Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is certainly known for his colorful language, off-the-cuff remarks, and outlandish claims. You can always count on Trump to offer up a ridiculous and usually blatantly false statement, but at least you can say he stands behind what he says. Here are ten of the most outrageous things President Trump has ever said as a businessman, reality TV star, presidential candidate, and president.
#1. “Any negative polls are fake news, just like CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.”
In February 2017, Trump took to Twitter to lash out at a CNN poll that showed he had the worst early approval ratings in U.S. history by claiming any negative polls about him are fake. The poll found Trump had the lowest approval rating of any new president at 44% while a second Gallup survey, which has polled all presidents since Eisenhower, found a lower approval rating of just 42%. Barack Obama, by comparison, polled at 76% after his first two weeks, the highest of any recent U.S. president.
This isn’t the first time Trump has condemned poll results — but only when they are negative against him. In October, he said, “When we do badly, I don’t talk about the polls. When we’re doing well, I talk about the polls.”
#2. “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
Trump has made many misogynistic comments in the past, but none have managed to inspire the creeps quite like his comments about his daughter. Along with referring to daughter Ivanka as a “piece of a**” on Howard Stern, he also made questionable comments about her appearance on ABC’s The View in 2006 by saying he would date her if they weren’t related.
In 2015 he even told Rolling Stone, “Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father…”
#3. “They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”
Trump’s presidential campaign got off to a rocky start when he began discussing Mexico and border control in his presidential announcement speech in June 2015. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best… They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”
In an interview with Don Lemon, who asked Trump exactly who he thinks is committing the rape, Trump responded with, “Well, somebody’s doing the raping, Don. I mean somebody’s doing it. Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?”
In the wake of the international outrage over his comments, Trump told NBC News that the Mexican people “love me” and he has a great relationship with them.
#4. “I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
During the Republican Presidential Debate, Trump didn’t just say he’d bring back government-sponsored torture; he’d make it worse.
#5. “26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military. Only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?”
According to Donald Trump, rape and sexual assault is the natural result when men and women spend any amount of time together. He later defended the May 2013 tweet on sexual assault in the military to debate moderator Matt Lauer by saying he doesn’t believe women should be kicked out of the military.
#6. “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.”
Another gem from Trump’s presidential announcement speech was his claim that not only will he build a border wall — he will make a foreign nation pay for its construction. Trump supporters rallied behind the idea while others condemned and mocked it.
While Mexicans called the push to build a wall a “monument to lies” and a “slap in the face,” former Mexican President Vincente Fox was more plainspoken saying, “I’m not going to pay for that f***king wall. He should pay for it.”
#7. “I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”
Trump loves to talk about how much people love him — even in the face of evidence to the contrary. During Trump’s appearance on the Talk1300 radio show in New York, he expounded on how much “the blacks” love him. He went on to say that African-Americans only voted for Obama because he’s black.
#8. “An extremely credible source has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud.”
Trump tried hard to prove Obama’s birth certificate was fake in 2012 and claimed he sent investigators to Hawaii to prove Obama was not born in the United States. This tweet was just one in a long stream of claims that Obama was not American.
During the campaign, his campaign conceded that Obama was born in the United States in an attempt to downplay Trump’s role in advancing the fiction designed to delegitimize Obama’s presidency. He even falsely claimed that it was Hilary Clinton who originated the birther claims.
#9. “We’re going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars. All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration.”
Trump predicted a massive shortage of “great” dresses for the inauguration and a star-studded event, even as the incoming administration struggled to find performers. For what it’s worth, Washington D.C. dress shops were quick to say they weren’t out of amazing inauguration gowns.
Of course, Obama’s first inauguration set the record. Trump’s inauguration would have needed more than 1.8 million attendees to shatter the record, but aerial shots taken during both events clearly showed a smaller audience for Trump.
When Trump’s team pushed falsehoods about the inauguration attendance and claimed the aerial shots were false, Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House aide, famously said on NBC’s Meet the Press that Trump’s press secretary was merely offering “alternative facts” when he said Trump had “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.”
#10. “Part of the beauty of me is that I’m very rich.”
Trump loves to talk at length about his wealth and success. He exalted his wealth in 2011 by saying he was considering running for president and could kick in $600 million into his own campaign.
That’s not the end of his beauty, though, and he’s tired of hearing about his small hands. Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter recently revealed that Trump has been sending in pictures of his hands to prove his fingers are proportioned in a 25-year-long feud. He even defended his hands by saying, “My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.”