Best moments from Donald Trump’s meandering, bizarre presidential announcement

WATCH: Donald Trump announces he’s running for President of the United States

Donald Trump walked on stage Tuesday as Neil Young’s “Keep on Rocking in the Free World” played and announced his candidacy for president of the United States in an epic, meandering, bizarre speech in which he touched on ISIS, international relations with China, Mexican “rapists,” Obamacare, and the fact that he’s “really rich.”

Here are the most bizarre quotes from his nearly hour-long speech.

Can’t figure out air conditioning? Can’t beat ISIS.

“I can tell you some of the candidates, they went in, they didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work, they sweated like dogs, they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anyone there. How are they going to beat ISIS?”

He beats China

“We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time.”

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Immigrants from Mexico: “they’re rapists.”

“When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity.  And now they’re beating us economically, they are not our friend believe me.”

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you, they’re not sending you. They’re sending people who have lots of problems and they’re bringing their problems with us.  They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”

ISIS is building hotels?

“They just built a hotel in Syria. Can you believe this? They built a hotel. When I have to build a hotel, I pay interest. They don’t have to pay interest because they took the oil, that when we left Iraq, I said we should have taken, so now ISIS has the oil. And what they don’t have, Iran has.”

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Unemployment rate

“China has our jobs, and Mexico has our jobs. They all have our jobs. But the real number, the real number, is anywhere from 18 to 19, and maybe even 21 per cent and nobody talks about it because it’s a statistic that’s full of nonsense.”


Yesterday it came out, that costs are going for people, up, 29, 39, 49, and even 55 per cent. And deductibles are through the roof. You have to get hit by a tractor, literally a tractor, to use it.”

“Remember the $5 billion website? $5 billion we spent on a website and to this day it doesn’t work. A $5 billion website, I have so many websites I have all over the place. I hire people, they do a website, it costs me $3.”

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He’s got the best golf courses

Obama is going to be out playing golf, he might even be on one of my courses, I would even invite him, I actually would say it. I have the best courses in the world, so I’d say you know what if he wants to, I have one right next to the White House, right on the Potomac, if he’d like to play that’s fine. In fact, I’d like him to leave early and play.”

White House: President Obama will decline Donald Trump’s golf invitation

A “truly great leader” named Donald Trump

“This 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.”

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China’s killing the US economy – but he buys Chinese products and loves China

“You know China comes over and they dump all their stuff, and I buy it, I buy it, frankly I have an obligation to buy it.”

“Hey, I’m not saying they’re stupid. I like China. I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?”

“The biggest bank in the world is from China, you know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, Trump Tower.”

“Their leaders are much smarter than our leaders and we can’t sustain ourselves with that, it’s like, take the New England Patriots and Tom Brady and have them play your high school football team. That’s the difference between China’s leaders and our leaders.”

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Can’t be influenced because he’s “really rich.”

“I’ll say sorry fellas, no interest. Because I don’t need anybody’s money, it’s nice. I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money. I’m not using lobbyists, I’m not using donors, I don’t care. I’m really rich; I’ll show you that in a second.”

The great wall of America

“I would do various things, very quickly. I would repeal and replace the big lie Obamacare. 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. Mark my words.”

John Kerry

“I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, and I won’t be using a man like Secretary Kerry that has absolutely no concept of negotiations, who’s making a horrible and laughable deal, who’s just being tapped along as they make weapons right now, and then goes into a bicycle race at 72 years old, and falls and breaks his leg. I won’t be doing that and I promise, I will never be in a bicycle race.”


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