RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Donald Trump will be in Raleigh Friday for a rally at Dorton Arena and there will be plenty of people hanging on his every word.
Trump’s words, of course, have been one of the biggest stories of the campaign season so far. Some people have said that Trump speaks his mind and says what others think but are too afraid to say. Others have said that Trump is simply spouting negativity toward a wide range of groups from Muslims to Black Lives Matters protesters to a New York Times writer with a disability.
Below is a list of just some of the topics he’s talked about and the controversial things he’s said about them.
In July, Trump said of McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured. I think John McCain’s done very little for the veterans. I’m very disappointed in John McCain.”
McCain took the high road and said in response to Trump’s statement: “I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country. There are so many men, and some women, who served and sacrificed and happened to be held prisoner and somehow to denigrate that, in any way, their service I think is offensive.”
In an August debate of Fox News, moderator Megyn Kelly said to Trump, “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?” Trump didn’t like the line of questioning from Kelly and said after the debate that, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her — whatever.” Many interpreted that as Trump saying that Kelly was menstruating and upset.
Also in August, Trump said to Rolling Stone magazine “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” in reference to fellow candidate Carly Fiorina.
Fiorina responded by saying, “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.” She went on to add that she thinks “Mr. Trump is a wonderful entertainer, he’s been terrific at that business…I have a lot of faith in the common sense and good judgment of the voters of the United States of America.”
At a campaign rally recently, Trump said he had an idea of one way to help solve the issue of Syrian refugees: “In Syria, take a big swatch of land, which believe me, you get for the right price, OK? You take a big swatch and you don’t destroy all of Europe.” He went on to say “What I’d like is build a safe zone, it’s here, build a big beautiful safe zone and you have whatever it is so people can live, and they’ll be happier.”
He also said that the refugees could just be a ploy by ISIS to get members into the country.
“They could be ISIS…This could be one of the great tactical ploys of all time. A 200,000-man army maybe, or if you said 50,000 or 80,000 or 100,000, we got problems and that could be possible. I don’t know that it is, but it could be possible so they’re going back — they’re going back.”
Trump has made waves with his comments on gun rights, often made in the immediate aftermath of several recent mass shootings in the U.S. and abroad.
In the aftermath of a shooting at an Oregon community college that left 10 dead and nine injured, Trump said, “If you had teachers with guns you would’ve been a hell of a lot better off” and that he “ha[s] a license to carry in New York…[If] somebody attacks me, they’re gonna be shocked.”
He made similar comments recently following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
“When you look at Paris — the toughest gun laws in the world, Paris — nobody had guns but the bad guys. Nobody. Nobody had guns. They were just shooting them one by one,” he said at a presidential rally in Texas.
At the same rally, Trump also commented on “Gun Free Zones” in the U.S.
“I hear it all the time. You look at certain cities that have the highest violence, the highest problem with guns and shootings and killings. Chicago as an example, toughest gun laws in the United States. Nothing but problems. So our country better get smart, because we’re not smart right now.”
In a speech on June 16, Trump said, “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 that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
The Washington Post, in its Fact Checker, said data on immigrants is incomplete, but wrote that “a range of studies show there is no evidence immigrants commit more crimes than native-born Americans.”