I think you all know after last week's editorial that I'm a registered independent voter who is neither registered as a Democrat not a Republican. I'm no more in favor of the current front runner for one of America's leading political parties than the other. If a viable independent or third party candidate can make the case then it's not a protest vote at all in my opinion - it's my vote and I can cast it any way I want for any person I like.
That doesn't mean I don't keep my eye on the candidates that are getting the most press and publicity from the mainstream media and the general public. In truth you'd actually have to try hard to NOT keep an eye on Donald J. Trump. He has been a fixture in my sports and entertainment world dating back to the 1980's thanks to role in the failed United States Football League and the Trump Plaza hosting two WrestleMania events. Whether you like him or not it would be hard to argue he's not a shrewd self-promoter to the point where even his mistakes just garner him more publicity.
If you're one of his detractors though you can take solace in the fact that simply by being in the spotlight for so long that he's said some blatantly absurd and at times completely reprehensible things -- so many that limiting it to a "Top Ten" may not be doing Mr. Trump justice. Nevertheless for the amusement of myself and our readers here are a few things that a man who wants to "Make America Great" again said he'll never lived down. Incidentally I think the United States of America is already great and doesn't need to be "greater" in the way he views but that's another editorial for another day.
1.) On incest: "If Ivanka weren't my daughter perhaps I'd be dating her."
2.) On Mexicans entering the U.S.: "They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists... and some I assume are good people."
3.) On Race: "I have a great relationship with THE BLACKS."
4.) On Megyn Kelly: "There was blood coming out of her eyes, there was blood coming out of her 'wherever.'"
5.) On John McCain: "He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."
6.) On money #1: "I started out with a SMALL LOAN of a million dollars."
7.) On money #2: "I deal in cash all the time -- it comes a time where that gets a little boring."
8.) On global warming: "All of the things that we're doing to solve a problem that I don't think in any major fashion exists."
9.) On intelligence: "(Rick Perry) put glasses on so people would think he's smart."
10.) On sinking the USFL: "It would have been small potatoes."