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Day to Day Politics: Unedited sayings of The Donald

Friday 9 June 2017

Some time today we will know the outcome of the English election, James Comey will have given some explosive evidence before the Senate Intelligence Committee, in the PM the Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel will have delivered his report into how best to handle Climate Change and secure Australia’s energy future and the Prime Minister will have attended the Premiers conference.

Indeed there is a lot happening and for a writer who likes to think that on a daily basis he is at least abreast of the times all these events are a little out of sequence.

Undoubtedly I shall cover all of these events in the next few days but today is the problem. What do I write about today? After thinking for a few minutes I confess I weakened and went for a tried and true headline: “Trump’s Top 73 Craziest Quotes“. “73,” you might say. Yes, 73. Tony Abbott is the only other politician I know who comes close. I know 73 is a lot so I thought I would do 20 each week otherwise I would render you all brain-dead if you read them all in one hit. So here is the bottom 20. Hang onto your seats!

If you are desperate to see the 73 in total, go here, otherwise another 20 next week.

73: DONALD TRUMP ON MAKING MISTAKES

“I don’t think I’ve made mistakes. Every time somebody said I made a mistake, they do the polls and my numbers go up, so I guess I haven’t made any mistakes.”

72: DONALD TRUMP ON LOSING

“I don’t think I’m going to lose, but if I do, I don’t think you’re ever going to see me again, folks. I think I’ll go to Turnberry and play golf or something.” Donald Trump, Maryland rally, April 24, 2016.

71: DONALD TRUMP ON BEING PRESIDENT

“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” Donald Trump, announcing his campaign for president.

70: DONALD TRUMP WARNS OF RIOTS IF HE ISN’T GOP NOMINEE

“I think you’d have riots. I think you’d have riots. I’m representing many, many millions of people. In many cases first-time voters … If you disenfranchise those people? And you say, well, I’m sorry, you’re 100 votes short, even though the next one is 500 votes short? I think you’d have problems like you’ve never seen before. I wouldn’t lead it, but I think bad things will happen.” Donald Trump on what will happen if the nomination is taken from his at the Republican convention, CNN interview, March 16, 2016.

69: DONALD TRUMP ON OBAMA’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE

“I have people who 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.

68: DONALD TRUMP ON HILLARY

“If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America.”

67: DONALD TRUMP ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

“I have a great relationship with the blacks.”

66: DONALD TRUMP ON KIDS

“I like kids. I mean, I won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds, and she’ll take care of the kids.”

65: DONALD TRUMP ON HIMSELF

“The beauty of me is that I’m very rich.”

64: DONALD TRUMP ON TRUMP STEAKS

“Trump Steaks, where are the steaks? Do we have steaks? We have Trump Steaks.” –Donald Trump, touting a steak business that no longer exists during a press conference by handing out steaks from Bush Brothers Provision Co. Trump frozen steaks were offered at Sharper Image stores in 2007, but have since been discontinued. (March 8, 2016).

63: TRUMP: REPORTER ‘MADE UP’ STORY OF ALLEGED ASSAULT

“Perhaps she made the story up. I think that’s what happened.” –Donald Trump on Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, who accused Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of grabbing her arm aggressively as she attempted to question the candidate. Fields tweeted a photo of her bruised arm, and news accounts corroborated her story. (March 10, 2016).

62: DONALD TRUMP ON THE CANDIDATES

“I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”

61: DONALD TRUMP ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

“I’ve seen numbers of 24 percent — I actually saw a number of 42 percent unemployment. Forty-two percent. 5.3 percent unemployment — that is the biggest joke there is in this country. … The unemployment rate is probably 20 percent, but I will tell you, you have some great economists that will tell you it’s a 30, 32. And the highest I’ve heard so far is 42 percent.” Donald Trump, vastly overstating the unemployment rate in a claim rated false by Politifact, Sept. 28, 2015.

60: DONALD TRUMP ON BUILDING A WALL

“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll 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.”

59: DONALD TRUMP: ‘THERE’S NO VIOLENCE’ AT CAMPAIGN RALLIES

“The press is now going, they’re saying, ‘Oh but there’s such violence.’ No violence. You know how many people have been hurt at our rallies? I think, like, basically none except maybe somebody got hit once. It’s a love fest. These are love fests. And every once in a while … somebody will stand up and they’ll say something.… It’s a little disruption, but there’s no violence. There’s none whatsoever.” Donald Trump on his campaign rallies, despite documented evidence to the contrary, March 14, 2016.

58: DONALD TRUMP PRAISING SUPPORTERS

“That was so great. Who was the person who did that? Put up your hand, put up your hand. Bring that person up here. I love that.” Donald Trump, praising two audience members who tackled a protester at his rally in South Carolina.

57: DONALD TRUMP ON ‘THE APPRENTICE’

“All of the women on ‘The Apprentice’ flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”

56: DONALD TRUMP ON CARLY FIORINA

“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.

55: DONALD TRUMP ON “POTTY TALK”

“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.

54: DONALD TRUMP ON HILLARY CLINTON

“[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 she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost.” –Donald Trump, using a vulgar Yiddish word for penis to mock Hillary Clinton.

53: DONALD TRUMP QUOTES MUSSOLINI

“It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.” Donald Trump in a tweet quoting fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

52: DONALD TRUMP ON VLADIMIR PUTIN KILLING JOURNALIST

“I think our country does plenty of killing also, Joe.” Donald Trump, seemingly unconcerned that Russian President Vladimir Putin kills journalists who disagree with him, when pressed to condemn such actions in an interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

 

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  1. Terry2

    Trump has suggested that there may be tapes of his meetings with the former FBI Director, James Comey. Comey hopes that there are and has called for them to be released.

    Over to you Trump !

  2. Graham P

    “English elections”? Was that deliberate?

  3. Dagney J. Taggart

    love the poll – we’re all concerned about ourselves…. not very progressive is it?

  4. Dagney J. Taggart

    Should former politicians be able to draw a pension while in full time employment? Question is not specific enough. Should they be able to draw a pension while being employed by the government? No. Should they be able to draw one while engaged in private employment? Yes, why not? Same rules apply to public servants and military.

  5. Harquebus

    John Lord.
    Can’t think of anything to write about?
    Here a few suggestions from what I have read so far today and I haven’t finished yet. If you need more, I have lots.

    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/06/25-ocean-tipping-points
    https://phys.org/news/2017-06-chief-oceans-avert-global-catastrophe.html
    http://usa.inquirer.net/4314/china-will-declare-war-ph-drills-oil
    https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/historic-heat-wave-sweeps-asia-middle-east-and-europe
    https://www.sciencealert.com/massive-underwater-domes-of-methane-look-set-to-blow-at-any-moment
    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/baby-boomers-caused-millennials-destructive-spending-habits-2017-6
    Scientist: “All the indicators are going in the wrong direction, and warning bells are ringing so loud as to be deafening.” 2016 Saw 2nd Biggest Jump in Annual CO2 Levels

    Plan B: How the rich are prepping for collapse


    https://harpers.org/blog/2017/06/slow-crash/
    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608011/secret-algorithms-threaten-the-rule-of-law/
    http://reliefweb.int/report/world/relentless-march-drought-horseman-apocalypse
    http://new.spotlightnepal.com/2017/06/08/world-population-will-lack-access-clean-water-2050/
    http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/US-Begins-Importing-Iraqi-Oil-After-Saudis-Cut-Exports.html
    http://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/retail-wreck-over-1-000-stores-close-single-week-n767556

    Toronto’s Housing Bubble Pops. “The Frenzy is Over – It’s Over”

    “What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?” — Rex Tillerson; Formerly CEO ExxonMobil now U.S. Secretary of State

    Cheers.

  6. Michael Taylor

    Dagney, I ran out of ideas for a poll so put a few news ones up in a rush. Would welcome some fresh ideas.

  7. Michael Taylor

    H’, your comment was caught in spam because of all the links it contained. Any comment with more than 5 links is recognised by the system as spam.

    That last quote by Tillerson is a ripper (for all the wrong reasons). I’d appreciate it if you were to write an article cutting it to pieces. You know where to send it.

  8. Harquebus

    Michael Taylor
    Thank you. I was aware of that.
    The comment may have been caught up in your spam filter but, it also appears as a comment with a heading stating “Awaiting moderation”.
    My unit is in the process of being renovated which, is why I haven’t been hanging around much lately. I will consider your request but, I won’t be able to act on it in the very near future for the reason stated.

    “There is no point in saving the planet if we ruin the economy doing it.” — former NSW Premier Morris Iemma

    The global political mindset is completely insane. Hmmm, possible title to your suggestion.

    Cheers.

  9. Freethinker

    “Our task is not to dictate to others how to live, but to build a coalition of friends and partners who share the goal of fighting terrorism and bringing safety, opportunity, and stability to the war-ravaged Middle East,” Trump said in announcing the trip on Thursday.

    Look now what happens !!!

  10. helvityni

    “I was always very much accepted by my father. He adored Donald Trump.”

    Good that someone adored him, I also learnt from my little Trump book that his German father’s name was Friedrich Drumf, who had a thriving real estate company and around $400 million at the time of his death.

    Divide that between the five siblings…not a bad start in life…

  11. Zathras

    helvityni,

    Trump’s father was once arrested at a KKK rally and also charged under The Fair Housing Act with turning away black people from his rental properties (while son Donald was a Director of that company).
    His grandfather (who left Bavaria without performing his military service, was expelled from Germany and later deported from his homeland) made his fortune running booze and hookers in the Yukon during the Gold Rush days.

    An interesting pedigree.

  12. helvityni

    LOL, Zathras,

    Trump was sent a military school at the age of fourteen. One of his instructors said : “He thought he was Mr America and the world revolved around him.”

    He still seems to think that.

  13. Harquebus

    A documentary stated that Trump’s father believed that there are two types of people; the hunters and the prey.
    Cheers.

  14. win jeavons

    Apres moi le deluge still so true, I weep for humanity and for all life that is going to take a hiding if this insanity persists.

  15. Kaye Lee

    The conservatives in the UK need all of the 19 remaining seats to gain a majority. Will the Liberal Democrats go back on their “no deals” promise and form a coalition? That may not be enough anyway – they have 12.

    Comey called the POTUS a liar.

    Interesting day!

  16. Kaye Lee

    It’s official. No majority for the conservatives. The horsetrading begins.

  17. Terry2

    An English friend of mine said this morning that with the way the UK result was shaping up a new phrase had entered our political lexicon : Doing a Turnbull which roughly translated means, a politician who calls a snap early election with the cynical objective of catching your opposition unprepared and hoping to gain an increased majority majority. Only to find that the electorate are not impressed with those sort of tactics and blows you a raspberry.

    Mark Textor was hired alongside politic­al strategist and business partner Sir Lynton Crosby to run British Prime Minister Theresa May’s snap election campaign : that didn’t work out so well – will Sir Lynton have his knighthood taken back ?

  18. Freethinker

    The new Iron Lady is rusted.

  19. helvityni

    Maybe the British upper- crust will blame the boy from Down-under for the poorly run election campaign, it always seems so important to find someone else to blame….

  20. Photontrace

    Back to the quotes. Sickening to read just 20 of them in one gush, but will read the rest in due course, to be reminded and keep on guard. The campaign related ones seem calculated to advance his interests by manipulating the worst in human nature. I have seen animals behave with more consideration and compassion, than the way he speaks.

  21. wam

    Thinks???
    In Australia there seems to be a majority who don’t know that they don’t know and will NOT be shown.

    ps a 4 year old scottish girl dismissed slogans that sums up the political acumen of most of my facebook friends

    Dagney, do you think Robb should be able to draw a retirement allowance and get $880000 from a chinese business man? Would labor do a rabbott and bung on a royal commission into his FTAs???

  22. Karl Young

    Donald Trump’s brother drank himself to death.Donald took to the greed .His brother obviously didn’t .

  23. Kronomex

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/donald-trump-breaks-twitter-silence-dismisses-exfbi-boss-james-comey-as-a-leaker-20170609-gwoidw.html

    Tapes? What tapes? The Donald doesn’t need tapes because his honesty and integrity is all The Donald needs. And anyway, The Donald’s reality is much betterer and biggerer and more gooderer than the reality that everyone else lives in. Yes, THE TRUMPOVERSE, tm, copyrighted, moral (snort, snigger) rights asserted and just about everything else that can be used to show that it belongs to The Donald.

  24. king1394

    Exhausting except number 52: nothing but the truth there – I think our country does plenty of killing …

  25. Terry2

    The Donald is delaying the release of the tapes : a bit more editing necessary ?

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