President Trump suffered a major defeat on Thursday as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against his travel ban, thus blocking the policy from taking effect nationwide. This was the third consecutive loss for the administration on the travel ban, and for a self-proclaimed winner like Trump, that's got to sting. Make no mistake: Trump was the loser of the day on Thursday, so now is probably a good time to look at some of Trump's quotes about losers. Because he doesn't seem to like them very much.
Trump has called many people, businesses and institutions "losers" over the years, but it's not clear what criteria he uses to bestow that label upon someone. In some instances, he's used it accurately — for instance, when he's applied it to his opponents in the Republican presidential primary. That's undeniable: If you enter a contest and don't win, that makes you a loser.
Other times, though, his calculus is unclear. Why, for instance, does he think that Russell Brand is a loser? Why did call ISIS "losers" at a time when the group had successfully seized control of around one-third of Syria? And why must one be a loser in order to appreciate the comedic stylings of Jon Stewart?
The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post is such a loser--it will die just as AOL is dying, What a stupid deal AOL made to buy it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2012
This tweet is from four years ago, but as of this writing, the Huffington Post is alive and well.
Graydon Carter & Vanity Fair
Wow, Vanity Fair was totally shut out at the National Magazine Awards - it got NOTHING. Graydon Carter is a loser with bad food restaurants!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2014
"Bad food restaurants." As opposed to all of those restaurants that don't serve food.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Lightweight @AGSchneiderman will probably win only because he is a Dem in NY, but what a loser!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2014
In this tweet, Trump makes the novel argument that one can be a loser even if they win.
Word is that @NBCNews is firing sleepy eyes Chuck Todd in that his ratings on Meet the Press are setting record lows. He's a real loser!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2015
Contrary to Trump's prediction, Chuck Todd is still the host of Meet the Press.
People Without Egos
"Show me someone without an ego, and I'll show you a loser." --How To Get Rich— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2012
The opposite isn't true, however, as Trump demonstrated on Thursday that it's possible to be a loser even if you do have an ego. Also, Trump has tweeted this quote, which is from himself, on four separate occasions.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich
John Kasich, despite being Governor of Ohio, is losing to me in the Ohio polls. Pathetic!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2015
John Kasich won the Ohio primary, then reportedly turned down Trump's request to be his running mate. Sad! But Trump's campaign communications adviser at the time, Jason Miller, said the claim was "completely ridiculous" and denied allegations that Trump had offered Kasich the position.
The media must immediately stop calling ISIS leaders "MASTERMINDS." Call them instead thugs and losers. Young people must not go into ISIS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2015
Say what you want about the Islamic State, but it's a stretch to call a group that controls this much territory in Syria "losers." Bad guys? Yes. Losers? Not yet. If the world dismisses ISIS as a "loser," it might not take the threat it poses as seriously. And that could be dangerous.
People Who Like Jon Stewart
While Jon Stewart is a joke, not very bright and totally overrated, some losers and haters will miss him and his dumb clown humor. Too bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2015
One can only imagine the vitriol Stewart would have received from Trump's Twitter if he'd still be hosting The Daily Show during the 2016 campaign.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
Have a good chance to win Texas on Tuesday. Cruz is a nasty guy, not one Senate endorsement and, despite talk, gets nothing done. Loser!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2016
This tweet was half-right: Cruz did indeed lose the Republican nomination. But Trump never had a "good chance" to win the Texas primary.
.@katyperry Katy, what the hell were you thinking when you married loser Russell Brand. There is a guy who has got nothing going, a waste!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2014
Trump has called Russell Brand a loser on several occasions, and it's still completely unclear why.
Apple must make the IPhone screen bigger. Losing major market share.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2013
This might be a personal problem.
People Who Don't React Well To Twists Of Fate
What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2014
Apparently, winners react by rage-tweeting grammatically incorrect threats in all-caps.
.@JebBush today said he didn't want to be the front-runner, he would rather be where he is now, 2%. That is the talk of a loser, can't win!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2015
Well, in all fairness, Trump was right about this one.
If one thing's certain right now, it's that Trump is not pleased with his loss in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday. Don't expect him to consider himself a loser, though.