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
"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
"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
"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
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.
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
4. Believe Me
I will build a great wall ... and nobody builds walls better than me, believe
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.
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?
[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
[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.
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
Cher is somewhat of a loser. She's lonely. She's unhappy. She's very miserable.
Mike Tyson endorsed me. You know, all the tough guys endorse me. I like that.
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
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.
Something really dangerous is going on. Yes, your presidency!
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
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.
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!
Trump rated his performance in Puerto Rico as “Amazing,” “Tremendous,”
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?
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!
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!
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, in defense of Trump's intellect, asked
reporters: "Would a moron hire me?" Is that a rhetorical question?
They're pouring in (immigrants). They are bringing drugs, they are bringing
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
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
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!