Thanks in large part to frontrunner Donald Trump, the Republican race for president has become one giant punchline — so much so, that it's hard to tell the real from the fake. Trump has a penchant for exaggeration and a tendency to think before he speaks. The result is a wild collection of unbelievable sound bites that, somehow, haven't prevented him from winning a slew of key primaries. To prove just how unbelievable they are, let's see if you can tell the difference between a real, genuine Trump quote and a satirical headline from The Onion.
You've probably heard by now the ridiculous things that Trump has said about Fox News' Megyn Kelly. If you follow him on Twitter, you've probably seen the controversial retweets he's shared. It's all prime material for late-night comedians and political pundits, but it also appears to be resonating with a large number of voters. Many of these supporters point to Trump's unfiltered speech as a good thing, as a signal that he's not afraid to speak his mind. He may not be afraid to speak his mind, but Trump apparently also is not afraid to sound like the country's leading satirical news outlet.
Donald Trump Speaks With Himself For Foreign Policy Advice
This is most definitely a quote from the Donald himself. During an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe in early March, Trump was asked to name his foreign policy advisers. It's common practice for candidates to name-drop a few of their key advisers during the course of an election. In response, Trump said, "I'm speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain, and I've said a lot of things."
Donald Trump Gets All His Information From The Internet
Ah, another classic Trump quote. Also in early March, Trump tried to claim that a man who rushed the stage at one of his rallies had ties to ISIS. He tweeted a video that had been clearly edited to show a connection between the protestor and the Islamic State. When NBC's Chuck Todd asked Trump about the video in a recent episode of Meet the Press, Trump said, "All I know is what's on the Internet," which sounds more like an excuse for using an inaccurate fact in your high school history essay than for accusing a man of being affiliated with a terrorist organization.
Donald Trump Finds $20,000 Donation Check In His Coat Pocket
This is an Onion headline (and, for the record, the story actually claimed that Hillary Clinton found the check). After all, Trump is self-funding his campaign and therefore wouldn't accept such a check, right? Like The Onion, though, Trump probably would accuse Clinton of something silly, and perhaps false, if given the opportunity to go up against her in the general election.
Donald Trump Wishes He Were A Well-Educated Black Man
POLITICO dug up this Trump quote from a real-life interview. Trump reportedly told NBC in 1989, "A well-educated black has a significant advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market." He went on to say, "I would love to be a well-educated black because I believe they do have an actual advantage."
Donald Trump Can't Take It Anymore
As much as you may wish Trump can't continue running for president, this is an Onion headline. The article facetiously claims that Trump gets nervous before his rallies. If that's at all true in real life, then Trump has a funny way of hiding it that includes overcompensating and telling people how successful he is.
Trump is many things, but quiet and subtle are not among them. While some may appreciate his tendency to speak his mind, the validity of what's on his mind remains up in the air. Then again, he's quickly on his way to becoming the Republican nominee for president.