Saturday Night Live couldn’t make up material this good. Donald Trump is the current front-runner for the GOP nomination in a crowded Republican presidential field, and now more than ever, he has become a bottomless source of divisive sound bites. The comical turned controversial in December 2015 when he called for a ban on Muslims entering the country after a series of terrorist attacks in Paris, France, and San Bernardino, Calif.
Check out some of The Donald’s most shocking quotes from his 2016 presidential campaign and beyond:
“I’m the worst thing that’s ever happened to ISIS.”
— Trump to Barbara Walters in December 2015 after some worry he is playing into the terrorists’ hands
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
— at a rally in Charleston, S.C. in December 2015
“Did you read about Starbucks? No more 'Merry Christmas' at Starbucks. No more. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks."
— at a rally in Springfield, Ill., in November 2015
“Sorry, there is no STAR on the stage tonight!”
— via Twitter during the Democratic debate in October 2015
“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?"
— Trump says of opponent Carly Fiorina in a September 2015 interview with Rolling Stone. He later backtracked during the GOP debate saying: "I think she's got a beautiful face. And I think she's a beautiful woman."
“We have to have a wall. We have to have a border. And in that wall we’re going to have a big fat door where people can come into the country, but they have to come in legally.”
— on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in September 2015
“I’m owned by the people! I mean, I’m telling you, I’m no angel, but I’m gonna do right by them!”
— Rolling Stone in September 2015
“I think apologizing’s a great thing, but you have to be wrong. I will absolutely apologize, sometime in the hopefully distant future, if I’m ever wrong.”
— on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in September 2015
“When these people walk in the room, they don’t say, ‘Oh, hello! How’s the weather? It’s so beautiful outside. Isn’t it lovely? How are the Yankees doing? Oh they’re doing wonderful. Great.’ [Asians] say, ‘We want deal!’”
— discussing Asians at an August 2015 rally in Iowa
“You haven’t been called, go back to Univision.”
— dismissing Latino reporter Jorge Ramos at an Iowa rally in August 2015
“Heidi Klum. Sadly, she's no longer a 10."
— New York Times article in August 2015
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her… wherever.”
— Trump of GOP debate moderator Megyn Kelly during a CNN interview in August 2015
Megyn Kelly: "You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs,' and 'disgusting animals'…"
Trump: “Only Rosie O'Donnell.”
— at the GOP debate in August
“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
— of John McCain at a Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, in July 2015
“No more massive injections. Tiny children are not horses—one vaccine at a time, over time.”
— via Twitter in September 2014
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. 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’re telling us what we’re getting.”
— Trump, referring to Mexicans as rapists during a speech announcing his presidential candidacy in June 2015
“NBC News just called it ‘The Great Freeze’ — coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?”
— via Twitter in 2014
“I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”
— in an interview with Albany’s Talk Radio 1300 in April 2011
“Do you know that Hillary Clinton was a birther? She wanted those records and fought like hell. People forgot. Did you know John McCain was a birther? Wanted those records? They couldn’t get the records. Hillary failed. John McCain failed. Trump was able to get him to give something — I don’t know what the hell it was — but it doesn’t matter.”
— during a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper about whether he was wrong for questioning President Barack Obama’s birthplace in July 2015
“Rosie O’Donnell’s disgusting both inside and out. You take a look at her, she’s a slob. She talks like a truck driver, she doesn’t have her facts, she’ll say anything that comes to her mind. Her show failed when it was a talk show, the ratings went very, very, very low and very bad, and she got essentially thrown off television. I mean she’s basically a disaster.”
— adding fuel to his ongoing feud with the talk show host in 2006
“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.”
— explaining his stance on gay marriage in a New York Times profile in May 2011
“I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
— commenting on his entrepreneurial daughter’s attractiveness on The View in 2006
“All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”
— on the social dynamics of his hit NBC reality show, to the Daily News in 2004
“The line of ‘Make America great again,’ the phrase, that was mine, I came up with it about a year ago, and I kept using it, and everybody’s using it, they are all loving it. I don’t know I guess I should copyright it, maybe I have copyrighted it.”
— Trump, claiming that he was the first person to coin the phrase in March 2015. Ronald Reagan used the slogan over 35 years ago during his campaign.
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