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. smowyowl

    Sarah Palin will have to speak soon because, hard as it is to imagine, right now she is being "out-stupid-ed" by the other blowhards in the GOP, and if there is one thing that Sarah can't stand, it's not being the center of attention.

    March 15, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Tam

    What relation does Trump have to the party? is he hired? did he get elected to something? he's a certifiable whacko.

    Geeze, these guys didn't invite Palin, Bachmann and the rest of the Loonie Tunes?

    March 15, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. RN

    Fair is Fair,

    I am for the drone strikes. We do not need to put our troops at risk to into places that would cost a lot in lives.
    If we use a drone or a bomber – what's the difference – more precision with the drone. Fewer civilians killed with drones – tho it is never going to be zero. If the local population hides and protects them they face a risk.
    Torture is a war crime. Fighting an enemy is what war it.

    Yes, if we capture someone we can bring them to trial – but, if that is not possible, then kill them before they can kill us. This appears difficult for conservatives to understand. If a man is about to kill someone and the only way to stop them is to kill them – take the shot. If they can be captured you can put them on trial.
    What we need is to hear some serious talks from republicans – not all this bluster from clowns like Trump.

    March 15, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. stevetall

    Only a moron would listen to Donald Trump. What a confused weasel he is. He has exploited our system to make himself 'rich' by going bankrupt multiple times and screwing his investors. When I saw the headline, I was hoping that the Donald was going on a suicide mission himself. Now, that would be news worth hearing: Donald explodes himself all over the CPAC audience. Awesome!

    March 15, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Yakobi

    Ugh. Don't tell me Trump is angling for a run at the presidency already. He's such an embarrassment. He should stick to what he knows best–bashing Rosie O'Donnell.

    March 15, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. James Bond

    Faulty info did not get us into a war, false info was fabricated so he caould start a war, big dfference, and you know it. and who is to bLame for us going to war, democrats? hardly, real money to be made if we can go to war george, what do you say?. all the deaths are on george and dick, they should die for war crimes, just sayin,others have for much less

    March 15, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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, ..."

    LOL. Oh, I understand fully. Paranoia is one of Rand's best calling cards.

    March 15, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. K. in Miami

    You gotta love the comedic effect with this Republican gathering, this is just a treasure trove for the late night comedians, I've been laughing almost uncontrollably.....

    Thanks for the laughs GOP.......!

    March 15, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. josh

    yeah whatever happened to the Iraqi oil that was supposed to reimburse us for the war? Of course we were told that by Bush and Cheney who just happened ti lie about the whole war so I guess we should not be suprised...otherewise having Mr. Birther talk at CPAC who a few days before Obama released the birth certificate claim they found something that would knock our socks off and the never seeming to present such dramatic information just shows that Jendal was right on the money

    March 15, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. felixelgato

    I was hoping Trump was volunteering for a suicide mission – wrong.

    March 15, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Ben Thare

    Comedians all over the world thank you, Mr. Trump, for ensuring that we never run out of material.

    March 15, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Jay

    @smowyowl Listening to Sarah Palin is like listening to nails on a chalkboard, or a fork on a plate.........that's all.

    March 15, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    Reporting on CPAC is a big political waste of time. None of these "speakers" will ever grace the Oval Office thanks to all the sane and intelligent voters out there, who would never listen to any of them.

    March 15, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. ritmocojo

    The 'Orangutan Man' speaks. Total garbage but it speaks nevertheless. Good luck in 2017, GOtP. (-; (-;

    March 15, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. WhereIsPalin

    Can anyone understand what this guy is talking about??

    March 15, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Glenn

    I actually like what Trump has to say on some issues; tariffs on China, rebuilding our manufacturing sector, using Iraqi oil to pay for the war. Too bad he has been such a blow hard on other issues, such as Obama's birth certificate. His tendency to descend into hysterics will prevent him from ever becoming president.

    March 15, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. tony

    The stock market is so high up, because American labor rates have been forced down so low. And health care and pensions thrown out of the window, One day we will become China.

    March 15, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. MesaMom

    I hope Jon Steward gets a hold of this.

    March 15, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Mr. Flibble

    Donald Trump has suggestions to fix the economy ..... This is the same guy that's filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy 4 times in the last 22 years. whoa.......

    March 15, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC


    The stock market is so high up, because American labor rates have been forced down so low.
    Ever heard of the global economy? The US stock market is not the accurate barometer of the US economy that it once was. Many of the most profitable companies being traded are making their money and products overseas.

    March 15, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. freya

    Somebody really ought to put Donald's toupee out of it's misery.

    March 15, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Greg

    WOW. Donald you really are an airhead when it comes to politics. WOW.

    March 15, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Just a thought

    I like his comment about this country being lead by stupid people and yet when the house is republican...... I guess he has made a point.

    March 15, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. MIke

    Listen to this man! This man is genius! The DNC wholeheartedly thank you for continuing to dumb down the GOP!

    March 15, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Carlin123

    I'm sorry but when you allow a self absorbed idiot like Trump to speak, you loose all credibility.

    March 15, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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