Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Monday, July 16, 2018

The Donald did not disappoint.

Katy Tur of NBC News, who is following Donald Trump’s campaign, questioned him this afternoon, mostly about his comments regarding Mexico and immigrants. Trump, as expected, barked back, reiterating his wealth and negotiation prowess and both insulted Mexico and praised the country in the same breath. He also revealed that he has a gun permit and a gun, though of course he wouldn’t say what he actually uses his gun for. (He’s a big Second Amendment guy, don’t you know.) The interview, which ran unedited, is pure Trump – a bloviating, dumb hypocrite. Here are a handful of choice quotes:

On Mexico:

“The Mexican government forces many bad people into our country because they’re smart. They’re smarter than our leaders and their negotiators are far better than what we have.”

“We are taking Mexico’s problems. Mexico is beating us on trade and they’re beating us at the border. But Mexico doesn’t want to take these people, so what do they do? They send them to our stupid politicians and we have sanctuary cities and all of this nonsense.”

“I have great respect for the country of Mexico. I love the Mexican people and their spirit. But the country of Mexico is killing us. The country of Mexico is taking our jobs. They’re killing us at the border. They’re taking advantage of the fact that we have stupid negotiators. We have very stupid people in our country negotiating for us. And we have leaders that don’t know what they’re doing. So I respect that. I’m not angry at Mexico. I’m angry at our leadership for not putting our right people to negotiate this.”

“I have a great relationship with the Mexican people. I have many people working for me…I have many legal immigrants working for me. Many of them come from Mexico. They love me, I love them.”

“I built a great empire through negotiation. You have to be able to negotiate. Mexico is making a fortune off the United States…I would get them to pay for the wall… Believe me, they would pay for the wall.”

“I would make that wall impenetrable. Impenetrable. You don’t have to worry about how high it will be. And Mexico will pay for that wall.”

“Don’t try and convince me that there’s no crime, that it’s wonderful. The people that are being forced in and these aren’t just Mexicans…They’re forcing them into our country and we’re taking them and putting them in our jails and hospitals and paying them money though different sources. It’s a disgrace. Don’t tell me about safety. Are you trying to justify safety at the border? I don’t think so.”

Continue reading: What he stands for