1. On wind mills.
In a rally, Donald Trump attacked wind power by making the absurd claim that wind turbines cause cancer and decrease the property value of homes near them.
“If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value. And they say the noise causes cancer."
2. Describing himself as a "Very Stable Genius."
Following the release of "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," by Michael Wolff which portrayed Donald Trump in an unflattering light, he went on Twitter to show his frustration over the book by describing himself as a "Very Stable Genius."
“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star … to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius … and a very stable genius at that!”
3. When he bragged about his crowd size.
In a rally, Donald Trump bragged about the size of his crowds by comparing it to the size of the crowds at an Elton John concert.
"I have broken more Elton John records, he seems to have a lot of records. And I, by the way, I don’t have a musical instrument. I don’t have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No we’ve broken a lot of record. Because you know, look, I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don’t need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really we do it without like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical: the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important."
4. When he claimed he invented the word 'fake.'
In interview with Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump claimed he invented the word 'fake,' when he described his feelings about media coverage of him.
"The media is really, the word, one of the greatest of all terms I've come up with, is 'fake'. I guess other people have used it perhaps over the years but I've never noticed it. And it's a shame."
5. His description of an island.
After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, he faced criticism for his slow response and tried to give an explanation for his slow response.
“The response and recovery effort probably has never been seen for something like this. This is an island surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water.”
6. His description of paper towels.
In his interview with Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump provided a great description of the paper towels he threw at people in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
"They had these beautiful, soft towels. Very good towels."
7. When he described the size of his hands.
While responding to Marco Rubio's joke about the size of his hands during a 2016 Republican debate, he let the world know there was no problem with his hands along with another part of his anatomy.
"I have to say this, he hit my hands. Nobody has ever hit my hands. I’ve never heard of this one. Look at those hands. Are they small hands? And he referred to my hands if they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee you.”
8. He quote about uranium.
During a press conference in 2017, Donald Trump explained what uranium is.
“You know what uranium is, right? It’s this thing called nuclear weapons. And other things. Like lots of things are done with uranium. Including some bad things. But nobody talks about that.”
9. When he claimed he had the 'best words.'
In a rally in 2015, Donald Trump bragged about his vocabulary.
“I am very highly educated. I know words, I have the best words. I have the best, but there is no better word than stupid.”
10. His rant on toilet flushing.
While talking about water efficiency, Donald Trump gave an estimate on how many times people flush their toilets a day.
"You turn on the faucet and you don't get any water. They take a shower and water comes dripping out. Just dripping out, very quietly dripping out. People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once."
11. When he suggested injecting yourself with a disinfectant.
During one of his press conferences on the coronavirus, Donald Trump suggested that injecting yourself with a disinfectant can cure you of the coronavirus.
“And then I see the disinfectant, where it 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. Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. So, that, you’re going to have to use medical doctors with. But it sounds — it sounds interesting to me.”
12. His description of clean coal
During a rally in 2017, Donald Trump explained to his audience how he thinks coal gets cleaned.
“We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal, and it’s just been announced that a second, brand-new coal mine. Where they’re going to take out clean coal — meaning, they’re taking out coal. They’re going to clean it — is opening in the state of Pennsylvania, the second one.”
13. What he thinks stealth jets look like.
During a speech to Veterans of Foreign Wars, he insisted that F-35 stealth jets are literally invisible despite the fact that they are only invisible to radar.
“This is an incredible plane — it’s stealth, you can’t see it. So when I talk to even people from the other side, they’re trying to order our plane. They like the fact that you can’t see it. I said, ‘how would it do in battle with your plane?’ They say, ‘well we have one problem — we can’t see your plane.’ That’s a big problem.”
14. His description of a hurricane.
While thanking first responders for their response to Hurricane Florence, he provided a unique description of the hurricane.
"This is a tough hurricane, one of the wettest we’ve ever seen from the standpoint of water. Rarely have we had an experience like it and it certainly is not good.”
15. His description of the letter he received from Kim Jong Un.
In a 2018 rally, Donald Trump described his feelings of receiving a letter from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
"I was really tough and so was he, and we went back and forth. And then we fell in love, OK? No, really, he wrote me beautiful letters, and they’re great letters. We fell in love.”
16. His advice on preventing forest fires.
During his visit to California in the aftermath of a massive forest fire, he described a unique solution to preventing future forest fires by talking about a phone call that he supposedly had with the president of Finland.
“You’ve got to take care of the floors. You know the floors of the forest, very important. I was with the president of Finland and he said, ‘We have a much different —we’re a forest nation.’ He called it a forest nation, and they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things. And they don’t have any problem. And when they do, it’s a very small problem.”
17. When he said airports existed during the Revolutionary War.
During a July 4th speech made a historical blunder by stating that the Continental Army took over the airports during the Revolutionary War despite the fact that they didn't exist at the time. He later blamed this gaffe on a teleprompter.
“The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware, and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown. Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do. And at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their Star Spangled Banner waved defiant.”
18. His description of his chest
During a rally in 2019, Donald Trump following a mysterious visit to the hospital reassured the nation that he is healthy enough for duty.
"They said, he went into the hospital -- and it's true, I didn't wear a tie -- why would I wear a tie if the first thing they do is say take off your shirt, sir, and show us that gorgeous chest?"
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19. His admiration for the poorly educated
Following his win during the 2016 Nevada Caucas, Donald Trump touted his win based on the support of the poorly educated.
“We won the evangelicals. We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.”
20. When he claimed he is treated more unfairly compared to other presidents.
During his speech in 2017 to a graduating Coast Guard class, Donald Trump claimed he is more unfairly treated than other presidents despite the fact that four US presidents were assassinated in office.
“Look at the way I’ve been treated lately. Especially by the media. No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly.”
21. When he said that we are now able to say "Merry Christmas."
During a speech at the Value Voters Summit in 2017, Donald Trump claimed that him winning the election allowed people to say "Merry Christmas," again.
“We are stopping all our attacks on Judeo-Christian values. We don’t use the word Christmas because it’s not politically correct. You’ll go to department stores and they say ‘Happy New Year’ instead. We’re saying Merry Christmas again! Our values will endure. Our nation will thrive. Our citizens will flourish, and our freedom will triumph.”
22. When he claimed that Ted Cruz's father was involved in the assassination of JFK.
In a 2016 interview with Fox & Friends, Donald Trump made the baseless claim that Ted Cruz's father was involved in the Kennedy assassination which originated in an article in the National Enquirer.
“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don't even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it. I mean, what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It’s horrible.”
23. When he claimed that you need a photo ID to buy groceries.
In a rally in 2018, while talking about voter ID he claimed that you need an ID to buy groceries.
“You know, if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID. You go out and you want to buy anything, you need ID and you need your picture."
24. When he promised that Mexico would pay for a border wall.
In 2015 during his speech announcing his run for president, Donald Trump promised that Mexico would be paying for a border wall.
"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."
25. When he asked why we waited so many years to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.
While signing the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, Donald Trump asked why we waited so many years for women to celebrate the 100th anniversary of gaining the right to vote.
“They’ve been working on this for years and years. And I’m curious, why wasn’t it done a long time ago, and also — well, I guess the answer to that is because now I’m president, and we get things done. We get a lot of things done that nobody else got done.”
26. When he said his test for the coronavirus was positively negative.
While speaking to reporters on the lawn of the White House getting ready to leave for Michigan, Donald Trump said his test for the coronavirus "tested positively toward negative."
"I tested very positively in another sense so— this morning. Yeah. I tested positively toward negative, right. So. I tested perfectly this morning. Meaning I tested negative."
27. Describing missiles that the US military is developing as 'super duper.'
While at an event signing the 2020 Armed Forces Day Proclamation, Donald Trump described the missiles the US military was supposedly developing as 'super duper.'
"We are building, right now, incredible military equipment at a level that nobody has ever seen before. We have no choice. We have to do it -- with the adversaries we have out there. We have a -- I call it the 'super-duper missile.' And I heard the other night, 17 times faster than what they have right now."
28. When he said he was building a border wall in Colorado.
During a speech on American energy, Donald Trump announced his plans to build a border wall in Colorado a state which doesn't share a border with Mexico.
"We're building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we're building a wall in Colorado."
29. When he said China has a lot of respect for his 'very large brain.'
While talking to reporters about a wide range of issues including trade and North Korea, Donald Trump suggested that China has a lot of respect for his 'very large brain.'
“From what I hear, if you look at Mr. Pillsbury, the leading authority on China ... he was saying that China has total respect for Donald Trump and for Donald Trump’s very, very large brain. He said, Donald Trump, they don’t know what to do."
30. When he suggested that Virginia was passing gun control laws would prevent farmers from protecting their potatoes.
During an event at the White House for farmers, Donald Trump warned farmers that the governor of Virginia was passing gun control legislation that could prevent farmers from protecting their potatoes.
"We're going after Virginia, with your crazy governor, we're going after Virginia. They want to take your Second Amendment. You know that, right? You'll have nobody guarding your potatoes."
31. When said that children would raid mailboxes to steal mail-in ballots.
While criticizing voting by mail, Donald Trump claimed children would raid mailboxes and steal other people's ballots so they can vote.
"Oh really? So when [California Governor Gavin Newsom] sends out 28 million ballots in all the mailboxes, and kids go and they raid the mailboxes, and they hand them to people that are signing the ballots down the end of the street, which is happening. They grab the ballots. You don't think that happens? There's ballot harvesting."
32. When he said some people call the Chinese president the "King of China."
In an interview with Lou Dobbs, Donald Trump congratulated Chinese president Xi Jinping for consolidating his power by saying some people call him the "King of China."
“He represents China, I represent the USA, so, you know, there’s going to always be conflict. But we have a very good relationship. People say we have the best relationship of any president-president, because he’s called president also. Now some people might call him the king of China. But he’s called president. But we have a very good relationship and that’s a positive thing.”
33. When he claimed he was own foreign policy advisor.
In a 2016 interview with Joe Scarborough, Donald Trump was asked who his foreign policy advisor was and claimed he was his own advisor.
"I'm speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain, and I've said a lot of things."
34. When he said the hacker that broke into the DNC could be a guy sitting on their bed weighing 400 pounds.
During a 2016 presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump was asked who he thinks could be behind the hacking of the DNC server and said it could be a guy sitting on his bed that weighs 400 pounds despite the fact that all evidence points to Russia.
“I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK? You don’t know who broke in to DNC.”
35. When he explained why he skipped intelligence briefings.
Following his win in 2016, in an interview with Chris Wallace he explained why he didn't participate in intelligence briefings.
"I get it when I need it. I'm, like, a smart person. I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. I don't need that. But I do say, 'If something should change, let us know."
36. When he claimed his net worth changes based on his feelings.
In a 2007 deposition following a lawsuit against author Timothy O'Brien who wrote a book claiming that Donald Trump net worth was lower than he claimed it was, he said he based his net worth on his feelings.
"My net worth fluctuates, and it goes up and down with markets and with attitudes and with feelings—even my own feelings—but I try."
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37. When he claimed he knows more about ISIS than the generals.
In a 2015 rally, Donald Trump claimed that he knew more about ISIS than the generals.
“I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me.”
38. When he said he would date his daughter.
During a 2006 interview on "The View," with his daughter Ivanka, Donald Trump said that if she wasn't his daughter then he would date her.
"She does have a very nice figure. I've said that if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."
39. On apologizing.
During his appearance on the Tonight Show in 2015, Jimmy Fallon asked Donald Trump if he ever makes apologies.
"I think apologizing's a great thing, but you have to be wrong. I will absolutely apologize, sometime in the hopefully distant future, if I'm ever wrong."
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40. Saying he went to the bunker in the White House to inspect it not because of the protests.
While people were protesting the death of George Floyd in police custody outside of the White House, Donald Trump told radio host Brian Kilmeade that he went down to the bunker not because of the protests but to inspect it.
"I went down during the day, and I was there for a tiny little short period of time. It was much more for an inspection. There was no problem during the day."
41. When he said he 'never understood wind.'
In a speech to the conservative student group Turning Point USA, Donald Trump explained why he didn't understand what made wind power plants so appealing.
“I never understood wind. I know windmills very much, I have studied it better than anybody. I know it is very expensive. They are made in China and Germany mostly, very few made here, almost none, but they are manufactured, tremendous — if you are into this — tremendous fumes and gases are spewing into the atmosphere. You know we have a world, right?”
42. His description of unmanned drones.
During a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following Iran shooting down a US drone, Donald Trump explained that unmanned drones don't have people in them.