Top 20 Zingers from the Presidential Race

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quotesAd budgets and fundraising goals aren’t the only aspects of this election season to have dramatically increased over 2012 – the number of quotable sound bites uttered by the major party candidates has exploded as well. Here are some of our favorites, compiled by staff reporter Eldon Graham, and presented in no particular order:


  1. “To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.” – New York Fundraiser 9/9/2016
  2. “People look at the Statue of Liberty and they see a proud symbol of our history as a nation of immigrants. A beacon of hope for people around the world. Donald sees the Statue of Liberty and sees a 4. Maybe a 5 if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair.” – 71st Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner 10/20/2016
  3. “We are facing a candidate with a long history of racial discrimination in his businesses, who retweets white supremacists, who led the birther movement to delegitimize our first black president, and he’s still lying about it today. He refuses to apologize to President Obama, his family, and the American people. We have to stand up to this hate.” -Temple University 9/19/2016
  4. “What we all saw and heard on Friday was Donald talking about women, what he thinks about women, what he does to women, and he has said that the video didn’t represent who he is. But I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it, that it represents exactly who he is.” – Second Presidential Debate 10/9/2016
  5. “Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement. They feel they got their education and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves. And they don’t see much of a future.” Clinton Fundraiser Hacked Recording 2/16/2016
  6. “As soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire … or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina.” – First Presidential Debate 9/26/2016
  7. “We can’t hide from any of these hard truths about race and justice in America. We have to name them and own them and then change them.” – 83rd Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors 6/20/2015
  8. “There are no guarantees: It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we will all work together so we can all rise together.” – 2016 Democratic National Convention 7/28/2016
  9. “There is nothing like sharing a stage with Donald Trump. Donald wanted me drug-tested before last night’s debate. And look, I am so flattered that Donald thought I used some sort of performance enhancer. Now, actually I did. It’s called preparation.” – 71st Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner 10/20/2016
  10. “I think it’s a problem for everyone, not just police. I think unfortunately, too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other. Therefore, I think we need all of us to be asking hard questions about, why am I feeling this way? But when it comes to policing, since it can have fatal consequences. I have said in my first budget, we would put money into that budget to help us deal with implicit bias by retraining a lot of our police officers.” – First Presidential Debate 9/26/2016


  1. “Believe me, she has tremendous hate in her heart. When she said, ‘deplorables’ … she’s got tremendous hatred. And this country cannot take another four years of Barack Obama, and that’s what you’re getting for her.” – Second Presidential Debate 10/9/2016
  2. “Hillary Clinton may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency.” Trump Soho Hotel in New York City 6/22/2016
  3. “After listening to Hillary rattle on and on and on, I don’t think so badly of Rosie O’Donnell anymore” – 71st Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner 10/20/2016
  4. “She doesn’t have the look, the stamina. And I don’t believe she does have the stamina. To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina.” – First Presidential Debate 9/26/2016
  5. “America is far less safe and the world is far less stable than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy. I am certain it is a decision he truly regrets…. This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and terrorism and weakness.” – 2016 Republican National Convention 7/21/2016
  6. “I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders. He never had a chance.” – 2016 RNC 7/21/2016
  7. “One of my first acts will be to get all of the drug lords; we have some bad, bad people in this country that have to go out. We’ll get them out, secure the border, and once the border is secured at a later date, we’ll make a determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out.” – Third Presidential Debate 10/19/2016
  8. “Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father….” – to Rolling Stone about his daughter Ivanka in September 2015
  9. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her … wherever.” – to CNN about Megyn Kelly in August 2015
  10. “When I see the crumbling roads and bridges, or the dilapidated airports, or the factories moving overseas to Mexico, or to other countries, I know these problems can all be fixed, but not by Hillary Clinton – only by me.” Trump Soho Hotel in NYC 6/22/2016

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