Donald Trump has rocked US politics. The presidential hopeful's inflammatory speeches and far-right stance on immigration and foreign policy have divided the Republican party and become the main talking point of the election.
His campaign has drawn relentless criticism. In an editorial in The Washington Post, a Harvard professor compared the surprise rise of the billionaire business mogul to Adolf Hitler seizing power in Germany.
“I have spent my life perplexed about exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany,” she said. “Watching Donald Trump's rise, I now understand.”
To test that theory, a YouTube comedian approached Trump supporters in the street and read quotes to them which they were told originally came from Donald Trump — they actually came from Hitler.
The quotes elicited strangely positive responses.
“How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think,” was one of the quotes used, to which one Trump supporter responded: “You look at the Democratic party and they prove that, and that's why I'm voting for Trump.”
In Hitler's pursuit of the “master race,” he ordered the killing of anyone he didn't deem fit or who didn't share his world views, including homosexuals, Jewish people, and the mentally handicapped.
In one speech, he said: “Anyone who sees and paints a sky green and fields blue ought to be sterilised.”
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."
Under the impression that these were the Republican candidate's words, one Trump fan pointed out “there's a lot of people who ought to be sterilised according to Donald Trump, so sure.”
The comedian eventually told them that the quotes are in fact from the Austrian-born dictator. Even then, the supporters maintained that “if Donald Trump said them I'd support them.”
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