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Donald Trump’s Top Controversial Statements

Updated on December 10, 2015
Donald Trump
Donald Trump

American billionaire and politician Donald Trump is a highly controversial individual. He is considered one of the most controversial figures in America. It seems not a day goes by that we don’t hear him make a controversial statement. In this article we shall be taking a look at the most shocking and controversial comments made by Trump since he officially began running for president of the United States in June, 2015.

Since June, 2015, Trump has made numerous highly controversial statements that ended up causing mass outrage and backlashes in and outside the United States.

Here are some of the most shocking and controversial statements that Donald Trump made since formally announcing his candidacy for President of the United States on June 16, 2015 at a campaign rally at the Trump Tower in New York City.

Trump’s statements on Mexican immigrants

The very day Trump announced that he was running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States on June 16, 2015 in Manhattan, New York City, Trump made one of his most shocking and controversial statements ever when he made a statement about his displeasure with the influx of Mexican immigrants into the United States. In his 45-minute presidential campaign announcement speech, Trump offended Mexicans when he said the illegal Mexicans entering America were mainly criminals who brought problems with them into the United States. Here are the exact words Trump used when he talked about people from Mexico entering into the United States:

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

America was left totally stunned by these words. Not too many Americans were expecting to hear those words from a presidential candidate.

As if that statement wasn’t enough, some weeks later, Trump decided to reiterate his controversial stance on illegal immigration by saying that, “The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States.”

Trump went on to give an example of the harm criminals from Mexico entering illegally into the United States were causing when he talked of an incident where an American woman was killed by a notorious Mexican criminal whom he said was forced into the United States because he wasn’t wanted in Mexico.

The worst elements of Mexico are being pushed into the United States,” Trump said in a written statement on July 6, 2015.

Mexican illegal immigrants traveling to the United States.
Mexican illegal immigrants traveling to the United States.

Trump’s solution to the illegal immigration problem and influx of illegal Mexican immigrants coming into the United States

Trump’s proposed solution to the problem of illegal immigration into the United States was also rife with controversies. He said if were made President of the United States, he would build a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico in order to prevent illegal Mexican immigrants from coming into the United States.

Here are Trump’s exact words with regard to building a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico:

I would 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.”

He added that having finished building the wall, he would let the Mexican government pay for its construction.

Donald Trump will deport all illegal immigrants in the United States

During Trump’s first town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire on August 19, 2015, saw him make another controversial statement that surely sent shivers down the spines of the millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States.

Currently, there are about 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, and according to the statement Trump made during his first town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire, if the American people make him their president, he will deport all the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States back to their various countries.

Here are the exact words Trump used in Derry, New Hampshire: “Day 1 of my presidency, illegal immigrants are getting out fast.”

Sen. John McCain was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for 6 years.
Sen. John McCain was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for 6 years.

Trump’s statement about John McCain not being a war hero

On July 18, 2015, Trump shocked America when he said Arizona Senator John McCain wasn’t a war hero. Trump was speaking at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa when he made mockery of McCain’s hero status. Here are the exact words Trump used: “He’s not a war hero.” According to Trump, McCain isn’t a war hero because heroes don’t get captured.

For readers who might not be aware of this, McCain was a naval aviator in the United States Navy from 1958 – 1981. During the Vietnam War in 1967, McCain was almost killed when his plane was shot down by a missile while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, North Vietnam. He was captured and made a prisoner of war for about 6 years. During this period, McCain was frequently tortured by his captors.

I guess readers can now understand why America was so furious with Trump when he made the comment about McCain not being a hero. Up until today, Trump hasn’t apologized for making that statement.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.

Trump’s Megyn Kelly “blood” comment

On August 6, 2015, Trump took part in the Republican presidential debate during which Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked him a question about his anti-women comments.

Trump, who was clearly infuriated by Kelly’s question, went on to attack Kelly the following day in an interview with Don Lemon on CNN. During the interview, Trump said that Kelly treated him very unfairly at the Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox News.

He said: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

Many instantly interpreted Trump’s remarks as a reference to Ms. Kelly’s menstrual cycle and that he was implying that Kelly was tough on him during the debate because she was in her period.

This sexist comment landed Trump in hot water after it outraged women all over America and across the world. And to show their displeasure with his sexist comment, women all over the world came together and started a serious Twitter campaign against Trump – with some even going as far as bombarding his official Twitter account with messages about all aspects of their menstrual cycle.

When the heat got too much for Trump to bear, he tried defending himself by saying that his comment wasn’t a reference to menstruation and that only “a deviant” would think he was talking about menstruation. He tweeted that his statement referred to Kelly’s nose and not what people thought he was talking about.

American Muslims
American Muslims

Trump’s call on a ban on Muslims coming into the United States

On December 7, 2015, Trump shocked the whole world when he issued a press release calling for a total ban on Muslims from entering the United States. This is till date, Trump’s most shocking and controversial statement ever. Many think he went too far with this – even his own party members.

According to Trump’s shocking statement, there “should be a total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.

Trump made this shocking statement in response to the 2015 San Bernardino shooting which was perpetrated by American-born Muslim Syed Rizwan Farook and his Pakistani-born Muslim wife Tashfeen Malik. The Islamic extremist husband and wife killed a total of 14 people and injured 21 others in that horrifying mass shooting. The pair was later killed during a shootout with police.

Barely a week after that shocking incident (terrorist attack), Trump felt enough was enough and called for all Muslims to be barred from entering the United States.

Trump’s press release was heavily condemned by the world. Even the United States Pentagon issued a statement expressing concern about Trump’s plan. According to the Pentagon, “anything that bolsters ISIL’s narrative and pits the United States against the Muslim faith is certainly not only contrary to our values but contrary to our national security.

World leaders (including the Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron) released statements that condemned Trump’s call for all Muslims to be barred from entering the United States.

Senator Lindsey Graham responded to Trump’s remarks by saying that Trump had gone from “making absurd comments, to being downright dangerous with his bombastic rhetoric.”

While Trump was widely condemned by many – especially by the American-Muslim community for his anti-Muslim comment, some applauded him for being bold and courageous enough to speak the truth. His supporters said he only said what a lot of Americans are thinking but are afraid to say!

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Donald Trump still enjoys America's support

It is worth noting that despite the highly controversial nature of Trump’s statements, he still enjoys massive support all over the United States. It appears that his statements (despite their highly controversial nature) appeal to a lot of Americans. It is for this reason that Trump remains the front runner for the Republican nomination.

Did Trump finally go too far with his call on Muslims to be prevented from entering the United States?

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      Dave 17 months ago

      Although I felt that Trump's hurtful Muslims message to the United States and the World had indeed gone too far, I equally feel that it's the furthest thing from his heart.

      I don't know, maybe the shooting never actually took place.

      For the life of me, I don't know why our Government Officials continue to feel the need to trick the People into a state of fear and lawlessness.

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      adagio4639 12 months ago from Brattleboro Vermont

      Dave, Trump is cheered for saying exactly what he thinks. No political correctness, right? Why would you think that it's the furthest thing from his heart? Does he not believe the things that he says?

      I think with Trump, saying that he doesn't know the first thing about the Constitution, isn't just rhetoric. He literally DOESN'T KNOW THE FIRST THING ABOUT IT. He has no idea of what the First Amendment says. You can't target or ban a religion from coming to the United States. You'd have to pass a law, and the First Amendment says, "Congress shall make NO LAW respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"... You can't make a law that would ban Muslims from coming here, because that would establish religion as the reason for the law. That violates the Establishment clause of the Amendment.

      This was a well done collection of the Trumpisms that we've seen during this primary season. Nice job.

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      Wild Bill 11 months ago

      Donald Trump is talking about 1 thing and 1 thing only; JOBS. Democrats have cried that over the last 20 years, the Middle Class has shrunk, but what do they propose? Taxing the rich to give to the poor. Using tax dollars to pay for their medical bills. Using tax dollars to pay for their college. These are only band-aids, plus no one is buying this because it is fiscally impossible (see Bill Mauer).

      Trump is striking a nerve with middle and lower class by attacking what they think is causing their lack of jobs and prosperity; FOREIGNERS. He says he will keep immigrants out of the country (people think they take American jobs away from hard working Americans). Any time their is an economic problem in ANY country, they go after immigrants.

      He is also going after free trade agreements (FOREIGNERS). What this says is he is for bringing back American made products. Since the free trade agreements of the 90's (ironically made by Bill Clinton) coupled with technology, our world economy has become more global. This has left the U.S. as a Service, Retail, and Tourism economy. Manufacturing jobs are going to countries with lower labor costs, which leaves less educated Americans fewer options. These manufacturing jobs were once the way that people with no college education could make a lot of money and provide for their families, but now those jobs are few and far between. Now these same people (usually men) must create a service business to make that kind of money; constructions, home repair, etc. Gone are the days of union workers and farmers, who were once die-hard Democrats. They now follow Trump.

      I do not like Donald Trump, but what I am saying is that he is striking a nerve by talking about the one thing that matters to working class Americans; sustainable high paying jobs.

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