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.
My thought for the day
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