31 Dangerous Trump Quotes That Are Still Hurting America Today
Many supporters of Donald Trump say that they appreciate him because he speaks his mind, tells it like it is, doesn't sugarcoat it, and so on. It's certainly true that Trump lacks a certain filter that most politicians have, and as a result, is often far more blunt than your average president. But many of Trump's quotes have been extremely damaging — to the country, to marginalized Americans, and in some cases, to himself.
Although it's easy to just shake your head and sigh at Trump's most offensive or factually incorrect statements, it's crucial to remember that millions of Americans fervently support him, and take all of those comments to heart.
When Trump urges his supporters to physically attack protesters, that sends a message to a great swath of America that it's OK to engage in political violence. When he falsely claims that millions of Americans voted illegally in 2016, the alleged reason why he lost the popular vote, it results in many of his supporters holding a wildly inaccurate belief about America. When he calls transgender service members a "burden" on the U.S. military, he gives transphobia the presidential stamp of approval.
In some cases, Trump's comments have caused damage to himself and his presidency. His call for a "complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" made it impossible for his legal team to argue in court, months later, that he wasn't banning immigrants based on their religion. His admission that he fired FBI Director James Comey because of "this Russia thing" directly contradicted statements the White House had made days earlier.
Either way, Trump has said plenty of very damaging things. Here's a list of some of them.
Violence In Charlottesville
Anti-White Supremacy Protesters
This quote from Trump's speech to the Boy Scouts sounds innocuous, until you realize that he just told America's youth that the nation's capital is a "cesspool."
Trump is currently being sued by protesters who were assaulted at his rallies, and they've cited this other remarks by Trump in their lawsuits.
An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2012
26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2013
There had been no notable violence, let alone refugee-related violence, in Sweden the night before Trump made this comment.
Violence Among His Supporters
Trump said this about two alleged supporters of his who beat a homeless man with a lead pipe.
Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
The president was referencing a debunked myth that Pershing dipped bullets in pig's blood while fighting Islamic terrorists. He did not do this (and the forces he was fighting were not terrorists). He sent this tweet during an active terrorist attack in Barcelona.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Separation Of Powers
Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2017
The president said this after a judge issued an injunction against his travel ban, implying that any future terrorist attacks should be blamed on America's judicial branch.
Transgender Service Members
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
The military already spends five times as much money on Viagra for troops than it would on medical costs for transgender service members.
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Trump has presented no evidence to support this.
Sadly, the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by blacks and hispanics-a tough subject-must be discussed.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2013
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Again, there is no evidence that this is the case.
Firing James Comey (Part One)
Firing James Comey (Part Two)
President Trump told Russian officials that James Comey was "crazy, a real nut job" shortly after firing him https://t.co/Ee4czxk7sr— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 20, 2017
The Travel Ban
This quote was later used against Trump in court.
either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017
It would be nice if Trump stopped saying things like this, especially with the force of the presidency behind him. However, he's only been in office for seven months, so the chances of that seem slim.