To say Donald Trump isn't the most well-liked man in America right now would be a massive understatement. The billionaire real estate tycoon and budding politician has put the proverbial foot in his mouth several times over within the last few weeks, prompting corporations like Macy's, Serta Mattresses, and NASCAR to dissolve business deals with him. Following Trump's blistering comments about illegal immigrants, Jeannie Mai, TV personality and co-host on The Real, dropped out of her hosting gig on Trump's Miss USA pageant, and both Univision and NBC are refusing to broadcast the Miss USA and Miss Universe. This is only a short list of parties that served the Donald a great big IDFWU for being reckless with his mouth. Trump responded in true Trump fashion, suing everyone in his path. However, if you're familiar with all things Trump, you know this is nothing new. Let's take a troll, er, stroll down memory lane and browse some of the most jaw-dropping, controversial statements Donald Trump has made over the years.
During his 45-minute Presidential announcement speech, Trump took a not-so-subtle dig at his archrival, President Barack Obama, and what better way to do that than with a bad sports metaphor. "People say, 'Oh, you don't like China.' No, I love them," Trump boasted during his speech. "But their leaders are much smarter than our leaders, and we can't sustain ourself with that. There's too much—it's like...it's like, take the New England Patriots and Tom Brady and have them play your high school football team. That's the difference between China's leaders and our leaders." It remains unclear whether China's leaders are so effective because they deflates their footballs.
In 2011, the Donald took issue with the sky-high African-American voter backing of President Obama, suggesting he was only being supported because of his race. But don't worry—Trump assured us that he meant that in the least racist way possible: "I have a great relationship with the blacks. I've always had a great relationship with the blacks. But unfortunately, it seems that, you know, the numbers you cite are very, very frightening numbers."
Try as you might, ladies, you'll never be able resist the Donald's charm. At least according to him. "All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me—consciously or unconsciously. That's to be expected." Must've been the cotton candy combover. It's too delicious to resist.
If you looked up the word petty in the dictionary, Donald Trump's face would likely be next to it. Trump took an epic Twitter battle with the legendary Bette Midler, who mocked his presidential ambitions, to new lows when he responded to a toupee jab by calling her ugly. "While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct." It's this kind of mature behavior that the U.S. needs in its most powerful diplomat.
In a full-on smear campaign in 2011, Trump publicly challenged President Obama's citizenship, questioning that the POTUS was actually born on American soil. "I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding," he said in an interview with TODAY. "He has what's called a certificate of live birth. That is something that's easy to get. When you want a birth certificate, it's hard to get." Trump was so confident in his allegations that he promised to cough up $5 million to any charity of the President's choice should he be able to provide his birth certificate. Of course, the Donald ended up with egg on his face once Obama did, in fact, release his long-form birth certificate.
It was the facepalm heard round the world. In June 2013, Trump tweeted: "According to Bill O'Reilly, 80% of all the shootings in New York City are blacks—if you add Hispanics that figure goes to 98%, 1% white." A following tweet read, "Sadly, the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by Blacks and Hispanics—a tough subject—must be discussed." Yes, right after we discuss barring the Donald from all social media.
What better way to secure the confidence of the voting public than to enlist the mega powers of the biggest media mogul on the planet—Oprah. "She's great, she's talented, she's a friend of mine. I think we'd win easily, actually," he told ABC News. Trump might have been using the term "friend" too loosely, because his attempts to enlist Oprah as a VP candidate fell on deaf ears. She must have seen those tweets about "the blacks."