Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, has been well-known for his brash and often controversial language. Whether you find his put-down lines amusing or alarming, there’s no denying that they made headlines. Here are 25 of Trump’s most memorable put-down lines during his time in politics.
1. “You’re Fired!”
His catchphrase from “The Apprentice” has become synonymous with Trump’s blunt and direct approach to communication.
2. “Low Energy Jeb”
Trump’s nickname for Jeb Bush during the 2016 Republican primary sought to frame his opponent as lacking vitality and vigor.
3. “Little Marco”
This nickname for Senator Marco Rubio was Trump’s way of diminishing his stature during the Republican primary.
4. “Lyin’ Ted”
Trump used this label for Ted Cruz, another 2016 Republican rival, questioning his truthfulness.
5. “Crooked Hillary”
His nickname for Hillary Clinton played into a narrative he pushed regarding her integrity during the 2016 election.
6. “Fake News!”
Trump’s frequent dismissal of media reports he disagreed with sought to undermine public trust in journalism.
7. “Very Stable Genius”
In response to critics questioning his mental fitness, Trump declared himself not just a genius, but a “very stable” one.
8. “Crazy Bernie”
Trump’s nickname for Senator Bernie Sanders, aiming to paint him as an extremist.
Trump used this nickname for Senator Elizabeth Warren, referencing her claims of Native American heritage.
10. “That Makes Me Smart”
During a presidential debate, Trump responded with this line, framing it as savvy when accused of not paying federal taxes.
11. “Total Disaster”
A frequent descriptor Trump used for policies and politicians he disagreed with.
12. “You’d Be In Jail”
A controversial line aimed at Hillary Clinton during a 2016 debate, implying she would be imprisoned if he were in charge.
Trump’s divisive remark about certain nations during an immigration meeting sparked an international outcry.
14. “Nasty Woman”
Many saw his comment about Hillary Clinton during a 2016 debate as a gendered attack.
15. “She’s Got a Son”
Referring to climate activist Greta Thunberg’s concern for future generations, Trump dismissively focused on her youth.
16. “I’m President and You’re Not”
Trump’s way of ending arguments with critics by invoking the authority of his office.
17. “Such a Nasty Question”
A frequent response to journalists whose questions he disliked, turning attention from the query to the questioner.
A simple and often-repeated put-down Trump has used for critics and opponents alike.
19. “They’re Rapists”
Trump’s inflammatory comment about Mexican immigrants during his 2016 campaign announcement.
20. “Don’t Be Rude”
Used to rebuke journalists, this line sought to put reporters “in their place.”
21. “He’s a War Hero Because He Was Captured”
Trump’s controversial comment about Senator John McCain’s time as a POW.
22. “I Like People Who Weren’t Captured”
A continuation of his put-down of McCain, downplaying the Senator’s military service.
23. “Bad Hombres”
Trump’s comment about criminals coming from Mexico played into stereotypes during a 2016 debate.
24. “Blood Coming Out of Her Wherever”
A widely criticized comment Trump made about journalist Megyn Kelly.
25. “Look at That Face!”
Trump’s disparaging comment about fellow Republican candidate Carly Fiorina’s appearance during the 2016 primary.
Divisive Rhetoric That Stirs a Reaction
Trump’s put-down lines are a hallmark of his political persona. They are often divisive and stir strong reactions from supporters and critics alike.
These 25 lines provide a snapshot of the rhetoric that shaped Trump’s political career, encapsulating his tendency to disrupt conventional political discourse.
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