Donald Trump is a man who believes that the outcome of an action is the only thing of consequence. Either tremendous or awful, he deals in a binary world where the ends justify the means.
This has caused some fear, no doubt due in part to the fact that he sometimes has a difficult time expressing himself. I’ve therefore compiled his many statements into one speech so that we can all understand his point of view.
You look at what’s happening in China, in Hong Kong right now. They came down on it big league. A lot of people are telling me it’s like Tiananmen Square, except it’s not. Those people don’t know anything. When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak, as being spit on by the rest of the world.1
That’s what went wrong in the Soviet Union. Gorbachev should have been stronger, harder. He could have had a tremendous success. That’s my problem with Gorbachev. Not a firm enough hand.2
What happened instead? Suddenly, for the first time ever, there were coal-miner strikes and brush fires everywhere- which would all ultimately lead to a violent revolution. Yet Gorbachev is getting credit for being a wonderful leader and we should continue giving him credit, because he destroyed the Soviet Union. But his giving an inch ended up costing him and all his friends what they most cherished; their jobs.3
And it’s jobs that we need. And you know we have lost million and millions of jobs to China and other countries. And they’ve been taken out of this country, and when I say millions, you know it’s, it’s tremendous. Companies like Ford, Carrier. They’re allowing tremendous people that have worked for the companies for a long time, they’re allowing, if they want to move around and they want to work on incentives within the United States, that’s one thing, but when they take these companies out of the United States.4 Well, you can tell them to go fuck themselves.5
The problem is no one talks about this stuff. The rigged, corrupt media works for those who control the levers of power in Washington, and for the global special interests. It’s a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.6
The Clinton machine is at the center of this power structure. Let me tell you, people have been, their lives have been destroyed for doing one fifth of what she has done. And it’s a disgrace. I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into her situation.7 She’s a very dishonest person. I have one of the great temperaments. I have a winning temperament. She has a bad temperament. She’s weak. We need a strong temperament and that’s all it is, I have a strong temperament.8 She’ll be in jail, believe me, believe me.
As for all the others, especially the failed media. Well, when they write dishonest stories we should be a little bit tough.9 We’re too gentle. They’re high-fiving, smiling, laughing. I’d like to punch them in the face, I tell ya.10 The press back there, they’re a bunch of bloodsuckers.They’re dishonest people, I’m telling you.11 I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.12
The problem is that they usually write bad stuff about me. They don’t even like me, right? Reuters, The New York Times, they all write bad about me. They love to write bad. The good stuff, they don’t want to write.13 And then it goes online, we’re losing a lot of people because of the Internet. It’s not fair. We need to think about maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say, ‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people.14 It is not ‘freedom of the press’ when newspapers and others are allowed to say and write whatever they want even if it is completely false!15 We have a lot of foolish people.
Just the other day, we just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!16
Really, it’s all about strength. Russia and China now are unifying, and they’re getting together now, and they’re doing tremendous. Putin, who kills journalists, political opponents, and invades countries, at least he’s running his country, and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we had in this country.17 And he’s called me brilliant. I think that’s fine.
Our leaders though, they’ve been so stupid. We have a president that doesn’t know what he is doing. No one respects us. I’ll make the military so strong that nobody’s going to mess with us.18 One of the protestors, he was being taken out, he walked out like this, with his finger way up, like, “screw everybody.” And that’s when I made that statement. “Boy I’d like to smash him up.”19 But Obama wouldn’t do that, he won’t call our enemies by their name.
So, the other day with Iran. I would handle that totally differently. Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water.20
The important thing is to be strong. These are horrible times for our country. We need very strong leadership. We need very, very strong leadership.21 And nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.22 Believe me, I will never let you down.
12. Rally in Las Vegas, February 2016.
13. Rally in Birmingham, Al., November, 2015.
19. Interview with the Washington Post Editorial Board, February 2016
20. Rally in Pensacola, Fl., September, 2016.
21. Interview with the Washington Post Editorial Board, February 2016