A Chronology of Donald Trump—In Quotes     

By Gregory McGrath-Goudie, Orillia Bureau Chief

TrumpWith the 58th United States presidential election scheduled for November 8th 2016, now is a good time to reflect upon the campaigns that the presidential candidates have put together over the last year. Every cycle has its scandals, its problematic quotes, and its questionably trustworthy candidates; this time, Donald Trump has spoken with divisive rhetoric, grandiosity, racism, and misogyny since the beginning of his campaign. Here is what he has said since beginning his presidential campaign:

  1. June 2015, while announcing his presidential campaign:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing them with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

  1. June 2015, while announcing his presidential campaign:

“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.”

These quotes are from the first of many speeches that led to Donald Trump’s nomination as the presidential candidate for the Republican Party. His words make unfounded assumptions about Mexico’s people, but this is the type of rhetoric that made Trump popular—the “straight-talking”, racist populism and outlandish promises that likely will not happen.

  1. September 2015, on NBC’s Tonight Show:

“I think apologizing’s a great thing, but you have to be wrong. I will absolutely apologize, sometime in the hopefully distant future, if I’m ever wrong.”

Not only has Donald Trump spoken divisively on a range of topics, he also refuses to apologize. Although this quote is taken from a comedy talk show, it displays the bigoted attitude Trump has shown the world throughout his campaign.

  1. November 2015, regarding the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001:

“There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations.”

Here, Trump makes another unfounded claim about a group of people. This type of rhetoric tries to encourage fear toward the Muslim community, which may be used to enforce various inequitable policies.

  1. December 2015, regarding immigration:

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

Using Islamophobia as a tool, Trump promises to keep Muslims out of America. Instead of proposing to seek out why radicalization occurs, or acknowledging that the overwhelming majority of the Muslim population is peaceful, his solution is to keep Muslims out, and to continue fighting a war with ISIS.

  1. June 2016, concerning North American trade relations:

“I’m going to tell our NAFTA partners that I intend to immediately renegotiate the terms of that agreement to get a better deal for our workers. And I don’t mean just a little better, I mean a lot better.”

He also threatened that, if a better deal were not made, that he would withdraw entirely from NAFTA. Considering that Canada conducts 76.9% of its trade with the United States, any changes to the free trade policy could prove disastrous for the Canadian economy.

  1. October 2016, concerning a 2005 tape that surfaced, which Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women:

“Yes, I’m very embarrassed by it. I hate it. But it’s locker room talk, and it’s one of those things. I will knock the hell out of ISIS. We’re going to defeat ISIS.”

Instead of apologizing for his lewd comments at the 2nd presidential debate, Trump wrote off his misogynistic rhetoric as mere “locker room talk”—displaying his inability to treat one of his offenses seriously—before changing topics to his plans for ISIS.

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