From Hillary Clinton to Mexicans, many have cause to be scared of Donald Trump.
Now confirmed as the Republican Party nominee, the billionaire’s unique style of politics is set to take even greater prominence than previously thought possible.
His manner of intimidating competition and upsetting large groups of people is well documented, yet some quotes stand out as particularly scary.
Perhaps none more so than the time he appeared on The View with his daughter Ivanka.
If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her (The View, 2006)
What ‘The Donald’ surely thought was the highest possible compliment turned out to be one of the creepiest things a father could say.
Trump was quick to set out his controversial immigration policy that included building a “great, great” wall to keep out anyone seeking a new life from Mexico.
“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me. Believe me. And I’ll build it very inexpensively. I’ll build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” (Campaign Launch 2015)
Appealing to the xenophobic yet frugal voter, his divisive stall was set out early during his campaign launch.
A quote from the Trump-written How To Get Rich is rather revealing about the 69-year-old’s views on women.
“All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.” How To Get Rich (2004)
It’s either telling about the way he does business or the way he thinks of women, neither being very flattering.
To further his stance on immigration, Trump chose to clarify any suspicions Americans may have had about the Mexicans hoping to cross their southern border.
“When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." (Campaign Launch 2015)
Unsurprisingly, virtually the whole of Mexico was offended by these remarks. Trump might assume some were not.
A further insight into Trump’s perception of women arrived as he took to a red carpet.
“I mean, we could say politically correct that look doesn’t matter, but the look obviously matters… like you wouldn’t have your job if you weren’t beautiful.”(The Strip View 2014)
Another day, another journalist and/or woman insulted by Trump.
The insight continues with a barb aimed at his likely competition for The White House, Hillary Clinton.
"If Hillary Clinton can't satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?" (Twitter, 2015 – later deleted)
Yes. Sexual prowess has always directly correlated with a political competence.
The immigration controversy continued after the San Bernardino shootings when Trump saw the actions of two radicals as cause to ban an entire religion from entering the US.
“Donald J Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States, until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” (2015)
Not one to let a tragic event hinder the campaign steamroller, Trump continues to support this policy.
But what about tackling the root of the problem? Can we expect a more practical approach to preventing tragedies like this in the future?
“I would bring back waterboarding and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding." Republican Presidential Debate, ABC News 2016)
It might be worth deciding what’s included in “a hell of a lot worse” and have the Geneva Convention to hand while doing so.
Trump has long suggested that Europe will regret its stance on refugees, concerned over the potential of a ‘Trojan Horse’ strategy from Isis.
“What I won't do is take in two hundred thousand Syrians who could be ISIS” (Face the Nation, CBS – 2015)
This may not be a concern should Trump ever enter the White House as President, being rather unlikely that refugees will choose the US as their preferred choice of sanctuary.
Perhaps the scariest of all these quotes is the last.
“I have no intention of ever running for president.” (TIME Interview 1987)
The world has certainly changed since 1987 but this may the finest indicator of how unpredictable, volatile and undependable a Trump presidency could be.
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