“Tomorrow belongs to Donald Trump”, declared one headline after Super Tuesday. If so it could be a time devoid of ideology but filled with incendiary-like quotations.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They are sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” he told supporters in Las Vegas last month while in December last year his ire was aimed at Muslims.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure what the hell is going on,” he said.
Illegal immigrants, the Muslims and even the Pope have all been caught in his verbal vitriol.
“If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president,” was part of his speech in South Carolina in February.
According to Trump the second amendment of the American constitution has been “beseiged” by President Barack Obama. The would be next resident of The White House defended the right to carry arms with this argument.
“So these animals just walked and they just shot 130 people. If we had guns on the other side of the aisle if you and you and a few of you would have had a few guns, it would have been a whole different story folks,” he said in Washington in January.
Then there is his defence of torture a month later in North Charleston.
“I said, ‘But I think we should go much, much further than waterboarding’.”
He has often encouraged his supporters in his meetings to boo journalists who he believes are being unfavourable to him and his campaign. Two American institutions were in his sights in Texas.
“I’m going to open up our libel laws so that when the New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when the Washington Post, which is there for other reasons writes a hit piece we can sue then and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they are totally protected.”
He has shown he can land the odd verbal punch below the belt as he did with his Republican rival Florida senator Marco Rubio last month.
“But I saw Rubio you have to seem him backstage, he was putting on makeup with a trowel. I don’t want to say that I didn’t say he was covering up his ears. I will not say that, he was just trying to cover up the sweat. Did you ever see a guy sweat like this.”
Donald Trump has boasted that so far he has won with a whole spectre of people behind him including the poorly educated. “I love the poorly educated,” he said in one victory speech.