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U.S. ELECTION 2016

In his words: A look at some of Trump's most incendiary comments

He came to the campaign with some baggage. The racial housing discrimination. The bankruptcies. The former employees and suppliers who sued, claiming he shortchanged them. The "birther" conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama.

But since he announced his candidacy 14 months ago, Donald Trump's off-the-cuff talking and compulsive tweeting has generated, week after week, month after month, an unprecedented series of controversial comments. Like drinking from a hose, more contentious utterances just kept coming even as the public absorbed the outrage from his previous remarks.

The latest uproar happened at a rally Tuesday when Mr. Trump suggested that gun owners – "Second Amendment people," as he called them – could do something to stop Hillary Clinton. But the tone was set from the day he made his candidacy public.

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Here's an look at some of Trump's more incendiary comments on a number of explosive topics:


Graffitti adorns metal bars marking the United States border where it meets the Pacific Ocean Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Tijuana, Mexico. Trump has angered many Mexicans for his campaign rhetoric denigrating some immigrants as

Graffitti adorns metal bars marking the United States border where it meets the Pacific Ocean Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Tijuana, Mexico. Trump has angered many Mexicans for his campaign rhetoric denigrating some immigrants as “rapists” who bring crime and drugs to the United States, and his promise to build a wall along the entire US-Mexico border.

AP Photo/Gregory Bull

TRUMP AND LATINOS

June 16, 2015

At the Fifth Avenue skyscraper named after him, Mr. Trump announced his run for the Republican nomination by attacking Mexican immigrants.

“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.”

He also promised to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out immigrants – and to make Mexico pay for it.

July 6, 2015

Mr. Trump retweeted an offensive comment about Jeb Bush's Mexican-born wife, Columba, which said "JebBush has to like the Mexican Illegals because of his wife." The tweet was later deleted.

August 26, 2015

Jorge Ramos, anchor and journalist for the American Spanish-language network Univision, is ejected from a Trump press conference before an event in Dubuque, Iowa.

"I'm a reporter, an immigrant, a U.S. citizen. I have the right to ask a question." Mr. Ramos said.

"No, you don't," Mr. Trump said. "You haven't been called. Go back to Univision."

Mr. Ramos was later readmitted and he asked Mr. Trump about his plan to remove undocumented migrants already in the U.S.

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"How are you going to deport 11 million people?" Mr. Ramos asked.

"You know what it's called? Management … I'm a great manager. I know how to manage things. I hire unbelievable people. What we're doing here will work great," Mr. Trump replied.

May 27, 2016

At a campaign event in San Diego, Mr. Trump complained about U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over a class-action lawsuit that accuses Trump University of defrauding and misleading customers.

The judge is the son of Mexican immigrants but was born in Indiana.

June 3, 2016

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Trump said Judge Curiel was in "absolute conflict" in the case because of his "Mexican heritage."

June 5, 2016

In an interview with CBS's Face the Nation, Mr. Trump stood by his comments about Judge Curiel's Mexican heritage. "I'm talking about common sense, okay?" Asked if he believed a Muslim judge would treat him unfairly, he agreed. "It's possible, yes. Yeah. That would be possible, absolutely."

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In this Dec. 3, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington. Trump says he is calling for a

In this Dec. 3, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington. Trump says he is calling for a “complete and total shutdown” on Muslims entering the United States. Trump says in a statement released by his campaign Dec. 7 that his proposal comes in response to the level of hatred among “large segments of the Muslim population” toward Americans.

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

TRUMP AND MUSLIMS

November 21, 2015

Mr. Trump claimed to have seen Arab-Americans cheering the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering,” he said at a rally in Alabama.
November 22, 2015

He repeated the claim in an interview with ABC. "It did happen. I saw it," said Mr. Trump. "It was on television. I saw it."

November 23, 2015

Mr. Trump praised the use of waterboarding against terror suspects.

“Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that. It works.” He then added “… and if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway for what they do to us.”

November 24, 2015

After being contradicted by New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski over his 9/11 New Jersey claims, Mr. Trump mocked Mr. Kovaleski, who has a congenital joint condition that affects his arm movements.

Now, the poor guy – you’ve got to see this guy, ‘Ah, I don’t know what I said! I don’t remember!’ ” Mr. Trump said during a rally in South Carolina as he flapped his arms in front of him.

December 2, 2015

After the San Bernardino attack, Mr. Trump criticized the U.S. for "fighting a very politically correct war" and mused about targeting the families of terrorists.

“When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families,” he said.
December 7, 2015

Mr. Trump issued a statement 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."

December 8, 2015

Defending his proposal to ban Muslim immigration, Mr. Trump told MSNBC that "we have places in London and other places that are so radicalized that the police are afraid for their own lives." London's Metropolitan Police replied in a statement that "We would not normally dignify such comments with a response, however on this occasion, we think it's important to state to Londoners that Mr. Trump could not be more wrong."

December 10, 2015

Mr. Trump tweeted that:

June 12, 2016

After a gunman who had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub, Mr. Trump posted a self-congratulatory tweet.

August 10, 2016

At a campaign rally in Florida, Mr. Trump describes Mr. Obama as the "founder" of Islamic State, questioning the President's loyalties and repeatedly using his middle name, Hussein.


U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina in Nashua, N.H., on Jan. 23.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina in Nashua, N.H., on Jan. 23.

MARY SCHWALM/REUTERS

TRUMP AND WOMEN

August 6, 2015

During the first Republican presidential debate, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked Mr. Trump about disparaging comments he had made about women.

"You've called women fat pigs, dogs, slobs, disgusting animals. Your Twitter account has several –" she said before he cut her off with a raised finger and quipped: "Only Rosie O'Donnell."

August 7, 2015
During a CNN interview, a day after the debate, Mr. Trump complained about Ms. Kelly’s questioning.
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her, wherever.”
August 24, 2015

In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump accused Ms. Kelly of being "off her game" then retweeted a supporter who called her a "bimbo."

September 9, 2015

During an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Mr. Trump saw Republican nomination candidate Carly Fiorina on television.

“Look at that face!” he said. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”

Donald Trump jokes about how difficult he says it is for him to listen to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's voice, as he holds a rally with supporters in Fresno, California, on May 27.

Donald Trump jokes about how difficult he says it is for him to listen to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s voice, as he holds a rally with supporters in Fresno, California, on May 27.

JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

TRUMP AND HILLARY CLINTON

December 22, 2015

Mr. Trump attacked Democratic front-running candidate Hillary Clinton in vulgar terms. He said her bathroom break during a Democratic candidates' debate was "too disgusting" to talk about. Then, using a crude Yiddish word for penis, he said Ms. Clinton "got schlonged" when she ran against Mr. Obama in 2008.

August 8, 2016

With no evidence but attributing his theory to "many people," Mr. Trump claimed that Ms. Clinton was responsible for the hanging of the Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri.

August 9, 2016

Mr. Trump appeared to suggest that gun-rights supporters take actions to stop Ms. Clinton from becoming president.

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Mr. Trump said at a rally. He quickly added: “Although the Second Amendment people – maybe there is, I don’t know.”



Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio, on July 27, 2016.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio, on July 27, 2016.

CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS

TRUMP AND RUSSIA

November 10, 2015

At a debate in Milwaukee, Mr. Trump claimed that he understands Russian President Vladimir Putin because the two had appeared on the same episode of 60 Minutes.

“I got to know him very well because we were both on 60 Minutes, we were stablemates,” he said.

In fact, the two men were interviewed separately.

July 27, 2016

In the wake of the hacking of the Democratic National Committee's computer servers, Mr. Trump said he hoped Russian hackers would go after Ms. Clinton's e-mails.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said during a news conference, alluding to Ms. Clinton’s deleted e-mails. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
July 31, 2016

In an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Mr. Trump insisted Mr. Putin wouldn't make a move into Ukraine – even though the Russians had already seized the Crimean Peninsula in 2014.

“He’s not going into Ukraine, okay, just so you understand. He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want,” Mr. Trump said. “Well, he’s already there, isn’t he?” Mr. Stephanopoulos said. “Okay – well, he’s there in a certain way,” Mr. Trump replied.

Khizr Khan, whose son was killed serving in the U.S. Army, challenges Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to read his copy of the U.S. Constitution.

Khizr Khan, whose son was killed serving in the U.S. Army, challenges Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to read his copy of the U.S. Constitution.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

TRUMP AND THE MILITARY

July 18, 2015

After disagreeing with Arizona Senator John McCain over his views on immigration, Mr. Trump alluded to the five years Mr. McCain was held as a prisoner during the Vietnam War.

“He’s not a war hero,” Mr. Trump said. “He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured, okay?”
July 31, 2016

In the same ABC interview where he insisted Russia hadn't move into Ukraine, Mr. Trump gave his first response to Khizr Khan, the father of a fallen Muslim soldier killed in Iraq, who had spoken at the Democratic convention, asking what sacrifices the Republican nominee had made.

“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands of jobs” Mr. Trump said. He then asked why Mr. Khan’s wife, Ghazala, didn’t speak at the convention, hinting she had been muzzled because the family is Muslim.
“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.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign town hall at Ocean Center, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign town hall at Ocean Center, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla.

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

TRUMP AND FABULATIONS

February 19, 2016

While campaigning in South Carolina, Mr. Trump cited a false story about U.S. General John Pershing using bullets dipped in pigs' blood to execute Muslim insurgents in the Philippines in the early 1900s.

“And for 25 years there wasn’t a problem, all right? So we better start getting tough,” he said.
August 3, 2016

At a campaign rally, Mr. Trump said he had seen a video of the shipment of $400-million (U.S.) the Obama administration agreed to pay Iran as part of a settlement over a failed past arms deal. "I'll never forget the scene," he said. "… Iran provided all of that footage, the tape of taking that money off the airplane … perfect angle, nice and steady." He stuck to the story for two days, despite official denials that such a video existed. Then, he admitted in a tweet that he was wrong. "The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400-million in cash going to Iran!"


An overflow crowed fills the hangar deck of the USS Yorktown as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, speaks during a rally coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

An overflow crowed fills the hangar deck of the USS Yorktown as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, speaks during a rally coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

AP Photo/Mic Smith

TRUMP AND THE INTERNET

December 7, 2015

On the same day he called for a ban on Muslim immigration, Mr. Trump also talked about shutting down the Internet.

“We’re losing a lot of people because of 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, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some ways,” he said at an event in South Carolina. “Somebody will say, ‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people.”

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