Did you tune-in to the three hours of Republican debate action on Fox News Thursday (Aug. 6)? If so, you likely had the pleasure of witnessing a raucous, surprising, long-winded back-and-forth between 10 Republican presidential nominee hopefuls. Did you know that TV star/billionaire/businessman Donald Trump is still among them? And that he likely received the most talking time?
If you expected Trump to be as outspoken and animated as he’s been since he announced his candidacy, you were probably not disappointed. Here are some of his best, wackiest, most head-scratching moments.
1. The Rosie O’Donnell call-out
Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly challenged Trump on some of his past comments towards women.
“You call women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals,” she says.
Trump quickly responds: “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”
When Kelly pushed Trump to actually answer the question and his name-calling towards women, he threatened to be “mean” to her.
“I could maybe be not so nice based on the way you’ve treated me,” Trump says. “But I won’t do that.”
2. On building a ‘wall’ to keep out illegal immigrants
When asked to defend his headline-making comments about Mexican immigrants, Trump first called out the journalists who reported his comments for being dishonest, then stood his ground and talked about building a great wall.
“Reporters are a very dishonest lot, they didn’t cover my statement as I said it,” says Trump. “I said we need to build a wall and it has to be built quickly. I don’t mind having a big beautiful door so people can come into the country legally [but] we need to keep illegals out.”
3. All our current leaders are ‘stupid’
“Stupid leaders, stupid politicians are stupid,” Trump says, referencing the U.S.’s current problems with illegal immigration and how our government is just letting everyone in. “Stupid leaders of the United States will do it for them.”
4. Hillary Clinton went to Trump’s wedding because he asked her to
On the subject of Trump’s prior donations to Presidential candidates — several of whom were Democrats — Trump revealed an interesting tidbit: When he donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the one thing he asked for in return for his donation was for Clinton to attend his 2005 wedding to wife Melania.
“Most of the people on this stage I’ve given to. Not Mike [Huckabee],” Trump says. “I will tell you our system is broken. When they call, I give. [When I gave to] Hillary Clinton I said, ‘Be at my wedding.’ She came to my wedding. I didn’t know her money would be used on private jets going on all of the world, it was.”
5. Don’t feel sorry for the people who went bankrupt because of his companies
When asked to explain how, if elected President, Trump will be able to run a country when he’s filed for bankruptcy four times leaving lenders and investors in financial ruin, Trump killed the idea that moneylenders and investors should receive any sympathy.
“Lenders aren’t babies, they’re total killers. They aren’t nice people you think,” he says. “This country owes 19 trillion dollars, they need somebody like me to straighten out this mess.”
6. Don’t mind his tone, mind the ‘medieval’-like borders
Trump was asked about his biting, brutally-honest manner of speech and whether or not that might hinder his chances in the race and unexpectedly he did not mince words in his answer:
“When you have people cutting Christians’ heads off, when you have a border [that is] like medieval times, as bad as it ever was … we don’t have time for tone, we have to go out and get the job done. … I would be so different from what you have [in the White House] right now. We have a President who doesn’t have a clue I would say he’s incompetent but I don’t want to do that because that’s not nice.”
7. His conclusion
“Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t win anymore. We don’t beat China in trade. We don’t beat Japan with their millions and millions of cars coming into this co in trade. We can’t beat Mexico at the border or in trade. We can’t do anything right. Our millions had to be strengthened our vets have to be taken care of we have to end Obamacare and we have to make our country great again and I will do that. Thank you.”