don't quite get it," he said. "Little polka-dots all over the place." (He's talking about her moles...)
He has complimented a few women. He's called Keira Knightley "absolutely flawless", which is odd considering the fact that she's pretty famous for being flat-chested. In fact, she's been outspoken about her disappointment in seeing her breasts photoshopped to look bigger than they are.
14 "All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me."
Trump was just so sexy while screaming "You're fired!" at people. At least, that's what we can assume he must think after reading this quote: “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”
This could be a fun quote to laugh off because yeah, totally, everyone wants to flirt with hottie Trump, but there is a bigger red flag tucked into the statement. Why was it to be expected? Is he referencing his striking good looks or is it to be expected because he was in a position of power, as the host of the show?
Either way, we doubt every single woman on The Apprentice flirted with Trump.
13 Trump On Prenups
As someone who has a lot of money, it is understandable that Trump is opinionated when it comes to prenups. On prenups, he's said: “There are basically three types of women and reactions. One is the good woman who very much loves her future husband, solely for himself, but refuses to sign the agreement on principle. I fully understand this, but the man should take a pass anyway and find someone else. The other is the calculating woman who refuses to sign the prenuptial agreement because she is expecting to take advantage of the poor, unsuspecting sucker she’s got in her grasp. There is also the woman who will openly and quickly sign a prenuptial agreement in order to make a quick hit and take the money given to her.”
So, according to this logic, a woman will do one of three things. The first is turn down the prenup because she loves her future husband, but the man should not marry this woman, or as Trump says "take a pass" on her.
The second woman won't sign but that's because she's a gold-digger and the third woman will sign it to make a "quick hit" so she's also a gold-digger. That is one peachy view of women.
12 "Look at that face!"
Oh, the poor woman who ran against Trump. Carly Fiorina is the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and was the only woman seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Instead of talking about her politics, Trump went right for her physical appearance in a piece in Rolling Stone.
In the interview, Trump said, "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”
Because apparently being attractive is a prerequisite for being President.
11 "Ariana Huffington is unattractive both inside and out."
.@ariannahuff is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2012
Back in 2012 (again, why he didn't clean up his Twitter before running I'll never know), Trump tweeted: “Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.”
There is just so much there and it's such a harsh insult to throw out there. Not sure what Trump's beef is with Arianna Huffington.
10 "Women don't like her."
Of the things that Trump has said about Hillary, this is certainly not the most harsh but it's worth noting that Trump has said, "The only card [Hillary Clinton] has is the woman's card. She's got nothing else to offer and frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she's got going is the woman's card, and the beautiful thing is, women don't like her."
Right, but women like Trump, who has time and time again objectified them. That's probably why all the women on The Apprentice flirted with Trump. Yup, that must be it.
9 "If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband..."
Oh, no he didn't. Trump tweeted, "If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America."
But, also, he may have not done that. He deleted to tweet and claims that a staff member actually made the tweet. Either way, there are two major issues. The first issue is that this is blaming Hillary for her husband's infidelity and the second is how the hell does sexual prowess correlate to being a qualified president?
8 "Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud."
An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2012
He's willing to tweet about not only the Democratic Nominee but also the current President of the United States. Trump tweeted, "An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud."
Um, I'm pretty sure Obama is a US citizen. Trump has a weird fascination with birth certificates and citizenship, as early in his campaign he relentlessly called into question Ted Cruz's citizenship, as he was born in Canada.
7 "I like people who weren't captured."
Hey, remember that time Trump basically said POWs aren't war heroes? Well, it's in the clip above.
Trump claims that John McCain is not a war hero and goes on to say, "He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."
For this one, I just don't even have words.
6 When He Talked About Megyn Kelly's Period
In the above clip, Trump is asked about Megyn Kelly's attitude towards him. Trump begins by saying that he does not respect Kelly as a journalist then goes on to say, "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever. In my opinion, she was off base."
Blood coming out of her... wherever? So, he's inferring that she may have been off base because she had her period. I cannot wait until he says Hillary can't be president because she gets her period too. Those zany females and their ability to bear children.
5 "I can't say that, either."
While the whole Howard Stern interview is worth watching, if you skip to about the 9:30 mark, you'll hear this wonderful piece:
Stern: So you treat women with respect?
Trump: I can't say that, either.
Afterwards, he clarifies that he does treat women with respect, but I'm not sure why that wasn't just his answer to begin with.
4 "I would bomb the shit out of them."
During a speech, Trump let us in on his very refined foreign policy. He said, "ISIS is making a tremendous amount of money because of the oil that they took away, they have some in Syria, they have some in Iraq, I would bomb the shit out of them." This was met with applause from the crowd so he continued by saying, "I would just bomb those suckers, and that's right, I'd blow up the pipes, I'd blow up the refineries, I'd blow up every single inch, there would be nothing left."
A twelve-year-old could likely come up with a more complex foreign policy plan.
3 "I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers..."
Apparently, Trump is not a fan of Rosie O'Donnell. He's been quoted as saying, "If I were running The View, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say ‘Rosie, you’re fired."
That wasn't even his deepest dig. Back in 2011, Trump tweeted this: "I feel sorry for Rosie 's new partner in love whose parents are devastated at the thought of their daughter being with @Rosie--a true loser."
Really nice, Trump.
2 "Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart."
Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again--just watch. He can do much better!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2012
This quote is really just added for funsies. In 2012, he weighed in on a hot button issue and tweeted, "Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again – just watch. He can do much better!"
Honestly, why do we care that Trump is #TeamEdward? It's fairly irrelevant information but I also just can't see Obama weighing in on yet another Hollywood break up.
1 "Who knows?"
Our final quote from the Trumpster himself is fairly simple but oh so loaded. When asked about his foreign policy and if he would start a war with China, he responded with, "Who knows."
He elaborated by saying, "I don't want to say what I'd do because, again, we need unpredictability."
Great, we can all sleep well if Trump is elected.