If there were a list of all the offensive, ignorant statements that real-estate-mogul-turned-Republican-presidential-candidate Donald Trump has said since launching his campaign, it would run long. (Actually, the New York Times proudly took on the responsibility of documenting Trump's extensive list of Twitter insults.)
From Mexicans to Muslims, women to the community of people with disabilities, CNN to Fox News, Trump has the distinction of being the one presidential candidate who has managed to insult what sometimes feels like everyone from every community imaginable (except white men), yet continue his commanding lead in many polls — until now.
But what makes Trump's campaign so dangerously fascinating is his thin-skinned engagement with his many, many detractors, especially online. We've taken the liberty of collecting a sampling of some of his most offensive statements — as well as the brilliant responses they've inspired.
1. When residents in Scotland raised the Mexican flag next to his golf course.
Opened in 2012, Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, has been an incredibly unpopular fixture among locals. Resident David Milne, one of the many who erected the Mexican flag, told BuzzFeed:
The point of the flag is to show solidarity with the Mexicans and every other group that Trump has decried, derided, insulted, and tried to marginalize.
2. When London's Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan rejected Trump's offer to "make an exception" for him.
London made history electing its first-ever Muslim mayor recently, and that put Donald Trump in quite a pickle: Will the most powerful Muslim politician in West Europe be able to enter the United States if Trump, who has repeatedly called for a ban on Muslims coming into the country, becomes president?
Trump said he'd make an exception for Khan because the British politician would "lead by example." To which the mayor said, "This isn't just about me. It's about my friends, my family, and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world."
3. When Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders displayed a sweet moment of solidarity against Trump.
When former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, publicly endorsed Donald Trump, the latter initially refused to disavow Duke, the ex-leader of one of the most racist hate groups to ever exist in the country.
Trump insisted he did not know who Duke was despite having expressed his disapproval of Duke years ago. The move was widely seen an appeasement to his voting base, comprised primarily of economically disadvantaged white men.
In response, Bernie Sanders criticized Trump for his refusal to disavow Duke on Twitter, only to have it be retweeted by none other than Hillary Clinton herself — which just goes to show that the fight against extreme bigotry can bring together even the greatest adversaries.
4. When women responded to Trump saying the only thing Clinton had going for her was the "woman card."
Trump's indication that the "woman card" was an immediate advantage reeked of sexism. Many women, both Clinton supporters and not, took to Twitter to explain just how fantastic it was to play the woman card.
Hint: It's not.
5. When Latinos responded to Trump's calling Mexicans rapists, criminals, and drug dealers with this clever campaign.
In Trump's speech announcing his run for presidency, he managed to offend Mexicans everywhere by saying that Mexico was "sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
It prompted a flurry of responses, but the #TurnIgnoranceAround campaign, aimed at combatting stereotypes about Latinos perpetuated by Trump's highly offensive statement about Mexicans, was perhaps the most interesting.
6. When Heidi Klum showed how little she cared that Trump thinks "she's no longer a 10."
In an attempt to explain how he manages to "survive dissing John McCain and rating Heidi Klum when that would be a death knell for someone like Scott Walker," Trump said:
Sometimes I do go a little bit far ... Heidi Klum. Sadly, she's no longer a 10.
Klum, with an ever-cheery disposition, responded with the above video on Instagram.
7. When this Muslim woman donned the American flag as a hijab on TV to show just how patriotic Muslims can be.
Following the Paris terror attacks, there was plenty of debate in the U.S. about rising Islamophobia, ISIS, and terrorism. One of the arguments, one also implied by Trump, was that Muslims were un-American and could not possibly be loyal to the U.S. because of their religion.
So Saba Ahmed, a Muslim lawyer from Washington D.C., decided to attend her on-air interview with The Kelly Files on Fox News in full-on patriot mode, wearing a hijab with the American flag print.
How's that for a singularly genius response?
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