Trump a right-leaning tower at CPAC
March 15th, 2013
11:24 AM ET
1 year 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. John N Florida

    We don't need Iraq's oil. That war was FREE. Remember, Cheney declared that before the first shot was fired.

    March 15, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. fabe gonzales

    Trump is examplifying America's arrogance and greed. Its George Bush's fault we got nothing out of the war. We should've never been there in the first place. Now you want to steal oil from the Iraqis. That's the Imperialism in Trump. Its in Anglo-European blood to just take from the rest of the world. Its like the only race that can't deal with struggling or being second.

    March 15, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Benjamin

    Donald "Duck" Trump in his usual tirades again. The guy is way out of sync and I believe he's got one screw missing from his brain. With man like him in the Republican Party, who needs conservatism?

    March 15, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. rsk

    "People really want success. They want a leader who is successful ....' Which is why of course he could never be president

    March 15, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Julie

    Fatherly love, yes; but still a hypocrite. I do believe we are all God's children. I do believe the concept that gay and lesbian people can't help how they feel or who they are. I just wish we had left it at Civil Unions. Life is not always fair.

    March 15, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Uthor

    The GOP must hate having him as one of their "faces of Republicanism." It's like having an old annoying drunk guy around all the time.

    March 15, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. bigbiz

    Trump has always been right.Republicans need to play by the same rules a the dimwits.For Republicans to willingly volunteer to give Demorats 20 million more Mexicans to vote for them at the cost of triilions of borrowed tax dollars and the culture of our country is not only stupid but treasonist.

    March 15, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Starman

    "leans right"??? Some on.. hes so right he fell over of the cliff, down 3 miles into the loony bin right.

    March 15, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. Lsteel

    Republicans can't be "the party of stupid"! They are represented by Trump, the noted thinker and intellectual!

    March 15, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. Drew

    That's the beauty of CPAC ... Right-wingers get to pretend the world really is as they see it for a few glorious days.

    March 15, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. Bennycat

    I like Donald Trump–he's an infallible warning system. Anytime he shows up, and is taken seriously, we know we're dealing with a nut-group.

    March 15, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Rusty

    Well then I'm gonna take Donald's Gold and balance my budget with it. I need a new house anyway.

    March 15, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Trumps impersonation of Sarah Palin is getting old. His ridiculous tirades should embarass the conservative movement and the Republican Party. CPAC made a mistake inviting Trump to speak instead of Gov Christie.

    March 15, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. Shay

    Trump is irrelevant! He has nothing of importance to say! His CPAC audience appeared to be no more than 100 or so people. There were more empty chairs than anyone could count, and he thought the hall would be filled. Take your tired behind and the stuff on top of your head home to one of your hotels. I'm trying to figure out why you were invited to CPAC! The Republicans will never learn.

    March 15, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. patty fraser

    Yah and all 50 people in the audience to listen lots and lots of empty chairs in the hall when theDonald spoke. Get the picture Donald no one cares what you say.

    March 15, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. judith

    This raving idiot should be totally ignored. His endorsement was the kiss of death for Mitt Romney. I'd love to see the GOP nominate Trump for the Presidency. Democrats would win in a record setting landslide.

    March 15, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. Djak

    The country is in a total mess? Really? I see you still have your millions (billions) sir. I fail to see how killing immigration reform will help the economy. I also fail to see how taking Iraqi oil will help the economy. I think we need you to elaborate on how this will work, oh brilliant thinker Trump. (sarcasm off)

    March 15, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. Chuk

    Donald Trump at it again! This guy must be a crook. Remember when he was gloating about how he cheated Ghadafi who had bought property from him? How can anyone with any moral gloat about cheating his customer? Even if Ghadafi was a bad guy, the moral thing to do is to refuse to do business with him! Instead of taking advantage of him and boasting about it. Which makes you wonder how many other "bad" people he has cheated. How did he make all the money he's parading around? Makes you wonder.
    And it adds up. Now he wants to take Iraqi oil because America "deserves" it? This is a disturbing pattern with this guy. Anyone doing business with this guy better watch their back. Seems crooked to me.

    March 15, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  19. geggyg

    If Trump wants to see a new Palace in Iraq he should go visit the new US embassy in Baghdad , which replaced the old embassy that was based in one of Saddam's old palaces .The new embassy was planned and Built d under Pres GW Bush and opened in Jan 2009 , Pres Obama couldn't have stopped the construction. It cost at least $750 million , but probably over $1 billion when all the secret equipment is included . Its almost as big as Vatican City at 440,000 square metres , and opened with a staff of at least 16,000 when it opened ( the ongoing costs would be astronomical ) . However since its opening there have been reductions in staff due to decision made by Obama's admin , so much for Obama's profligate spending , he is slowly correcting another Bush ongoing spending blunder .

    March 15, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. victor

    This man is one of the most arrogant rich fools we have in this country. We could have more jobs if his party would stop obstructing everything the president tries. Iraq cost us billions of wasted dollars and worst of all thousands of lives. But his man Chaney and Bush would do it all over again. This man needs to get out of our lives.

    March 15, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. GOP = nothing

    So Trump took the GOP 10 steps back to rock ages. He just stereotyped Hispanics again (in code words as usual), by assuming that 11 mil illegal imigrants are ALL Hispanics and because ALL Hispanics vote democrat. Keep insulting the same conservative base just because you think they're not white. GOOD JOB GOP!!!!

    Eventually the GOP will find the center of earth after digging their grave deeper and deeper.

    March 15, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  22. becky

    The fact that Mr. Trump was invited to this conference tells a great deal about those who are in charge. Mr. Trump has made assertions for which he had no proof. He backed Mr. Romney and now he criticizes him even though his shenanigans did nothing to help Mr. Romney. Republicans should do better in their approach to the business community. This country has problems like any other country. However, we can work through our problems if people will be willing to compromise and work together.

    If Mr. Trump is seen as the face of the conservative movement then they have already changed their ideas of what ideals should be reflected in their view of family values.

    March 15, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  23. diaBOLical

    On the one hand, the GOP wants to "rebrand" itself, not by changing its ideological messages, but by making subtle changes to its catchphrases; superficial changes which would only sway the least intellectual, the least inquisitive minds in the nation. On the other hand, we have the angry and unwavering lunatics on the right, foaming at the mouth with their rabid hate and insufferable demands to be in charge.

    Their train left the station years ago. The CPAC is another reminder of how fortunate we are that their ploys to regain power were thwarted.

    March 15, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. Liz the First

    Any mess the country may still be in is the direct result of republican actions during the Bush regime and the lack of action during Obama's term. And sorry Donald, we Democrats have been saying the republican party is the stupid party for a very long time, because it's the truth. the old expression, 'not all republicans are stupid, but most stupid people are republicans,' proves itself daily lately. how dumb does someone have to be to vote for a party that cares nothing for them, their health, their ability to make a decent living, their basic rights?

    March 15, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  25. ermentrude

    I think fiery opinions or rhetoric or posturing is going out of style, no matter who or what organization is behind them, no matter how many single voices echo them, no matter how much money spreads them through the media. Because they all want one goal, their goal, and goals are becoming mushy, and everyone is very aware of bullying, no matter who or what politics is driving towards a goal.

    March 15, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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