Trump a right-leaning tower at CPAC
March 15th, 2013
11:24 AM ET
7 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. Rudy NYC

    This whole entire drone thng is about the people living in bunkers, who've been training for the raid by the black helicopters, have suddenly just realzied that they can be taken out by a drone from 15,000 feet by a bunker buster. The AK-47s that they're so proud of, all of that ammunition that they've so carefully bought and stockpiled, is all for naught.

    March 15, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "What I said was not that complex."

    Or dear. Here comes the snark. What I was suggesting is that as a Bush supporter even you must have been aware of the collateral damage done in Iraq. Apparently jumping onto Rand Paul's soapbox has become an evolution of thoughts for you. There will always be collateral damage in war - be it through ground battles or drones, and apparently America will always be at war in defense of itself.

    To be honest, I actually thought you and I were on a page of compromise in defense of America. Apparently I was mistaken.

    March 15, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Ove Sorensen

    Trump is right. The country is in a real mess. Total chaos and the laughing stock of the civilized world.
    However, nothing will change until all the old, white fools get voted out forever next time.

    March 15, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Hey, bad hair man, you wouldn't know what stupid is because you are the biggest stupid ever but you are so in love with yourself that you don't see it.
    Instead of taking oil from Iraq how about telling your shoot them in the face then "disappear" for 24 hours ex vp to confess that theIraqui war was a huge mistake which has cost us thousands of unnecessary lives and money.
    Did you sit down with the AK mutant to eat pizza with a fork and knife again"

    March 15, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Neato. CPAC had an orangutan hoot bad advice at them. What a novel entertainment idea for a convention.

    March 15, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. IvotedforObama

    This CPAC is a complete joke. Instead of intelligence like Christie speaking they have this racist speak. No wonder the GOP lost big in 2008 and 2012. Hopefully they will lose even bigger in 2014.

    March 15, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Apparently jumping onto Rand Paul's soapbox "

    Well, to be fair, Randroid's "omg they're gonna use drones to kill political dissidents" thing is an attempt to replace the "UN black helicopters" nonsense with something that sounds slightly less crazy, but just as effectively gives the radicalized anti-government Teatroll base something to fear as an imminen threat to their freedumb.

    March 15, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "What I said was not that complex."

    But it was inarticulate and obtuse and not at all clearly stated.

    March 15, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Wake up People!

    It sure is a mess Mr. Combover and it was your party that wrecked it and refused to do anything to fix it because they aren't running the show right now.

    March 15, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. John

    "Trump is a buffoon, and always will be." Sorry no, I think Maher was closer in his classification of this chump.

    March 15, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Uncle S

    Donald Trump–freedom of speech gone haywire!

    March 15, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Jim Larkins

    How very disappointing, I thought that Donald Trump might be on an actual suicide mission...

    March 15, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. wildernessyes

    What an idiot. So the reason you do the right thing on immigration is for the votes? No, you do it because it is the right thing to do for people and their families. Republicans are so full of hate and intolerance.

    March 15, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Fair s Fair

    "To be honest, I actually thought you and I were on a page of compromise in defense of America. Apparently I was mistaken."
    No, no, no... we're definitely on the same page with respect to America's defense... for crying out loud, my son did multiple tours and was discharged just before last Mother's Day... for which I'm exceptionally grateful.

    Where we appear to be on different pages, though?

    The left – against enhanced interrogation, but all for drone strikes (a certain death sentence) before proof of guilt
    The left – all for trials in civilian court, provided they're Bush-era detainees. There are no Obama-era detainees – they've all been killed without trial whatsoever. Shoot first, ask questions later.

    It's the hypocrisy, Lynda... it's the hypocrisy.

    March 15, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Pander Bear

    I love Donald Trumo and I appreciate every thing he says. Because with each word out of his mouth he makes Republicans look more stupid and more out of touch, thereby bringing the whole party down from the inside. What do you think Sarah Palin?

    March 15, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. rs

    Really? "Take oil from Iraq"?
    First, I think we've done enough to Iraq. They still don't have reliable power on a day-to-day basis, and we're probably lucky they aren't seeking war reparations- aside from the $60 billion we've blown on contractors to re-build the mess we made, and the $100 that got "lost".
    Second, What is this GOP obsession with Iraq? For the last President it was one costly White Whale- that cost us dearly in blood and treasure.
    Finally- If Trump is advising the GOP we are in trouble. Two words Donald-"You're Fired".

    March 15, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Sly

    Hey, the bufoon is speaking again.

    Trump: "If a white man with any black blood gets elected President, we should seceed from the United States".
    Trump: "Where is His birth certificate"
    Trump: "The stock market quotes are a conspiracy – the market is actually tanking. Everyone is lying".

    Bufoon speak. This fella makes Sarah Palin look like a genius

    March 15, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. N

    Trump makes Jindal's "stupid party" case

    March 15, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Bill

    The parade of clowns continues. Clearly, the GOP is not working on its image problem. Great stuff.

    March 15, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Kiki

    We the "PEOPLE" either democrats, republicans, and independents must stand up and vote all of them out of office in 2014. These people are all about how to make profit NOT to help our great country. CPAC is what is wrong with this great nation. They are not defending our causes. LETS put an end to this nonsense!

    March 15, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Michael

    Our foreign policy never has and never will include stealing assets from another country. To do so would play into the hands of our enemies who deem us to be imperialists.

    Also, Mr. Trump doesn't seem to have a good sense of right and wrong. He's either morally bankrupt or amoral. His policy for our growing illegal immigration problem is primarily a function of which party would benefit on election day. Rather than electoral benefit, shouldn't we place emphasis on a solution that balances the resolution of a problem with a sense of morality?

    March 15, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. RN

    He should go out and play with his friends and let the adults run the country.
    It's because of the republicans that the country is in this mess – unfunded wars, deregulation of industry, tax cuts for corporations and millionaires, huge military spending for things the military does not want, ...
    Mr Trump has been able to get himself out of several messes by declaring bankruptcy – doe she think we can get out of trouble by the country going bankrupt? That boy is dumb.

    March 15, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. engymass2

    I agree with you Ove. The old order has been holding this country back forever, good thing their loss of power is now on the horizon.
    We should demand some kind of compensation from Iraq as well as that entire oil region because we did stabilize it when Hussein was removed. What do we get in return ? Sky high, record gas prices ? Something's not right here at all.
    The illegal's will eventually become legal as 11 Mil. is a lot to be lost in tax's. It's up to the Republicans how they will deal with the resultant votes. I argue the legitimacy of a political movement that does not include "any" minority influence in the 21st Century. If the GOP does not include a substantial block of minorities in a "real" way, they will fail and are already failing.

    March 15, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Don't know what he says

    My gawd, this clown just keeps giving and giving. Remember that the CPAC picked him to speak over Christie. Why they did it was to punish Christie for not being conservative enough. I guess that is the only test you have to pass... mental illness and brainless blunders are all acceptable.

    March 15, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "It's the hypocrisy, Lynda... it's the hypocrisy."

    I'll concede you the hypocrisy. It's a slippery slope when one chooses to try and maneuver on the top of a soapbox.

    March 15, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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