In a Univision op-ed Martin criticizes Trump’s treatment of Jose Ramos.
The fact that an individual like Donald Trump, a candidate for the presidency of the United States for the Republican party, has the audacity to continue to gratuitously harass the Latin community makes my blood boil. When did this character assume he could make comments that are racist, absurd, and above all incoherent and ignorant about us Latinos?..Jorge Ramos was doing HIS JOB as a journalist at a press conference in which he appeared freely and democratically, representing one of the most important Latin television networks in the world. But this new character in American politics verbally attacks him and ejects him from the press conference.
Let’s show that our Latin race is to be respected, let’s not allow a political hopeful to plant his campaign in insult and humiliation. Let’s demand respect for those first generations of Latinos who came to the United States and opened a path for us. We have fought for every right that we have today…Xenophobia as a political strategy is the lowest you can go in search of political power.
Palin interviews Trump on One America News. The talk about economics, veterans, and Trump’s confontation with Jorge Ramos:
Palin: You schooled that radical activist. And that was the right thing to do.
Trump: He was totally out of line. He was screaming and ranting and raving. And I said ‘Who is this guy?’ I’m suing Univision actually for $500 million dollars. His daughter works for Hillary Clinton and he was trying to put on a show. But actually he was hurting the rest [of the reporters in attendance].
During a speech in Greenville, SC, Trump says his hair is real.
I don’t wear a toupee – it’s my hair. I swear!..[motions to audience member]…Come here – come here. We’re gonna settle this… You have to do an inspection here…This is crazy, just real quick. We don’t wanna mess it up too much, because I do use hair spray, that I do…Is it mine, look? It is? Say it, please.
The woman inspects the hair:
I believe it is.
Trump hosts a rally in Dubuque, IA, where his is introduced by Coulter:
I love the idea of the Great Wall of Trump. I want to have a two drink minimum. Make it a big world-wide tourist attraction and everyday live drone shows whenever anyone tries to cross the border. I have not had this much hope for America since November 7, 2012…
I’m always on live television. If you’re on television every three or four days you got to say things different. You can’t be the same and give the same stories, right? I think about my speeches and I don’t believe in teleprompters, although it’s very easy. I would like to go up and stand and read a speech for an hour and just leave…I jokingly say if you’re running for president you shouldn’t be allowed to use teleprompters.
At a press conference before his Iowa speech Trump refuses to answer questions from Univision’s Ramos, who is asking them out of turn.
Trump: Excuse me, sit down, you weren’t called. Sit down.
Ramos: I have the right to ask questions.
Trump: You haven’t been called. Go back to Univision.
Ramos: You can not deport 11 million people.
When Ramos continues, Trump has him removed by security. Trump later says he doesn’t mind if Ramos is let back in. Ramos comes back later and discusses his stance with Trump.
Trump says he “totally disagrees” with Ailes and said he does not think Kelly is a “quality journalist”:
I totally disagree with the FOX statement. I do not think Megyn Kelly is a quality journalist. I think her questioning of me, despite all of the polls saying I won the debate, was very unfair. Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as FOX deserves. More importantly, I am very pleased to see the latest polls from Public Policy Polling showing me at a strong number one with 35% in New Hampshire, the Monmouth University poll showing me, again at number one, with 30% in South Carolina and the latest national poll from Gravis where I am again the clear front runner with 40%. It was also just announced that I won the prestigious corn kernel poll at the Iowa State Fair by a landslide.
Alies responds to Trump’s tweets about Kelly:
Donald Trump’s surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing. Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at FOX News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise. I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump’s verbal assaults. Her questioning of Mr. Trump at the debate was tough but fair, and I fully support her as she continues to ask the probing and challenging questions that all presidential candidates may find difficult to answer. Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should. We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone and we’re certainly not going to start now. All of our journalists will continue to report in the fair and balanced way that has made FOX News Channel the number one news network in the industry.
A Missouri vegan woman claims to see Trump’s face in a tub of Earth Balance organic spread.
This was pretty much before I had coffee, so I was easily amused. I needed to put on my glasses to make sure it was him.
She considers posting the butter to Ebay and donating the funds to Hillary Clinton, but eats it instead.
It was the only butter I had, so I had to make the sacrifice.
Stern says Trump will be the 2016 GOP presidential nominee.
I’ll tell you why I think he’s going to be the nominee: He’s proven that no matter what he says, people dig him. [Voters] hate illegal immigrants but they just feel funny saying it — whether it’s rational or not — ‘Is the illegal immigrant draining your economy?’ Possibly. ‘Is he taking away your job?’ Possibly. I think more or less, people are super tired of politicians, meaning that they like the idea of a successful businessman running the country who might actually be able to get s— done…But the problem with it is, and Donald Trump will find this: being the president isn’t like being the president of a corporation. You still got to go through Congress for everything you want to do. And that’s the tough part. You’ve got to be one who can consolidate on both sides of the aisle, some sort of coalition. And it’s very difficult.
Trump releases an anti-Jeb Bush video quoting his mother, Barbara, in 2013 responding to a question from NBC asking whether she would like to see her son run for president.
No. I really don’t. I think its a great country. There are a lot of great families. There are other people out there that are very qualified, and we’ve had enough Bushes.
More recently Barbara Bush has said she supports her son’s bid.
Trump tweets and retweets posts attacking Kelly:
30,000 people attend Trump’s rally in Mobile, Alabama. In a one-hour speech he says that the worst part about free trade is that it requires good leaders and competent negotiators but the current government is lacking in both. Referring to Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy:
Some people say they’re bad people. I don’t think they’re bad people. I think they’re incompetent.
He describes the negotiators who work for countries like China, Japan and Mexico as “smart killers.”
The problem is their leaders are really smart. They’re really cunning, And we have dummies. We have people that don’t have a clue…So we have 300,000 babies that you have to take care of, we all have to take care of. In the case of other countries including Mexico, they don’t do that. You don’t’ walk over the border for the one day and all of a sudden we have an American citizen.
Schoeller explains the process behind Time‘s photo spread of Trump holding a bald eagle. The 27-year-old American bald eagle, named Uncle Sam, was flown in from Texas.
[Trump]’s very difficult to photograph. If you ask him to look up a little bit, he says no or he just doesn’t do it. He literally has one angle. If I ask him to smile, he puts on a big grin and then he goes back to his Zoolander ‘blue steel’ look. And the ‘blue steel’ stays for as ever long as it takes to get the photograph…When I get an assignment, I do my research and try to figure out what kind of picture would make the most sense given who the person is and what they’ve been up to. Mr. Trump liked that [bald eagel] idea. I thought he might be open to it considering he’s a man who loves attention. He likes controversy, and he likes to be in the spotlight.
Trump appears on the cover of Time magazine. The magazine runs a profile and an interview.
Well, I have the right temperament. I have the right leadership. I’ve built an incredible company. I went to a great school. I came out I built an incredible company. I wrote the number one selling business book of all time Trump: The Art of the Deal. I had tremendous success in show business–star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “The Apprentice” was one of the most successful shows. And as you know NBC renewed it, I just said I’m not doing it. They’re not exactly thrilled with me at all. But I’ve had a great career, and I know how to get along with people. I know how to deal with people.
On FOX Business’ Mornings with Maria Trump claims building a wall across the U.S. Mexico border is not a large undertaking.
You know, interestingly, the wall on southern border, it’s – really, if you think it’s 1,000 miles but it’s 2,000 miles, but a lot of it – some of it’s done – it’s done poorly by the way, what they have done is very poor, very poor work, a very poor job, and very — not much of a wall. But you also have natural terrain which is automatically a barrier, which is a good thing. So you’re talking about 1,000. And then you look at the Great Wall of China that was built 2,500 years ago. It’s 13,000 miles. And we’re really talking about something more than a little more than 1,000 miles. So it is something that can be absolutely done, not done at tremendous cost. You know, it’s been costed by politicians and they came out with these outrageous numbers…As you know, I know how to build. I know how to get it done. We’ll have a great wall. We’ll call it the Great Wall of Trump. We’ll have a great wall and it will be – it’ll be actually — it can be a good-looking wall, as walls go, but we will have a really terrific wall and it will be gone for the right price.
Trump is interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter. On Rupert Murdoch:
We have been friendly. I wouldn’t say friends, but we’ve been friendly. But he had some very evil tweets, and now they’ve been nice lately. I don’t understand it, just like I don’t understand how Roger could have allowed that first [debate] question to be asked. So I have really no answer for it. I think he views me not as a politician but as a great businessman. I’ve got a net worth of more than $10 billion…Now what I’ve heard is he is very impressed with what I’m saying. He is certainly very impressed with my poll numbers. When he looked at the ratings, what happened to the ratings at Fox [News], I think that makes him think about it even from a financial standpoint.
On Bill Cosby:
I’ve never been a fan. I had one bad experience with him. I was on Letterman, and he was following me on the show. He said, “Oh, I want to buy you a suit.” It was nice, he bought me a suit. And then he was on [the Today show], and my name was mentioned, and he went absolutely crazy. And I said, “What the hell was that all about?” I was never a fan. His humor was always, like, slow and stupid to me. I never saw it. And then he’s obviously got this stuff. What amazes me is he was so quiet and then you see these depositions. What was he doing? Was he drunk? You see he admitted all this stuff on top of everything else. I think he’s weird. And I never found his humor good at all. Just sit in a chair, talk very slowly? And I say to myself, “What’s this all about?”
When asked in a CNN interview what he would say to the Pope about recent statements about the dangers of capitalism, Trump says he would like to meet the Pope but he would not stand for any comments that capitalism was toxic or evil.
I’d say, ‘ISIS wants to get you, You know that Isis wants to go in and take over the Vatican….I’m gonna have to scare the Pope because it’s the only thing. The Pope, I hope, can only be scared by God. But the truth is – you know, if you look at what’s going on – they better hope that capitalism works, because it’s the only thing we have right now. And it’s a great thing when it works properly.
In response to Trump’s interview in the New York Times where he said, “Heidi Klum. Sadly, she’s no longer a 10”, Klum posts a video where she wears a T-shirt with the number 10 on it during a photo shoot. Aman sporting a Donald Trump mask shows up and rips off the sign to reveal the figure 9.99.
Trump reports for jury duty at the State Supreme Court building in lower Manhattan, arriving by limousine. He signs a few autographs and shook some hands.
It’s my duty, and I’m happy to do it. I’m ready. We’ll see what happens.
He is released without being selected for a trial.
Trump’s immigration plan criticizes Zuckerberg, who supports a more open immigration policy. While Zuckerberg wants to make more H-1B visas available to tech employers so they can hire foreign skilled workers, Trump says he wants to require employers to pay H-1B workers much more money, which he said would discourage companies from hiring them and boost job prospects for Americans. He also wants to have tech jobs offered to unemployed Americans before they can be filled by workers with H-1B visas.
This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program. Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Senator, Marco Rubio, has a bill to triple H-1Bs that would decimate women and minorities.
When a reporter asks Trump, just outside the Iowa State Fair grounds if he would throw a billion of his own money into the campaign, he says:
I would do that, yeah. If I had to….You saw I make $400 million a year, so what difference does it make?
He also fulfils a promise he made earlier in the campaign by giving children a ride in the helicopter he arrived in.
On The Nerdist Podcast Cranston discusses Trump.
I actually like his candor. There’s something so refreshing about shaking up that world that is all about being handled. And here comes this loose cannon who has terrible ideas and would be a horrible president, but there’s something great about his ‘I don’t give a s—‘ attitude that really kind of keeps others honest. I think it’s a surprise benefit to the country, actually. I hope he stays in for a long, long time and just collapses that whole tent of his.
Trump tweets that Ailes called him and assured him of fair treatment.
On MSBNC’s Morning Joe Trump says Kelly should be apologizing to him, not the other way around.
She asked me a very inappropriate question. She should really be apologizing to me, you want to know the truth.
Kelly is interviewed for the first time after the debate, but does not directly address Trump’s comments.
I’m sure nerves were high as they were for all of the candidates. He felt attacked – it wasn’t an attack, it was a fair question. But I get it. He’s in the arena and so am I. Its ok with me that there’s some consternation. I’m sure he’ll get over it and we’ll be fine and so will America.
Kelly also says that she told Bret Baier and Chris Wallace before the debate not to defend her if she was attacked.
I’m a big girl, I can handle it. My job is not to feel passionately about these candidates. My job is to go out there and ask probing questions that are hopefully smart and that help the people learn something about this person. (Baier and Wallace) are both gentlemen and I didn’t want them to in any way feel they needed to somehow come to my rescue. I didn’t want them to feel if anybody started to attack me that I would be wondering where my compadres are. I’m a big girl. I can take it.
Stone, an advisor to Trump’s campaign, says he has resigned. However, Trump says he fired him. Stone:
I’m going to kick my 2016 campaign into higher gear, cleaning house, no more “publicity seekers”
Excerpt from Stone’s resignation letter:
Restoring national pride and bringing jobs back to America – your initial and still underlying message – is a solid conservative message. In fact, it catapulted you instantly into a commanding lead in the race. Unfortunately, the current controversies involving personalities and provocative media fights have reached such a high volume that it has distracted attention from your platform and overwhelmed your core message. With this current direction of the candidacy, I no longer can remain involved in your campaign.
Trump’s campaign releases a statement about his ‘blood comment’ about Kelly:
Mr Trump made Megyn Kelly look really bad – she was a mess with her anger and totally caught off guard. Mr Trump said “blood was coming out of her eyes and whatever” meaning nose, but wanted to move on to more important topics. Only a deviant would think anything else. This related to the debate, which because of Mr Trump had 24 million viewers – the biggest in cable news history.
Erickson, RedState’s Editor-in-Chief, disinvites Trump from its gathering of Republican leaders in Atlanta, where he was scheduled to deliver the keynote address:
I have tried to give a great deal of latitude to Donald Trump in his run for the Presidency. He is not a professional politician and is known for being a blunt talker. He connects with so much of the anger in the Republican base and is not afraid to be outspoken on a lot of issues. But there are even lines blunt talkers and unprofessional politicians should not cross. Decency is one of those lines…As much as I do personally like Donald Trump, his comment about Megyn Kelly on CNN is a bridge too far for me…His comment was inappropriate. It is unfortunate to have to disinvite him. But I just don’t want someone on stage who gets a hostile question from a lady and his first inclination is to imply it was hormonal. It just was wrong. I have invited Megyn Kelly to attend in Donald Trump’s place tomorrow night.
During an interview with CNN’s Lemon, Trump continues to criticize Kelly
Well, I just don’t respect her as a journalist. I don’t think she’s very good. I think she’s highly overrated… She starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions, and you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her…wherever. She was, in my opinion, she was off-base.
In a call-in to Fox and Friends Trump criticizes the questioning at the debate:
That question was absolutely aimed at me…Number I’m the only one in that category so it was obviously named at me. It was a little bit of a surprize to justify everything, when your shoes haven’t even become warm.
Trump sends a series of late-night negative Tweets against Kelly and Luntz, who had hosted the post-debate panel:
O’Donnell tweets a response to Trump’s comments during the first GOP debate:
At the first GOP debate in Cleveland, OH, Trump is asked by Kelly about his comments about women:
KELLY: Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Your Twitter account…
TRUMP: Only Rosie O’Donnell.
KELLY: Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?
TRUMP: I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either. This country is in big trouble. We don’t win anymore. We lose to China. We lose to Mexico both in trade and at the border. We lose to everybody…And frankly, what I say, and oftentimes it’s fun, it’s kidding. We have a good time. What I say is what I say. And honestly Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry. I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn’t do that.
Trump participates in the GOP debate in Cleveland, OH. As the leader in the polls he takes the first question, asked by Baier:
Is there anyone on stage, and can I see hands, who is unwilling tonight to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of the Republican party and pledge to not run an independent campaign against that person…Again, we’re looking for you to raise your hand now — raise your hand now if you won’t make that pledge tonight.
Trump is the only candidate to raise his hand. Baier:
Mr. Trump to be clear, you’re standing on a Republican primary debate stage…You can’t say tonight that you can make that pledge?
I cannot say. I have to respect the person that, if it’s not me, the person that wins, if I do win, and I’m leading by quite a bit, that’s what I want to do. I can totally make that pledge. If I’m the nominee, I will pledge I will not run as an independent. But — and I am discussing it with everybody, but I’m, you know, talking about a lot of leverage. We want to win, and we will win. But I want to win as the Republican. I want to run as the Republican nominee.
Trump is then challenged by Rand Paul, who accuses him of buying politicians.
In a Tweet, King suggests Trump is running a racist campaign.
After Gawker publishes Trump’s phone number, Trump changes the message to his campaign message.
Hi, this is Donald Trump and I’m running for the Presidency of the United States of America. With your help and support, together, we can make America truly great again. Visit me at Twitter @RealDonaldTrump and check out my campaign website www.donaldjtrump.com. Hope to see you on the campaign trail, we’re going to do it.
Trump says on Hewitt’s show that he would shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood.
Hewitt: The only way to get rid of Planned Parenthood money for selling off baby parts, is to shut the government down in September would you support that?
Trump: I can tell you this, I would.
The candidates for the GOP Presidential debate are announced: Trump, Bush, Walker, Huckabee, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Christie and Kasich will appear on stage on Aug 6 in Cleveland, OH. RNC chairman Priebus:
Our field is the biggest and most diverse of any party in history and I am glad to see that every one of those extremely qualified candidates will have the opportunity to participate on Thursday evening. Republicans across the country will be able to choose which candidate has earned their support after hearing them talk through the issues.
Trump talks to Breitbart about the upcoming GOP debate:
I look forward to it. It will be very exciting. I’m looking to treat everybody with great respect which they deserve. I hope we can talk about the issues…I hope we can keep it on a high level. If that doesn’t happen, I’m willing to go to the other route. But I will say the two people who hit me really hard both went down in the polls. And I find that really interesting,and I find it a great honor that that would happen, because in all fairness Lindsey Graham and Perry were really hitting me hard, and they went down in the polls. I am greatly honored by that. I was surprised, to be honest with you.
Trump’s campaign fires a staffer for having placed racist posts on Facebook. The terminated worker made numerous inappropriate posts dating as far back as 2007. President Obama and Al Sharpton’s daughter are among the people said to have been mentioned, although the person in question, Nunberg, says he does not remember writing them. One of Trump’s advisers confirms that Nunberg is no longer associated with the Donald J. Trump for president campaign,
Aiken says people should not count Trump out:
I don’t think anybody should discount him. Nobody thought that we would see him in the position he is in right now. He is certainly the frontrunner with no signs of that fading… I think he has a really great opportunity — even if he doesn’t win the Republican nomination — to do something I think the country has needed for a long time, which is to try to break this stranglehold of the two-party system. I kind of hope he decides to stick with it and maybe give people another option outside of the Republicans and Democrats.
Trump tells ABC News that he is not a debater.
These politicians, I always say, are all talk no action. They debate all the time. I don’t debate, I build. I’ve created tremendous jobs, I’ve created a great company. Maybe my whole life is a debate in a way, but the fact is I’m not a debater, and they are. With that being said, I look forward to it, we’ll see what happens…I don’t think I’m going to be throwing punches. I’m not looking to attack.
On his strong tone:
The tone has to be tougher. If we’re going to stop ISIS, if we’re going to clean up the border and stop what’s happening at the border which is a disaster. I have no doubt that [strong tone] works. I have absolutely no doubt. When you see the other side chopping off heads, waterboarding doesn’t sound very severe.
Trump says he will deport all illegal immigrants in the country but will allow “the good ones” to reenter the country legally.
Legal status. We got to move ’em out, we’re going to move ’em back in if they’re really good people.
Cohen apologizes for his comment that “you cannot rape your spouse.” Non-consensual sex between spouses does constitute as rape, experts say. He made this comment while trying to defend trump from comments made by Ivana Trump.
As an attorney, husband and father there are many injustices that offend me but nothing more than charges of rape or racism. They hit me at my core. Rarely am I surprised by the press, but the gall of this particular reporter to make such a reprehensible and false allegation against Mr. Trump truly stunned me. In my moment of shock and anger, I made an inarticulate comment – which I do not believe — and which I apologize for entirely.
Rodman tweets support for Trump’s presidential campaign, Trump’s first major endorsement from a high-profile celebrity. Trump thanks him for his support.
After the paper issued an editorial that called on Trump to pull out of the race, Trump bans the paper from his campaign event in Iowa, although they may reconsider for later events. Campaign manager:
We’re not issuing credentials to anyone from The Des Moines Register based on the editorial that they wrote earlier in the week.
The Register’s editor:
As we previously said, the editorial has no bearing on our news coverage. We work hard to provide Iowans with coverage of all the candidates when they spend time in Iowa, and this is obviously impeding our ability to do so. We hope Mr. Trump’s campaign will revisit its decision instead of making punitive decisions because we wrote something critical of him.
Trump claims Stewart wants him to appear on the final show of The Daily Show on August 6:
They have invited me. I like Jon Stewart — I think he’s good. They’re begging me to go on. I would do it … the problem is it looks like pandering. It looks so false and so phony if I do it.
On Obama appearing on the show:
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with President Obama having done it. I know he took a lot of heat, you know, because they said, ‘What are you doing on a comedy show?’ I think it’s OK. It would’ve been better if he had Stewart come over to the White House, because it would’ve cost nothing. Stewart would’ve loved it, and you’d have saved a lot of money.
Trump visits the U.S. border with Mexico and says he will not apologize for his comments on illegal immigration or back away from his plan to build a wall between the two countries. Trump wears a blazer, white dress shoes and a white ball cap emblazoned with his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Border Patrol agents who had invited Trump back out, citing the appearance of politicization. Trump accuses unnamed officials in Washington of trying to silence them. When questioned by a Telemundo journalist about his comments on immigration:
No, no, no. We’re talking about illegal immigration and everybody understands that. And you know what: that’s a typical case — wait, that’s a typical case of the press with misinterpretation. They take a half a sentence — they take a half a sentence, then they take quarter of a sentence and put it all together. It’s a typical thing.
Trump says he may launch a third-party White House run if the Republican National Committee is unfair to him during the 2016 primary season.
The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy. The RNC has been, I think, very foolish…I’ll have to see how I’m being treated by the Republicans,” Trump said. “Absolutely, if they’re not fair, that would be a factor.
Trump says the GOP establishment in Washington dislikes him because he’s not part of the political class.
I’m not in the gang. I’m not in the group where the group does whatever it’s supposed to do. I want to do what’s right for the country — not what’s good for special interest groups that contribute, not what’s good for the lobbyists and the donors. I’m not surrounded by all sorts of pollsters and PR people. I speak the truth. Our country is in big trouble, and I know how to turn it around.
Graham releases a video called How To Destroy Your Cellphone with Lindsey Graham, showing the senator in slow motion destroying his phone hitting it with a meat cleaver, blending it, hitting it was a baseball bat, dropping a brick on it, dropping it from a building and cooking it.
Or if all else fails, you can always give your number to the Donald. This is for all the veterans.