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The 50 most ridiculous Trump quotes

There is no doubt: Donald Trump is box office.

Mind you, so was Hitler.

'The Donald' has ridden in like a one-man hurricane, blowing the US Presidential race wide open, defying his many, many critics to sweep aside Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and the rest to become the last man standing to be the Republican candidate in the race for the White House.

Along the way, and in his former business life, he's managed to offend pretty much everyone and everything, as well as regularly showing off his enormous ego and opinion of himself.

We present - and it's by no means exhaustive - the most ridiculous Trumpisms so far. We'll no doubt be updating this in the coming months. Can this man really be President? We'll find out on 9 November...

You can find a full selection of quotes in The Little Book of Trumpisms, compiled by Seth Millstein, out now

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    On domestic policy

    "I think if this country gets any kinder or gentler, it's literally going to cease to exist."

    Playboy, March 1990

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    On immigration

    "We're rounding 'em up in a very humane way, in a very nice way. And they're going to be happy because they want to be legalized. And, by the way, I know it doesn't sound nice. But not everything is nice."

    60 Minutes, 27/0/15

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    On Syrian refugees

    "What I won't do is take in two hundred thousand Syrians who could be ISIS... I have been watching this migration. And I see the people. I mean, they're men. They're mostly men, and they're strong men. These are physically young, strong men. They look like prime-time soldiers. Now it's probably not true, but where are the women?... So, you ask two things. Number one, why aren't they fighting for their country? And number two, I don't want these people coming over here."

    Face the Nation, 11/10/15

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    On border control

    "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."

    Campaign launch rally, 15/6/15

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    On September 11th

    "I think I could have stopped it because I have very tough illegal immigration policies, and people aren't coming into this country unless they're vetted and vetted properly."

    Hannity, 20/10/15

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    On education

    "[Overseas] we build a school, we build a road, they blow up the school, we build another school, we build another road, they blow them up, we build again. In the meantime we can't get a fucking school in Brooklyn."

    Speech in Las Vegas, 28/4/11

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    On helping women

    "I will be phenomenal to the women. I mean, I want to help women."

    Face the Nation, 9/8/15

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    On abortion

    “Do you believe in punishment for abortion – yes or no – as a principle?” 

    “The answer is there has to be some form of punishment.”

    “For the woman?”

    “Yeah, there has to be some form.”

    MSNBC, 30/3/16

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    On gay marriage

    "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."

    New York Times, 1/5/11

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    On race

    "I have a great relationship with African Americans, as you possibly have heard. I just have great respect for them. And they like me. I like them."

    Anderson Cooper 360, 23/7/15

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    On health care

    "The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA-infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great - but must suffer the consequences!"

    Twitter, 2/9/14

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    On global warming

    "It's really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!"

    Twitter, 19/10/15

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    On gun control

    "No matter what you do - guns, no guns - it doesn't matter. You have people that are mentally ill. And they're gonna come through the cracks. And they're going to do things that people will not even believe are possible."

    Meet the Press, 4/10/15

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    On the greatness of America

    "Our country is in serious trouble. We don't have victories any more. We used to have victories but [now] we don't have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let's say, China, in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. All the time."

    Campaign launch rally, 15/6/15

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    On Mexico

    "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."

    Campaign launch rally, 15/6/15

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    On fighting terrorism

    "When you see the other side chopping off heads, waterboarding doesn't sound very severe."

    This Week with George Stephanopoulos, 2/8/16

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    On global warming

    "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."

    Twitter, 6/10/12

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    On running for President

    "Well, if I ever ran for office, I'd do better as a Democrat than as a Republican - and that's not because I'd be more liberal, because I'm conservative. But the working guy would elect me. He likes me. When I walk down the street, those cabbies start yelling out their windows."

    Playboy, March 1990

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    On Political Correctness

    "I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I've been challenged by so many people and I don't, frankly, have time for total political correctness."

    Fox News Republican debate, 6/8/15

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    On why people would vote for him

    "To be blunt, people would vote for me. They just would. Why? Maybe because I'm so good looking."

    New York Times, 19/9/99

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    On Making America Great Again

    "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."

    MyFox New York, March 2015

    ("Let's Make America Great Again" was one of Ronald Reagan's most well-known campaign slogans)

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    On Hillary Clinton

    "If Hillary Clinton can't satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?"

    Twitter, 16/4/15

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    On fighting terrorism

    "If you look at Saddam Hussein, he killed terrorists. I'm not saying he was an angel, but this guy killed terrorists."

    The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, 2006

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    On Jeb Bush

    "Jeb said, 'we were safe with my brother. We were safe.' Well, the World Trade Center just fell down! Now, am I trying to blame him? I'm not blaming anybody. But the World Trade Center came down. So when he said, we were safe, that's not safe."

    Fox News Sunday, 18/10/15

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    On Rand Paul

    "I never attacked him on his looks, and believe me, there's plenty of subject matter right there."

    CNN Republican debate, 16/9/15

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    On why he's the right candidate

    "I'm the most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far. Nobody's ever been more successful than me. I'm the most successful person ever to run. Ross Perot isn't successful like me. Romney - I have a Gucci store that's worth more than Romney."

    Des Moines Register, 2/6/15

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    On John McCain

    "[John McCain is]... not a war hero. He's a war hero - he's a war hero 'cause he was captured. I Like people that weren't captured, OK, I hate to tell you."

    Iowa Family Leadership Summit, 18/7/15

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    On Arianna Huffington

    ".@arianahuff is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man - he made a good decision."

    Twitter, 28/8/12

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    On pop culture

    "My favourite part [of Pulp Fiction] is when Sam has his gun out in the diner and he tells the guy to tell his girlfriend to shut up. 'Tell that bitch to be cool. Say: Bitch be cool.' I love those lines."

    As quoted in TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald, 2005.

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    On women in Hollywood

    "While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct."

    Twitter, 28/10/12

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    On Muslims

    "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."

    7/12/15

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    On Television Shows

    "Just tried watching Modern Family - written by a moron, really boring. Writer has the mind of a very dumb and backward child. Sorry Danny!"

    Twitter, 13/6/13

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    On sharing his financial success

    "I look very much forward to showing my financials, because they are huge."

    TIME, 14/4/11

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    On shaking hands

    "The concept of shaking hands is absolutely terrible, and statistically I've been proven right."

    Playboy, October 2004

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    On his intelligence

    "Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest - and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure, it's not your fault."

    Twitter, 9/5/13

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    On self-maintenance

    "I think Viagra is wonderful if you need it, if you have medical issues, if you've had surgery. I've just never needed it. Frankly, I wouldn't mind if there were an anti-Viagra, something with the opposite effect. I'm not bragging. I'm just lucky. I don't need it."

    Playboy, October 2004

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    On romance

    "All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me - consciously or unconsciously. That's to be expected."

    Trump: How To Get Rich, 2004

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    On romance

    "Certain guys tell me they want women of substance, not beautiful models. It just means they can't get beautiful models."

    New York Times, 19/9/99

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    On family

    "She does have a very nice figure... If [Ivanka] weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."

    The View, 2006

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    On marriage

    "I would never buy Ivana any decent jewels or pictures. Why give her negotiable assets?"

    Vanity Fair, September 1990

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    On beverages

    "I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke."

    Twitter, 14/10/12

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    On egos

    "Show me someone with no ego and I'll show you a big loser."

    Trump: How To Get Rich, 2004

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    On borrowing

    "As a kid, I was making a building with blocks in our playroom. I didn't have enough. So I asked my younger brother Robert if I could borrow some of his. He said, 'Okay, but you have to give them back when you're done.' I used all of my blocks, then all of his blocks, and when I was done I had a great building, which I then glued together. Robert never did get those blocks back."

    Esquire, January 2004

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    On his intelligence

    "I'm intelligent. Some people would say I'm very, very, very intelligent."

    Fortune, 3/4/00

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    On making money

    "I say, not in a braggadocios way, I've made billions and billions of dollars dealing with people all around the world."

    CNN Republican debate, 16/9/15

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    On his body

    “My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.” 

    New York Post, 2011

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    On historical events

    “I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen, down on 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down”

    Event in Buffalo, 19/4/16

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    On Hillary Clinton


    "The only card she 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."

    Vox, 26/4/16

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    On his fans

    "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters."

    23/1/16

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    On Megyn Kelly

    "You could see there was bloody coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever."

    CNN, 8/8/15