Trump a right-leaning tower at CPAC
March 15th, 2013
11:24 AM ET
2 years ago

Trump a right-leaning tower at CPAC

(CNN) – Real estate titan Donald Trump was all over the map Friday in his speech to conservatives, criticizing a range of Republicans from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to former GOP nominee Mitt Romney–and arguing that the country "is in a total mess."

The billionaire also cooked up a plate of his own solutions for fixing the economy while speaking to the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Among his advice: Immigration reform could be a "suicide mission" for Republicans and taking oil from Iraq could help reboot the country's economy.

As the conference this year serves as a hub for Republican soul-searching, Trump had his own two cents worth of advice. Without mentioning his name, Trump took aim at Jindal, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, for saying at the Republican National Committee winter meeting that the GOP is acting like "the stupid party."

"When I heard that statement, I said what a horrible statement to make," Trump said. "What a horrible statement, because that's the statement that's going to come back and haunt you when the Democrats start using it."

The media mogul also took a swipe at Romney, saying the GOP nominee and former private equity CEO should have talked more about his success during the campaign.

"People really want success. They want a leader who is successful and Mitt has done a great job and I just feel that the Republicans and Mitt–and I told him this–didn't speak enough about the things he did," he said. "The great things. They were on the defensive instead of taking that offensive."

Trump, known for his fiery opinions, further lamented the Obama administration, blasting the country's immigration system, lack of manufacturing and fiscal problems.

"The fact is we're run by either very foolish or very stupid people. What's going on in this country is unbelievable," he said. "Our country is a total mess. A total and complete mess and what we need is leadership."

One of his ideas to boost the economy included a suggestion to take Iraq's oil and "pay ourselves back" for the war.

"What the hell are we thinking? For those soldiers that were killed, I said we should pay those families money," he continued. "They lost their sons and their daughters and a million dollars to a family is nothing compared to the kind of wealth that you are talking about over there."

Trump added that the leader of Iraq-"we don't even know who the hell it is"-is likely building palaces and a kingdom of wealth now that the U.S. has left, while the American people got "nothing out of it," referring to the war.

He also addressed recent calls from Republicans to create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Trump said if Republicans support such a plan, they'll be adding millions of vote into the Democratic column.

"You can be out front, you can be the spearhead, you can do whatever you want to do, but every one of those 11 million people will be voting Democratic. It's just the way it works and you have to be very, very careful because you could say that to a certain extent, the odds aren't looking so great right now for Republicans, that you're on a suicide mission. You're just not going to get those votes."


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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. BabaGanoush

    The Donald,

    Poster Boy for what's wrong with the GOP. Keep talking!

    March 15, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Yanni

    "the odds aren't looking so great right now for Republicans, that you're on a suicide mission...." Well said Trump

    March 15, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Core republican Values

    Its super to see Donald "Orange Julius" Trump rip the republican party.

    Orange Julius is the living embodiment of everything that is cheap, self-serving, arrogant, classless, and ignorant about today's republican party.

    March 15, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Sean_Jones

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    March 15, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Fingers

    What a picture. An empty suit with horrible hair, spouting the gospel ( according to him), to all who'll listen, if any. He's been before the bankruptcy courts so many times, they all know each other on a first name basis. He's been divorced so many times, he keeps a rubber stamp close at hand to keep from getting writers cramp signing prenups. He's the poster child for people with no dignity, yet he still manages to draw a crowd for the (so Called) conservatives. What a batch of crap.

    March 15, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. rs

    " A total mess" precisely because of greedheads like "the Donald". Indeed, let's do what HE says!

    March 15, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Immigration reform could be a "suicide mission" for Republicans and taking oil from Iraq could help reboot the country's economy.
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    Take oil from Iraq? Osama Bin Laden gave a reason for 9/11 that sounded pretty farfetched to most people. He had said that he did because the US invades Arab countries and steals the oil. So, Bush later decided to invaded ti actually do it.

    March 15, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "One of his ideas to boost the economy included a suggestion to take Iraq's oil and "pay ourselves back" for the war"

    OR, maybe apologize for killing well over 100,000 innocent Iraqis in a unilaeral war of convenience justified by false pretenses.

    Take your pick.

    March 15, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Fair s Fair

    Sniffit

    "One of his ideas to boost the economy included a suggestion to take Iraq's oil and "pay ourselves back" for the war"

    OR, maybe apologize for killing well over 100,000 innocent Iraqis in a unilaeral war of convenience justified by false pretenses.

    Take your pick.
    ------–
    How many innocents have been killed in drone strikes? Guess we'll never know, will we... I mean without that pesky due process. Right, counselor?

    March 15, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. The Other Bob

    Chris Christie is looking better every day...

    March 15, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. ak_steve

    What can you say? He speaks for the GOP. And he thinks that only the laws that benefit them should be the ones they make. So stop immigration, stop gay marriage, take another countries oil and well, heck, let only let white males vote.

    As Trump said – the Republicans are on "a suicide mission."

    March 15, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. hippie power 69

    omg, yes repubs listen to the donald. he has all the answers for all of your problems. what a bunch of old stale pale males. you can thank the repubs for all the mess that they made out of our country. reagonomics, iraq war, afghanistan war, tax cuts, big pharma give a way, backing big corp. off shoring our jobs and sending the tax monies to off shore bank accts. now paul ryan wants to take more away from ss and medicare so he can give the rich more tax breaks. lets see donald, how far would you like us to bend over so you and the repubs can stick it to us really good this time? lets not even go to what they think of women and our bodies and our healthcare. lets not talk about what they have done to the middle class families that don't have jobs, or homes, or hope. but keep talking donald, are you really in the world of the middle class american family today, i don't think so.

    March 15, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. db

    Well done, Mr. Trump, very well done!!!

    March 15, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mr. Donald Trump. Living proof that money can't by class ... or pride.

    March 15, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Jack

    And he is one of the reasons, I jettison the republicans, a so-called businessman that has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy 6 times. I won,t even allow him in the door!

    March 15, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "How many innocents have been killed in drone strikes? Guess we'll never know, will we... I mean without that pesky due process. Right, counselor?"

    Surely you aren't advocating for the due process rights of terrorists plotting against America while living on foreign soil? Or are you advocating that we simply end our war on terror and suffer the consequences similar to what happened on 9/11?

    March 15, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. beevee

    The days of moderate republicans are coming. The rest of the republicans conservative and extreme right , will be washed away never to be heard again.

    March 15, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Jeff O'Dette

    I wish I could speak to Trump personally. The reason Romney could'nt talk about his sucess is because he did'nt have any. What Romney is, is a crimnal. Stole billions. Still doing it today. As for Trump? I can't believe I'm going to say this. I acually agree with you.

    March 15, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. nothing new here

    Sooo....
    It is okay for Mr. Trump to use the word "stupid", but not Jindal?
    Since when did Trump own the word "stupid"?
    I think some of Bobby Jindal's ideas make more sense.

    March 15, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    ""One of his ideas to boost the economy included a suggestion to take Iraq's oil and "pay ourselves back" for the war"

    OR, maybe apologize for killing well over 100,000 innocent Iraqis in a unilaeral war of convenience justified by false pretenses.

    Take your pick.
    --–
    How many innocents have been killed in drone strikes? Guess we'll never know, will we... I mean without that pesky due process. Right, counselor?"

    First, I don't like indiscriminate drone strikes that cause "collateral damage" either, so I'm not sure you're making magical argument points trying to claim some sort of hypocrisy on my part. Second, I (and apparently you) have no idea what you're talking about with respect to due process. Due process issues have nothing to do with getting our hands on top secret documents or even public documents that haven't been classified via FOIA or other means.

    March 15, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "How many innocents have been killed in drone strikes? Guess we'll never know, will we... I mean without that pesky due process. Right, counselor?"

    First, I don't like indiscriminate drone strikes that cause "collateral damage" either, so it's pretty impossible for you to score argument points trying to claim some sort of hypocrisy here. Second, due process issues have nothing to do with whether we can obtain classified documents and information from the federal government...or even unclassified documents...so I (and apparently you) have no idea what you're talking about.

    March 15, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    How many innocents have been killed in drone strikes? Guess we'll never know, will we... I mean without that pesky due process. Right, counselor?
    -----------------
    You're right. We will never know. The Obama administration has at least been reporting the deaths so that some sort of record can be made. During the Bush administration, we never knew about any of it. Admittedly, Bush used fewer numbers of them, but he wasn't prosecuting the war on terror by going after Bin Laden, either. "Heck, I don't know where he is and don't really care. Heh, heh"

    March 15, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. ART

    Trump is a buffoon, and always will be

    March 15, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Fair s Fair

    "Surely you aren't advocating for the due process rights of terrorists plotting against America while living on foreign soil? Or are you advocating that we simply end our war on terror and suffer the consequences similar to what happened on 9/11?"
    -------
    What I'm saying, Lynda, is that just as faulty intelligence got us into Iraq, faulty intelligence could cause an innocent person or persons to "get droned". But since dead men don't talk (nor get their day in court), we'll never really know if the strike was justified or not. What I said was not that complex.

    March 15, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. lolo

    Says the man who filed bankruptcy more than anyone and used the government handouts to get back on top. I can not believe how ignorant people are to listen to this clown.

    March 15, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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