WASHINGTON (TIP): Hosts Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace and Brett Baier promised they have a plan to keep Donald Trump in line during debate on August 6 night. But they didn’t stop him from doing what he does best: making outlandish statements. Here are a few of his greatest hits from the evening.
Trump on his business bankruptcies
“Out of hundreds of deals that I’ve done, on four occasions I’ve taken advantage of the laws of this country…Virtually every person that you read about on the front page of the business section [takes advantage of them]. The difference is that when other people use the laws you don’t read about it.”
Trump on his own lenders
“These lenders aren’t babies. These are total killers.”
Trump on immigration
“So, if it weren’t for me, you wouldn’t even be talking about illegal immigration, Chris. You wouldn’t even be talking about it. This was not a subject that was on anybody’s mind until I brought it up at my announcement.”
Trump on Mexico’s “cunning” leaders
Mexico’s leaders don’t provide benefits for their citizens because “the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for ’em, and that’s happening, whether you like it or not.”
Trump on Hillary Clinton
“To Hillary Clinton, I said be at my wedding, and she came to my wedding. You know why? She had no choice. I gave to a foundation that frankly, that foundation is supposed to be used for good. I didn’t know her money would be used on private jets all over the world.”
Trump on women
On the first topic of the debate, electability, Megyn Kelly turned to Trump with a question about some of his prior statements. “One of the things people love about you is you speak your mind, and you don’t have a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Your Twitter account…”
Trump cut her off. “Only Rosie O’Donnell,” he said.
The stadium erupted in applause.
Trump on political correctness … and winning
“I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people and I don’t really have time for total political correctness – and to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either. This country is in big trouble. We don’t win anymore. We lose to China, we lose to Mexico, we lose to everybody.”
Trump on Megyn Kelly
“Honestly, Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry, I’ve been very nice to you although I probably could maybe not be based on the way you’ve been to me.”
Trump on reporters
“Reporters … They’re a very dishonest lot, generally speaking, in the world of politics.”