A Reminder That Donald Trump Has Offended Pretty Much Everyone During His Campaign

Donald Trump’s attacks on federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University, have provoked a furious political backlash — from the media, from the candidate’s political opponents, even from leaders in the Republican Party.

House Speaker Paul Ryan called Trump’s criticism of Curiel “the textbook definition of a racist remark.” Newt Gingrich, other speakers and Republican presidential candidate, said it was “one of the worst missteps Trump has attained.”

Was it, though? Impugning the integrity of a respected jurist and former attorney only because his parents came from Mexico is pretty terrible. But Trump has said many terrible things during his presidential campaign.

In fact, he has built so many nasty statements that it’s difficult to remember all of them, let alone put them into perspective.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a listing — a compendium of outrageous and offensive statements that Trump has constructed since announcing his White House run. Together, they provide a pretty good synopsis of the Trump campaign to date.

We thought about ranking them, but there’s truly no way to do that. What’s more nasty: Disparaging women or Mexicans? Condoning violence or threatening freedom of the press? Calling for the commission of war crimes or seriously proposing to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S .?

This will be an active, living document to which we’ll add new Trump statements when warranted. In the meantime, readers can decide for themselves which quotes are the most reprehensible — or whether, in the end, such distinctions even matter.

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1. “They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
June 16, 2015

It all started with his campaign announcement speech. Speaking at Trump Tower in New York City, in what would soon become his familiar style of extemporaneous spout, Trump explained why it was necessary to take aggressive steps to deport undocumented immigrants:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best . … 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 presume, are good people.”

In case you were wondering, the claim that the Mexican government is sending criminals to the U.S. — or that immigrants are disproportionately responsible for crime — is utterly without basis. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker devoted it Four Pinocchios.

2. “I like people who weren’t captured.”
July 18, 2015

Trump didn’t serve in the Vietnam War, thanks to a series of deferments. Sen. John McCain( R-Ariz .) did — and expended five excruciating years in captivity, often enduring torturing, after the North Vietnamese shot down his airplane. So what does Trump think of the senator’s service?

“He’s a war hero because he was captured, ” Trump said during an appearance in Iowa. “I like people who weren’t captured.”


3. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her — wherever.”
Aug. 7, 2015

For many Americans, this was the first exposure to Trump’s predilection for lashing out at journalists — and attaining denigrating comments about females. The day after a Fox News debate in which co-moderator Megyn Kelly asked Trump about misogynist things he had said in the past, the candidate called in to CNN and offered a hypothesi on why Kelly was putting forward such tough questions: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her — wherever.”

Trump subsequently denied that he was referencing Kelly’s menstrual cycle, saying “only a deviant” would think that.

4. “Look at that face! Would anybody vote for that? ”
Sept. 9, 2015

Trump has a long history of judging females by their appearances and taunting those who don’t live up to his criteria. While sitting for an interview with Rolling Stone and watching video of a previous Republican presidential debate, Trump turned his attention to Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and rival for the GOP nomination: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next chairwoman ?! … I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta tell bad things, but truly, folks, come on. Are we serious? ”

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5. “What a beauty, that one…”
Sept. 9, 2015

Probably no moment of the campaign has been as singularly creepy as Trump, in that same Rolling Stone interview, talking about his daughter Ivanka: “Yeah, she’s genuinely something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t blithely marriage and, ya know, her parent . . . “

6. “There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases.”
Nov. 19, 2015

Days after the terrorist attacks in Paris, an NBC reporter asked Trump whether the U.S. should have a registry of Muslims living in the country. “I would certainly enforce that, ” Trump said. “Absolutely . … There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases. We should have a lot of systems.” The reporter followed up: Would Muslims be required to register? “They have to be — they have to be, ” Trump responded. He later said he had not understood the reporter’s question and merely wanted a registry of refugees from places like Syria, although he added that a full Muslim registry is “something we should start thinking about.”

7. “Thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.”
Nov. 21, 2015

“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down, ” he said at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama. “And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that build was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”

The next day, “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos pointed out that “the police say that didn’t happen.” Trump insisted otherwise: “It was on television. I insured it happen.”

The narratives of mass 9/11 festivities by American Muslims have been around for a long time — and have been subjected to numerous independent inquiries by journalists and fact-checkers. The verdict is always the same: The festivities didn’t happen.

8. “Written by a nice reporter. Now the poor guy. You ought to see this guy.”
Nov. 24, 2015

While under scrutiny for his claim that he saw thousands of Muslims cheering 9/11, Trump cited a 2001 Washington Post story reporting that officials had investigated reports of some people celebrating the attacks. The story, by reporter Serge Kovaleski, had mentioned “some” people , not “thousands” — and the reports of celebrations were not corroborated. But never mind that.When Trump was telling a South Carolina audience about the article, he digressed and started talking about Kovaleski: “Written by a nice reporter. Now the poor guy. You ought to see this guy.” And as Trump was saying these things, he contorted his face and moved his arms and hands around awkwardly.

Kovaleski has arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that can limit joint movement or lock legs in place.

9. “A total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
Dec. 7, 2015

Trump emailed a statement to the press, then read it aloud( referring to himself in the third person) during a campaign appearance in South Carolina. “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 is going on, ” it read.

Campaign aide Corey Lewandowski later confirmed that the prohibition would encompass “everybody, ” including Muslims seeking tourist visas — although neither Trump nor his aides ever explained how they could successfully implement such a plan, since many passports don’t indicate religion, or how such a policy squared with the basic American credo that nobody should be judged based on his or her faith.

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