What makes Trump tick?

World leaders called Donald Trump a “buffoon” with “irrational” behavior, according to the article, “47 not-very-positive things foreign leaders have said about Trump” in The Washington Post.  

The media describes our presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s behavior as racist, blustery, narcissistic, misogynistic…Whew!  ‘The Donald’ doesn’t follow the behavior code taught by many mothers–“If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything.”

Trump’s behavior, temperament, crude remarks, and little knowledge about foreign and domestic policies could cost us big time–gridlock in Congress?  racial tensions?  lost respect and allies around the world?  war?  We can’t afford to have Trump as our president!

What better way to peek into the workings of Trump’s mind than to review comments he made. 

Seriously, Trump said that!?
“I do love provoking people.”
 (BuzzFeed, February 13, 2014)  
"I do believe in hate when it’s appropriate.”
​ (Trump: Surviving at the Top, 1990) 

“When someone crosses you, my advice is ‘Get even.'” 
(Trump: Think Big, 2007)    

“Always be around unsuccessful people because everybody will respect you.” 
​(De Pere, Wisconsin, March 30, 2016)

 “…it’s a cruel world and people are ruthless… Even your friends are out to get you: they want your job, they want your house, they want your money, they want your wife, and they even want your dog.  Those are your friends; your enemies are even worse!”  

(Trump:Think Big, 2007) 

“The” Donald is a smartee
“I’m speaking with myself, No. 1, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things. …My primary consultant is myself.” 

(MSNB, March 16, 2016) 

“The day I realized it can be smart to be shallow was, for me, a deep experience.”  

(Trump: Think Like a Billionaire, 2004) 

“I am a really smart guy.” 
​(TIME, April 14, 2011)


It’s a matter of being right
Trump spoke about his relationship with God with Kevin Williamson of the National Review.  “Why do I have to ask for forgiveness if you’re not making mistakes?”  
​(September 18, 2015)

“I think apologizing’s a great thing,” he said. “But you have to be wrong. I will absolutely apologize, sometime in the hopefully distant future, if I’m ever wrong.”

(National Review, September 18, 2015) 

Just to be mean
Trump sent a copy of a column by Gail Collins, New York columnist, to her with her picture circled and the words, “The Face of a Dog!” written on it. 

(New York Times, April 2, 2011) 

At a rally in South Carolina, Trump mocked the physical disability of Serge F. Kovaleski, a “New York Times” reporter. 

(The Washington Post, November 26, 2015)  

In regards to Arianna Huffington, co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, Trump tweeted, “[She] is unattractive both inside and out.  I fully understand why her former husband left her…he made a good decision.” 

(August 28, 2012)

Racist and misogynist
“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.” 

(USA Today, May 20, 1991) 

Women: “You have to treat ‘em like shit.” 

(New York magazine, November 9, 1992) 

Trump appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” a few times and talked about sex–his conquests, and who he would or wouldn’t have sex with.  Trump also rated women’s appearance on a 10-point scale. 
​(BuzzFeed, February 24, 2015)  

Is Trump the person you want
to lead our country?
Trump said he loves the “poorly uneducated.”  We can’t afford to be uneducated when voting for the president of the U.S.  Please research the candidates and help educate others.  Donald J. Trump should not be the next president of the United States.  

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published in
The Huffington Post
​july 5, 2016


michele sprague

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