Donald Trump on Education



“I’m a tremendous believer in education, but education has to be at a local level. We cannot have the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child’s education,” Trump said.

Small businesses for Trump: ‘Just get somebody different in there’

Center for Public Integrity – Feb 25, 2016
“These student loans are probably one of the only things that the government shouldn’t make money from and yet it does,” Trump wrote in his 2015 book “Crippled America.”

Trump’s 6 populist positions

Politico – Feb 13, 2016
On college debt, Trump said, ““I’m going to look into colleges. …. We’re going to do something with regard to really smart financing.”

Donald Trump’s Latest Venture: Retail Politics

Time – Feb 8, 2016
“Nothing (is) more important than higher education and education in general,” Trump said.

Trump: Christie could have ‘a place’ on my ticket

The Hill – Nov 11, 2015
“It’s the only thing the government makes money on — college students,” he said.

In Dubuque, Trump vows to unite, stresses need for right leaders

Telegraph Herald – Aug 25, 2015
“I’m not concerned about the kids growing up in wealthy communities, where high property taxes have allowed them to build great schools, hire the best teachers, and provide all the supplies they need. Those schools are doing fine,” Trump writes.

Seven things in Donald Trump’s new book you probably won’t hear at a rally

The Washington Post – Nov 3, 2015
In his chapter on education, Trump writes, “Look, I know that people both for and against school choice can roll out endless arguments showing charter schools are either very successful or make no difference at all. This is a legitimate debate.”

Trump knocks rivals, gets literary in New York

Politico – Nov 3, 2015
“I’m a tremendous believer in education, but education has to be at a local level,” Trump says to open a video he put on Facebook Tuesday.

Trump Slams US Public Schools, Pledges To Kill Common Core [VIDEO]

The Daily Caller – Jan 27, 2016

Donald Trump on Environment


On Jan. 29, 2014, Trump tweeted: “Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!”

What Donald Trump said about the Chinese inventing the ‘hoax’ of climate change – Jan 24, 2016
Trump says that “people in the 1920s thought the Earth was cooling, now it’s global warming,” implying that all subsequent climate science is nonsense.

Donald Trump On Climate Change: ‘I Believe It Goes Up And It Goes Down’ – Sep 22, 2015
Trump warns Obama: “EPA is an impediment to both growth and jobs.”

Opinion: Donald Trump’s USA Inc. will kill our climate, our economy and our democracy

MarketWatch – Aug 25, 2015
“I’m a huge believer in clean air,” Trump said June 28 on CNN’s State of the Union.

Jerry Brown to Republican Visitors: Welcome, ‘Merchants of Destruction!’

Bloomberg L.P. – Sep 15, 2015

Donald Trump on Crime and safety


“If they make one mistake its on your newscasts all night, all week, all month. The police in this country have done an unbelievable job of keeping law and order,” Trump said.

Here are the best moments from the GOP debate

Business Insider – Feb 7, 2016
“I have to say that the police are absolutely mistreated and misunderstood,” Trump said.

Rubio falters while Christie, Kasich shine in critical GOP debate

San Francisco Chronicle – Feb 6, 2016
“Police and law enforcement, I will never, ever, let them down,” Trump said at the candidate forum, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

UMass police union disavows parent union’s endorsement of Donald Trump – Dec 18, 2015
The video begins with the now infamous remarks Trump made last month during his presidential launch speech, in which he said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

DNC mocks ‘Retrumplican Party’ on immigration

The Hill – Jul 9, 2015
The Washington Post’s Charles Lane, a regular “Special Report” pundit, faced off against radio host Laura Ingraham over Trump’s June 16 comments, in which he said, among other things: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

Washington Post pundit on Fox News: Crime by illegal immigrants ‘not a real issue’

The Washington Post – Jul 9, 2015
“Our police officers have been treated horribly,” Trump told ABC News aboard his private jumbo jet Wednesday.

Experts Doubt Donald Trump’s Plan to Execute Cop Killers Would Pass Muster

ABC News – Dec 17, 2015

Donald Trump on Civil liberties


“I want surveillance and I don’t care, are you ready for this, are you ready,” Trump asked the crowd.

Donald Trump wants ‘surveillance of certain mosques’

WIAT – Nov 21, 2015
“These people always hit me with eminent domain, and frankly I’m not in love with eminent domain,” Trump said.

Trump Opponents Try To Build Eminent Domain Into S.C. Primary Issue

KGOU – Feb 17, 2016
Trump added that “when eminent domain is used on a person’s property, they get a fortune. And if they’re smart they’ll get two or three times the value of their property.”

Donald Trump Gets Booed, Then Attacks Debate Crowd for Being Filled With ‘Donors and Special Interests’

TheBlaze – Feb 7, 2016
He also cites a 2000 interview in The Advocate, in which Trump emphasizes his support for workplace discrimination protections and “strong domestic-partnership law that guarantees gay people the same legal protections and rights as married people.”

Gay YouTube Personality ‘Comes Out’ In Support Of Donald Trump

The Huffington Post – Oct 28, 2015

Donald Trump on Economy and jobs


“Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S., instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas,” wrote Trump.

Donald Trump, zingers and all, emerges as sharp H‑1B critic

Computerworld – Aug 16, 2015
“We’re bringing your business back. We’re bringing your jobs back. I love you, Ohio,” Trump roared.

Donald Trump Is Turning on John Kasich

Time – Mar 15, 2016
“It will be a tax if they don’t behave,” Trump said of China.

Live Republican debate updates: Donald Trump and rivals strike a more civil tone

Los Angeles Times – Mar 11, 2016
Not so, Mr. Trump argued, explaining that he would “start building those factories and those plants here instead of China,” thus creating more jobs.

What You Missed in the Debate

The New York Times – Mar 11, 2016
“This country is dying. And our workers are losing their jobs,” Donald Trump declared.

Why Donald Trump’s Populism Is Dangerous

The Nation – Feb 23, 2016
And last month, Trump slammed Apple’s foreign manufacturing, vowing, if elected, to make the company “start building their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries.”

Why Donald Trump’s Win Is Apple’s Loss

Fortune – Feb 21, 2016
“You see our businesses moving over to Mexico. You see other people are moving into Mexico. Mexico is going to become the next China on a smaller level,” Trump says.

Trump rally in North Augusta saw a protester thrown out and memorable quotes

WRDW-TV – Feb 17, 2016
“I will bring jobs back from China, I will bring jobs back from Japan. I will bring jobs back from Mexico,” Trump said.

GOP debate: Rubio chokes

Politico – Feb 6, 2016
“If you’re going to create 10,000 jobs for a town that’s in trouble and you need a piece of property, I’ll tell you what folks, I want to create jobs and I want to give the people that own that property more than it’s worth,” he said, suggesting a price structure at odds with the one he tried to use in 1994.

Washington Examiner: Stance on eminent domain puts Trump at odds with conservatism – Nov 9, 2015
In the Derry event referenced above, Trump went into a familiar riff: “China is killing us! They’ve taken so much of our wealth. They’ve taken our jobs. They’ve taken our businesses, they’ve taken our manufacturing.”

Donald Trump, American hustler: The frightening fascist tendencies of his GOP rise

Salon – Oct 7, 2015
Trump said the numbers will work out as long as “the economy grows the way it should grow, if I bring jobs back from China, from Japan, from Mexico, from so many countries.”

Trump hints at tax plans during ’60 Minutes’ interview

The Washington Post – Sep 27, 2015
Asked why, Trump responded, “Because it wouldn’t work, because it’s too much. You have to bring in jobs you have to take the jobs back from China, you have to take the jobs back from Mexico.”

Club for Growth vs. Trump – Sep 25, 2015
“I will create jobs like you’ve never seen,” Trump told reporters before his speech.

Trump, Clinton bring presidential messages to Arkansas

The Commercial Appeal – Jul 25, 2015
He promised to “take jobs back from Japan. I’m going to take jobs back from Mexico. I’m going to take jobs back from Vietnam.”

Former Gov. Beasley ‘very impressed’ with Trump

The Greenville News – Nov 20, 2015
In an op-ed piece in last Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Trump asserted that “the worst” of Beijing’s “sins” is the “wanton manipulation of China’s currency, robbing Americans of billions of dollars of capital and millions of jobs.”

Trump Is Wrong on China

Barron’s – Nov 14, 2015
“Imagine the impact that these practices have had on our weakened manufacturing base, our agriculture industry and every small business unable to compete internationally,” he wrote.

Trump: Currency manipulation ‘the worst of China’s sins’

The Hill – Nov 10, 2015

Donald Trump on Health care


“I would end Obamacare and replace it with something terrific, for far less money for the country and for the people,” said Trump.

Donald Trump campaign could have big impact on other candidates

KCCI – Apr 8, 2015
“We are going to repeal Obamacare. We are going to repeal Obamacare. We are going to replace Obamacare with something so much better,” said Donald Trump.

Six‑Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

NJTV – Mar 23, 2016
“Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the Affordable Care Act–Obamacare,” Trump said in a statement.

Donald Trump Releases Health Care Plan To Replace Obamacare

Talking Points Memo – Mar 3, 2016
“We’re going to repeal and replace the horror known as Obamacare, it is a horror,” said Trump.

Trump Expects to Win Arkansas

KOLR – Feb 28, 2016
“I want to get rid of Obamacare and get you something great,” Trump vaguely offered.

New Hampshire and Obamacare: What Donald Trump’s victory says about GOP healthcare priorities

Salon – Feb 10, 2016
Today Trump said there are people who desperately need care and “you can’t let em die in the streets.”

Trump: Some GOPers Would See a Person Dying Outside a Hospital and Say ‘Let ‘Em Die’

Mediaite – Feb 1, 2016
But in the 2011 volume, Trump complained that Obamacare was a scheme by liberals “to drag America closer to a so-called ‘single-payer system,’ otherwise known as total government-run health care.”

Will the real Donald Trump please stand up

Politico – Jul 26, 2015
Bot of course, Trump thinks Obamacare is “a big, fat, horrible lie” and “a total catastrophe,” which he’s promised “is going to be a disaster.”

Let’s all remember that time when Donald Trump sounded like Bernie Sanders on healthcare

Salon – Jun 17, 2015

Donald Trump on Taxes


However, Trump conceded, “I try and pay as little tax as possible, because I hate what they do with my tax money. I hate the way they spend our money.”

Trump: ‘I Would Love To See A Michael Bloomberg Run’

NBC News – Jan 24, 2016
In terms of taxes, Trump has said, “I know people making a tremendous amount of money and paying virtually no taxes, and I think it’s unfair.”

Club for Growth: Trump’s economic policies put him in liberal mainstream

The Washington Post – Sep 22, 2015
“They don’t like seeing bad trade deals, they don’t like seeing higher taxes, they don’t like seeing a loss of their jobs…” Trump explained.

CNN questions Trump about campaign rally violence during GOP debate

WJLA-TV – Mar 11, 2016
“By my calculations 1 percent of Americans who control 90 percent of the wealth in this country would be affected by my plan — the other 99 percent of the people would get deep reductions in their federal income taxes,” Trump said in a statement introducing his plan in November 1999.

Donald Trump’s Big Socialist Idea

The Huffington Post – Feb 26, 2016
“We will bring a lot of additional companies in because our tax rates are going way down,” Trump said.

Trump stops short of predicting victory in SC primary

The Anderson Independent-Mail – Feb 16, 2016
Republican candidate Donald Trump said in a statement that “we need leadership in Washington to get the tax code changed so companies will be coming to America, not looking for ways to leave.”

‘Pfizergan’ deal talks draw tax inversion opposition from Clinton, Trump

FiercePharma – Oct 30, 2015
“When you have a hedge fund guy who’s making $200 million a year and … he’s paying a very low rate of taxes, it’s not fair and I think it says a lot,” he said.

Donald Trump: I’ve been ‘a little childish’

KATV – Sep 29, 2015
“Simplifying the tax code and cutting every American’s taxes will boost consumer spending, encourage savings and investment, and maximize economic growth,” added Trump.

Donald Trump unveils proposed plan to overhaul US tax code

New York Daily News – Sep 28, 2015
During a news conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump declared that his proposal will “provide major tax relief for middle-income and for most other Americans.”

Trump unveils plan to cut taxes for all Americans, poor and wealthy – Sep 28, 2015
As Trump noted (at about the 3:25 mark) in the same interview, support for a graduated income tax — as we currently have — “doesn’t mean a raise in taxes. That means rich people might be paying less than they are paying right now.”

Club for Growth vs. Trump – Sep 25, 2015
“If you make $200 million a year you pay 10 percent, you’re paying very little relatively to somebody that’s making $50,000 a year and has to hire H&R Block because it’s so complicated,” Trump said of a flat tax.

Trump: close hedge fund tax loophole

Connecticut Post – Sep 17, 2015
On taxes he said he would “start off by simplifying our current system. Put H & R Block out of business … make it nice and easy for people to understand and reduce taxes.”

Trump and Fox News are ‘friends’ again

USA Today – Aug 11, 2015
The other Trump said on Fox News earlier this year that he favors “a fair tax, a flat tax or certainly a simplified code.”

Which Donald Trump Will Debate?

The Wall Street Journal – Aug 5, 2015
He said he would raise taxes on unfair imports, then, “The lobbyists are going to come and see me, but I don’t give a s– about lobbyists.”

Conservatives at Freedom Summit decide who to back

The Greenville News – May 10, 2015
“No business of any size, from a fortune 500 company to a mom-and-pop shop to a freelancer living from gig to gig, will pay more than 15 percent of their business income in taxes,” Trump said.

Donald Trump Promises Zero Income Tax for Americans Making Less Than $25K ($50K for Families)

People – Sep 28, 2015
“A lot of families go through hell over the death tax,” Trump said.

Trump: My tax plan is ‘going to cost me a fortune’

Politico – Sep 28, 2015
Regarding his own tax rate, Mr. Trump said, “I would be happy to pay a lot more if it would help solve our country’s many problems.”

The One‑Man Roadshow of Donald Trump

The Wall Street Journal – Sep 13, 2015
“I want the hedge fund guys to pay more in taxes,” he said, as he worked the crowd on his way out of the event.

Trump says he’ll decide ‘very soon’ on whether to rule out independent bid

The Washington Post – Aug 29, 2015

Donald Trump on Foreign policy


“We will totally dismantle Iran’s global terror network,” Trump said.

Trump, Clinton battle for Israel vote, vow support in major Washington speeches

Fox News Channel – Mar 22, 2016
“We will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and our most reliable ally — the state of Israel,” Trump said.

Trump At AIPAC: ‘I Didn’t Come Here Tonight To Pander To You About Israel’

WCBS-TV – Mar 21, 2016
“I said, ‘Don’t hit Iraq’ because you’re going to totally destabilize the Middle East,” Trump said during his June 16, 2015 speech announcing his candidacy for president.

Abortion and 10 other Donald Trump flip‑flops

CNN – Apr 1, 2016
Trump said as president, “there’s nothing I would rather do than bring peace to Israel and its neighbors, generally. I think it serves no purpose to say you have a good guy and a bad guy.”

Trump, Cruz, Rubio argue over who supports Israel the most

The Week – Feb 26, 2016
Says Trump in a campaign ad: “I will…quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS, will rebuild our military and make it so strong no one — and I mean, no one — will mess with us.”

War College expert: Obama strategy to degrade and defeat ISIS is the right course

The Patriot-News – Nov 21, 2015
He said he wants U.S. troops on the ground in Syria, but more importantly, “I want other countries to get on the ground fighting ISIS.”

Trump sends sparks flying in Worcester

The Sun – Nov 19, 2015
Frontrunner Donald Trump offered his own strategy for dealing with Islamic State extremists and President Assad: “Let them fight each other and pick up the remnants.”

Foreign Policy Dominates Republican Debate

Voice of America – Sep 17, 2015
“Israel is safe with this one,” Trump declared, poking his chest.

Trump thinks President Obama hates Israel

The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles – Oct 29, 2015
He termed Riyadh the “world’s biggest funder of terrorism,” complaining that “Saudi Arabia funnels our petro dollars, our very own money, to fund the terrorists that seek to destroy our people while the Saudis rely on us to protect them.”

Is Donald Trump the Best the Republicans can do on Foreign Policy? – Sep 8, 2015
Decades ago he called on the United States to “stop paying to defend countries that can afford to defend themselves.”

When It Comes to Foreign Policy, Trump Is Best of a Bad Bunch

Newsweek – Aug 30, 2015
“He made statements over the last couple of days that are incredible, trying to justify the war in Iraq. It can’t be justified,” Trump said, pointing most notably to a “skin in the game” reference Bush made in a foreign policy statement.

Clinton, Trump make Iowa State Fair campaign stops

Quad-City Times – Aug 15, 2015

Donald Trump on Guns


Voicing his support for the Second Amendment, Trump argued that the recent massacre in Paris would have “would have played out differently with the bullets flying in the other direction.”

In Fayetteville, Trump vows to restore lost N.C. jobs

Richmond County Daily Journal – Mar 10, 2016
“The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states,” he wrote.

Trump: Armed teachers could have stopped Oregon massacre

CNN – Oct 4, 2015
During his kickoff speech in June, Trump vowed to “fully support and back up the Second Amendment.”

Donald Trump: Truth‑teller or flip‑flopper?

CBS News – Jul 22, 2015
Trump says there’s another way to fight crime – by empowering “law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves.”

Donald Trump, New Gun Plan: Nationwide Concealed Carry, Remove Bans On All Guns, Fix Mental Health …

Headlines & Global News – Sep 19, 2015
“We love the Second Amendment, folks. Nobody loves it more than us, so just remember that,” Trump said to cheers and applause from his supporters who were gathered at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Who’s the Best Republican Candidate With a Gun?

Newsweek – Mar 1, 2016
“I support the ban on assault weapons and I support slightly longer waiting periods to purchase a gun,” said Donald Trump in 2000 in his book, The America We Deserve.

Trump Supporters Untroubled by Shifting Positions

Medill Reports: Chicago – Feb 17, 2016
“We need to protect our Second Amendment right,” he said while pointing out into the audience.

Donald Trump fires up 1,700 in Iowa

Post-Bulletin – Jan 11, 2016
“You have the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. You have that right and they want to take it away,” Trump said.

How the New York State Republicans Could Have Derailed Trump’s White House Run

New York Magazine – Jan 7, 2016
“Well, I’m a big Second Amendment person, big, as you probably know,” said Trump.

Trump: Armed Teachers Would Protect Students from Gun Violence – Oct 12, 2015
“If you had more guns, you’d have more protection because the right people would have the guns,” he said.

Clinton Unveils Gun Control Proposals

Voice of America – Oct 5, 2015
Citing violence in Chicago and Baltimore, Trump said “a lot of the places where you have the biggest problem is where they have the strongest laws,” but he demurred when pressed on national gun laws.

Trump wants focus on ‘mental illness problem,’ not gun control

Politico – Oct 4, 2015
In the wake of America’s most recent mass shooting, Republican front-runner Donald Trump said, “It’s not a gun problem, it’s a mental illness problem.”

Trump: Mental Illness, Not Guns, To Blame For America’s Mass Shooting Problem – Oct 2, 2015
For the former, he stated, “I am very pro Second Amendment,” referring to “just released papers” on the subject at

Donald Trump Twitter interview culls questions from #AskTrump

AM New York – Sep 21, 2015
He called for an expansion of treatment programs, citing “red flags that were ignored” that led to recent shooting incidents, and noting that law-abiding gun owners are “blamed by anti-gun politicians, gun control groups and the media for the acts of deranged madmen.”

Trump pushes federal right to carry law

Daily Herald – Sep 19, 2015
“Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like ‘assault weapons’, ‘military-style weapons’ and ‘high capacity magazines’ to confuse people,” Trump wrote Friday.

Trump plan calls for nationwide concealed carry and an end to gun bans

The Washington Post – Sep 18, 2015
“Trump told crowds, I was talking to some of the people before what would you like me to focus on and they said second amendment, second amendment,” explained Trump.

Donald Trump talks guns with Lowcountry Sportsmen in Walterboro

WCBD-TV – Feb 18, 2016

Donald Trump on Abortion

“As far as Planned Parenthood is concerned, I’m pro-life,” Trump asserted on the debate stage at the University of Houston.

In 10th GOP debate, Marco Rubio steps up to the plate against Donald Trump

CBS News – Feb 26, 2016
Trump also wrote: “Public funding of abortion providers is an insult to people of conscience at the least and an affront to good governance at best.”

Ted Cruz ad, assailed by Trump, leaves out Trump’s declared shift on abortion – Feb 17, 2016
“I’m pro-life, but with the caveats. It’s: Life of the mother (very important), incest and rape,” Trump said.

I asked psychologists to analyze Trump supporters. This is what I learned.

The Washington Post – Oct 15, 2015
“Look, Planned Parenthood has to stop with the abortions,” he told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Trump not sure about past donations to Planned Parenthood

The Hill – Aug 16, 2015
Trump, explaining why he was inspired to change his position on abortion, spoke of watching an unnamed friend decide against ending a pregnancy: “It was going to be aborted and that child today is a total superstar. It is a great, great child.”

The 14 Wildest Moments From the First Republican Debate

Vanity Fair – Aug 6, 2015
“I am against abortion… and that is a tremendous amount of the work they do,” he said in regards to whether or not he is against defunding Planned Parenthood.

Donald Trump Gets Womansplained On Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post – Sep 10, 2015
Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd, Trump said, “Planned Parenthood does a lot, a really good job in a lot of different areas, but not on abortion.”

Trump: ‘Planned Parenthood Does Some Very Good Work’ [VIDEO]

The Daily Caller – Feb 21, 2016
“I hate the concept of abortion,” Trump said in the full clip.

In latest Cruz ad, Trump says ‘I am pro‑choice in every respect’

Houston Chronicle – Feb 15, 2016
In an op-ed published on the Washington Examiner’s website on Jan. 23, Trump wrote that his views on abortion were changed by a “personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me.”

Antiabortion activists to Iowa voters: ‘Support anyone but Donald Trump’

The Washington Post – Jan 26, 2016
Again in 1999, Trump stated to the Associated Press, “I believe it is a personal decision that should be left to the women and their doctors.”

3 questions evangelicals should ask about Donald Trump

KKOH – Jan 6, 2016
“I’m not supporting Planned Parenthood,” Trump quipped back.

‘You Have Bad Researchers’: Trump Knocks O’Reilly As the Host Questions Him on Planned Parenthood

TheBlaze – Sep 9, 2015
Sixteen years later during the Fox News debate on Aug. 6, he said, “I am pro-life …. I hate the concept of abortion. And then since then, I’ve very much evolved. I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life.”

Trump has record of flip‑flops – though it hasn’t stopped rise in polls

Fox News Channel – Aug 28, 2015
Asked by Todd if he’d shut down the government over Planned Parenthood’s abortion services, Trump said, “I’d have to think about it. It bothers me greatly that they’re doing the abortions.”

Donald Trump on ‘Meet The Press’: Abortion OK If Mother “Close To Death” – Aug 16, 2015
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