As most Americans have probably noticed by now, Donald Trump has a lot of strong opinions.
The TV host/ real estate tycoon/ interminable bombast generator has done scores of media interviews throughout his years in the spotlight, building – along with something in the ballpark of 95 percent national name recognition -- a Google-ready quote trove for journalists and political opponents to mine.
News outlets, including First Read, have already noted Trump’s potentially problematic statements about his onetime support for universal health care, his praise for the stimulus plan, and his flip-flop on abortion.
Digging through those transcripts, we also found some instances of Trump opining on famous folks, from a former president of the United States to, um, K-Fed.
Here’s a few of them.
On Paris Hilton:
“Paris said she wants to build a brand just like Donald Trump and I don't know if she's done it the same way but she is smart like a fox … I also happen to think that I believe she's very beautiful. A lot of people don't agree with me, you know. Some people say ‘Oh, she's really not.’ I happen to think she's very beautiful.” (CNN/ October 9, 2006)
On Angelina Jolie:
“She's been with so many guys she makes me look like a baby, OK, with the other side. And I just don't even find her attractive.” (CNN/ October 9, 2006)
On former Rep. Mark Foley:
“And, you know, if I were gay, which is perhaps a well-known story that I'm not, I would admit that I'm gay. But he would come in with magnificent-looking women. It was like torture to me watching this.” (CNN/ October 9, 2006)
On former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich:
“I don't say he’s a rocket scientist.” (Fox News, May 24, 2010)
On onetime presidential candidate Pat Buchanan:
“He's a Hitler lover. I guess he's an anti-Semite. He doesn't like the blacks, he doesn't like the gays. It's just incredible that anybody could embrace this guy. And maybe he'll get 4 or 5 percent of the vote and it'll be a really staunch right wacko vote.” (NBC, October 24, 1999)
On O.J. Simpson:
“This is probably the least innocent person I`ve ever seen.” (CNN, September 19, 2007)
On Kevin Federline, ex-husband of Britney Spears:
“You know when somebody likes you, you say ‘Hey.’ So, I totally changed my mind. I think Kevin Federline is fantastic.” (CNN/ October 9, 2006)
On former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice:
“Condoleezza Rice, who's a lovely woman but she never makes a deal. She doesn't make deals. She waves. She gets off the plane. She waves. She sits down with some dictator, 45-degree angle. They do the camera shot. She waves again. She gets back on the plane. She waves. No deal ever happens.” (CNN/ March 16 2007)
On the cast of 'The View':
“Barbara Walters is a person that I know very well. I mean, she picked me last year as one of her top 10 people of whatever it's called. So, it's not like I dislike Barbara, but I'm disappointed in Barbara.”
And: “I don't even know Joy Behar. I just think she has no talent whatsoever.”
And: “Elisabeth Hasselbeck is not, as I said, is not the brightest light on the planet.” (Fox, May 31, 2007)
On Rosie O’Donnell:
“She went to my wedding. She had lots and lots of cake, and I'll tell you what, she is a terrible human being.” (FOX, May 29, 2007)
Caller: “Number one, where is the best real estate to buy right now? And number two, what do you think about God?”
Trump: I love God. I believe in God, much more important question. And number two, real estate is good all over depending on if you know the location.” (CNN, March 9, 2006)
On Michael Jackson
“Yes, he's a friend of mine. I mean, he's a good guy. You know, he's a little different.” (CNN, May 17, 2005)
On Sir Richard Branson, billionaire founder of the Virgin brand
“I'm not a man of the people, right? He is. But the fact is that, you know, as far as Branson's concerned, I doubt -- I personally don't see how he could be a billionaire. He's in the airline business. Who's a billionaire in the airline business?” (CNN, November 24, 2004)
On President Bill Clinton
“Why do they keep revealing the details? He had sex, but now they talk about the kind of sex, the--where it took place, where it was, on the desk, off the desk--I mean, it's--it's so out-of-control. I've never seen anything like it.” (CNBC, August 27, 1998)
On Clinton’s accusers
Trump: These people are just, I don't know, where he met them - where he found them … The whole group, Paula Jones, Lewinsky, it's just a really unattractive group. I'm not just talking about physical.
Interviewer: Would it be any different if it were a supermodel crowd?
Trump: I think at least it would be more pleasant to watch. (FOX, August 19, 1998)
On President Bill Clinton vs. President Trump?
“Can you imagine how controversial I'd be? You think about him with the women. How about me with the women? Can you imagine?” (CNBC, August 27, 1998)