Greatest Self-Contradiction
by Edel Rodriguez

Michael Kruse and Noah Weiland
Donald Trump’s Greatest Self-Contradictions
The many, many, MANY sides of the likely Republican nominee, in his own words
Politico Magazine
5 May 2016

Donald Trump likes to say that he “tells it like it is," and his blunt style has won him the Republican nomination, buoyed by voters who like feeling they know just where a candidate stands on the issues. So where does he stand? Over the past four decades Trump has talked about every imaginable subject: gun rights to germs, the nature of competition to pre-nuptial agreements, love and sex, self-promotion and politics. And on every one of those topics, he has taken positions that directly contradict exactly what he has previously said.

"It’s always good to do things nice and complicated so that nobody can figure it out."(The New Yorker, May 19, 1997)

"The simplest approach is often the most effective." (Trump: The Art of the Deal, 1987)

"I like (and dislike) all sorts of people—winners, losers, and those in the middle!" (Trump: Think Like a Billionaire, 2004)

"The world is a vicious and brutal place. We think we’re civilized. In truth, it’s a cruel world and people are ruthless. They act nice to your face, but underneath they’re out to kill you. … Even your friends are out to get you: they want your job, they want your house, they want your money, they want your wife, and they even want your dog. Those are your friends; your enemies are even worse!" (Trump: Think Big, 2007)

"You never want people to think you’re a loser or a schlepper, but it’s not a good idea if they think you’re the smartest guy in the room, either." (Trump: Think Like a Billionaire, 2004)

"I’m a thinker, and I have been a thinker. … I’m a very deep thinker." (Palm Beach, Florida, March 11, 2016)

"The day I realized it can be smart to be shallow was, for me, a deep experience." (Trump: Think Like a Billionaire, 2004)

"Don’t worry about actively promoting yourself." (Trump: Think Like a Billionaire, 2004)

"Let people know what you’ve done. What good is it if no one knows about it? You’ve gotta be a promoter." (New York Magazine, December 24, 1984)

"I don’t think there are two Donald Trumps. I think there’s one Donald Trump." (Palm Beach, Florida, March 11, 2016)

"I think there are two Donald Trumps." (Palm Beach, Florida, March 11, 2016)

"If two people dig each other, they dig each other." (Trump University “Trump Blog,” December 22, 2005).

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