Republican nominee Donald Trump lived up to his reputation as a gaffe machine during last night's presidential debate. But how do his latest blunders rank alongside some of his most infamous remarks?
The combative business mogul clumsily tried to revise his record at the debate by claiming that he never supported the Iraq War. Trump's credibility quickly came under fire as he got into a verbal skirmish with moderator Lester Holt over his stance on Iraq. CNN's fact checkers later pointed out that Trump did support President George W. Bush's disastrous military action on two occasions.
Things were even more heated when Clinton accused Trump of calling climate change "a hoax created by the Chinese."
“I did not, I do not say that,” Trump insisted. But his Twitter feed tells a different story.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Trump might claim his net worth is in the billions, but after last night's performance, his credibility is getting closer and closer to bankruptcy (much like his actual widely reported bankruptcies). But how did these flubs rank among some of his more outrageous statements? Take a look back at his most notorious blunders and let us know on Facebook or Twitter.
1. Humble beginnings of a millionaire
Politicians often emphasize or even exaggerate their humble beginnings in order to court blue-collar voters. But Trump made a farce of the old "rags to riches" narrative during an October 2015 town hall hosted by NBC's TODAY Show.
“It has not been easy for me," he said. "My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars.”
Not exactly Oliver Twist - unless Trump said, "Please sir, I want some more" in a cockney accent after getting his seven-figure loan.
2. Attacking those who fought in the trenches
Trump also likes revising other people's records - especially the military service of Arizona Senator John McCain, who was captured and tortured for over five years during the Vietnam War. But The Donald doesn't think his Republican colleague deserves any respect for his service.
“He’s not a war hero," Trump said in July 2015 at Iowa's Family Leadership Summit. "He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
But Trump had no problem with receiving unearned honors. During an August 2016 rally in Virginia, a supporter presented Trump with a copy of his Purple Heart - a medal awarded to members of the American military who are injured or killed in combat.
“I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier,” Trump said.
3. Advocating war crimes
Perhaps Trump didn't think McCain deserved special treatment because he sees torture as fair game in war. During a December 2015 appearance on FOX News, The Donald said he would target the families of terrorists to combat groups like ISIS.
"[Y]ou have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families," he said. "They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families.”
The only problem with his plan is that targeting civilians is a war crime. But Trump isn't going to let international law get in his way, apparently. During the March 3 Republican primary debate, he doubled down on his position and advocated using waterboarding and even harsher forms of torture.
4. Stumping for fascism
Trump has attracted many fascist and racist supporters due to his controversial stances on Muslim Americans and Mexican immigrants. And he even lent support to one of history's most notorious fascists back in February 2016 when Gawker tricked him into retweeting a Benito Mussolini quote.
But rather than apologizing for the blunder, Trump stood by his tweet and praised Mussolini's quote.
5. The Rest
We've only touched on a few of Trump's many, many, many gaffes. If you want more - including evidence that Trump is terrible at Where's Waldo? as he is at foreign policy - check out this list compiled by Politico.
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