Donald Trump: real-estate mogul, reality television star, terrible hairpiece enthusiast and now, presidential candidate?
It’s true that Trump has toyed with throwing his weird comb over into the ring of running for president in the past, but now it appears he has actually committed. We can only hope that he goes on an in-depth hunt for Hilary Clinton’s “real” birth certificate in the coming months.
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His announcement speech was a treasure trove of strange, bombastic and confusing rhetoric. We shouldn’t expect anything less from a man who has a 65% false record on Politifact, a website dedicated to fact checking political statements. Without further ado, here are some of the strangest moments from Mr. Trump’s presidency announcement.
"All my life I’ve heard that a truly successful person, a really really successful person and even modestly successful can’t run for public office. Just can’t happen. And yet that’s the mind set you need to make this country great again"
No one successful or even moderately successful has ever won public office. Ever. Not in the history of the United States on both the federal and state level. Though to be fair, success is subjective.
I think Donald Trump's presidential run should be the first one in history to use a laugh track.— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) June 16, 2015
"We have people that aren't working. We have people that have no incentive to work. But they're going to have incentive to work, because the greatest social program is a job."
Unemployed people aren’t unemployed because they can’t find work, because the job market is difficult or because of the catch-22 of needing experience to get experience. It’s because they don’t have any incentive. Thank goodness Donald Trump is here to give it to them.
"[Mexican immigrants] are bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people….. They’re sending us not the right people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America and it’s coming probably, probably from the Middle East."
During Trump's speech, he spent time railing against various nationalities. However, he did stop to point out that they he doesn’t really hate all of them; many of them make him money. Unfortunately he characterizes Mexican immigrants as rapists. Maybe there are some non-rapist Mexicans, he’s not sure, but he assumes they might exist.
"It’s nice. I don't need anybody's money. I'm using my own money. I'm not using the lobbyists. I'm not using donors. I don't care. I'm really rich."
Probably not the best idea to tell people they don’t have jobs because of their own laziness and then flaunt your wealth. It also doesn’t speak well to a meritocracy where people can buy their way into candidacy just by having enough money to run. Speaking of wealth…
"And I have assets -- big accounting firm, one of the most highly respected -- 9 billion 240 million dollars."
Many people are looking sideways at this declaration of wealth. According to Forbes, Donald Trump’s net worth is $4 billion dollars, less than half of his claim. But which are you going to trust?
I usually stay away from politics...But how can #DonaldTrump declare corporate bankruptcy 4 times yet think he's be able to fix our economy?— Kelly Brouillet (@K2theBru) June 16, 2015
"Now, our country needs -- our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now. We need a leader that wrote 'The Art of the Deal."'
No time like the present to shill your book. How do you think he got so wealthy in the first place? That’s just good business sense.
"I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I'll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall."
History has shown us that walls separating people don’t usually do very well. It is as of yet unclear is how he plans to force another country to build something.
#DonaldTrump really hates Mexico... And really everyone, everywhere.— Kaitlynn Fish (@KaitlynnFish) June 16, 2015
"We need a cheerleader. We need somebody who can take the brand of the United States and make it great again."
All of the country’s people are reduced to cogs in a brand.
We have only the best wishes for Donald Trump's bid in the presidential race. With 11 other republicans running, it will be a crew crowded race.
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