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The Wit, Wisdom and Very Impressive Vocabulary of Donald J. Trump

What can we learn about Donald John Trump from the words and phrases he uses the most in his tweets, interviews and other quotes? I have compiled a list of 25 of Trump's most commonly used terms. Let's take a look at them together and see how his words stand up to scrutiny. 

Donald Trump tries very hard to convince us of certain very important things: Trump is smart and everyone else is stupid, everything that Trump does is "tremendous" while everything other politicians do is a "catastrophe," and so on. Is he telling the truth or just blowing smoke? Well, his sister Elizabeth Trump Grau, a federal judge who is undoubtedly very familiar with deception, told her brother's biographer that The Donald is P. T. Barnum! Not is like, but is. Barnum was, of course, famous for his observation that there's a sucker born every minute. His goal was to take advantage of as many of those suckers as possible. Is that what Trump's sister is telling us that her brother is up to?

Marco Rubio made another interesting observation during the Republican debates: "[Trump] says five things: 'Everyone's dumb; he's gonna make America great again; we're gonna win, win, win; he's winning in the polls; and the lines [walled borders] around the state.'" Therefore, Trump presents himself as a savior figure (the only candidate smart enough to make America great again), promising unparalleled victories to come using his position in the polls as "evidence," while offering "the wall" and deportations as the path to "victory."

Here are the top ten questionable things said by Donald Trump, in my opinion:

"When you're a star ... you can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."

"If Hillary Clinton can't satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America." Well, since you and Melania sleep in separate beds, how can you satisfy her, or America?

"I like kids. I mean, I won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds, and she’ll take care of the kids." Trump won't lift a finger to help his wives raise his children.

"The beauty of me is that I'm very rich." Since you claim to be a Christian, you may want to consult Jesus Christ on such "beauty."

"Look at my African American over here!" Who talks like that? Eminem called Trump a "racist grandpa" and that certainly seems to fit him.

"I have a great relationship with the blacks. I've always had a great relationship with the blacks." If you call them "the blacks," probably not.

"Happy Cinco de Mayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!" Racist grandpa strikes again. At least he's an equal opportunity bigot.

"How smart can they be? They're morons." Trump calls poor people morons in a New York Times interview with Maureen Dowd.

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems ... they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists." 

"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." Then why are we being asked to pay billions to build the wall, in your latest budget proposal? 

"All I know is what's on the internet." Scary, but apparently true.

"He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured." Trump dissed John McCain and all American POWs, even though Trump dodged the draft by using the rich kid's excuse ("bone spurs") to avoid the Vietnam War

"I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me ..."

"You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever." Trump insinuated that Megyn Kelly was "on the rag" when she questioned him "unfairly," even though she only quoted things he had said publicly about other women.

"I know where she went – it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it. No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting." Trump freaked out because Hillary Clinton took a bathroom break during a debate. But of course his bathroom breaks are not disgusting, because he's a man!

"Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not supposed to ​say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?" Trump freaks out about the appearance of Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. Has he ever looked in a mirror?

"That [paying no federal income tax] makes me smart."

"You know what I wanted to. I wanted to hit a couple of those [DNC] speakers so hard. I would have hit them. No, no. I was going to hit them, I was all set and then I got a call from a highly respected governor ... I was gonna hit one guy in particular, a very little guy. I was gonna hit this guy so hard his head would spin and he wouldn’t know what the hell happened ... I was going to hit a number of those speakers so hard their heads would spin, they'd never recover. And that's what I did with a lot – that’s why I still don’t have certain people endorsing me: they still haven’t recovered." Donald Trump, reacting to the Democratic National Convention.

"I love the old days, you know? You know what I hate? There's a guy totally disruptive ... I'd like to punch him in the face, I'll tell ya." Trump on how he would handle a protester in Nevada, sparking roaring applause from the audience. 

"Knock the crap out of them [protesters], would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell ... I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees." Trump, encouraging violence at his rallies, this one at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily ..."

"[Vladimir Putin] is not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He’s not gonna go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down." Of course Putin's Russia had already invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea, leaving thousands dead in the process.

"I think our country does plenty of killing also, Joe." Trump defends Vladimir Putin from charges that he kills journalists who disagree with him, in an interview with MSNBC's Joe Scarborough.

"I love war, in a certain way." Does any sane person love war, in any way? Trump has described himself as "the most militaristic person there is," while flip-flopping between criticizing the war in Iraq and claiming that he would seize Iraq's oil — "an undertaking that would require a massive invasion and troop presence." Trump doesn't seem to realize that he can't do both: to take Iraq's oil, he would have to launch a much bigger ground invasion than the first one. To avoid another ground war, he would have to let Iraq keep its oil. Only in the bizarre imagination of Donald Trump can he magically control Iraq's oil without starting another unwinnable trillion-dollar war that results in more deaths and dismemberments of American soldiers. In addition to loving war, Trump appears to relish torture. One can detect what appears to be a note of glee when Trump discusses bringing back waterboarding and things "a hell of a lot worse" than waterboarding. This is despite the fact that experts have repeatedly said that torture does not produce reliable information, and other forms of interrogation are more effective. But still Trump insists that the United States must do things that are "unthinkable." And he told a crowd of supporters in Clairsville, Ohio, "I like it a lot." That is like saying, "I like pulling fingernails a lot." No one should like inflicting pain on anyone else, even if it were necessary. But torture is not necessary because it is less effective than other types of interrogation. But Trump has insisted that he will bring back torture even if it doesn't work because "they deserve it anyway." However, Trump is not thinking about what happens to the young men and women who are forced to administer the most reprehensible forms of torture. If torture does no good, and it turns our sons and daughters into basket cases, who would keep doing it? Only a madman, which Trump appears to be.

"When Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats, and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn't be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water."
"Why can't we use nuclear weapons?" Trump asked a foreign policy adviser three times why the U.S. can't use its nuclear weapons, according to MSNBC's Joe Scarborough  

Now, keeping these things in mind, let's take a look at Trump's favorite words and phrases ...

1. Make America Great Again

Donald Trump's campaign slogan focuses on the idea that America needs to be brought back to the "good ol' days." But was there ever a period of time in the history of the United States that large segments of the population were not being discriminated against? What MAGA really means, in my opinion, is to return the USA to the good ol' days when "we the people" meant white heterosexual Christians. MAGA means make America grate again, not great. And I think Trump's most fervent supporters know exactly what he means, because they are almost uniformly white heterosexual Christians.

2. Total Disaster

According to Trump, ObamaCare is a "total disaster" even though he has been unable to come up with nothing but "vaporware." The CFPB is a "total disaster," so either wreck it or shut it down. The Iran deal is a "total disaster," even though the rest of the world says it's working and there is no other plan except another unwinnable war. And so on. Rather than offering solutions, Trump makes things seem far worse than they actually are, portrays himself as a savior figure, then does nothing to save anything.

3. Out of Control

Our country is out of control.
This voting system is out of control.

The USA is more out of control under Trump than it has ever been. No one has cast more doubt on the voting system than Trump, with his apparent collusion with the Russian government to discredit Hillary Clinton and tip the election to The Donald.
4. Believe Me

I will build a great wall ... and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.
Mexico will pay for the wall, believe me.

Trump says "believe me" frequently, usually before saying something no sane person could possibly believe. Anyone who believes that the wall will be built, that it will solve the problems of illegal immigration, and that Mexico will pay for the wall ... well, they must be one of those suckers born every minute, who made P. T. Barnum rich and famous! Trump is obviously just telling his supporters what they want to hear.
5. China

The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.

Trump loves talking about China and how he is going to change everything. But when he went to China, what changed? China has become a sort of catch-all for Trump. He's cozy with Putin and Russia and doesn't want to ruffle feathers there, presumably because Russia has supplied him with money and votes. So why not blame as many problems on China as possible, and pretend to be solving those problems, while doing nothing substantial?
6. Terrific

[We will] repeal and replace [Obamacare] with something terrific.

This is just one example, but once again we are back in P. T. Barnum territory. The same pattern keeps emerging: (1) Like Chicken Little, claim that the sky is falling. (2) Collect as much money and as many votes as possible from people who believe the sky is falling. (3) Then do nothing to help them, while jeopardizing their futures. (4) If anything goes wrong, blame Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Congress.

7. Tremendous

[There is] tremendous waste, fraud and abuse. That we're taking care of. That we're taking care of. It's tremendous.
I have to release tremendous amounts of information.
I am worth a tremendous amount of money.
I have had tremendous success.
There's something there ... there's a tremendous hatred there [in Islam].
I have tremendous respect for the Japanese people, I mean, you can respect somebody that's beating the hell out of you.

8. Loser

I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th.
I supported him (John McCain), he lost, he let us down. But you know, he lost, so I've never liked him as much after that, because I don't like losers ... He's not a war hero ... He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured.
Cher is somewhat of a loser. She's lonely. She's unhappy. She's very miserable.

9. Tough

Mike Tyson endorsed me. You know, all the tough guys endorse me. I like that. OK?

10. Smart

I'm, like, a really smart person. No, smart people don't sound so stupid and they don't have to tell other people how smart they are!
You may get AIDS by kissing. I take it back ... you are very very very smart!

11. Weak

I am strong; politicians are weak. Ah, but you are a politician, weakling!
All of 'em (other candidates) are weak, they're just weak. Some of them are fine people. But they are weak. Whereas you are a terrible person, and weak.
(Marco Rubio) is weak like a baby. Donald Trump is weak, like a man-baby.

12. Dangerous

Something really dangerous is going on. Yes, your presidency!

13. Stupid

How stupid are the people of Iowa?
Nobody wants to talk about it (nuclear war). I believe the greatest of all stupidities is people’s believing it will never happen, because everybody knows how destructive it will be, so nobody uses weapons. What bullshit.
I went to an Ivy League school. I'm highly educated. I know words. I have the best words, I have the best, but there is no better word than stupid. Right?
We used to call it the quiet majority but people are fed up. They are fed up with incompetence, they are fed up with stupid leaders, they are fed up with stupid people.
I'm on TV too much, it'd be stupid to advertise.
Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people.
It is the level of stupidity (at the State Department) that is incredible. I'm telling you, I used to use the word incompetent. Now I just call them stupid.
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.

14. Zero

Crooked Hillary has zero leadership ability.
@FoxNews You shouldn't have @KarlRove on the air — he's a clown with zero credibility — a Bushy!

15. Huge (pronounced "yuge")

It's gonna be huge!

16. Amazing

Trump rated his performance in Puerto Rico as “Amazing,” “Tremendous,” “Incredible.” 

17. Rich

I’m really rich! I’ll show you that in a second. And by the way: I’m not even saying that in a brag.
Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich.
You know, wealthy people don't like me. Why are we not surprised?
Romney — I have a Gucci store that's worth more than Romney. Perhaps because of statements like that?

18. Win/Winning

We don't win anymore.
It will change. We will have so much winning if I get elected that you may get bored with winning.
Believe me. You'll never get bored with winning. You'll never get bored!
Work hard, be smart and always remember, winning takes care of everything!

19. Bad

Something bad is happening.
The failing @nytimes is truly one of the worst newspapers. They knowingly write lies and never even call to fact check. Really bad people!

20. Moron

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, in defense of Trump's intellect, asked reporters: "Would a moron hire me?" Is that a rhetorical question?

21. We/They

They're pouring in (immigrants). They are bringing drugs, they are bringing crime.
The Mexican government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.
And I said to myself, if they (poor people) can stay so poor for so many generations, maybe this isn't the kind of person we want to be electing to higher office. How smart can they be? They're morons.


Senator Marco Rubio is a "lightweight" and a "lightweight choker."
Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly is a "lightweight."
Lindsey Graham is "A total lightweight. In the private sector, he couldn't get a job."


I will be the greatest jobs president God ever created. This, said by a man best known for the catchphrase "You're fired!"
Bill Clinton was a great President. They are fine people. Hillary was roughed up by the media, and it was a tough campaign for her, but she’s a great trooper. Her history is far from being over." — Trump University Blog, 2008

24. Classy

I built the Grand Hyatt right next to Grand Central Station — beautiful, classy job — but then the city denied my request to have the top tne floors illuminated with my face at night. Can you believe that? Well, yes.


You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.
Nobody cares about the talent [in beauty pageants]. There’s only one talent you care about, and that’s the look talent.
A person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a 10.
Oftentimes when I was sleeping with one of the top women in the world I would say to myself, thinking about me as a boy from Queens, 'Can you believe what I am getting? Very classy, Trump!

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