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. Daniel McRick

    Can we send Trump on an actual suicide mission? Strap a bomb to him and pump him up about seventy-two beauty contestants, then send him into Iraq? Awww, you never let me have any fun.

    March 15, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Fire the GOP

    Trump and the GOP were fixated on birth certificates while President Obama and the Democrats were tackling healthcare and the economy.

    That was enough for me to decide which way my vote was going.

    March 15, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    @The Real Tom Paine

    Did anyone take his blood alcohol level before he talked?

    Yep, it's up to Boehner level now.

    March 15, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. LilySue

    The hair aside, what planet is he from, anyway? I think he got lost on his way home, landed on Earth, and forgot to leave.

    March 15, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. David

    So Trump seriously suggests that we go into Iraq, take their oil and just walk back out as payment for us being there? That's having a group of 5 burglars break into your house one of which gets hurt.They trash the place up, fix a few things that they broke and then leave. They then call you and tell you that you owe them some money for the hard work and sacrifice of invading your house. Come on man!

    March 15, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Offgrid911

    Can we do anything to assist them on this mission? Or should we just let them continue with the great job of self-destruction they nearly completed already...

    March 15, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Raj K

    I wonder what Trumps IQ is......... in comparison to that of a Gorilla.

    March 15, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. nilla

    The fact that they still embrace this nutjob is reason enough for me to keep voting D, as much as it pains me to do so. He thinks we should invade a country, overthrow it's government, then steal its resources "as payment for our services"? Yeah, that's a great way to slow down terrorist recruiting.

    March 15, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Calf. Gal


    I can't believe any body even listen to this IDIOT.

    Can't believe idiots listen and believe Obama, but they do.

    March 15, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. BeverlyNC

    Why does anyone care what Trump says or thinks? He has made himself a national joke and the most famous bigot. The fact Republicans would listen to a person like Trump shows they are still hate-filled extremists who are clueless to the issues and needs of the People and could care less. In 2014, we can rid ourselves of the Party of obstruction and do-nothingness. We can vote them all out and get real leaders who will get actual work done to restore our nation.
    CPAC = extremism and a lack of reality.

    March 15, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Good 'Ole Poop

    Hey, you! Yeah, you! Dying of cancer? Living in poverty? Making minimum wage? Children uneducated? Spouse laid off? Don't worry – just pull yourself up by your bootstraps and soon you'll be just like me! Casino mogul in no time! That's the American Dream for 'ya!

    All the best,
    Donald T.

    March 15, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. ellid

    What an idiot.

    March 15, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. ray

    the man with yellow hair , hahahah here he goes again. this clown has too much money so he cannot think positive. people like trumph should be in a cell with some brothers for a few weeks.

    March 15, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. CryBabies

    Sniffet.......Get a JOB! You Bore People....YBP!

    March 15, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. gregory21

    The more that idiot talks, the gop keeps getting worse.

    March 15, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |

    They tackled the Healthcare problem? Are you a moron? Really? By handing out free healthcare to the people that want to sit on their lazy @sses he just added a ton more debt. And last time I looked more people are still unemployed every month. And yes every month there are more and more people NOT working. If you think the cooked books formula they use for Unemployment is accurate you are nuts! They don't count all of the people who fell off the unemployment rolls. So every month more and more people are added to the welfare rolls. This administration is sending this country on a one way trip to bankruptcy..

    March 15, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    @ American Truth – best post on this Ticker.

    March 15, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Stormy

    Trump is such a HAHA. I have never seen someone have so much fun with their money before.

    March 15, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Tom

    Trump, release your tax returns now.

    March 15, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Apparently, someone laced the dead cact on his head with the brown acid.

    March 15, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. rgauchey

    I think Trump should run for President in 2016. Then the Republicans could get him out of their system.

    March 15, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. boungiorno

    you guys really need to quit staring at the computer all day

    March 15, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. texasnotea

    Hey Donald, one man's mess is another man's paradise.

    March 15, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Sashatree

    Good God! What drugs is this guy on???? "Take Iraqi oil"?!?!?! Is he NUTS?! The only thing I agree with him on is that the GOP is a "stupid party". Please, let's send the Donald on a suicide mission - strap him to an ICBM with this orange fake hair and kiss his backside good riddance!!! He's complete LUNATIC come unhinged. Wow.....

    March 15, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Daniel McRick

    *how did he make so much money when he lacks basic intelligence?

    He has a proven ability to assemble a group of small investors with a million or so apiece, and use their money to build something highly profitable enough that they get the money back with a high return. That's it. He makes money from construction projects and p's it away on side projects which mostly flop. Sometimes something like the tv show will work and bail him out. This is nothing like the skill set a president or even governor needs.

    March 15, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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