“I will 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 make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
On race relations
Tweeted after violent protests following the death of a black man while in police custody in April 2015:
Our great African American President hasn't exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!
On former presidential candidate and Vietnam war P.O.W. John McCain
“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK.”
On how to deal with foreign despots
“I dealt with Gaddafi. I rented him a piece of land. He paid me more for one night than the land was worth for two years, and then I didn’t let him use the land.That’s what we should be doing. I don’t want to use the word ‘screwed’, but I screwed him.That’s what we should be doing.”
On gun control
Tweeted after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, January 2015:
If the people so violently shot down in Paris had guns, at least they would have had a fighting chance.