Donald Trump has ensured his name never ventures far from the headlines by consistently making comments few would expect to hear from a Presidential hopeful.
His triumph in Nevada overnight was no exception. The outspoken billionaire ramped up the increasingly divisive rhetoric continues to litter his speeches since victories in both the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.
Comments about his opponents have ranged in nature from vulgar to offensive and bizarre while his policy pledges include an aggressive stance on immigration and vows to keep Muslims out of the US.
But some of his claims from the Nevada caucus were particularly worrying.
Trump has alluded to violence a number of times in previous speeches. “Even the really dishonest press says Trump's people are the most incredible. I mean I had already sixty-eight per cent would not leave under any circumstances,” he said in Las Vegas on Tuesday. “I think that means murder. I think it means anything.”
Trump made similar claims in January when boasting about how loyal his fanbase is by suggesting he could shoot someone dead and not lose their vote. “They say I have the most loyal people. Where I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, ok? It’s like incredible”.
This comes after he told a Nevada pre-caucus rally that he would like to punch a ”disruptive“ protester in the face.
“I love the poorly educated”, announced Trump in a jubilant speech as he swept to victory in the Nevada caucus.
“We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.”
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"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."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"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’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
He also praised the National Rifle Association and Second Amendment, describing his sons as “serious NRA”. His praise of the Second Amendment comes just days after an Uber driver went on a deadly shooting spree in Michigan, killing killed six people.
“I want to begin by thanking my boys, Eric has been all over the place making speeches. He’s getting better than me so I’m a little jealous. And Don went to […], you were all over, right?
He loves the rifle stuff. This is serious rifle. This is serious NRA, both of them, both of them. We love the Second Amendment folks, nobody loves it more than us, so just remember that.”
Trump is promising to keep the controversial detention camp open after President Obama's repeated pledges to close it, something he reiterated in his victory speech.
“We’re going to keep as you know Gitmo, we’re keeping that open, and we’re going to load it up with bad dudes. We’re going to load it up w a lot of bad dudes out there.
Finally, he repeated his most familiar campaign promise: to build that big “beautiful“ wall, and make Mexico pay for it.
“We’re going to have our borders nice and strong. We’re going to build the wall, you know that. We’re going to build the wall. And I have a lot of respect from Mexico and you just heard we won Hispanics. But let me tell you Mexico is going to pay for the wall, right? It’s going to happen.”Reuse content