The ongoing primaries in the United States have largely been a dull affair for those of us who reside outside the “Land of the Free”, save for one of the contenders, who has evoked terror, fear and horror in equal measure: Donald Trump.
The real-estate tycoon has constantly made headlines with frequent, offensive comments directed at minorities, fellow candidates, journalists and just about anyone under the sun.
While Trump has also been on the receiving end of his fair share of insults (American magazine Spy famously called him a “short-fingered vulgarian” in the 1980s, a claim that the Republican frontrunner has always denied, though never using a measuring equipment to bolster his defence), the tycoon has continued to spew vitriol with an almost admirable perseverance.
The length of the vulgarian’s finger may be as suspect as his hair, but one thing is clear: If there is an insult, Trump isn’t far behind.
Here are 10 of his most infamous Trump-isms:
1. “They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people”
Trump started with an astonishingly ignorant and offensive comment, setting the tone for his Presidential campaign. While the comment, directed towards undocumented Mexican migrants, cost him business deals with NBC and Macy’s, among others, he has continued to pour scorn on the US’ neighbour down south — to such an extent that a former Mexican president compared him to Hitler.
2. “Complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”
The Man with the Golden Toupee’s official press statement garnered widespread condemnation both within and outside the US, with some leaders and analysts going so far as to say that Trump was providing the Islamic State propaganda material.
3. “I like people who weren’t captured”
In a statement which sparked rumours of his campaign imploding, the tycoon derided Senator John McCain, who is hailed by many as a war hero, “because he was captured”. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said at an Iowa event. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
4. “You don’t cure a child molester”
Trump’s comment came at a time when he seemed oddly fixated on Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who briefly was in a strong position for the Republican ticket. The “vulgarian” likened Carson’s self-diagnosed “temper” to being a child molester, claiming that it was incurable.
5. “I would bomb the sh-- out of them”
Trump’s profound understanding of US foreign policy was never more apparent than when he spoke a day before the Paris attacks, claiming that the simplest way to deal with the threat of the Islamic State was to drop bombs on them.
6. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”
The Republican frontrunner has long favoured targeting journalist Megyn Kelly, especially after the Fox host began pressing him about his sexist rhetoric during the first GOP debate.
I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 27 January 2016
“She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions,” Trump told CNN a day after the debate. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. In my opinion, she was off base.”
As outrage grew, Trump clarified that he was, in fact, referring to Kelly’s nose, and not to her menstrual cycle.
7. “You’ve got to see this guy, ‘Ah, I don’t know what I said!’”
Trump accompanied this remark about New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a chronic condition that affects his ability to move, while flailing his arms, in what many interpreted as him mocking Kovaleski’s disability.
8. “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?”
Speaking of sexism, Trump’s dismissal of Carly Fiorina as a potential President says all you need to know about the man.
9. “I don’t think Ivanka would do that [pose for Playboy], although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her”
Trump’s bizarre compliment was incredibly disturbing, although it may have won him a few voters from the pro-incest camp. Subsequent family dinners must have been tense affairs.
10. “She’s playing the woman card up, that’s all she has. Honestly, outside of the woman card, she’s got nothing going [for her], believe me”
The tycoon was speaking about Democrat and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.