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.
Here's an look at some of Trump's more incendiary comments on a number of explosive topics:
- Trump and Latinos
- Trump and Muslims
- Trump and women
- Trump and Hillary Clinton
- Trump and Russia
- Trump and the military
- Trump and fabulations
- Trump and the Internet
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At the Fifth Avenue skyscraper named after him, Mr. Trump announced his run for the Republican nomination by attacking Mexican immigrants.
He also promised to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out immigrants – and to make Mexico pay for it.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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."
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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Mr. Trump claimed to have seen Arab-Americans cheering the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
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."
Mr. Trump praised the use of waterboarding against terror suspects.
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.
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.
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."
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."
Mr. Trump tweeted that:
The United Kingdom is trying hard to disguise their massive Muslim problem. Everybody is wise to what is happening, very sad! Be honest.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2015
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.
Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 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.
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."
In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump accused Ms. Kelly of being "off her game" then retweeted a supporter who called her a "bimbo."
.@megynkelly must have had a terrible vacation, she is really off her game. Was afraid to confront Dr. Cornel West. No clue on immigration!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2015
I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2015
During an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Mr. Trump saw Republican nomination candidate Carly Fiorina on television.
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.
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.
Many people are saying that the Iranians killed the scientist who helped the U.S. because of Hillary Clinton's hacked emails.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2016
Mr. Trump appeared to suggest that gun-rights supporters take actions to stop Ms. Clinton from becoming president.
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.
In fact, the two men were interviewed separately.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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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.
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!"
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On the same day he called for a ban on Muslim immigration, Mr. Trump also talked about shutting down the Internet.