Trump bashes, boasts, and curses in first major Tea Party speech
April 16th, 2011
10:10 PM ET
12 years ago

Trump bashes, boasts, and curses in first major Tea Party speech

Boca Raton, Florida (CNN) – Donald Trump unleashed a fiery anti-President Barack Obama stump speech for members and supporters of the South Florida Tea Party Saturday and made frequent references to what he would do as president.

Throngs of fired-up voters in a vote-rich battleground state encouraged him.

While the billionaire real estate developer is not currently a presidential candidate, his appearance at a Tea Party event in Florida might have made the casual observer think he is running.

And yet, unusual moments made Trump’s speech unlike any other so far this political season. He harshly criticized some Republicans, tailored his speech based on crowd shout-outs, dissed hecklers, used a curse word and recalled how his wife urged him not to be “conceited."

Republican Rep. Allen West and others also spoke, advocating key Tea Party themes of smaller government and reduced government spending.

The event was one of many similar events as conservative grassroots activists mount “Tax Day” protests this weekend.

While much of what Trump said was noteworthy, it may also be of interest to some what he did not mention.

Trump did not reiterate his support for 2008's bank bailout, an act that the Tea Party movement despises. Nor did he discuss his past as a Democrat-turned-Independent-turned-Republican, his reported past leanings in favor of abortion rights and universal health care or his support for and financial contributions to Democrats and Republicans since 1990.

Trump, who has said he will announce his presidential intentions by early June, did appear to enjoy the moment with the assembled Tea Party activists.

“The opportunity to address this group of really hard-working, incredible people is my great honor. Believe me,” Trump began.

From there, he launched into an address that was part campaign attack speech, part self-promotional manifesto and part laugh-inducing sideshow.

He reiterated his view that the United States has become “the laughingstock and whipping post for the rest of the world.”

“I’ve said on numerous occasions, that countries like China, India, South Korea, Mexico, the OPEC nations and many others view our leaders as weak and ineffective. And we have repeatedly, unfortunately been taken advantage of to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars a year,” Trump said. “We have to take our country back.”

The host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” continued by blasting what he and critics call “Obamacare,” repeated his recent demands that Obama “release his birth certificate” and called for increased spending on education.

Trump also weighed in on foreign affairs.

“We can’t afford education. We can’t afford to build the roads. And yet we’re in Iraq, Afghanistan, now Libya,” Trump said.

“How about Libya, isn’t that a beauty?" he continued. "We don’t want to change the regime. We want nothing to do with the regime, but we want them out. I can just imagine our soldiers and pilots – they’re probably saying, ‘What does he (Obama) mean? He said he’s not going to be involved in the regime change. And then in another speech he says, we want him out. What does it mean?’ In the meantime, it’s a total disaster. Because nobody knows what the hell they’re doing. And Gadhafi is winning.”

On China: “You can't have China, taking our jobs, taking our money, making our products. And the amazing thing, then they do all of this and then they loan us money and we pay them interest. And what do they do? They manipulate our currency. Now I know how to stop it.”

Trump’s emphasis on his own skills as a businessman and negotiator was consistent throughout his speech.

“Businessweek magazine said in a vote of its readers, that Donald Trump was the world’s most competitive businessperson," he boasted. "With Bill Gates being number two and Warren Buffet being number three. Steve Forbes stated that I was one of the greatest entrepreneurs in the history of free trade."

At times the speech entered unusual ground.

After a heckler began to taunt Trump, he mocked and dismissed the person. At various points throughout the speech, members in the crowd shouted out topics they hoped to hear Trump discuss and he obliged them.

As he touted his business bona fides, Trump mentioned how his wife urged him against being “conceited.” And while claiming there were huge writing differences between Obama’s first book, "Dreams From My Father", and the second, "The Audacity of Hope," Trump used profanity to say they could not have both been written by Obama.

“The man that wrote the second book ... didn’t write the first book," Trump said. “The difference was like chicken salad and chicken (expletive)."

Meanwhile, Trump also continued to lash out at Republicans. On Friday, he criticized  former President George W. Bush as he called Obama "the worst president in the history of the United States," something he called President Bush in 2007.

At the Saturday event, Trump repeated his bipartisan bashing of Bush and Obama. He also lashed out at former Bush adviser Karl Rove, who recently criticized Trump for raising questions about Obama's birthplace.

"He was an interesting candidate who had a business background and could have contributed to the dialogue. But his full embrace of the birther issue means that he's off there in the nutty right and is now an inconsequential candidate," Rove said on Fox News. Rove called Trump "a joke candidate," who would never be voted into the White House.

In his Saturday speech, Trump responded.

"What he (Rove) said was amazing. He was so against me because I am questioning. All I want to do is see this guy's birth certificate," he said.

"And you know, the Republicans have to be very careful of that. Because obviously Karl Rove didn't do very well the last couple of years in the Bush administration. Because, hey, whether you like him or not, George Bush gave us Obama. And I'm not happy about it."

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. wiseone

    Donald Trump is undoubtedly a successful businessman. However we all know that the office of the president requires much more than business savy. Donald should learn the meaning of Respect & Dignity. Wealth does not automatically give you compassion, intelligence, empathy, understanding & grace. Nominating a citizen like Trump for a presidential candidate would not make Trump credible, but it would be a devastating indictment on the character of those who chose a man who is clearly unfit to lead any nation, especially the greatest country on this earth.

    April 17, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  2. Frustrated Independent Voter !

    Trump is a Disaster ! I liked him better when he was doing the entertainment thing , now that he has tried his hand as a politician , he sound's like a fool who is completely out of his element ! How can anybody in there right mind take this guy seriously ? First he start's with the birther nonsense and now cursing at political rallies ! BTW just looking at him up there is a joke in itself because he just look's so phony ! I highly doubt that Trump has even read any of Obama's book's . He was probably feed those lines from the people who organized the rally ! Trump has lost all credibility ! If the current crop of GOP contender's is the best the GOP has to offer , Obama should win easily !

    April 17, 2011 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  3. Ada

    Donald Trump is an Idiot!!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2011 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  4. Robrob

    Excellent, let the Republicans and the Tea Baggers go at it! Normal people can sit back and watch.

    April 17, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  5. Liberal Elite = anyone with an education

    Yep, Trump's ready to be President all right – of "Idiocracy". What a buffoon. Even more so for those who follow him. Oh, and those "hard working" Tea Partiers? Would that be the same bunch of old, white retirees who spend all their time at Tea Party rallies while the rest of us work?
    This guy's not a candidate, he's a mediocre, somewhat tragic stand up comedian.

    April 17, 2011 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  6. Bill R in Oakland

    Earth to're unelectable.

    April 17, 2011 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  7. Ken

    "Chimp the Chump Trump" is nothing but a blow hard that loves to brag about what he is thought to have. Trump announce or STFU. You know you cannot announce because all of your business and financial dealings will have to become a matter of public record and you do not want that to happen at all.

    April 17, 2011 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  8. Lisa Brennan

    He is playing within the state of the union. He is rabble-rousing. He is stirring up the wicked energy that resides within the tea party. He is having his fun. He is bored. He has everything. He has nothing to loose. We are pawns and little brio figures. He has nothing to loose....he has been all over the map politically. He is too rich for his own good and the rest of us.

    April 17, 2011 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  9. Samson

    This Trump is getting nut day by day.

    April 17, 2011 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  10. Moe NY

    Sorry not agree with you. President Obama, in my opinoin is the best president to be elected in a long long time. We need President Obama to protect the middle class (whati s left of them), the elderly, the poor, the women of America, and on and on. You sir, and your teabag/republican leanings are just disgusting,. You talk about how good you are in business (corporate America)...I believe you went under at least three times that I am aware of...give it up will never be elected POTUS regardless of your money. You, in my opinion have absolutely nothing to give to America.

    April 17, 2011 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  11. Marry

    Donald sure knows how to present himself as a really dump, poisonous snake. If you like the President or not – there is no way I would EVER vote for such a truly primitive person that produces such unbelievable garbage! The GOP/TP really has nothing positive to offer!

    April 17, 2011 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  12. judy king

    Heacev help America if Trump was ever elected president, he shows no respect for the president and keep on spreading lies about where the president was born. Mr Trump is a RACIST and there is no getting away from it, he thinks the world of himself, Trump the president is not the one that is making the U.S.A the laughingstock of the world YOU ARE, they are all laughing at you, and they are all glued to their T.V waiting to see what crap is going to come out of your mouth, between Tump( yes I know that the spelling is wrong) Palin, Bachman and Beck you have all lost of manner of decency, I think that you guys need to cll up Rush Limbaugh and asked him to get his maid to send you a prescription to calm you down, you make charlie sheen look normal, winning something Mr.Trump you will never know, why don't you buy your own T.V station.

    April 17, 2011 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  13. xlntcat

    Trump is running for Grand Dragon.

    April 17, 2011 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  14. Irma in North Carolina

    Donald how do you think the constant bashing of the president from your racist buddies, Palin, the tea party gang, your self and ninety percent of the republicans are going to get you in the White House? Why dont you have any solutions for the problems that claim are out there.

    April 17, 2011 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  15. charlessmukwaso

    Donald Trump lost the US 2012 presidential election the day he started questioning Obama's birthplace

    April 17, 2011 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  16. Common Sense

    .....How about Donald "Palin"

    April 17, 2011 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  17. once upon a horse

    wow 3 stories about Trump on page one of the Political Ticker. Sarah Palin must be green with envy.

    April 17, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  18. John Spence

    The Tea Party can not let a self proclaimed EGO-HOUND high-jack the movement....too much at stack

    April 17, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  19. Charlie in Maine

    Donald, The real conservatives know you don't mean it and the real liberals are afraid you do/ You should have stayed a moderate independant. Oh well you do one thing right at least CNN has curtailed its Palin coverage.

    April 17, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  20. The Greedy Old Pigs are heading of the rails!

    The bankrupt billionaire lies to the bigoted birthbaggers. What a match made in Hades!

    April 17, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  21. Warren

    What a moron..

    April 17, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  22. w l jones

    These new republican start out early in the morning by late after noon they stumbly on the heel of and old one and fall by the wayside while those liberal democrat keep going on. What a beauful country we have here in business as well as fun in politic.

    April 17, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  23. a in austin

    I think the donald loves the sound of people cheering him on. He has learned how to lower himself to the levels of people who attend the tp parties...he's nothing but a joke. 3 wives and 3 bankruptcies...he sure has shown himself as incompetent and a loser. lmao

    April 17, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  24. Sam3284

    Nothing more than a circus side show act-rallying the ignorant through fear-yet never providing any concrete solutions. How exactly is this different than today's Tea Party/Republicans?

    April 17, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  25. diridi

    I pity, but is common, this man is an idiot....

    April 17, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
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