Are you one of the millions of people who swallowed all the claims of Donald J. Trump? Feeling a bit of indigestion now? But for some of you, maybe it’s the other way around; maybe you’ve been swallowed up by Trump.
Well, never mind what’s in his stomach. We thought you might like to revisit what actually came out of his mouth.
Here, courtesy of WhoWhatWhy, is a collection of our favorite specimens.
Trump Assesses Himself
“My fingers are long and beautiful, as has been well-documented, are various other parts of my body.”
“I think Viagra is wonderful if you need it, if you have medical issues, if you’ve had surgery. I’ve just never needed it. Frankly, I wouldn’t mind if there were an anti-Viagra, something with the opposite effect. I’m not bragging. I’m just lucky. I don’t need it.”
“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.”
The US Department of Energy released a proposal to roll back water efficiency standards for showerheads following President Donald Trump’s comments that he was unable to wash his “beautiful hair properly.”
“I happen to be, in my own way, an environmentalist. I’ve won many awards.”
“I have great feelings of compassion and helping people.”
“I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”
“I have black guys counting my money. … I hate it. The only guys I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes all day.”
“Do I look like a president? How handsome am I, right? How handsome?”
‘I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.’
“I’m intelligent. Some people would say I’m very, very, very intelligent.”
“I’m a very stable genius.”
“I want five children, like in my own family, because with five, then I will know that one will be guaranteed to turn out like me.”
“I think I am actually humble. I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.”
Trump on His Supporters
“Maybe this Covid thing is a good thing. I don’t like shaking hands of people … I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people.”
“Low class!” [Referring to the rioters of January 6, 2021]
Hearsay via Howard Stern: “The oddity in all of this is, the people Trump despises the most love him the most.”
Hearsay via Michael Cohen on the beliefs of his evangelical supporters: “Can you believe this shit?”
“I love the poorly educated.”
Trump on Soldiers
“Who were the good guys in this war?” [Referring to World War I]
“Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.”
“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. [Referring to John McCain] I like people who weren’t captured.”
Trump on Hiding Evidence
The passages below are from an earlier WhoWhatWhy story:
“Half of my friends are under indictment right now because they sent emails to each other about how they’re screwing people.”
“I go to court and they say produce your emails. I say I don’t have any emails. The judges don’t even believe it. … After you win the case, they say, ‘Now I know that you’re really smart.’”
Really smart. Trump even hides — from his own people — what he and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin had to say to each other. And he seized his interpreter’s notes. … This was discovered when an unnamed White House adviser and an unnamed State Department official tried to get the notes from Trump’s interpreter — but could not. [Vox quoting the Washington Post on the issue]:
As a result, U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russia sought to install through what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference.
And Trump may have yet another way of communicating with Putin — though indirectly — on his iPhone. He has been told again and again that he should not use it because the Russians and the Chinese are listening in. So why does he do it?
Because he knows they are listening?
When Trump was asked what American officials in Turkey had learned about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, Trump said:
“I actually said don’t give it to me on the phone. I don’t want it on the phone. As good as these phones are supposed to be.”
Trump’s Deeper Thoughts
“One of the problems that a lot of people like myself — we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers [in man-made climate change]. You look at our air and our water, and it’s right now at a record clean.”
Trump told aides on the National Economic Council that the 5-foot-3-inch Janet Yellen was not tall enough to lead the central bank. [No direct quote available.]
“Waterboarding is your minor form. Some people say it’s not actually torture. Let’s assume it is. But they asked me the question. What do you think of waterboarding? Absolutely fine. But we should go much stronger than waterboarding. That’s the way I feel.”
“So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just a very powerful light … supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way…. I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”
“I want to use hair spray… They say, “Don’t use hair spray, it’s bad for the ozone.” So I’m sitting in this concealed apartment, this concealed unit. … It’s sealed, it’s beautiful. I don’t think anything gets out. And I’m not supposed to be using hair spray?” [Ed: to appreciate why Trump values hairspray, please see Vanity Fair’s photo essay on Trump’s hair. It demonstrates why wind presents a real crisis for Trump.]
“Never go bald. The worst thing a man can do is go bald.”
“Our travels beyond the Earth propel scientific discoveries that improve our lives in countless ways here. … At some point in the future, we’re going to look back and say how did we do it without space?”
“It [F-35 stealth fighter] wins every time because the enemy cannot see it. Even if it’s right next to it, it can’t see it.”
“They say the noise [of turbines] causes cancer. … If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations — your house just went down 75 percent in value.”
“You wanna see a bird cemetery? Go under a windmill sometime. It’s the saddest — you’ve got every type of bird.”
“It’s on fire, and they’re raking it, working so hard, and they’re raking all this stuff. If that was raked in the beginning, there’d be nothing to catch on fire.”
“Asbestos is 100 percent safe, once applied. … I believe that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal.”
“And I’m an environmentalist, a lot of people don’t understand that. I have done more environmental impact statements [as a real estate developer] probably than anybody that’s … ever been president.”
“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”
“If you go back and if you look at articles, they talked about global freezing, they talked about at some point the planets could have freeze to death, then it’s going to die of heat exhaustion.”
“This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps, and our GW scientists are stuck in ice.”
“And when you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small. And it blows over and it sails over.”
“We’ll give you a report on that… There’s a very good rationale on that when you hear it.” [When asked “What was the rationale for rolling back the regulations on energy efficient light bulbs?”]
“The bulb that we’re being forced to use, number one, to me, most importantly, the light’s no good. I always look orange. … I’m not a vain person. … But I look better under an incandescent light than these crazy lights that are beaming down.”
“I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?” [On hurricanes, reportedly.]
Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Leslie Agan / WhoWhatWhy.
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