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. Mitch

    So Trump thinks that immigration policy should be guided by how many votes it shifts to the right or the left? What an idiot.

    March 15, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. GIUK

    Thank you Mr Trump for doing your bit in destroying the greatest enemy to the US since the USSR; The Republican party.

    March 15, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. rosie

    "One of his ideas to boost the economy included a suggestion to take Iraq's oil and "pay ourselves back" for the war."\

    Iraq is a sovereign nation and it is THEIR oil Donald, not OURS. What a boofoon.

    March 15, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Cap'n D

    New Rule: the words "Donald Trump" may not be spoken or printed without being prefixed by "the pustulant".

    March 15, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. tar

    LOVE it. HE wants iraq to pay us back for invading them? Where are the Wmd's.
    if anything we owe iraq for all the civilians killed and destruction.
    he says we have no manufacturing well, thanks republicans that ship jobs overseas.
    Proving once again $ does not equal brains.

    March 15, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. kunta

    The Donald and all of his cronies are rich. So how is the country in such a mess for them? Seems as though they are doing just fine. The economy certainly hasn't hurt them.

    March 15, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Tom

    I can't tell if he's trolling them or trying to destroy them within.

    March 15, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Roughie

    What does one do when a billionair loses his faculties? His family
    should be worried and perhaps buy/build a home for hime to be locked
    away in... Clearly the man has lost it all

    March 15, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. Joseph A

    I just saw the video and there was nothing Right Wing about it
    Rather it was a realistic approach to what both the United States and the Republican Party need to do

    March 15, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. boungiorno

    your welcome for the good advice

    March 15, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. GTA

    It's ironic that Donald Trump advocates 'leadership', especially when he does not practice it himself. Trump does not lead any of his own ventures, but instead is a complete dictator within his own realm. Trump would not last five minutes in an elected position that required him to lead and negotiate with others.

    March 15, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. boungiorno

    nobody is going to be allowed to own anything & i mean nothing

    March 15, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. 9hydra

    They invited Trump to speak, but no Christie. They must really hate winning.

    March 15, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    What CNN doesn't want you to know but is getting reported with picures elsewhere: the audience was almost entirely empty while Trump ranted. This is probably the case for amny of the speakers, which is why the only thing CNN gives you is a straight ahead close up of the imbecile in question standing behind the fancy CPAC podium/lectern.

    March 15, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. boungiorno

    this country didnt get in this mess alone EVERYONE HAD PLAY IN THIS/& THIS MEANS YOU

    March 15, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Pete

    Funny how such a loser as Trump even financially can say anything about another loser in Romney but you see what happens when your republican party been losing so long they begin eating each other don't they...Typical egos going at it saying they're great at this ,great at that but never been great at what they're hired to do being politicians...Now run along Trump and find someone else to bug because the lawsuit against Maher isn't working out well and the rest of your life looks like your hair piece real crappy as well..Hey isn't it time you spent some time with your favorite idiot in Palin the one that makes you look like Einstein,have fun !!

    March 15, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. AgrippaMT

    The Donald becomes more and more a crackpot with each passing day. Time to ignore him.

    March 15, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota


    I can't tell if he's trolling them or trying to destroy them within.

    This could be said about each of the CPAC speakers. I suspect it's more to do with future PAC funding being sent their way. Poor Bobby Jindal hasn't quite got the grasp of the whole "send ME your money" speaking tour thing yet. Trump, though? Yeah, he's doing just fine at this "begging for dollars" gig CPAC is putting on for the clown gallery. As is Romney, Palin, Santorum, Rubio, both Paul's (Ryan and Rand), LaPierre, and all the rest of the clowns who will never become President of the United States, and probably don't want the job to begin with.

    March 15, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. Mork

    Since when did Trump become an important figure in the GOP? Romney lost because people are sick of angry, bloated, old white men yelling all the time.

    March 15, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. thomas

    He got the money when his father died he inherited all his money. He was had over 6 big companies go bankrupt he is a loser and if he did not get money the old fashion way (from his daddy) he would be living on the street

    March 15, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. NotFooledByDistractions

    You mean when trump was speaking to the 50 people that showed up to see him? There was a sea of empty seats at trumps presentation. perhaps conservatives aren't as stupid as I thought.

    March 15, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. the_dude

    The Donald had more ideas in one hour than ofailure has had in almost 8 years.

    March 15, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Skarphace

    I am always astounded when I hear that anybody, anywhere would want "The Donald" to represent them. Maybe the CPAC Tea Partiers can finally find the courage to form their own party and get Trump a nomination. That would be hallarious.

    March 15, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. just me

    Once again Donald says what he really thinks; 1) take what you don't own (OIL, IRAQ). 2) Don't speak ill of a Republicain, the party, or the policy (aimed at Jindel). Getting elected is your number ne concern, not fixing problems( so don't work on immigration). 4) Ignore facts and don't answer questions, Just repeat the same lines and smile (To Romney).

    I'm sure Donald and the pundits will say this is out of context, and that It was not mean't for my ears to here. But this is telling of what is wrong with both sides today. There are less moderate democrates today and fewer moderate rubulicains. All to often the mic is past to the village idiot (Trump, Cain, Palin, ect..) and the reasonable and moderate voices are silenced.

    Both parties do this, I have bones to pick with democrates two, and beleive me they are not in much better shape. However the rupublicains will be the ones marginalized and as the fringe elements are the ones screaming the lowdest. What ever you views are... God bless you. I may share some of them, I may not. We may differ on come ideological principles, but that doesnot mean we can not compromise. This is the approach that congress needs to approch. Conservatives you will NEVER reverse Roe vs Wade, Liberals you will never get tax payer paid abortions. NOW MOVE ON.

    Some of you said: Im a concervative, and I never said I wanted to reverse all of Roe vs Wade.
    Some of you siad: Im a liberal and I never said I want tax payer psid abortions.

    YOU would both be right. Most pople don't want either extreme, so meet in the middlde, where the people are....the Middle

    March 15, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. John john the pipers son

    the country is not in a mess Mr trump, on the contrary, we are bouncing back with vigor ...have you not bore witness to the DOW's recent record breaking streak The conservative party however (which was always a mess) is so visible it can see its own stupidity for what it has always been.

    March 15, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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