10 Shocking Quotes from Donald Trump
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that former President Donald Trump is one of the most quotable figures in modern politics. From his expansive experience in business to his tumultuous term as president, Trump has never been shy about sharing his thoughts and opinions. In this post, we’ve compiled 10 of his most shocking quotes.
1. “There’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do.”
This quote might seem innocuous at first glance, but it’s particularly shocking given the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct that have been lodged against Trump over the years. In fact, a leaked “Access Hollywood” tape from 2005 contains audio of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women.
2. “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”
Trump made this remark at a campaign rally in Iowa in 2016, and it’s a testament to his unwavering base of supporters. But it’s also a disturbing statement that seems to suggest Trump felt he was above the law and could literally get away with murder.
3. “I think there is blame on both sides.”
In the aftermath of the violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump drew widespread criticism for his equivocal response. He claimed that there were “very fine people on both sides,” even though the event was organized by white supremacists and resulted in the death of a counter-protester.
4. “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.”
Trump has long boasted about his intelligence, but this quote takes things to a whole new level. It suggests that he doesn’t need input or advice from anyone else because he’s so smart, which is a concerning attitude for a president to have.
5. “I think I am actually humble. I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.”
Similarly, this Trump statement is a bit of a head-scratcher. Humility is generally not something that people boast about having, and it’s not clear what Trump’s definition of “humble” actually is.
6. “Our country is full. We don’t want any more people coming in.”
This quote, from a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, echoes Trump’s hardline stance on immigration. The sentiment is particularly jarring given that the United States has a history of welcoming immigrants and has been called a “nation of immigrants” for decades.
7. “I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.”
This quote is a lighthearted one compared to some of the others on this list, but it’s still notable for its absurdity. There’s no scientific evidence to suggest that drinking Diet Coke (or any other diet soda) necessarily leads to weight gain.
8. “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”
This quote, from a 2016 Republican debate, is classic Trump bluster. It’s not clear what it means to be the “greatest jobs president,” and it’s certainly not clear what role God plays in job creation.
9. “I alone can fix it.”
During his acceptance speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention, Trump made this statement while discussing the country’s problems. This sentiment is troubling because it suggests a belief in authoritarianism, where one person has all the answers and must be trusted to make all the important decisions.
10. “I’m the least racist person you’ll ever interview.”
This line, from a 2016 interview with CNN, is questionable at best. Trump has a long history of making racist comments and promoting racist policies, from his involvement in the birther movement to his attempt to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
Whatever your opinion of Donald Trump, it’s clear that he’s a figure who is often memorable for his words, whether for good or for bad. These ten quotes range from the absurd to the troubling, but they all give insight into the mind of one of the most consequential figures in modern politics.