Here’s Roughly Every Controversial Thing Donald Trump Has Ever Said Out Loud

Donald Trump dominated airtime during the first GOP debate on the night of August 6, to no one’s surprise. And Americans were listening: the unprecedented 16 percent of households with televisions that tuned into the Fox News program exposed themselves to a cumulative 11 minutes and 14 seconds of Trump talk.

The current GOP frontrunner thundered his political agenda and his own feelings on just about every topic any of the 10 candidates touched. It certainly was not the first time the real estate tycoon has expressed himself with little, if any, filter. Here’s a look back at some of his most consequential statements:

On the death penalty and policing

Trump: “I hate seeing this country go to hell. We’re laughed at by the rest of the world. In order to bring law and order back into our cities, we need the death penalty and authority given back to the police. I got fifteen thousand positive letters on the death-penalty ad. I got ten negative or slightly negative ones.”

Playboy: “You believe in an eye for an eye?”

Trump: “When a man or woman cold-bloodedly murders, he or she should pay. It sets an example. Nobody can make the argument that the death penalty isn’t a deterrent. Either it will be brought back swiftly or our society will rot away. It is rotting away.”

(Playboy Interview, March 1990)

On Obama and Baltimore:

“Our great African American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!”

(@realDonaldTrump, April 2015)

On estimating his own self-worth

“I’m a private company, so nobody knows what I’m worth. And the one thing is that when you run, you have to announce and certify to all sorts of governmental authorities your net worth…So I have a total net worth, and now with the increase, it’ll be well-over $10 billion. But here, a total net worth of—net worth, not assets—a net worth, after all debt, after all expenses, the greatest assets…So the total is $8,737,540,000.”

(Presidential campaign announcement speech, June 2015)

“‘Who the f— knows? I mean, really, who knows how much the Japs will pay for Manhattan property these days?”

(TIME Cover Story about Trump, January 1989)

On taxes

“I’d throw a tax on every Mercedes-Benz rolling into this country and on all Japanese products, and we’d have wonderful allies again.”

(When asked what his first action as President would be, Playboy Interview, March 1990)


On touching, while first considering a presidential campaign

“I think the handshake is barbaric… Shaking hands, you catch the flu, you catch this, you catch all sorts of things.”

(TIME, “Searching for an alternative to the classic grip-and-grin,” November 1999)

On love

“I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

(On The View, March 2006)

On the number of Representatives in the House

“Well, I don’t want to answer your questions because this isn’t a history class…You could get some stiff that knows every one of those answers but is incapable of governing.”

(TIME, “Welcome to the Big Show,” April 2011)


On hiring working mothers

“She’s not giving me 100%. She’s giving me 84%, and 16% is going towards taking care of children.”

(Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth by Mika Brzezinski, quoted in a May 2011 TIME article)

On treating aid workers with Ebola

“Ebola patient will be brought to the U.S. in a few days — Now I know for sure that our leaders are incompetent. KEEP THEM OUT OF HERE!”

(@realDonald Trump, July 2014)

On his party affiliation

“Well, if I ever ran for office, I’d do better as a Democrat than as a Republican — and that’s not because I’d be more liberal, because I’m conservative. But the working guy would elect me. He likes me. When I walk down the street, those cabbies start yelling out their windows.”

(Playboy Interview, March 1990)

On his political ambitions:

“I have no intention of running for President.”

(TIME, September 1987)

Playboy: “Wait. If you believe that the public shares these views, and that you could do the job, why not consider running for President?”

Trump: “I’d do the job as well as or better than anyone else. It’s my hope that George Bush can do a great job.”

Playboy: “You categorically don’t want to be President?”

TRUMP: I don’t want to be President. I’m one hundred percent sure. I’d change my mind only if I saw this country continue to go down the tubes.


“I am officially running for President of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again.”

(Presidential campaign announcement speech, June 2015)

Twitter’s Homepage Over The Years

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 5.56.39 PM If you’re a heavy Twitter user, you probably don’t see the homepage much…no, not your timeline, the that shows up when you’re logged out. If other people didn’t talk about it, I probably wouldn’t notice a change. But there have been many over the years.
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Twitter bows to French government, gives data on “Good Jew” tweet writers

After months of struggle, Twitter has agreed to hand over user data relating to the “Good Jew” hashtag that resulted in some hate speech, reports GigaOm. The relevant information will be given to the French government, despite Twitter’s track record of resistance toward information requests.

The French Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) first raised concerns in October 2012 over the hate speech associated with the hashtag #UnBonJuif (A Good Jew). UEJF requested that Twitter remove some of the offensive tweets, which it did, but the UEJF was also after personally identifying information of the tweet writers in question.

The Grand Instance Court in Paris ordered Twitter to hand over the data in January, but Twitter refused at the risk of incurring fines up to €1,000 ($1,298) per day. The UEJF responded by suing the company for €38.5 million ($49.96 million).

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Gears of War designer: “Always online future is probably coming… deal with it”

In the wake of former Microsoft employee Adam Orth’s controversial tweeted defense of the next Xbox’s rumored always-online features (and his subsequent departure from Microsoft Studios), legendary game designer Cliff Bleszinski has come out publicly in support of Orth’s comments, saying that those unhappy about an always-online future should “deal with it.”

Bleszinski, who left Gears of War maker Epic games last October to take a break from game development, writes on his personal Tumblr that he thinks the time when most devices require a consistent Internet connection is coming sooner than later. “My gut is telling me that an always online future is probably coming,” he wrote. “It’s coming fast, and possibly to the majority of the devices you enjoy.”

While some gamers are still loudly complaining about the required server connections in PC games like SimCity and Diablo 3, Bleszinski notes that the former game is “selling briskly,” and the latter has moved over 12 million units. “I would bet money that without the always online elements of Diablo 3 that it would have sold half of that,” Bleszinski wrote, pointing an implicit finger at software piracy as the main reason for always-online requirements.

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The Next Seven Years For Twitter Hang On Its Ability To Remain A Pure Communication Platform


Twitter turned seven years old today. The company posted a fun video about its history, which we already know plenty about. We’ll get to that later, though. Another thing we know about Twitter is its impact. But the important question is this: What does the future look like for the company?

To remain relevant for the next seven years, Twitter has to stay true to its original mission of being an open communication platform. To do that, the company has to refrain from adding too many features and getting in the way of its core strengths, which is real-time notification of our stream of consciousness. Sure, the company can figure out how to monetize this all they like, because after all, employees don’t work for free and servers don’t pay for themselves.

I’ll save you all of the reminiscing about the major stories and moments that have broken on Twitter and instead focus on the fact that the company has cracked into the mainstream in a way that not many other services have. You can’t go a day without reading a story on ESPN where a player is quoted via a tweet they published. That says more about Twitter than any tech pundit, mom or teenager could ever say. Twitter has become a reliable source for information in real-time, and it’s only becoming more prevalent in our daily lives as the moments pass by.

When I hear Twitter’s founders discuss the early days of the service, there are still elements of that magic that can be seen today, only amplified. You can’t tweet about something that affects your company without getting in trouble and you certainly can’t misstep if you’re a public figure. Still though, in the midst of these millions of tweets, there is a sense of intimacy that hasn’t been matched by any other social service. The only thing that is between you and millions of people is the tweet button.

When you see a tweet like the one above, other than it being very personal, you have to remember that Xeni was referencing something she spoke about on Twitter a year before that moment. Using Twitter, she had kept people informed on her progress, her roadblocks and everything in between. If you were to follow her on Twitter you’d be able to connect with her and her thoughts and emotions in a way that you could never do on Myspace, Friendster or even Facebook. It’s real, it’s raw and it’s right now. It’s pure. It simply has to stay that way.

There have been rumors that Twitter will be launching its own music app and that’s causing some to rehash the discussion about how Twitter will change and become a horrible “media company.” That argument doesn’t hold much water. This music app, which Twitter hasn’t confirmed or denied, would be a standalone app that simply uses all of the signals that we’re giving the service to yank out useful recommendations and music listening options. The same thing happened with Vine. If you remember, Twitter wanted to get into video, so it bought the service and launched it in a standalone fashion. Sure, you can see Vines within your Twitter stream, but if you’re really into video, the Vine app is where you’ll spend your time. By segmenting all of these different types of media into their own apps, Twitter is actually protecting its platform. To be successful in the future, this needs to continue.

Having said all of this, Twitter is indeed trying to build a successful business and company in the hopes of going public as early as next year. You can’t hold that against them, but you can hold them to their original appeal, which is a clean platform that only asks you to share “What’s Happening?” in 140 characters. If that ever changes dramatically, we can then start to worry.

Here’s how our founder, Michael Arrington, described Twitter (then called Twttr) when it launched in 2006:

Odeo released a new service today called Twttr, which is a sort of “group send” SMS application. Each person controls their own network of friends. When any of them send a text message to “40404,” all of his or her friends see the message via sms.

After seven years, this description still rings true. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Now, if you’d like to watch, here’s Twitter’s celebratory seventh birthday video:

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Update For Twitter’s iOS, Android Apps And Mobile Site Includes Top Tweets From The Past And Better Web Browsing


Twitter has updated its iOS and Android apps today, as well as its mobile site, to include more interesting content to keep you tapping and exploring as you perform searches. As we noted last month, Twitter has started to surface older tweets in its search results. Today, that experience will become more prevalent in Twitter’s mobile experience.

In addition to tweets that might have some age to it, your search results will now include topics and user suggestions based on your query. Since Twitter is a real-time service, this is no easy task.

A few video services have gotten the axe, and the app now has native support for traditional Chinese language. It’s nice to see Twitter combine some sweeping discovery updates with a maintenance release in time for SXSW.

It’s a small tweak, but I’m enjoying the addition of the tweet staying visible when you tap a link, providing some context as you venture off of the network. You can make it go away by tapping the web page:

Here’s the list of updates for Twitter for iOS and Android:

• As you search you’ll see more topic and user suggestions for your query, based on what’s happening in real time. You’ll also see these suggestions when adding a hashtag or username as you compose a new Tweet.
• Top Tweets from big moments in the past pop out when you search for a given term. For example, searching for “election” might highlight Tweets from several months ago.
• When you open a web page you can now see the related Tweet for more context. Just pull the tray icon up or down to see or hide the Tweet.
• It’s easier to see long conversations in the Tweet details view, which now shows all of the replies to any Tweet
• Pull-to-refresh in Discover shows a new, smoother animation
• Support for traditional Chinese
• Uploading videos vie Mobypicture, Vodpod and Posterous is no longer supported
• Additional bug fixes and improvements

Here’s a look at what you might find when doing a search:

The only old tweet I saw with the “election” search was a promoted one. Hopefully that won’t be the case for all of your searches. As the discovery experience gets better, Twitter can hopefully trap those non-tweeters into clicking more links and following more people.

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You Think You Know What You Want Out Of Twitter Search, But It’s Not What You Really Need


Twitter and search sound like two peas in a pod, but it’s actually not the marriage made in heaven that you’d think it is. When you think of search, you think of a search engine, like Google, where the world’s information is seemingly at your fingertips. You feel confident that when you Google something, you won’t miss the important information.

The secret is that it’s Google’s algorithm that makes search work, not the fact that it indexes everything in the world. In fact, most people don’t get past the second page of search results, so we’re not even utilizing all of the data that Google collects. When I speak to people about Twitter search, they seem to want the same thing: “access to every tweet ever tweeted.” That sounds fine on paper, but in actuality, you really don’t want access to every tweet — just the really good ones.

That’s the issue that Twitter is tackling these days, figuring out which tweets to serve up when you search for a word, phrase topic or hashtag. If you were to search for “#grammys” on Twitter, you’d find a whole lot of junk and spam and your experience wouldn’t be a very good one. Sure, we all want to know what our buddies said five years ago when they were drunk, but that’s not how Twitter search works right now.

Last week, the company announced that it would be introducing “older tweets” into search results, with not much more information than that. Here’s what the team said at the time:

Previously, Twitter search results displayed Tweets going back about a week. We’ve developed a way to include older Tweets, so you can see content that goes beyond the more recent Tweets.

Pretty vague, I’d say. But the crux of that statement is that Twitter is definitely looking backwards as far as the content that its accumulated since launching in 2006. There’s a lot of great information to be had from tweets that happened during events like the uprising in Egypt, political elections, the day that Michael Jackson died and just about every natural disaster that’s happened since Twitter launched.

I sat down with Sam Luckenbill, an engineer on the Twitter search team, to discuss what the company has in mind for its search experience. Luckenbill joined Twitter after having been a Ruby on Rails consultant. When he joined the company full time after grad school, there were only 20-30 employees. In 2008, Twitter acquired a search company called Summize, leading many to believe that Twitter would turn into the next Google but just with tweets. That wasn’t the case, as a simple search and result experience isn’t engaging in a real-time environment:

Twitter is mostly real-time and mostly will be, people overestimate how valuable older stuff is going to be to them. I think in general, for a search product to be great, you have to cover the long tail.

What does a Twitter long tail look like if it’s so real-time? That’s what the company has to grapple with as far as what the search experience will morph into over time. I imagine an experience that takes me back to a moment in time, much like Facebook’s Timeline, where I can search for something like “Egypt” and then am able to relive a very serious event from the most popular tweets sent at that time. Twitter is a long way away from that, but with the introduction of older tweets, it’s a natural progression.

The queries that Twitter gets are very different from what Google and Bing see as well. “In particular, the queries change very quickly, and it obviously matches what’s going on in the world,” Luckenbill tells me. “That’s part of the reason why realtime is hard – the corpus is constantly changing.”

Google relies on its own News product to fill up its search results with “real-time” information, whereas everything that gets tweeted, in essence, could be huge news. Twitter is learning from its users about how they search, what they interact with once they get results and then tinkering with its approach on the fly, much like a real-time company would do.

When you have as much information as Twitter has, you can’t just dump out an entire database of ramblings on your users in a search result. You have to pass it through a few filters to make sure that you’re serving up the best, most interesting and relevant content.

So will Twitter change the way search looks in the future? Luckenbill only said “The UI isn’t in its final state.” That would be a huge yes.

As the flock has grown, the search team has grown, and people are starting to carve out specialties for themselves. Search is going to be a speciality for sure, but how will it end up looking? What content will we want to see? Do we really want to see every tweet that’s ever been published? No, of course not, but when things aren’t trivial, all we can do is attempt to trivialize them. In an attempt to feed our appetites for “all the tweets,” Twitter rolled out its downloadable archive feature last year, and I think it’s a safe bet that people searched once or twice and then stopped. We think we wanted it, but did we really need it?

This problem is in Twitter’s court, so we’ll have to wait and see. Figuring out what we need over what we think we want is no simple task. Since there’s never been a service quite like Twitter, we don’t have anything to compare it to as far as relevancy and search experience. So it’s something that we’re just going to have to trust with the little birdies down on Market Street.

It’s not so much about “search.” It’s about “discovery.”

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Twtrland: A Social Analytics Tool And Simple Way To Discover New People In The Twitterverse


Twitter does a lot of things well, but it hasn’t really nailed context yet — or search. After you first join the service, it takes a significant amount of following and unfollowing before you settle on a stream (or Twitter hose, as some call it) that works for you. Search, too, is noisy and generally unhelpful. In May, Twitter started to test some personalization features to start making better suggestions in terms of who to follow, etc., and it continues to improve search and “Discover.”

In the meantime, a newly-launched platform called Twtrland wants to give you a simple way to figure out whether or not you should follow, along with a new way to search the Twitter graph.

The company has been around for over a year now, slowly building a database of Twitter info to deepen profiles and start building out social discovery features. Today, the site’s presentation is much improved as is the ease of use. Going forward, the founders plan to focus on expanding networks and adding more nuanced search.

The free-to-use platform is pretty straightforward. The site essentially pulls together all the info they can find on individual users in the Twitterverse and creates a profile for them that’s broken down into behavior patterns, famous words, top followers, links, replies, pictures and check-ins.

As you see if you search for your own profile, at the top you’ll find your tweets-per-day average, along with the average number of re-tweets and replies you receive per-100-tweets. Next to that, there’s a pie chart that offers a breakdown of how often your tweets are pure text, re-tweets, include links, are replies, and so on. Search for a person and you get a Pinterest-like cascade of results.

That’s fine, but what’s more useful is the tree of context that you can find within a few clicks of your profile. If you want to know how many top Twitter users from Canada follow you or how many 20 to 40 year-old celebrities follow you? Twtrland allows you to break down each category and dive into that data.

It’s not exactly clear how it’s determining “celebrities” or “Top Twitter Users,” although it does seem to take into account the number of followers they have, activity and context. On its site, TwitterLand doesn’t share much: “We have our own magic formula for deciding who is a top follower. Be aware that this list is based on users which have been generated atleast once on twtrland, and are in the first 5000 followers of the searched user.”

As to how it will monetize? Expect to see premium profiles as part of the startup’s future equation.

The site also offers a good way to get a sense of who’s following your business, who follows celebrities or figures in the media you admire. All in all, it’s a useful complement to other Twitter analytics tools and one of the deeper ways to get an overview of the people and places worth following in TwitterTown — and it doesn’t even come with a Klout score.

Twtrland here.