Donald Trump’s latest declaration that all Muslims should be banned from entering the United States may be the most controversial statement he has made during his campaign for president – though it’s a close call.
The Republican presidential front-runner quickly escalated from repeating the false claim that thousands of Muslims cheered as the towers fell in New York City on September 11, 2001, to then saying that all Muslims should be surveilled and registered to a database, and finally to completely banning anyone who identifies as Muslim from the country, which is probably illegal. But based his campaign’s history with controversy, it’s unlikely that these comments will bring Trump down.
Trump remains at the top of nearly all of the recent polls, despite his cycle of making more and more controversial comments.
Here are some of the other comments we thought would put an end to Trump’s success:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.”
In his campaign announcement, the real estate mogul said the immigrants entering the United States from Mexico “have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
“He’s not a war hero.”
Trump said Sen. John McCain, veteran of the United States Navy, was “not a war hero” because he had been taken prisoner by the Vietcong.
“He’s a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said. “I like people that weren’t captured, okay?”
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her — wherever.”
The real estate mogul made this comment about FOX News host Megyn Kelly after the first GOP debate. During the debate, Kelly had asked Trump about sexist remarks he had made in the past, including call women “fat pigs” and “disgusting animals.” To which Trump responded, “The big problem this country has is being politically correct.”
“I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness,” he said, which has been a theme of his campaign.
The candidate has also called Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton “shrill,” and made a derogatory comment about his Republican opponent Carly Fiorina’s appearance.
“Look at that face!” Trump said of the former Hewlett Packard chief. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”
“Maybe he should have been roughed up.”
After a black man was attacked at a Trump rally in Alabama for shouting “Black lives matter,” Trump reportedly called the man obnoxious and said, “maybe he should have been roughed up.” At the time of the fight, he was shouting, “Get him out of here. Throw him out!”
“You oughta see this guy.”
At a recent rally, Trump appeared to mimic New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has arthrogryposis, a chronic condition that limits his arm motion. “You oughta see this guy – ‘uh, I don’t know what I said, uh, I don’t remember,’” Trump said to the crowd, while flailing his arms in front of him. Trump denied that he knew about Kovaleski’s disability.