There is nobody more interesting on the political stage either in America or throughout the world at the current time as The Donald. Time and time again he has been written off as finished, over, on the way out, both politically and in business.
And yet here he is. Here he still is. Front and center and, at the time of writing, President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world.
In which case, what do the rest of us learn? What do us normal people know about the man who would be King?
Usually when I write I try to include as many relevant quotes about a subject either from those close to it or actually involved, as quotes from the experts can bring a written piece alive.
They make the reader feel it is breathing, active, awake and has credibility. And it works too.
Throw in an actual quote from an expert every few paragraphs and you have an article that is living and credible. It isn’t just what I think, it is what these other people think too. And this tells us a lot about a person or a subject.
Donald Trump has emerged, over recent years, as one of the great dividers of all time.
Most of what we know about him and of his credentials as President has been written or said about him by either those who love him or those who loathe him. And none of that really tells us anything.
So, I should declare my own personal interest here in the spirit of neutrality. I am English and don’t really care either way if Americans vote for him again or not. I won’t be voting.
But as a man he does interest me. He interests me enough to have spent thousands of hours either watching or reading interviews he has given, and listening to what he has had to say, over the last thirty or so years.
Reading about him it is obvious that the man himself divides opinion. Americans either love him or hate him. There appears to be little in between.
And once you have read what he actually has had to say for himself during his time as a public figure, you can then form your own opinion, without relying on others.
This then is Donald Trump in his own words in the form of some of the interesting things he has actually said for himself.
Presumably, then, it is safe to assume he really means some of it.
Donald Trump Quotes – The Measure of a Man
‘Just look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?’ – Donald Trump on Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.
‘If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America.’ – Donald Trump.
‘You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you`ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.’ – Donald Trump.
’Even a race to Obama, Hillary Clinton was gonna beat Obama. I don’t know who would be worse, I don’t know, how could it be worse? But she was going to beat, she was favored to win, and then she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost.’ – Donald Trump, using a vulgar Yiddish word in reference to Clinton.
’I know where she went – it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it. No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting.’ – Donald Trump on Hillary Clinton taking a bathroom break during a Democratic presidential debate.
‘You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.’ – Donald Trump, insulting Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly over questions she asked during the first Republican primary debate
Women? ‘You have to treat ’em like shit.’ (New York Magazine, Nov. 9, 1992)
‘I will tell you that our system is broken. I gave to many people. Before this, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And do you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them and they are there for me.’ (Republican presidential debate)
‘It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.’ (Fortune, April 3, 2000)
‘I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.’ – Donald Trump, announcing his campaign for president.
‘We need a leader that wrote The Art of the Deal.’ – Donald Trump, plugging his book in his presidential campaign announcement
‘I have people that have been studying [Obama’s birth certificate] and they cannot believe what they’re finding. I would like to have him show his birth certificate, and can I be honest with you, I hope he can. Because if he can’t, if he can’t, if he wasn’t born in this country, which is a real possibility, then he has pulled one of the great cons in the history of politics.’ – Donald Trump, three weeks before Obama released his long-form birth certificate in 2011.
‘I am really honored frankly to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully, getting rid of this issue. We have to look at it, we have to see is it real, is it proper, what’s on it, but I hope it checks out beautifully. I am really proud, I am really honored.’ – Donald Trump, on President Obama releasing his long-form birth certificate.
‘When it comes time to default, they’re not going to remember any of the Republicans’ names. They are going to remember in history books one name, and that’s Obama.’ – Donald Trump, urging Republicans to force a default on America’s debt so that Obama wouldn’t be re-elected.
On Other Americans
‘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.’ – Donald Trump explaining to the New York Times why he opposes gay marriage.
‘He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.’ – Donald Trump on John McCain.
‘Let me tell you, I’m a really smart guy. I was a really good student at the best school in the country. The reason I have a little doubt, just a little, is because he grew up and nobody knew him.’ – Donald Trump, on why he thought Obama wasn’t born in the United States
‘I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.’ (Albany’s Talk 1300, April 14, 2011)
‘I have black guys counting my money.… I hate it. The only guys I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes all day.’ (USA Today, May 20, 1991)
‘Jeb Bush has to like the Mexican Illegals because of his wife.’ (Retweeted and then deleted on Twitter, July 4, 2015
‘Show me someone without an ego, and I’ll show you a loser.'(Facebook, Dec. 9, 2013)
‘I’ll tell you, it’s Big Business. If there is one word to describe Atlantic City, it’s Big Business. Or two words – Big Business.’ – Donald Trump.
‘Who the fuck knows? I mean, really, who knows how much the Japs will pay for Manhattan property these days?’ (TIME, January 1989)
‘Sometimes, part of making a deal is denigrating your competition.’ (The Art of the Deal, 1987)
‘For many years I’ve said that if someone screws you, screw them back. When somebody hurts you, just go after them as viciously and as violently as you can.’ (How to Get Rich, 2004)
‘Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people.’ – Donald Trump.
‘These are stupid people that say, `Oh didn’t Trump declare bankruptcy? Didn’t he go bankrupt?’ I didn’t go bankrupt.’ – Donald Trump, after filing for bankruptcy on parts of his various businesses.
‘I’m not a schmuck. Even if the world goes to hell in a hand-basket, I won’t lose a penny.’ – Donald Trump.
‘You know the funny thing, I don’t get along with rich people. I get along with the middle class and the poor people better than I get along with the rich people.’ – Donald Trump.
‘My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well been documented, are various other parts of my body.’ – Donald Trump.
‘I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.’ – Donald Trump, while considering a presidential run in 2000.
‘I look very much forward to showing my financials, because they are huge.’ (TIME, April 14, 2011)
‘I will build a great wall. And nobody builds walls better than me, believe me. And I will build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.
‘When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They are rapists.’ – Donald Trump.
‘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.’ – Donald Trump, on his diplomacy skills.
Others on Trump
‘Donald Trump may be running for president. He said he is sick and tired of the rest of the world laughing at the United States. Well, President Trump will certainly put an end to that.’ – David Letterman.
‘Donald Trump insisted yesterday that he is not racist, because one time an African-American won ‘Apprentice.’ Because nothing says ‘not racist’ like making a black man run your errands.’ —Conan O’Brien.
‘Yesterday in New York City, Donald Trump officially changed his political affiliation from Republican to Independent. And Donald’s hair has switched from pelt to carpet sample.’ – Jay Leno.
‘Donald Trump is not running for president. This is devastating news for Trump’s supporters — all of whom are late night comedians.’ – Conan O’Brien.
‘This is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life. A President who’s not afraid to tell the truth about being a lying asshole.’ – Lewis Black.
‘Trump says that if he’s elected, he won’t let the presidency interfere with the Miss Universe pageant.’ – David Letterman.
‘How would Trump travel as president? Obviously, he’d use Hair Force One.’ – David Letterman.
Extracts from Donald Trump – In His Own Words