Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is a real estate mogul and television personality best known for the eponymous Trump Organization and his reality TV program “The Apprentice." He is a politically active member of the tea party movement and has toyed with running for president in five previous election cycles. He is a popular figure in Israel and publicly endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the 2013 Israeli Elections. He announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination this June in front of New York’s Trump Tower. Trump officially accepted the GOP's nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Vice Presidential Running Mate

Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Following graduation from law school, Congressman Pence ran for Congress in 1988 and 1990. In 1991, Pence was named president of a conservative state think tank based in Fort Wayne known as the Indiana Policy Review Foundation. Pence was elected to Congress in November 2000 and was re-elected for a fifth term in 2008. In November of 2008, he was elected to serve as Chairman of the House Republican Conference. He has been serving since 2013 as the 50th governor of Indiana. On July 5, 2016 Mike Pence was named as Donald Trump's Vice Presidential running mate, and accepted the nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention.



On the Issues

AAI tracks statements, non-statements, and the track records of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most. Click on an issue to read what Donald Trump has said on the campaign trail. For our take on why these are the 12 issues that are most important to our community, read here.


Foreign Policy     

Domestic Policy


U.S. Role in the Middle East 

Voting Rights 


U.S. Response to ISIL

Civil Rights + Civil Liberties












Bigoted Speech


Iran Negotiations 

Immigration Reform

Key Advisors

  • Roger Ailes. Debate Coach. Ailes founded FOX News in 1996, and served as the conservative TV network's Chairman until June 2016 when he resigned amidst accusations and lawsuits alleging he sexually harassed several female Fox News employees. Ailes has served as a media consultant to successful Republican Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, as well as for Rudy Guiliani's first run for Mayor of New York City. Ailes joined the Trump campaign in after he resigned from Fox News in August to help Trump prepare for the presidential debates. 
  • Stephen Bannon. Campaign CEO. Having joined the Trump campaign in August 2016, Bannon remains the Executive Chairman of the far right-wing news website, Breitbart News, and he hosts a daily Sirius XM Radio show called Breitbart News Hour. Bannon also serves as the Executive Chairman of the Government Accountability Institute, a conservative nonprofit investigative research organization. Bannon is an author and filmmaker, and a retired Naval officer.
  • Sam Clovis: Co-Chair and Policy Advisor. Clovis is a professor and tea-party activist. Additionally, Clovis was a Republican candidate for Senator and ultimately Treasurer of Iowa. In addition to being a candidate, he also worked on the 2016 Rick Perry presidential campaign.

  • Kellyanne Conway. Campaign Manager. Conwway is a longtime conservative strategist and pollster. She serves as the President and CEO of The Polling Company, Inc./WomanTrend. Conway has worked for several Republican elected officials including Vice President Dan Quayle, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Mike Pence prior to his election as Governor of Indiana. Conway's polling company has conducted opinion polls for American Express, ABC News, Major League Baseball, and others. Before joining the Trump campaign in August 2016, Conway supported Senator Ted Cruz in the primary election, having served as the President of a super PAC  that directed money to the Cruz cause. Conway is a frequent commentator on major network news shows, from CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.
  • Corey R. Lewandowski: Senior Political Adviser. He is the former director of voter registration at Americans for Prosperity, a group backed by conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch. Lewandowski played a prominent role in the 2002 re-election campaign of New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith, and drew criticism for accusing Smith's opponent, Arab American John Sununu, for being anti-Israel and associated with "Islamic terrorism". Read a September 2015 New York Times profile on Mr. Lewandowski. *Lewandowski was removed from the Trump campaign on June 20, 2016. 

  • Lt. (ret) Michael T. Flynn. Advisor. Flynn is a decorated, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant general, who was appointed by President Obama to two senior positions in the Department of Defense. Flynn was the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from July 2012 to August 2014. Before that posting, Flynn served as the Assistant Director of National Intelligence. Flynn is a registered Democrat, but was called on to advise several 2016 presidential candidates including Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz before joining the Trump campaign in February 2016. Flynn serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors for ACT! For America!, which is a designated anit-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
  • Jason Greenblatt: Chief Israel Advisor. Greenblatt is the Chief Legal Officer of Trump Organization as well as an executive vice president for the Trump business conglomerate. Greenblatt is engineering the Trump campaign's Israel Advisory Committee, which as of August 2016 consist of himself and David Friedman. Greenblatt, an observant Jew, is a real estate lawyer by profession, who has spent time living in an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Despite lack of experience and expertise, Greenblatt authored the GOP platform language on Israel and Trump has repeatedly said he defers to Greenblatt on issues involving Israel.

  • Paul Manafort: Campaign Chairman. Manafort was a founding partner of the Washington, DC-based lobbying powerhouse Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly. Manafort served on the campaigns of several Republican presidential campaigns including Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Robert Dole, George W. Bush, and John McCain. During the Reagan campaign, Manafort was the Deputy Political Director at the Republican National Committee. In 1980, President Reagan appointed Manafort Associate Director of the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House. Manafort was hired by the Trump campaign and given a $20 million budget to lead the battle with the Cruz campaign over convention delegates. Manafort's lobbying history includes work on behalf of several controversial foreign clients. In 1984 Manafort lobbied on behalf of Saudi Arabia against House and Senate legislation that would have pressed the U.S. government to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In the 1990s part of Manafort's lobbying portfolio included services to the Kashmiri American Council, an organization that was later accused by the Department of Justice of being a front for the Pakistani government's intelligence services. He served as an adviser on the Ukrainian presidential campaign of Viktor Yanukovych even as the U.S. government opposed Yanukovych because of his ties to Russia's Vladimir Putin. 

  • George Papadopoulos: National Security Advisor. Papadopoulos is an oil and energy consultant. According to the London Centre of International Law Practice, Papadopoulos is “the director of the Center for International Energy and Natural Resources Law & Security. A former fellow at the conservative think tank, the Hudson Institute where  he specialized in the Eastern Mediterranean and Caspian Sea regions.

  • Walid Phares: National Security Advisor. Phares advised Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign; many groups called for Romney to dismiss Phares in light of his history of violence and hate.  Phares was a member of the Lebanese Forces militia in the Lebanon civil war and is widely held as a key contributor to Gagea's justification of war against Muslims and Druze. Phares has a history of promoting conspiracy theories and asserting that the Muslim Brotherhood has effectively infiltrated the US Government and will impose sharia. Walid has authored several problematic books including Future Jihad, The War of Ideas, The Confrontation and The Coming Revolution: Struggle for freedom in the Middle East.

  • Katrina Pierson, National Campaign Spokeswoman. After voting for Barack Obama in 2008, Pierson became an active member and leader in the Tea Party Movement. She founded a Tea Party club in her hometown of Garland, Texas and she served as the National Spokeswoman for the Tea Party Leadership Fund. She continues to serve on the Tea Party Advisory Committee. In 2012, Pierson actively supported Senator Ted Cruz's reelection campaign. In 2014, Pierson challenged incumbent Texas Representative Pete Sessions in a bid to represent the 32nd district. Pierson was endorsed by Tea Party notable Sarah Palin and even Senator Ted Cruz's father, Rafael. Pierson lost the primary race to Sessions. Katrina Pierson joined Donald Trump's campaign as National Campaign Spokeswoman in November 2015.
  • Joe Schmitz: National Security Advisor. Schmitz is a former Inspector General. Schmitz worked at the Defense Department for George W. Bush’s first term. Schmitz came under criticism for his service at DOD, and was accused of blocking investigations into senior administration officials and of corruption. Additionally, he was also an executive at Blackwater Worldwide, a U.S. owned military company and security consulting firm. Schmitz co-authored a report called, “Sharia: The Threat to America” for the Center for Security Policy, a well known group peddling Islamophobia.

  • Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Trump campaign's National Security Advisory Committee. Jeff Sessions is a junior U.S. Senator from Alabama. From 1981 to 1993 he served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. President Ronald Reagan nominated him to a judgeship on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in 1986, but he was not confirmed. Sessions was elected to Attorney General of Alabama in 1994. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and easily re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014.


The U.S. Role in the Middle East

"Our military and the strength of our military and the strengthening of our military is a number one priority for the Trump administration. And the world’s going to respect us again and they don’t now. A lot of that has to do with the leader. And a lot of it has to do with leadership. But our country is going to be respected again and we are going to make America great again." (October 3, 2016 - Virginia campaign event)

“I think we have to get NATO to go into the Middle East with us in addition to surrounding nations we have to knock the hell out of ISIS. And we have to do it fast. When ISIS formed in this vacuum created by Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton and believe me you were the ones that took out the troops, not only that, you named the day.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

“You have to be able to negotiate our trade deals. You have to be able to negotiate, that's right, with Japan with Saudi Arabia. I mean, can you imagine where defending Saudi Arabia and with all of the money they have we’re defending them and they're not paying...all you have to do is to speak to them. What you have so many different things you have to be able to do and I don't believe that Hillary has the stamina.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

“And by the way, another one powerful is the worst deal I think I’ve ever seen negotiated that [Clinton] started is the Iran deal. Iran is one of their biggest trading partners. Iran has power over North Korea. And when they made that horrible deal with Iran, they should have included the fact that they do something with respect to North Korea.And they should've done something with respect to Yemen and all these other places and when I asked to Secretary Kerry, why didn’t you do that, why didn’t you add other things into the deal? One of the great giveaways of all time, of all time, including four hundred million dollars in cash nobody’s ever seen that before that turned out to be wrong. It was actually 1.7 billion dollars in cash, obviously I guess for the hostages. It certainly looks that way. So you say to yourself why didn't they make the right deal? This is one of the worst deals ever made by any country in history. The deal with Iran will lead to nuclear problems. All they have to do is sit back ten years and they don't have to do much. And they’re going to end up getting nuclear. I met with Bibi Netanyahu the other day, believe me he is not a happy camper.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

In a statement released after meeting with Egyptian President al Sisi, Trump was reported to have “thanked President el-Sisi and the Egyptian people for what they have done in defense of their country and for the betterment of the world. Mr. Trump expressed his strong support for Egypt’s war on terrorism, and how under a Trump administration, the United States of America will be a loyal friend, not simply an ally, that Egypt can count on in the days and years ahead." (September 19, 2016 - campaign statement)

“She made a terrible mistake on Libya. And the next thing, I mean, not only did she make the mistake, but then they complicated the mistake by having no management once they bombed you know what out of Gadhafi. I mean, she made a terrible mistake on Libya. And part of it was the management aftereffect. I think that we have great management talents, great management skills.” (September 7, 2016 – NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum)

“I mean, part of the problem that we’ve had is we go in, we defeat somebody, and then we don’t know what we’re doing after that. We lose it, like as an example, you look at Iraq, what happened, how badly that was handled. And then when President Obama took over, likewise, it was a disaster. It was actually somewhat stable. I don’t think could ever be very stable to where we should have never gone into in the first place. But he came in. He said when we go out — and he took everybody out. And really, ISIS was formed. This was a terrible decision. And frankly, we never even got a shot. And if you really look at the aftermath of Iraq, Iran is going to be taking over Iraq. They’ve been doing it. And it’s not a pretty picture…I’ve always said, shouldn’t be there, but if we’re going to get out, take the oil. If we would have taken the oil, you wouldn’t have ISIS, because ISIS formed with the power and the wealth of that oil…And we’re the only ones, we go in, we spend $3 trillion, we lose thousands and thousands of lives, and then, Matt [Lauer], what happens is, we get nothing. You know, it used to be to the victor belong the spoils. Now, there was no victor there, believe me. There was no victor. But I always said: Take the oil. One of the benefits we would have had if we took the oil is ISIS would not have been able to take oil and use that oil…” (September 7, 2016 – NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum)

"The rise of ISIS is the direct result of policy decisions made by President Obama and Secretary Clinton." (August 15, 2016 - Ohio speech)

"Perhaps no speech was more misguided than President Obama’s speech to the Muslim World delivered in Cairo, Egypt, in 2009. In winning the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan repeatedly touted the superiority of freedom over communism, and called the USSR the Evil Empire. Yet, when President Obama delivered his address in Cairo, no such moral courage could be found. Instead of condemning the oppression of women and gays in many Muslim nations, and the systematic violations of human rights, or the financing of global terrorism, President Obama tried to draw an equivalency between our human rights record and theirs. His naïve words were followed by even more naïve actions." (August 15, 2016 - Ohio speech)

"Our current strategy of nation-building and regime change is a proven failure. We have created the vacuums that allow terrorists to grow and thrive. I was an opponent of the Iraq war from the beginning – a major difference between me and my opponent. Though I was a private citizen, whose personal opinions on such matters was not sought, I nonetheless publicly expressed my private doubts about the invasion. Three months before the invasion I said, in an interview with Neil Cavuto, to whom I offer my best wishes for a speedy recovery, that “perhaps [we] shouldn't be doing it yet,” and that “the economy is a much bigger problem.” In August of 2004, very early in the conflict, I made a detailed statement to Esquire magazine. Here is the quote in full:

Look at the war in Iraq and the mess that we're in. I would never have handled it that way. Does anybody really believe that Iraq is going to be a wonderful democracy where people are going to run down to the voting box and gently put in their ballot and the winner is happily going to step up to lead the country? C'mon. Two minutes after we leave, there's going to be a revolution, and the meanest, toughest, smartest, most vicious guy will take over. And he'll have weapons of mass destruction, which Saddam didn't have.

"What was the purpose of this whole thing? Hundreds and hundreds of young people killed. And what about the people coming back with no arms and legs? Not to mention the other side. All those Iraqi kids who've been blown to pieces. And it turns out that all of the reasons for the war were blatantly wrong. All this for nothing.

"So I have been clear for a long time that we should not have gone in. But I have been just as clear in saying what a catastrophic mistake Hillary Clinton and President Obama made with the reckless way in which they pulled out. After we had made those hard-fought sacrifices and gains, we should never have made such a sudden withdrawal – on a timetable advertised to our enemies. Al Qaeda in Iraq had been decimated, and Obama and Clinton gave it new life and allowed it to spread across the world. By that same token, President Obama and Hillary Clinton should never have attempted to build a Democracy in Libya, to push for immediate regime change in Syria or to support the overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt."  (August 15, 2016 - Ohio speech)

"If I become President, the era of nation-building will be ended. Our new approach, which must be shared by both parties in America, by our allies overseas, and by our friends in the Middle East, must be to halt the spread of Radical Islam." (August 15, 2016 - Ohio speech)

"As President, I will call for an international conference focused on this goal. We will work side-by-side with our friends in the Middle East, including our greatest ally, Israel. We will partner with King Abdullah of Jordan, and President Sisi of Egypt, and all others who recognize this ideology of death that must be extinguished. We will also work closely with NATO on this new mission. I had previously said that NATO was obsolete because it failed to deal adequately with terrorism; since my comments they have changed their policy and now have a new division focused on terror threats." (August 15, 2016 - Ohio speech)

"The fight will not be limited to ISIS. We will decimate Al Qaeda, and we will seek to starve funding for Iran-backed Hamas and Hezbollah. We can use existing UN Security Council resolutions to apply new sanctions." (August 15, 2016 - Ohio speech)

"We will also keep open Guantanamo Bay, and place a renewed emphasis on human intelligence. Drone strikes will remain part of our strategy, but we will also seek to capture high-value targets to gain needed information to dismantle their organizations. Foreign combatants will be tried in military commissions." (August 15, 2016 - Ohio speech)

“Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism. You want to be a terrorist, you go to Iraq. It’s like Harvard, O.K.? So sad.” (July 5, 2016 – Rally in Raleigh, NC)

"Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? ... But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read them the rights. They didn’t talk. They were terrorists. It was over.” (July 5, 2016 – Rally in Raleigh, NC)

"The decision to overthrow the regime in Libya, then pushing for the overthrow of the regime in Syria, among other things, without plans for the day after, have created space for ISIS to expand and grow. These actions, along with our disastrous Iran deal, have also reduced our ability to work in partnership with our Muslim allies in the region. That is why our new goal must be to defeat Islamic terrorism, not nation-building." (June 13, 2016 - Rally in Manchester, NH) 

“I was for something, but I wasn't for what we have right now. I wasn't for what happened. Look at the way — I mean look at with Benghazi and all of the problems that we've had. It was handled horribly. I was never for strong intervention. I could have seen surgical where you take out Qadhafi and his group. On a humanitarian basis, immediately go into Libya, knock this guy out very quickly, very surgically, very effectively, and save the lives." (June 5, 2016 – Interview on CBS Face the Nation)

“We went from mistakes in Iraq to Egypt to Libya, to President Obama’s line in the sand in Syria. Each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos and gave ISIS the space it needs to grow and prosper. Very bad. It all began with a dangerous idea that we could make western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interests in becoming a western democracy.” (April 27, 2016 – Speech at the Center for National Interest)

"When Putin came out and he wanted to bomb the hell out of ISIS, we had people standing on the stage, we don’t want that, we want. . . . Let me tell you something. If we have somebody else dropping bombs that cost a half a million dollars a piece on the top — if we have somebody helping us, that’s not so bad. You understand that. That’s not so bad. But I had people that I’m running against saying, like, that was a terrible thing. It’s not a terrible thing. We have a situation in Libya where a friend of mine is just saying, so, we had Gaddafi, he killed the terrorists, he ran his place. Not a good man. Same thing you could say with Iraq, with Saddam Hussein. Saddam Hussein was a plus-10 at killing terrorists, that’s one thing. If our presidents would have gone away and gone to the beach, the Middle East would be a far better place than it is right now. I don’t say it would be run by nice people, but you know, it would be a far better place. The mistakes we’ve made in the Middle East are so astronomical. Now here’s the thing: ISIS is now. . . . A friend of mine who’s very much involved in the energy business, ISIS is controlling the oil now in Libya. How did we let that happen?" (April 3, 2016 - Interview w/ Bob Woodward and Rob Costa)

"I'd have to see what's going on in the region and you just cannot have a blanket. The one blanket you could say is, 'protection of our country.’ That's the one blanket. After that it depends on the country, the region, how friendly they've been toward us." (March 26, 2016 – New York Times)

"I do think it’s a different world today and I don’t think we should be nation building anymore. I think it’s proven not to work. And we have a different country than we did then." (March 21, 2016 - Washington Post)

“Well, on Afghanistan, I did mean Iraq. I think you have to stay in Afghanistan for a while, because of the fact that you're right next to Pakistan, which has nuclear weapons, and we have to protect that. Nuclear weapons change the game.” (March 3, 2016 - GOP Debate in Michigan)

"I was in favor of Libya? We would be so much better off if Gadhafi were in charge right now. If these politicians went to the beach and didn’t do a thing, and we had Saddam Hussein and if we had Gadhafi in charge, instead of having terrorism all over the place, we’d be — at least they killed terrorists, all right? And I’m not saying they were good because they were bad, they were really bad, but we don’t know what we’re getting. You look at Libya right now, ISIS, as we speak, is taking over their oil. As we speak, it’s a total mess. We would have been better off if the politicians took a day off instead of going into war." (February 26, 2016 - CNN Republican Debate in Houston

“George Bush made a mistake. We can make mistakes. But that one was a beauty. We should have never been in Iraq. We have destabilized the Middle East.” (February 13, 2016 - Debate Transcript)

"I would do my best, absolute best — I mean, one of the problems we have or one of the reasons we're so ineffective, you know, they're trying to, they're using them as shields. It's a horrible thing. But we're fighting a very politically correct war. And the other thing is with the terrorists, you have to take out their families… When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don't kid yourself. But they say they don't care about their lives. You have to take out their families." (December 2015, Fox News)

"I'm a very militaristic person, but you have to know when to use the military. I'm the only person up here that fought against going into Iraq." (September 2015, Second Republican Debate)

"Name after name—Arab name, Arab name, Arab name—and there are few people anywhere that would have known those names. I think he was reading them off the sheet." (September 2015, Second Republican Debate)

In response to a question about whether Mr. Trump is familiar with the leaders of various militant groups in the Middle East, Trump replied, “Of course I don’t know them. I’ve never met them. I haven’t been, you know, in a position to meet them. If, if they’re still there, which is unlikely in many cases, but if they’re still there, I will know them better than I know you....I will be so good at the military your head will spin.” (September 2015, Hugh Hewitt radio show)

“First of all, I'd like to just go back to one. In July of 2004, I came out strongly against the war with Iraq, because it was going to destabilize the Middle East. And I'm the only one on this stage that knew that and had the vision to say it. And that's exactly what happened.” (August 2015, Fox GOP Debate)

"I would bomb the hell out of those oilfields. I wouldn't send many troops because you won't need 'em by the time I'm finished." (August 2015, CNN)

"Saudi Arabia makes a billion dollars a day, okay? They make a billion dollars a day. Saudi Arabia, if it weren't for us, they wouldn't be there. They wouldn't exist. They should pay us. It's like Kuwait. When Kuwait had the problem with Saddam Hussein, like, the ultimate problem, they were taken over, we go in. We fight....But to go back to Saudi Arabia, if they're a funder of terrorists, why should we have diplomatic relations with them at all?... We defend Saudi Arabia. We send our ships. We send our planes. Every time there's a little ruckus, we send those ships and those planes. We get nothing. Why? They're making a billion a day. We get nothing. And this is the problem with the world. We make bad deals. We have no victories. I mean, we just don't have victories anymore. As a country, we don't have victories anymore. And it's very sad." (August 2015, Meet the Press)

“Islamic terrorism is eating large portions of the Mideast. They’ve become rich. I’m in competition with them.” (June 2015, Politico)

U.S. Response to ISIL

"But she wanted to look good for the election. But who is going to get Mosul really? We will take eventually. If you look at what's happening much more tougher it's going to be more deaths than we thought. But the leaders I wanted to get are all wrong is because they're smart. What do we need this for? So Mosul is going to be a wonderful thing and Iran should write us a letter of thank you, just like the other really stupid. The stupidest deal of all time. A deal that's going to give Iran absolutely nuclear weapons. Iran should write us yet another letter saying thank you very much because Iran as I said many years ago Iran is taking over Iraq. Something they wanted to do forever but we made it so easy for them. So we're now going to take Mosul and you knows who is going to be the beneficiary? Iran. Boy are they - they are outsmarting -- look you are not there you might be involved in that decision but you were there when you took everybody out of Mosul and out of Iraq. We shouldn’t have been Iraq but you did vote for it. You shouldn't have been in Iraq but once you're in Iraq you should have never left the way -- the point is the big winner is going to be Iran.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“Let me tell you. Mosul is so sad. We had Mosul but when she left, when she took everybody out, we lost Mosul and now we are fighting again to get Mosul. The problem with Mosul and what they wanted to do is they wanted to get the leaders of ISIS who they felt were in Mosul. About three months ago, I started reading that they want to get the leaders and they’re going to attack Mosul. What ever happened to the element of surprise? We announce we’re going after Mosul, I’ve been reading we’ve been going after Mosul, how long has it been Hillary, three months?” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“You know when we have a world where you have ISIS chopping off heads, where you have men frankly drowning people in steel cages, where you have wars and horrible, horrible sites all over where you have so many bad things happening, this is like medieval times, we haven't seen anything like this -- the carnage all over the world -- and they look and they see. Can you imagine the people that are frankly doing so well against us with ISIS and they look at our country and they see what's going on. Yes, I'm very embarrassed by it. I hate it. But it’s locker room talk and it's one of those things. I will knock the hell out of ISIS, we’re going to defeat ISIS. ISIS happened a number of years ago in a vacuum that was left because of bad judgment and I will tell you I will take care of ISIS.” (NPR, 08/09/16)

“I think would be great if we got along with Russia because we could fight ISIS together as an example. But I don't know Putin.” (NPR, 08/09/16)

“And one thing I have to say is I don't like Assad at all. But Assad is killing ISIS. Russia is killing ISIS. And Iran is killing ISIS.” (NPR, 08/09/16)

MIKE PENCE: "The United States of America needs to begin to exercise strong leadership to protect the vulnerable citizens and a over a hundred thousand children in Aleppo. Hillary Clinton’s top priority when she became Secretary of State was the Russian reset. The Russian reset. After the Russian reset, the Russians invaded Ukraine and took over Crimea. And the small and bullying leader of Russia is now dictating terms to the United States to the point where all of the United States of America, the greatest nation on earth, just withdraws from talks about a cease-fire while Vladimir Putin puts a missile defense system in Syria while he marshals the forces and begins -- we have got to begin to lean into this with strong, broad-shouldered American leadership." (October 4, 2016 - VP Debate)

MIKE PENCE: "But about Aleppo and about Syria -- I truly do believe that what America ought to do right now is immediately establish safe zones so that the families with children can move out of those areas, work with our Arab partners, real time, right now, to make that happen. And secondly, I just have to tell you that the provocations by Russia need to be met with American strength. And if Russia chooses to be involved in continue -- continue I should say to be involved - in this barbaric attack on civilians in Aleppo, the United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike military targets of the Assad regime to prevent them from this humanitarian crisis that is taking place in Aleppo. There's a broad range of other things that we ought to do as well. We ought to deploy a missile defense shield to the Czech Republic and Poland, which Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama pulled back on out of not wanting to offend the Russians back in 2009.The safe zones would have to be as the Senator said. There's already a framework for this that has been recognized by the international community. But the United States America needs to be prepared to work with our allies in the region to create a route for safe passage and then to protect people in those areas including with the no-fly zone. Look this is very tough stuff." (October 4, 2016 - VP Debate)

"So I just — I just want to say that we are going to hit ISIS hard, and I mean really hard, but I do think this. The American public doesn’t have to know the date and hour and second that we’re going to attack and from what side we’re going to attack. We’re going to attack from the eastern quadrant and it’ll take place on a certain day, at a certain hour...But the one I saw over the weekend was Mosul and they’re talking about attacking. The other problem is, you have a lot of the leaders in Mosul. Well, they’re not gonna be there, they’re getting out because they hear they’re gonna be attacked, so they’re getting out, they’re going some place " (October 3, 2016 - Virginia campaign event)

“Well, President Obama and Secretary Clinton created a vacuum the way they got out of Iraq because they got out -- they shouldn’t have been in but once they got in, the way they got out was a disaster. And ISIS was formed...But they wouldn't have even been formed if they left some troops behind, like ten thousand or maybe something more than that. And then you wouldn’t have had them. Or, as I’ve been saying for a long time, and I think you’ll agree because I said it to you once-- had we taken the oil -- and we should have taken the oil, ISIS would not have been able to form either because the oil was their primary source of income. And now they have the oil all over the place including the oil, a lot of the oil in Libya, which was another one of her disasters.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

“I think we have to get NATO to go into the Middle East with us in addition to surrounding nations we have to knock the hell out of ISIS. And we have to do it fast. When ISIS formed in this vacuum created by Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton and believe me you were the ones that took out the troops, not only that, you named the day.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

"We're going to have to do something extremely tough over there. Like knock the hell out of them. And we have to get everybody together and we have to lead for a change. We're not knocking them, we're hitting them every once in a while. We're hitting them in certain places. We're being gentle about it. We're going to have to be very tough."  (September 19, 2016 - Fox and Friends)

"If we would have taken them out we couldn't have it. [ISIS is] very strong. They're in 28 countries right now. These were started by Hillary Clinton and her policies, and Obama. When they got out of Iraq, this is what happened. This is the remnant of it. And it's much more than a remnant. They started in a small area, now they're in 28 countries. And I listened to Obama say we're winning the war. We're not winning the war. They're winning the war."  (September 19, 2016 - Fox and Friends)

“I think under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble. They have been reduced to a point where it’s embarrassing for our country. You have a force of 30,000 or so people. Nobody really knows. But probably 30,000 people. And I can just see the great — as an example- General George Patton spinning in his grave as ISIS we can’t beat…I have great faith in the military. I have great faith in certain of the commanders, certainly. But I have no faith in Hillary Clinton or the leadership. You look at what’s happened. And, you know, when she comes in and starts saying, oh, I would have done this, I would have — she’s been there for 30 years. I mean, we need change, Matt. We have to have it, and we have to have it fast.” (September 7, 2016 – NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum)

On his plan to defeat ISIL, which Mr. Trump has not revealed in order to be ‘unpredictable’, Mr. Trump says, “But when I do come up with a plan that I like and that perhaps agrees with mine, or maybe doesn’t — I may love what the generals come back with. I will convene…I have a plan. But I want to be — I don’t want to — look. I have a very substantial chance of winning. Make America great again. We’re going to make America great again. I have a substantial chance of winning. If I win, I don’t want to broadcast to the enemy exactly what my plan is. And let me tell you, if I like maybe a combination of my plan and the generals’ plan, or the generals’ plan, if I like their plan, Matt, I’m not going to call you up and say, ‘Matt, we have a great plan.’ This is what Obama does. ‘We’re going to leave Iraq on a certain day.’” (September 7, 2016 – NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum)

“I am also going to convene my top generals and give them a simple instruction: They will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for defeating ISIS.” (September 6, 2016 - North Carolina rally)
"I also believe that we could find common ground with Russia in the fight against ISIS. They too have much at stake in the outcome in Syria, and have had their own battles with Islamic terrorism. My Administration will aggressively pursue joint and coalition military operations to crush and destroy ISIS, international cooperation to cutoff their funding, expanded intelligence sharing, and cyberwarfare to disrupt and disable their propaganda and recruiting. We cannot allow the internet to be used as a recruiting tool, and for other purposes, by our enemy – we must shut down their access to this form of communication, and we must do so immediately." (August 15, 2016 - Ohio speech)

"...we must use ideological warfare as well. Just as we won the Cold War, in part, by exposing the evils of communism and the virtues of free markets, so too must we take on the ideology of Radical Islam. While my opponent accepted millions of dollars in Foundation donations from countries where being gay is an offense punishable by prison or death, my Administration will speak out against the oppression of women, gays and people of different faith... Our Administration will be a friend to all moderate Muslim reformers in the Middle East, and will amplify their voices." (August 15, 2016 - Ohio speech)

"We need to tell the truth, also, about how Radical Islam is coming to our shores. We are importing Radical Islamic Terrorism into the West through a failed immigration system -- and through an intelligence community held back by our president. Even our own FBI Director has admitted that we cannot effectively check the backgrounds of the people we are letting into America. All of the September 11th hijackers were issued visas. Large numbers of Somali refugees in Minnesota have tried to join ISIS. The Boston Bombers came here through political asylum. The male shooter in San Bernardino – again, whose name I won't mention -- was the child of immigrants from Pakistan, and he brought his wife – the other terrorist - from Saudi Arabia, through another one of our easily exploited visa programs." (June 13, 2016 - Rally in Manchester, NH)

"We have an incompetent administration, and if I am not elected President, that will not change over the next four years -- but it must change, and it must change now. With fifty people dead, and dozens more wounded, we cannot afford to talk around the issue anymore -- we have to address it head on. I called for a ban after San Bernardino, and was met with great scorn and anger but now, many are saying I was right to do so -- and although the pause is temporary, we must find out what is going on. The ban will be lifted when we as a nation are in a position to properly and perfectly screen those people coming into our country. The immigration laws of the United States give the President the power to suspend entry into the country of any class of persons that the President deems detrimental to the interests or security of the United States, as he deems appropriate. I will use this power to protect the American people. When I am elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats. After a full, impartial and long overdue security assessment, we will develop a responsible immigration policy that serves the interests and values of America. We cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to pour into our country, many of whom have the same thought process as this savage killer." (June 13, 2016 - Rally in Manchester, NH)

"What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning. Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough." (June 12, 2016 - Twitter)

“We should work together with any nation in the region that is threatened by the rise of radical Islam. But this has to be a two-way street. They must also be good to us. Remember that. They have to be good to us, no longer one way. It’s now two-way.” (April 27, 2016 – Speech at the Center for National Interest)

"I would say knock the hell out of the oil and do it because it's a primary source of money for ISIS. We have to destroy the oil. We should've taken it and we would've have it." (March 26, 2016 – New York Times)

"I said that the military, the generals have said that 20- to 30,000. They said, would you send troops? I didn’t say send 20,000. I said, well the generals are saying you’d need because they , what would it take to wipe out ISIS, I said pretty much exactly this, I said the generals, the military is saying you would need 20- to 30,000 troops, but I didn’t say that I would send them." (March 21, 2016 - meeting with Washington Post Editorial Board)

"Yeah, I would defend the areas with the oil.  And I would have taken out a lot of oil. And, uh, I would have kept it. I mean, I would have kept it, because, look: Iran has the oil, and they’re going to have the oil, well, the stuff they don’t have, because Iran is taking over Iraq as sure as you’re sitting there. And I’ve been very good on this stuff. My prognostications, my predictions have become, have been very accurate, if you look." (March 21, 2016 - meeting with Washington Post Editorial Board)

“We really have no choice. We have to knock out ISIS. We have to knock the hell out of them. We have to get rid of it. And then come back and rebuild our country, which is falling apart. We have no choice. I would listen to the generals, but I’m hearing numbers of 20,000 to 30,000. We have to knock them out fast. Look, we’re not allowed to fight. We can’t fight. We’re not knocking out the oil because they don’t want to create environmental pollution up in the air. I mean, these are things that nobody even believes. They think we’re kidding. They didn’t want to knock out the oil because of what it’s going to do to the carbon footprint. We don’t fight like we used to fight. We used to fight to win. Now we fight for no reason whatsoever. We don’t even know what we’re doing. So, the answer is we have to knock them out. We have to knock them out fast. And we have to get back home. And we have to rebuild our country which is falling apart.” (March 10, 2016 - GOP Miami Debate)

“In large mosques, all over the Middle East, you have people chanting ‘death to the USA.’ Now, that does not sound like a friendly act to me. As far as the families are concerned, and as far as the law is concerned, we have a law — this all started with your question on water boarding. We have a law that doesn’t allow right now water boarding. They have no laws. They have no rules. They have no regulations. They chop off heads. They drown 40, 50, 60 people at a time in big steel cages, pull them up an hour later, everyone dead. And we’re working on a different set of parameters. Now, we have to obey the laws. Have to obey the laws. But we have to expand those laws, because we have to be able to fight on at least somewhat of an equal footing or we will never ever knock out ISIS and all of the others that are so bad. We better expand our laws or we’re being a bunch of suckers, and they are laughing at us. They are laughing at us, believe me.” (March 10, 2016 - GOP Miami Debate)

Trump said he will “use every legal power that I have to stop these terrorist enemies,” but he understands “the United States is bound by laws and treaties and I will not order our military or other officials to violate those laws and will seek their advice on such matters.” (February 4, 2016, statement to the Wall Street Journal)

“Let me just tell you, you look at the Middle East. They're chopping off heads. They're chopping off the heads of Christians and anybody else that happens to be in the way. They're drowning people in steel cages. And he -- now we're talking about waterboarding. This really started with Ted, a question was asked of Ted last -- two debates ago about waterboarding. And Ted was, you know, having a hard time with that question, to be totally honest with you. They then came to me, what do you think of waterboarding? I said it's fine. And if we want to go stronger, I'd go stronger, too, because, frankly that's the way I feel. Can you imagine -- can you imagine these people, these animals over in the Middle East, that chop off heads, sitting around talking and seeing that we're having a hard problem with waterboarding? We should go for waterboarding and we should go tougher than waterboarding. That's my opinion.” (March 3, 2016 - GOP Debate in Michigan)

“Turkey looks like they’re on the side of ISIS, more or less based on the oil.” (December 2015, Breitbart News Daily)

"They're using the Internet, and they're recruiting people. We’ve got to take back the Internet because they are taking people. They're literally brainwashing people. They're brainwashing our youth... We can't let that happen. We have innocent youth, and they are misguided.” (November 2015, Washington Post)

"Why are we knocking ISIS, and yet at the same time we're against [Syrian President Bashar] Assad? Let them fight, take over the remnants...But more importantly, let Russia fight ISIS, if they want to fight them, in Syria. We can fight them in Iraq." (September 2015, CNN)

"Let ISIS and Syria fight. And let Russia, they're in Syria already, let them fight ISIS. Let Russia take care of ISIS." (September 2015, Oklahoma Fair)

"Well, I want to take away their wealth. And, as you know, for years I've been saying, 'Don't go into Iraq.' They went into Iraq. They destabilized the Middle East. It was a big mistake. Okay, now we're there. And you have ISIS. And I said this was going to happen. I said, 'Iran will take over Iraq,' which is happening as sure as you're sitting there. And ISIS is taking over a lot of the oil and certain areas of Iraq. And I said you take away their wealth, that you go and knock the hell out of the oil, take back the oil. We take over the oil, which we should have done in the first place." (August 2015, Meet the Press)

“ISIS has taken what I said we should take, the oil. And you knock out that oil. You just knock the hell out of the oil and you have to go in and take the oil, you kill them at the head. It's over. They took the oil." (June 2015, ABC news)

“I don’t want the enemy [ISIL] to know what I’m doing. Unfortunately, I’ll probably have to tell at some point, but there is a method of defeating them quickly and effectively and having total victory.” (June 2015, Fox News)


“If Russia and the United States got along well and went after ISIS, that would be good.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

Aleppo is a disaster. It is a humanitarian nightmare but it has fallen from any standpoint. I mean what do you need a signed document? Take a look at Aleppo it's so sad when you see what's happened...And a lot of this is because of Hillary Clinton because what's happened is by fighting Assad, who turned out to be a lot tougher than she thought - and now she's going to say oh he loves Assad - he's just much tougher and much smarter than her and Obama...And everyone thought he was gone two years ago three years ago. He aligned with Russia he now also aligned with Iran who we made very powerful. We gave them a hundred fifty million dollars back. We get them 1.7 billion in cash bundles of cash as big as this stage. We gave them 1.7 billion dollars. Now they have aligned -- he has aligned with Russia and with Iran. They don't want ISIS but they have other things because we are backing we are backing rebels. We don't know who the rebels are. We are giving them lots of money, lots of everything. We don't know who the rebels are. And when and if -- it's not going to happen because you have Russia and you have Iran now -- but if they ever did overthrow Assad you might end up with, as bad as Assad is, and he's a bad guy. But you very may very well end up with worse than Assad. If she did nothing we would be in much better shape. And this is what's caused the great migration where she's taking in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who probably in many cases -- not probably who are definitely in many cases ISIS aligned - and we now have them in our country and wait until you see this is going to be the great Trojan horse and wait until you see what happens in the coming years. Lots of luck Hillary, thanks a lot for doing a great job.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“Wait one second. They had a ceasefire three weeks ago. A ceasefire, United States, Russia and Syria. And during the cease-fire, Russia took over vast swathes of land. And then they said, we don't want the cease-fire anymore. We are so outplayed on missiles, on ceasefires. They are outplayed. Now she was not there -- I assume she had nothing to do with it. But our country is so outplayed by Putin and Assad and, by the way, and by Iran. Nobody can believe how stupid our leadership is.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“And one thing I have to say is I don't like Assad at all. But Assad is killing ISIS. Russia is killing ISIS. And Iran is killing ISIS....We have to worry about ISIS before we can get too much more involved. She had a chance to do something with Syria. They had a chance and that was the line.” (NPR, 08/09/16)

"We can't let any more people come into this country. We have people going over, fighting for ISIS, and coming back. And we know they're fighting for ISIS, and we take them." (September 19, 2016 - Fox and Friends)

MIKE PENCE: When asked about Donald Trump's Muslim ban, Pence responded, "I am very supportive of Donald Trump's call to temporarily suspend immigration from countries where terrorist influence and impact represents a threat to the United States... What I've heard from Donald Trump, and I believe the position he's articulated that resonates with millions of Americans, is that we've got to find out what's going on, and we've got to do something different, and we've got to put the safety and security of the American people first.”  (July 15, 2016, Interview with Sean Hannity

"We have an incompetent administration, and if I am not elected President, that will not change over the next four years -- but it must change, and it must change now. With fifty people dead, and dozens more wounded, we cannot afford to talk around the issue anymore -- we have to address it head on. I called for a ban after San Bernardino, and was met with great scorn and anger but now, many are saying I was right to do so -- and although the pause is temporary, we must find out what is going on. The ban will be lifted when we as a nation are in a position to properly and perfectly screen those people coming into our country. The immigration laws of the United States give the President the power to suspend entry into the country of any class of persons that the President deems detrimental to the interests or security of the United States, as he deems appropriate. I will use this power to protect the American people. When I am elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats. After a full, impartial and long overdue security assessment, we will develop a responsible immigration policy that serves the interests and values of America. We cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to pour into our country, many of whom have the same thought process as this savage killer." (June 13, 2016 - Rally in Manchester, NH)

When asked to comment on President Obama's most recent call to welcome Syrian refugees in the United States, Trump said, "I can't even believe that he's saying it. It's inconceivable that he's saying it. It is disgraceful that he could say this. It is just insane what this man is saying." (March 27, 2016 - Fox and Friends)

"Well look, there’s many exceptions. There’s many – everything, you’re going to go through a process. But we have to be very careful. And I was really referring in particular, you know, to migrations – Syrians, the whole migration, where we’re going to take in thousands. And I heard in the Democrat debate, I heard 55,000, okay. 55,000. Now they say it’s really ten [thousand], but it’s already 10, and I just don’t think we can take people into this country. You saw what two people did – the woman and the man, whether she radicalized him or [inaudible] – but you saw what two people did, and I just don’t think we can take people in when we have no idea who they are, where they come from. There’s no documents, there’s no paper, and we have ISIS looming over our head, and we have tremendous destruction. We lost the World Trade Center, we lost the Pentag – you know, we had a plane go into the Pentagon, etc."  (March 21, 2016 - meeting with Washington Post Editorial Board)

“…I think we should build a safe zone in -- we should really -- what we should be doing is building safe zones so they can stay in their own country and not go all over, and at least this way we're not going to have the problem. That's what we have to do.” (March 3, 2016 - GOP Debate in Michigan)

When asked if he supports the recent ceasefire announced by the U.S. and Russia, Trump responded "I really don’t because it is not working and the countries aren’t agreeing to it and the rebels aren’t agreeing and Syria is not agreeing. So It’s a meaningless ceasefire. I love the idea of a ceasefire. I love the idea of — with a total cessation. But it’s not working, as you know very well. It’s not working. If — we can do what we want with Russia but nobody else is adhering to it. So I certainly support it, I would certainly love it, but all parties have to be part of it." (February 26, 2016 - CNN Republican Debate in Houston

When asked if he can look Syrian refugee children in the eye and tell them they cannot go to school in the United States, Trump said, "I can look in their faces and say, ‘You can’t come here.’" (February 9, 2016 - New Hampshire townhall)

MIKE PENCE: When Indianapolis judge blocked his order to bar state agencies from resettling Syrian refugees, Pence responded, “As governor I have no higher priority than the safety and security of the people of Indiana. During these uncertain times, we must always err on the side of caution. For that reason, following the terrorist attack in Paris and the acknowledgment by the Director of the FBI that there are gaps in the screening for Syrian refugees, I suspended participation by the State of Indiana in the Syrian refugee resettlement program and I stand by that decision. So long as the Obama administration continues to refuse to address gaps in the screening of Syrian refugees acknowledged by the FBI and a bipartisan majority in Congress, Hoosiers can be assured that my administration will continue to use every legal means available to suspend this program in Indiana unless and until federal officials take steps to ensure the safety and security of our citizens.” (February 2016 - Statement regarding Syrian refugees)

MIKE PENCE: When asked why he rejected the settlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana, Pence responded, “There are significant gaps in our ability to know precisely what we need to know about everyone coming into this country.” (December 2015 - Statement regarding Syrian refugees)

MIKE PENCE: Regarding Trump's Muslim ban, Pence tweeted: “Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.”  (December 8th, 2015 - Twitter)

MIKE PENCE: “In the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris, effective immediately, I am directing all state agencies to suspend the resettlement of additional Syrian refugees in the state of Indiana pending assurances from the federal government that proper security measures have been achieved. Indiana has a long tradition of opening our arms and homes to refugees from around the world but, as governor, my first responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of all Hoosiers. Unless and until the state of Indiana receives assurances that proper security measures are in place, this policy will remain in full force and effect.” (November 2015 - Statement following the Paris attacks) 

“Now I hear we want to take in 200,000. We don’t know where they’re coming from. We don’t know who they are. They could be ISIS. It could be the great Trojan Horse…And I’m saying we’re going to take in 200,000 people that we have no idea where they come from?” (October 2015, ABC)

"I’m putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration. If I win, they’re going back. They’re going back. I’m telling you. They’re going back....Did you ever see a migration like that? They’re all men, and they’re all strong-looking guys … And I’m saying to myself, why aren’t they fighting to save Syria? Why are they migrating all over Europe? Seriously....I hear we want to take in two hundred thousand Syrians....They could be ISIS, I don’t know...Military tactics are very interesting. This could be one of the great tactical ploys of all time. A two-hundred-thousand-man army, maybe. Or if they sent fifty thousand, or eighty thousand, or a hundred thousand, we got problems, and that could be possible. I don’t know that it is, but it could be possible, so they’re going back. They’re going back.” (September 2015, New Hampshire campaign stop)

"They want to start World War III over Syria. Give me a break...You know Russia wants to get ISIS right. We want to get ISIS. Russia’s in Syria. Maybe we should let them do it? Let them do it. What the hell are we crazy?" (September 2015, Oklahoma City Fairgrounds)

"Syria's a mess. You look at what's going on with ISIS in there, now think of this: we're fighting ISIS. ISIS wants to fight Syria. Why are we fighting ISIS in Syria? Let them fight each other and pick up the remnants." (September 2015, 2nd Republican Debate)

"I hate the concept of it, but on a humanitarian basis, you have to....This was started by President Obama when he didn't go in and do the job he should have when he drew the line in the sand, which turned out to be a very artificial line. But you know, it's living in hell in Syria. There's no question about it. They're living in hell, and something has to be done....Probably, in retrospect, they should have gone in and done something with Assad. But you know, Assad is not our biggest problem because Assad and ISIS are actually fighting. So now what we're doing is we're fighting ISIS and ISIS wants to fight Assad. Some people could say, 'Why don't you just let them fight out and you take out the remnants?' " (September 2015, Bill O'Reilly show)

When asked if the US should be accepting more Syrian refugees and what, if elected, would be his policy towards asylum seekers, Trump responded, “The answer is possibly yes, possibly yes...So horrible on a humanitarian basis when you see that. It’s incredible what’s going on. It is a huge problem and we should help as much as possible, but we do have to fix our own country." (September 2015, MSNBC)


In a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump said that if elected he would  "recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel." (September 25, 2016 - statement)

After a 13-year old American Jewish girl was murdered in a West Bank settlement, Trump said “The continuing incitement and preaching of hate by the Palestinian leadership, and the glorification of terror, must end immediately…[The Palestinian Authority must] condemn this murder and to take concrete steps to end this barbaric behavior.” (Facebook - July 1, 2016)

"Horrible killing of a 13 year old American girl at her home in Israel by a Palestinian terrorist. We must get tough." (Twitter - July 1, 2016)

“Let me just tell you that Israel is a very, very important ally of the United States. And we are going to protect them 100 percent. 100 percent. They’ve been our most reliable, they’re our true friend over there and we’re going to protect Israel 100 percent." (June 30, 2016 - Rally in New Hampshire)

“I don't think there's ever been anyone [President Obama] close, as a president, who's been more anti-Israel. And I have friends who are Jewish who raised money for him and they are just disgusted. They can't believe what's going on. In my opinion, he's abused Israel." (June 30, 2016 - Rally in New Hampshire)

When asked if Israel should stop settlement construction specifically in the West Bank, Trump said "No, I don't think it is, because I think Israel should have – they really have to keep going. They have to keep moving forward....No, I don't think there should be a pause. Look: Missiles were launched into Israel, and Israel, I think, never was properly treated by our country. I mean, do you know what that is, how devastating that is?" (May 3, 2016 - Daily Mail interview)

When asked how he would describe lands east of the 1967 Green Line, Trump responded:“Jason [Greenblatt, Chief Legal Counsel for the Trump Organization], how would you respond to that?" Greeblatt went on to say he would not call it 'occupied territories' and that too much time is spent debating terminology. When Mr. Trump was asked if he agrees, he said, " Greenblatt] understand it better than me....I like to get advice from people that know Israel, but from people that truly love Israel." (April 14, 2016 - interview at Trump Tower]

“Well, I think a lot of people are saying it’s going to result in a two-state solution. … I’m not saying anything. What I’m going to do is, you know, I specifically don’t want to address the issue because I would love to see if a deal could be made. If a deal could be made. Now, I’m not sure it can be made, there’s such unbelievable hatred, there’s such, it’s ingrained, it’s in the blood, the hatred and the distrust, and the horror. But I would love to see if a real deal could be made. Not a deal that you know, lasts for three months, and then everybody starts shooting again. And a big part of that deal, you know, has to be to end terror, we have to end terror. But I would say this, in order to negotiate a deal, I’d want to go in there as evenly as possible and we’ll see if we can negotiate a deal. But I would absolutely give that a very hard try to do. You know, a lot of people think that’s the hardest of all deals to negotiate. A lot of people think that. So, but I would say that I would have a better chance than anybody of making a deal. I’ll tell you one thing, people that I know from Israel, many people, many, many people, and almost everybody would love to see a deal on the side of Israel. … I’m not so sure that the other side can mentally, you know, get their heads around the deal, because the hatred is so incredible. Folks, I have to go.” (March 26, 2016 - NYT Interview)

"Basically I support a two-state solution on Israel. But the Palestinian Authority has to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. Have to do that. And they have to stop the terror, stop the attacks, stop the teaching of hatred, you know? The children, I sort of talked about it pretty much in the speech, but the children are aspiring to grow up to be terrorists. They are taught to grow up to be terrorists. And they have to stop. They have to stop the terror. They have to stop the stabbings and all of the things going on. And they have to recognize that Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. And they have to be able to do that. And if they can’t, you’re never going to make a deal. One state, two states, it doesn’t matter: you’re never going to be able to make a deal. Because Israel would have to have that. They have to stop the terror. They have to stop the teaching of children to aspire to grow up as terrorists, which is a real problem. So with that you’d go two states, but in order to go there, before you, you know, prior to getting there, you have to get those basic things done. Now whether or not the Palestinians can live with that? You would think they could. It shouldn’t be hard except that the ingrained hatred is tremendous."(March 26, 2016 - NYT Interview)

“In Palestinian textbooks and mosques, you’ve got a culture of hatred that has been fomenting there for years. And if we want to achieve peace, they’ve got to go out and they’ve got to start this educational process. They have to end education of hatred. They have to end it now.” (March 22, 2016 - AIPAC speech)

“The United Nations is not a friend of democracy, it’s not a friend to freedom, it’s not a friend event to United States of American where, as you know, it has its home. And it is surely not a friend to Israel….An agreement imposed by the United Nations would be a total and complete disaster…When I’m president, believe me, I will veto any attempt by the U/N. to impose its will on the Jewish state. It will be vetoed 100%” (March 22, 2016 - AIPAC speech)

“When I become President, the days of treating Israel like a second-class citizen will end on day one.” (March 22, 2016 - AIPAC speech)

“We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.” (March 22, 2016 - AIPAC speech)

“And they [the Palestinians] must come to the table willing to accept that Israel is a Jewish state and will forever exist as a Jewish state.” (March 22, 2016 - AIPAC speech)

"First of all, there’s nobody on this stage that’s more pro Israel than I am. OK. There’s nobody. I am pro-Israel. I was the grand marshall, not so long ago, of the Israeli Day Parade down 5th avenue. I’ve made massive contributions to Israel. I have a lot of — I have tremendous love for Israel. I happen to have a son-in-law and a daughter that are Jewish, OK? And two grandchildren that are Jewish. But I will tell you, I think if we’re going to ever negotiate a peace settlement, which every Israeli wants, and I’ve spoken to the toughest and the sharpest, they all want peace, I think it would be much more helpful is — I’m a negotiator. If I go in, I’ll say I’m pro-Israel and I’ve told that to everybody and anybody that would listen. But I would like to at least have the other side think I’m somewhat neutral as to them, so that we can maybe get a deal done. Maybe we can get a deal. I think it’s probably the toughest negotiation of all time. But maybe we can get a deal done." (March 10, 2016 - GOP Miami Debate)

"If I become president of the United States, one of the things that will be an absolute priority is number one, protection of Israel, but also seeing if a deal can be made, the toughest deal, the toughest negotiation there probably is of any kind no matter where you look, no matter how hard you look. But I would like to give it a shot. Very, very pro-Israel, nobody more pro-Israel. But I would love to give it a shot. And I have to tell you this, Hugh. I have friend, Israelis, non-Israelis, people from New York City that happen to be Jewish and love Israel, and some are very tough people, every single one of them, they know it’s tough, but every single one of them wants to see if we could ever have peace in Israel. And some believe it’s possible. It may not be, in which case we’ll find out. But it would be a priority if I become president to see what I could do." (March 10,2016 - GOP Miami Debate)

"Well, first of all, I don’t think they do under President Obama because I think he’s treated Israel horribly, all right? I think he’s treated Israel horribly. I was the grand marshall down 5th Avenue a number of years ago for the Israeli Day Parade, I have very close ties to Israel. I’ve received the Tree of Life Award and many of the greatest awards given by Israel. As president, however, there’s nothing that I would rather do to bring peace to Israel and its neighbors generally. And I think it serves no purpose to say that you have a good guy and a bad guy. Now, I may not be successful in doing it. It’s probably the toughest negotiation anywhere in the world of any kind. OK? But it doesn’t help if I start saying, “I am very pro-Israel, very pro, more than anybody on this stage.” But it doesn’t do any good to start demeaning the neighbors, because I would love to do something with regard to negotiating peace, finally, for Israel and for their neighbors. And I can’t do that as well — as a negotiator, I cannot do that as well if I’m taking big, big sides. With that being said, I am totally pro-Israel." (February 26, 2016 - CNN Republican Debate in Houston

When asked about how he would broker a peace deal between Israel and Palestine if elected, Trump said, "If I win, I don’t want to be in a position where I’m saying to you [who's side I am on] and the other side now says, ‘We don’t want Trump involved...Let me be sort of a neutral guy. I have friends of mine that are tremendous businesspeople, that are really great negotiators, [and] they say it’s not doable. You understand a lot of people have gone down in flames trying to make that deal. So I don’t want to say whose fault it is – I don’t think that helps....That’s probably the toughest deal in the world right now to make. It’s possible it’s not makeable because don’t forget, it has to last....A lot of people say an agreement can’t be made, which is OK, sometimes agreements can’t be made [and they are] not good. I will give it one hell of a shot. I would say if you can do that deal, you can do any deal.” (February 17, 2016 - MSNBC Town Hall)

On the biggest obstacle to making peace, Trump said, “You have one side in particular growing up and learning that ‘these are the worst people, these are the worst people, etc., etc...I was with a very prominent Israeli the other day and he said it’s impossible because the other side has been trained from the time they’re children to hate Jewish people. I’m going to give it a shot." (February 17, 2016 - MSNBC Town Hall)

“I was with a very prominent Israeli the other day and he said it’s impossible because the other side has been trained from the time they’re children to hate Jewish people. I’m going to give it a shot."

“You’re not going to support me even though I’ll be the best guy for Israel… You have to have commitment to [make a deal]. I don’t know if Israel has the commitment to make it. I don’t know that the other side has the commitment to make it.” (December 2015, Republican Jewish Coalition)

Speaking about why he wants to create a deal with Israel and Palestinians, Trump said, "I think if I get elected, that would be something I'd really like to do. Because so much death, so much turmoil, so much hatred — that would be to me a great achievement. As a single achievement, that would be a really great achievement… A lot will have to do with Israel and whether or not Israel wants to make the deal — whether or not Israel's willing to sacrifice certain things. They may not be, and I understand that, and I'm OK with that. But then you're just not going to have a deal… If I win, I'll let you know six months from the time I take office.” (December 2015, Associated Press)

Speaking about why he is not taking money from campaign mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, Trump said, "I had one conversation with Sheldon and all he wants to do is protect Israel... The only thing I can tell you is that Sheldon Adelson is very well protected because I will take care of Israel." (November 5, 2015 - Morning Joe)

Speaking about why building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico will solve immigration issues, Trump said, "Well, walls work. All you have to do is ask Israel. Walls work if it's properly constructed... All you have to do is go and see Israel. They will tell you walls work." (November 2015, Press Event)

“The only [candidate] that’s going to give real support to Israel is me. The rest of them are all talk, no action. They’re politicians. I’ve been loyal to Israel from the day I was born. My father, Fred Trump, was loyal to Israel before me. The only one that’s going to give Israel the kind of support it needs is Donald Trump.” (June 2015, JNS)


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Iran Nuclear Deal 

“…when I look at the Iran deal and how bad a deal it is for us, it's a one-sided transaction where we’re giving back one hundred fifty billion dollars to a terrorist state, really, the number one terrorist state, we've made them a strong country from really a very weak country just three years ago.” (NPR, 08/09/16)

MIKE PENCE: "You essentially guaranteed that Iran will someday become a nuclear power because there’s no limitations once the period of time of the treaty comes off." (October 4, 2016 - VP Debate)

“And by the way, another one powerful is the worst deal I think I’ve ever seen negotiated that [Clinton] started is the Iran deal. Iran is one of their biggest trading partners. Iran has power over North Korea. And when they made that horrible deal with Iran, they should have included the fact that they do something with respect to North Korea.And they should've done something with respect to Yemen and all these other places and when I asked to Secretary Kerry, why didn’t you do that, why didn’t you add other things into the deal? One of the great giveaways of all time, of all time, including four hundred million dollars in cash nobody’s ever seen that before that turned out to be wrong. It was actually 1.7 billion dollars in cash, obviously I guess for the hostages. It certainly looks that way. So you say to yourself why didn't they make the right deal? This is one of the worst deals ever made by any country in history. The deal with Iran will lead to nuclear problems. All they have to do is sit back ten years and they don't have to do much. And they’re going to end up getting nuclear. I met with Bibi Netanyahu the other day, believe me he is not a happy camper.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

"Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, is now flush with $150 billion in cash released by the United States – plus another $400 million in ransom. Worst of all, the Nuclear deal puts Iran, the number one state sponsor of Radical Islamic Terrorism, on a path to nuclear weapons." (August 15, 2016 - Ohio speech)

“Our friends are beginning to think they can’t depend on us. We’ve had a president who dislikes our friends and bows to our enemies, something that we’ve never seen before in the history of our country. He negotiated a disastrous deal with Iran, and then we watched them ignore its terms even before the ink was dry. Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon, cannot be allowed.” (April 27, 2016 – Speech at the Center for National Interest)

"Iran is financing military forces throughout the Middle East and it’s absolutely incredible that we handed them over $150 billion to do even more toward the many horrible acts of terror." (March 22, 2016 - AIPAC speech)

“And, by the way, just so you understand, as far as Iran, I would have never made that deal. I think it’s maybe the worst deal I’ve ever seen. I think it’s the worst deal I’ve ever seen negotiated. I will be so tough on them and ultimately that deal will be broken unless they behave better than they’ve ever behaved in their lives, which is probably unlikely. That deal will be broken.” (March 10, 2016 - GOP Miami Debate)

“I said don’t negotiate at all until you get the prisoners back. If the prisoners don’t come back early — three years ago. One of the longest negotiations I’ve ever seen, by the way. If they don’t come back early, I was saying don’t negotiate. They come back early. What you do is you take it back and you say, either give us the prisoners or we double up the sanctions. What we should have done is doubled up the sanctions and made a much better deal. Cause that deal is a disaster. Ted, the money is largely gone because of incompetent and very, very poor negotiators. But that money, the $150 billion, is largely gone and already spent everywhere but the United States.” (March 10, 2016 - GOP Miami Debate)

"Never in my life have I seen a deal more incompetently negotiated than our deal with Iran...if I win the presidency, I guarantee you that those four prisoners will be back in our country before I ever take office...because they know that's what has to happen." (September 2015, Tea Party Patriots rally against the Iran deal)

In response to a question about whether or not he would repeal the accord as President, Trump responded, “It's very hard to say, 'We're ripping it up'. I would police that contract so tough that they don’t have a chance. As bad as the contract is, I will be so tough on that contract.” (August 2015, ABC News)

“Now, with Iran, we're making a deal, you would say, we want him. We want out our prisoners. We want all these things, and we don't get anything. We're giving them $150 billion dollars plus, they are going to be -- I'll tell you what, if Iran was a stock, you folks should go out and buy it right now because you'll quadruple -- this, what's happening in Iran, is a disgrace, and it's going to lead to destruction in large portions of the world.” (August 2015, Fox GOP Debate)

“I think [the deal’s] an outrage, I think it’s done by people of gross incompetence, I think it’s a tremendous win for Iran and many of our enemies and I think it’s something that shouldn’t be allowed.” (July 2015,

“I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. And we won’t be using a man like Secretary Kerry that has absolutely no concept of negotiation, who’s making a horrible and laughable deal, who’s just being tapped along as they make weapons right now and then goes into a bicycle race at 72-years-old and falls and breaks his leg. I won’t be doing that. And I promise, I will never be in a bicycle race — that I can tell you.”(June 2015, Politico)

Voting Rights

“I think they’re going to see right through it. We will find out on November eighth but I think they’re going to see through it. Excuse me Chris if you look at your voter rolls you will see millions of people that are registered to vote, millions, this isn't coming for me this is coming from Pew Report and other places millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn't be registered to vote so let me just give you one other thing.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“The only way we can lose, in my opinion—and I really mean this, Pennsylvania—is if cheating goes on…. And we have to call up law enforcement. And we have to have the sheriffs and the police chiefs and everybody watching…. The only way they can beat it in my opinion—and I mean this 100 percent—if in certain sections of the state they cheat, OK? So I hope you people can sort of not just vote on the 8th, go around and look and watch other polling places and make sure that it’s 100 percent fine, because without voter identification—which is shocking, shocking that you don’t have it.” (August 13, 2016 - Pennsylvania speech)

"Yeah. Well, I’ve been — I’ve been hearing about it for a long time. And I know last time, there were — you had precincts where there were practically nobody voting for the Republican. And I think that’s wrong. I think that was unfair, frankly, than Mitt Romney. You had areas where a lot of people were curious, 'How is that possible?' … and I’m telling you, November 8th, we’d better be careful, because that election is going to be rigged. And I hope the Republicans are watching closely, or it’s going to be taken away from us." (August 1, 2016 - Fox News)

In reference to IRS tax rules that prevent churches which receive taxable exemptions from endorsing political candidates, "We are gonna get rid of that." (June 21, 2016 - NPR)

“That’s crooked politics. They’re [Virginia] giving 200,000 people that have been convicted of heinous crimes, horrible crimes, the worst crimes, the right to vote because, you know what? They know they’re gonna vote Democrat. They’re gonna vote Democrat and that could be the swing. That’s how disgusting and dishonest our political system is.” (April 25, 2016 - Rhode Island campaign stop

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

“We need a Supreme Court that in my opinion is going to uphold the Second Amendment and all amendments. But the Second Amendment, which is under absolute siege. I believe if my opponent should win this race, which I truly don't think will happen, we will have a second amendment which will be a very, very small replica of what it is right now.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“I feel that the justices that I am going to appoint-- and I've named 20 of them. The justices that I'm going to appoint will be pro-life. They will have a conservative bent. They will be protecting the Second Amendment. They are great scholars in all cases, and they are people of tremendous respect. They will interpret the Constitution the way the founders wanted it interpreted. And I believe that's very, very important. I don't think we should have justices appointed that decide what they want to hear It's all about the Constitution of -- and so important -- the Constitution, the way it was meant to be. And those are the people that I will appoint.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“I am a very strong supporter of the Second Amendment and I am - I don't know if Hillary was saying it in a sarcastic manner - but I'm very proud to have the endorsement of the NRA and it’s the earliest endorsement they’ve ever given to anybody who ran for president. So I'm very honored by all of that. We are going to appoint justices, this is the best way to help the Second Amendment. We are going to appoint justices that will feel very strongly about the Second Amendment, that will not do damage to the Second Amendment.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“ Well, if that would happen because I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that that will go back to the individual states.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“I think it's terrible if you go with what Hillary is saying in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now you can say that that's okay and Hillary can say that that's okay, but it's not okay with me. Because based on what she's saying and based on where she's going and where she's been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb on the ninth month on the final day. And that's not acceptable.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

"Like the whole concept of profiling, you know, I mentioned the other day profiling, everyone goes, profile and profiling. Well, profiling is you know, in Israel they’re doing it and they’re doing it well. And we may have to do that, and we may have to do other things. But you’re right, we have a politically correct military and it’s getting more and more politically correct every day. And a lot of the great people in this room don’t even understand how it’s possible to do that. And that’s through intelligence, not through ignorance, believe me. Because some of the things that they’re asking you to do and be politically correct about are ridiculous." (October 3, 2016 - Virginia campaign event)

"And you know one of the things that I’m doing and I’m — we have the Johnson Amendment. You know what that is. That Lyndon Johnson in the 1950s passed an amendment because supposedly he was having a hard time with a church in Houston, with a pastor....And he passed an amendment saying basically if you’re a pastor, if you’re a religious person, you cannot get up and talk politics. And one of the things I will do very early in my administration is to get rid of the Johnson Amendment so that our great pastors and ministers and rabbis and — and everybody — and priests and everybody can go and tell and can participate in the process. I actually looked at 50 people in the room, they’re strong people, powerful people by personality and I said they’re really holding your voice back. So you have these powerful people, some were incredible speakers, just a natural gift for speaking. And I pointed down, way down on the street on 5th avenue, I said so those people walking along the street have more power than you do? And I think that’s very unfair. You should be able to speak. And I think that we’ll go a long way to addressing the problem that you had but you have lost a lot of the — the — its amazing, the church and religion has lost tremendous power and positive power. This isn’t negative power, this is positive power by the fact that they are essentially prohibited from speaking because of the tremendous problem they have. So one of the things I’m gonna do and I have tremendous support with the evangelicals and with the Christians and with everybody, is we’re going to get rid of the Johnson Amendment that is very, very unfair, OK?" (October 3, 2016 - Virginia campaign event)

“First of all, I agree and a lot of people even within my own party want to give certain rights to people on watch lists and no-fly lists. I agree with you when a person is on a watch list or a no-fly list, and I have the endorsement of the NRA which I'm very proud of, these are very, very good people and they’re protecting the Second Amendment, but I think we have to look very strongly at no-fly lists and watchlists and when people are on there, even if they shouldn’t be on there, we’ll help them, we’ll help them legally, we will help them get off. But I tend to agree with that. Quite strongly.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

"Over four, almost four thousand people in Chicago have been killed. We have to bring back law and order. Now, whether or not in a place like Chicago, you do stop and frisk which worked very well Mayor Giuliani is here worked very well in New York.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

“No, the argument is that we had to take the guns away from these people that have them and that are bad people that shouldn't have them. These are felons and these are people that are bad people that shouldn't be...when you have three thousand shootings in Chicago from January 1st, when you have four thousand people killed in Chicago by guns from the beginning of the presidency of Barack Obama, his hometown, you have to have stop and frisk.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

When asked if he stands by his comments that the U.S. must use profiling tactics like Israel, Trump said “I never said the term ‘Muslim.’ I’m saying we’re going to profile people that maybe look suspicious, I didn’t say [if] they were Muslims or not.” When asked what makes people look suspicious, Trump said - "I don’t know! These are [profiling] experts, that’s what they do. They profile. You go to Israel, and [U.S. law enforcement] should study [Israel], because Israel’s done a phenomenal job at this. They’re not happy about [having to profile], but they do it. And people aren’t complaining about it. But we have to do it, we have to profile." When asked if his calls for profiling are targeting 'blue-eyed' people, Trump said, “I’m not using the term Muslim! I’m saying we’re going to have to start profiling. And I don’t know if it’s that bad, but certainly it’s not a wonderful thing. But we have a country to keep safe. And you know, and I know, it’s going to get worse.” (September 19, 2016 - Fox News)

“Our police are amazing. Our local police, they know who a lot of these people are. They’re afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of profiling and they don’t want to be accused of all sorts of things,” Trump said in a Fox News phone interview.

“If somebody looks like he’s got a massive bomb on his back we won’t go up to that person and say, ‘I’m sorry,’ because if he looks like he comes from that part of the world we’re not allowed to profile. Give me a break...In Israel they profile. They’ve done an unbelievable job, as good as you can do.”

“In Israel they profile, they’ve done an unbelievable job, as good as you can do,” Trump said. “They profile. They see somebody that is suspicious, they will profile, they will take that person in, they’ll check out. Do we have choice? Look what’s going on? Do we really have a choice? … This is only going to get worse.”

"Our government has totally failed our African American friends, our Hispanic friends and the people of our country. Period. The Democrats have failed completely in the inner cities. For those hurting the most who have been failed and failed by their politician — year after year, failure after failure, worse numbers after worse numbers. Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing, no homes, no ownership. Crime at levels that nobody has seen. You can go to war zones in countries that we are fighting and it's safer than living in some of our inner cities that are run by the Democrats. And I ask you this, I ask you this — crime, all of the problems — to the African Americans, who I employ so many, so many people, to the Hispanics, tremendous people: What the hell do you have to lose? Give me a chance. I'll straighten it out. I'll straighten it out. What do you have to lose?" (August 22, 2016 - Ohio rally speech)

"... one of my first acts as President will be to establish a Commission on Radical Islam – which will include reformist voices in the Muslim community who will hopefully work with us. We want to build bridges and erase divisions. The goal of the commission will be to identify and explain to the American public the core convictions and beliefs of Radical Islam, to identify the warning signs of radicalization, and to expose the networks in our society that support radicalization. This commission will be used to develop new protocols for local police officers, federal investigators, and immigration screeners." (August 15, 2016 - Ohio speech)

"This is my pledge to the American people: as your President I will be your greatest champion. I will fight to ensure that every American is treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally. We will reject bigotry and oppression in all its forms, and seek a new future built on our common culture and values as one American people. Only this way, will we make America Great Again and Safe Again – For Everyone."  (August 15, 2016 - Ohio speech)

"The next president is going to be very vital ... in freeing up your religion, freeing up your thoughts. You really don't have religious freedom." (June 21, 2016 - NPR)

When asked if he still supports the idea of a Muslim ban, Trump responded, "Well, I think profiling is something that we're going to have to start thinking about as a country. And other countries do it; you look at Israel and you look at others and they do it and they do it successfully. You know, I hate the concept of profiling. But we have to start using common sense, and we have to use, you know, we have to use our heads ... we really have to look at profiling. We have to look at it seriously." (June 19, 2016 – CBS Face the Nation)

"We have to make sure that people that are terrorists or have even an inclination toward terrorism cannot buy weapons, guns...Now, but what they say, and I understand that also, is the Second Amendment, they’re depriving them of those rights. And that it could be that people are on there that shouldn’t be on, you know, etc. etc.... You know, a lot of people are on the list that that really maybe shouldn't be on the list and you know their rights are being taken away so I understand that.” (June 18, 2016 - ABC News)

"I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns." (June 15, 2016 - Twitter)

Following the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL, Trump claimed, "If people in that room had guns, with the bullets flying in the opposite direction right at him, right at his head, you wouldn't have had the same tragedy that you ended up having." (June 13, 2016 – CNN)

“If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore. Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen – and it is only going to get worse. I am trying to save lives and prevent the next terrorist attack. We can't afford to be politically correct anymore.” (June 12, 2016 – Statement Regarding Tragic Terrorist Attack in Orlando, FL)

“If in San Bernardino or in Paris … if we had a couple of the folks here in San Bernardino or let’s say Paris, and they had a gun and the bullets were flying in the opposite direction. Number one they proabably wouldn’t have even gone there if they knew there were guns. Remember that, don’t underestimate that. Number two, if they had started playing games, the carnage would have been one hell of a lot smaller. So we are going to protect our second Amendment. Hillary Clinton is going to abolish the second Amendment. On that issue alone we will win this election.” (June 11, 2016 - Rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

“We’ve got to win the state of Virginia, and this whole thing with the prisoners – I don’t know Carrie [a Trump aide] – this whole thing with the prisoners. Not sounding too good, right? Where murderers can vote? All these people can vote. I don’t think so. Doesn’t sound good. Hopefully the court acts quickly. 200,000 people, and many of these people, look that’s not supposed to be the way it works. Doesn’t sound good.” (June 10, 2016 - Rally in Richmond, Virginia)

"There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go. They use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble. And the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic — I mean, the economic punishment that they're taking." (April 21, 2016 - NBC interview)

"Problem with that is for transgender, that would be — first of all, I think that would be discriminatory in a certain way. That would be unbelievably expensive for businesses in the country. Leave it the way it is." (April 21, 2016 - NBC interview)

On Ted Cruz's call to have law enforcement "patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods" in the United States, Trump said, “Yes, I would. I think that’s a good idea" (March 22, 2016 - CNN interview)

"There’s a racial division that’s incredible actually in the country. I think it’s as bad, I mean you have to say it’s as bad or almost as bad as it’s ever been. And there’s a lack of spirit. And one thing I thought that would happen, and it hasn’t happened, unfortunately, I thought that President Obama would be a great cheerleader for the country. And it just hasn’t happened. I mean we can say it has. But it hasn’t happened. When you look at the Ferguson problems and the Baltimore problems and the Detroit problems. And you know there’s a lack of spirit. I actually think I’d be a great cheerleader – beyond other things, the other things that I’d do – I actually think I’d be a great cheerleader for the country. Because a lot of people feel it’s a hopeless situation. A lot of people in the inner cities they feel that way. And you have to start by giving them hope and giving them spirit and that has not taken place. Just has not taken place." (March 21, 2016 - meeting with Washington Post Editorial Board)

When asked if he is concerned about the disparity in incarceration rates between white and black people, Trump said, "That would concern me, Ruth. It would concern me. But at the same time it can be solved to a large extant with jobs. You know, if we can rebuild those communities and create incentives for companies to move in and create jobs. Jobs are so important. There are no jobs. There are none. You go to those communities and you can’t – there is nothing there. There is no incentive for people. It is a very sad situation. And what makes it even sadder is that we are spending so much money in other countries and our own country has vast pockets of poverty and a lot of this is caused by the fact that there are no jobs." (March 21, 2016 - meeting with Washington Post Editorial Board)

When asked to detail his stated plan to change libel laws, Trump explained, "All I want is fairness. So unfair. I have stories and you have no recourse, you have no recourse whatsoever because the laws are really impotent...I would make it so that when someone writes incorrectly, yeah, I think I would get a little bit away from malice without having to get too totally away. Look, I think many of the stories about me are written badly.....[much later the subject comes up again] I want to make it more fair from the side where I am, because things are said that are libelous, things are said about me that are so egregious and so wrong, and right now according to the libel laws I can do almost nothing about it because I’m a well-known person you know, etc., etc." (March 21, 2016 - meeting with Washington Post Editorial Board)

“I'm a big defender of the Second Amendment. And if you look at what's happened, whether it's in California, where you had the 14 people killed, whether it's in Paris -- which, by the way, has the toughest gun laws in the world and 130 people killed. Many, many people in the hospital gravely injured. They will be dying. Many people will be dying in addition…If we had guns, or if they had guns on the other side of the room, with the bullets going in the opposite direction, you would not have had 130 people killed. That I can tell you right now. So I'm a very, very big supporter of the Second Amendment.” (March 3, 2016 - GOP Debate in Michigan)

"So you can say whatever you want, but they have millions of women going through Planned Parenthood that are helped greatly. And I wouldn’t fund it. I would defund it because of the abortion factor, which they say is 3 percent. I don’t know what percentage it is. They say it’s 3 percent. But I would defund it, because I’m pro-life. But millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood."  (February 26, 2016 - CNN Republican Debate in Houston)

"But we should be using our brilliant people, our most brilliant minds to figure a way that ISIS cannot use the Internet. And then on second, we should be able to penetrate the Internet and find out exactly where ISIS is and everything about ISIS. And we can do that if we use our good people." (December 2015, CNN GOP Debate)

"I would certainly be open to closing [the internet in] areas where we are at war with somebody." (December 2015, CNN GOP Debate)

"Well, I would certainly take a very look at it. I would. I'm very strongly into the whole thing with Second Amendment. But if you can't fly, and if you have got some really bad -- I would certainly look at that very hard." (December 2015, CBS)

“I think there can be profiling … [there is] something wrong with that group they saw what was happening, they didn’t want to call the police because they didn’t want to be profiling. I think that’s pretty bad. People are dead. Lot of people are dead right now. Everybody wants to be politically correct and that’s part of the problem that we have with our country.” (December 2015, CBS)

When asked about legislation regarding same-sex marriage, Trump responded, "Some people have hopes of passing amendments, but it’s not going to happen. Congress can’t pass simple things, let alone that. So anybody that’s making that an issue is doing it for political reasons. The Supreme Court ruled on it.” (August 2015, The Hollywood Reporter)

MIKE PENCE: “We are talking about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which is about restoring the highest level of scrutiny in our state courts when matters of government action intrude upon the religious liberty of Hoosiers,” he said. ”[It gives] the people of this country the opportunity to go into our courts — state now — and federal for more than 20 years, where they believe that government action has imposed and impinged upon their religious liberty.” (March 2015 - Press Conference)


"Now, whether that was Russia, whether that was China, whether it was another country, we don't know because the truth is under President Obama, we've lost control of things that we used to have control over. We came in with the Internet. We came up with the Internet. And I think Secretary Clinton and myself would agree very much when you look at what ISIS is doing with the Internet, they’re beating us at our own game. ISIS. So we had to get very very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is a huge problem. I have a son -- he’s ten years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers. It’s unbelievable.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

When asked if Muslim Americans should fear him a little bit, Trump said “I hope not, and I want to straighten things out. But it’s so important – and they’re tremendous people – it’s so important that when they see trouble going on, like they did in San Bernardino, I mean there were numerous people that saw bombs all over this apartment floor. They knew something was going on. They never reported him or her. They never reported and 14 people were killed and many, many were injured.” (June 14, 2016 – Bill O’Reilly Show)

"The Obama Administration, with the support of Hillary Clinton and others, has also damaged our security by restraining our intelligence-gathering and failing to support law enforcement. They have put political correctness above common sense, above your safety, and above all else. As President I will give our intelligence community, law enforcement and military the tools they need to prevent terrorist attacks. We need an intelligence-gathering system second to none. That includes better cooperation between state, local and federal officials – and with our allies. I will have an Attorney General, a Director of National Intelligence, and a Secretary of Defense who will know how to fight the war on Radical Islamic Terrorism – and who will have the support they require to get the job done." (June 13, 2016 - Rally in Manchester, NH)

"We have to be very strong in terms of looking at the mosques, you know, which a lot of people say, 'Oh, we don't want to do that. We don't want to do that.' We're beyond that." (June 13, 2016 - Fox & Friends)

"You have many, many people, thousands of people, already in our country, that are sick with hate. And people that are around him, Muslims, know who they are, largely. They know who they are. They have to turn them in." (June 13, 2016 - Fox & Friends)

"I want surveillance for our borders, and the drone has great capabilities for surveillance." (April 15, 2016 –

"Boycott Apple until such time as they give that information...Apple ought to give the security for that phone, OK. What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such a time as they give that security number. How do you like that? I just thought of it. Boycott Apple...The phone's not even owned by this young thug that killed all these people. The phone's owned by the government, OK, it's not even his phone...But (Apple CEO) Tim Cook is looking to do a big number, probably to show how liberal he is. But Apple should give up, they should get the security or find other people." (February 19, 2016 - South Carolina rally)

Well, I tend to err on the side of security, I must tell you. And I’ve been there for longer than you would think. But you know, when you have people that are beheading, if you’re a Christian, or, and frankly, for lots of other reasons, when you have the world looking at us and would like to destroy us as quickly as possible, I err on the side of security. And so you know, that’s the way it is. That’s the way I’ve been, and some people like that, frankly, and some people don’t like that. But I think, and I’m not just saying that since Paris, I’m saying for quite some time. I assume when I pick up my telephone, people are listening to my conversations anyway, if you want to know the truth. It’s pretty sad commentary, but I err on the side of security." (December 1, 2015 - Hugh Hewitt radio show)

"I don't want to close mosques, I want to surveil mosques... Big material and good material from what I understand from a very good source was coming out of those mosques. We we learning a lot were stopping problems and potential problems by learning what was happening... I don't want to close up mosques, but things have to happen where you have got to use strong measures or you're going to see buildings coming down." (November 2015, ABC)

"I want a database for the refugees if they come into this country. We have no idea who they are. When the Syrian refugees start pouring into this country, we don't know if it's ISIS, we don't know if it's a Trojan horse. And I definitely want a database and other checks and balances. We want to go with watch lists. We want to go with databases. And we have no choice. We don't know who's being sent in here... This could be the great Trojan horse of all time." (November 2015, ABC)

In speaking about surveillance programs after the Paris terrorist attacks, Trump said, “Those privacy rights were a lot stronger three days ago than they are now. I think a lot of people would be willing to give up some privacy in order to have more safety.” (November 2015, Des Moines Register)

"I didn't suggest a database-a reporter did. We must defeat Islamic terrorism & have surveillance, including a watch list, to protect America." (November 2015, Twitter)

After being asked if there should be a database to track Muslims in this country, Trump said, "There should be a lot of systems, beyond database systems and you can do it... I would certainly implement that. Absolutely." (November 2015, NBC)

"There’s hatred and there’s hatred like nobody has ever seen, and it’s obviously emanating from and coming out of, among other places, the mosques... I think we ought to start [surveillance] up again, and we ought to start it up this morning. We ought to start it up again and get going. And use your head. This is a lot of nonsense that we ended that" (November 19, 2015, Sirius XM Radio)

"You're going to have to do something. A lot of bad things are happening and they're coming out of the mosques. Nobody wants to shut down religious institutions or anything, but you understand it. We're gonna have no choice, absolutely no choice. Can you close a mosque? I mean, we do have religious freedom." (November 2015, Sean Hannity Show)

In his response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, Trump suggested increasing surveillance and creating a database for tracking Muslims. Trump said, "We're going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule. And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we're going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago." (November 2015, Yahoo News)

In his response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, Trump said, "You're going to have to watch and study the mosques, because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques... And from what I heard, in the old days — meaning a while ago — we had great surveillance going on in and around mosques in New York City. I'm not sure it's a fact, but I heard that under the old regime we had tremendous surveillance going on in and around the mosques of New York City." (November 2015, MSNBC)

"If you look at the mad men and the mad people out there in the world, I think probably today we’re willing to sacrifice certain things to security.  I don’t know if the security’s gonna be better or not better, but on the chance and the hope that it is, that we know something about what we’re doing, I think security has to preside and it has to, you know, be preeminent.  So, when I”m looking at security, if anyone wants to listen to my phone calls, that’s fine." (June 2015, Fox News)

“I support legislation which allows the NSA to hold the bulk metadata. For oversight, I propose that a court, which is available any time on any day, is created to issue individual rulings on when this metadata can be accessed.” (May 2015, Newsweek)

“I think Snowden is a terrible threat, I think he’s a terrible traitor, and you know what we used to do in the good old days when we were a strong country — you know what we used to do to traitors, right?” (July 2013, Fox News)


Our policemen and women are disrespected. We need law and order. But we need justice too. Our inner cities are a disaster. You get shot walking to the store.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“…we’re going to have a strong border, we’re going to bring back law and order. Just today policemen were shot - two killed - and this is happening on a weekly basis. We have to bring back respect to law enforcement.” (NPR, 08/09/16)

MIKE PENCE: "I think community policing is a great idea. And it's worked in the Hoosier state and we fully support that. Donald Trump and I are going to make sure that law enforcement have the resources and the tools to be able to really restore law and order to the cities and communities of this nation. That is probably why the 330,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Donald Trump to be the next President of the United States of America because they see his commitment to them. They see his commitment to law and order. But they also hear the bad mouthing, the bad mouthing, that comes from people seize upon tragedy in the wake of police shootings as a reason to use a broad brush to accuse law enforcement of implicit bias or institutional racism and that really has got to stop." (October 4, 2016 - VP Debate)

MIKE PENCE: "Where she used her she was asked in the debate a week ago if there is implicit bias in law enforcement, her only answer was there's an implicit bias in everyone in the United States. I just think we ought to stop seizing on these moments of tragedy. We got to assure the public that we will have a full and complete and transparent investigation whenever there's a loss of life because of police action. But Senator, please you know enough of this seeking every opportunity to demean law enforcement broadly by making of implicit bias every time tragedy strikes. When an African-American police officer is involved in a police action shooting involving an African-American, why would Hillary Clinton accuse that African-American police officer of implicit bias? And what I would say is we need to adopt criminal justice reform nationally. I signed criminal justice reform in the state of Indiana, Senator, and we are very proud of it. I worked when I was in Congress on the Second Chance Act. We have got to do a better job recognizing and correcting the errors in the system that do reflect institutional bias in criminal justice. Law enforcement in this country is a force for good. They are the - they truly are people that put their lives on the line every single day. But I would suggest to you what we need to do is assert a stronger leadership at the national level to support law enforcement. You just heard Senator Kaine reject Stop and Frisk. I would suggest to you that the families that live in our inner city that are besieged in crime." (October 4, 2016 - VP Debate)

“And when it comes to stop and frisk, you know, you're talking about taking the guns away. Well, I'm talking about taking guns away from gangs and people that use them.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

“You need more police. You need a better community, you know relation, you don't have a good community relations in Chicago. It's terrible. I have property there. It’s terrible what’s going on in Chicago. But when you look -- and Chicago’s not the only one. You go to Ferguson, you go to so many different places. You need better relationships, I agree with Secretary Clinton on this, you need better relationships between communities in the police because in some cases it's not good but you look at Dallas where the relationships were really studied the relationships were really a beautiful thing. And then five police officers were killed. One night very violently. So there's some bad things going on, some really bad things.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

“In New York City, stop and frisk, we had 2,200 murders and stop and frisk brought it down to 500 murders. Five hundred murders is a lot of murders. Hard to believe 500 is like supposed to be good? But we went from 2,200 to 500 and it was continued on by Mayor Bloomberg. And it was terminated by our current mayor. But stop and frisk had a tremendous impact on the safety of New York City, tremendous beyond belief, so when you say it has no impact, it really did. It had a very big impact.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

"we need law and order and we need law and order in the inner cities because the people that are most affected by what's happening are African-American and Hispanic people and it's very unfair to them what our politicians are allowing to happen.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

“Police are entrusted with the immense responsibility and we must do everything we can to ensure  they’re properly trained and that they respect all members of the police and that and wrongdoing is always vigorously addressed. Our men and women in blue also need our support, our thanks and our gratitude.  Remember that. They do." (September 23, 2016 - Pennsylvania rally)

"If you're not aware, drugs are a very, very big factor in what you're watching on television." (September 23, 2016 - Pennsylvania rally)

"There is no compassion in tolerating lawless conduct. Crime and violence is an attack on the poor, and will never be accepted in a Trump Administration." (September 23, 2016 - Pennsylvania rally)

Following protests and riots in Charlotte, NC after the police involved fatality of Keith Scott, and unarmed black man, Trump commented “Those peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force in our society -- and this is a narrative that’s supported with a nod by my opponent, you see what she’s saying and it’s not good -- shared directly in the responsibility for the unrest that is afflicting our country and hurting those who have really the very least." (September 23, 2016 - Pennsylvania rally)

In clarifying his earlier call to implement stop-and-frisk policing policies in black communities, Trump stated, "I was really referring to Chicago with stop-and-frisk. They asked me about Chicago and I was talking about stop-and-frisk for Chicago. I mean, the numbers [in New York city after stop-and-frisk was implemented] were unbelievably changed. I don’t mean just a little bit. It was massively changed, and it became a safe city. It went from an unsafe city to a safe city. I think Chicago needs stop-and-frisk. Now, people can criticize me for that or people can say whatever they want, but they asked me about Chicago, and I think stop-and-frisk, with good, strong, you know, good, strong law and order. But you have to do something. It can’t continue the way it’s going. Well, there are different levels and you have somebody coming up who's the expert on it. But, basically, they will -- if they see -- you know, they're proactive and if they see a person possibly with a gun or they think may have a gun, they will see the person and they'll look and they'll take the gun away.They'll stop, they'll frisk, and they'll take the gun away. And they won't have anything to shoot with. I mean, how it -- how it's not being used in Chicago is -- to be honest with you, it's quite unbelievable. And, you know, the police -- the local police -- they know who has a gun and who shouldn't be having a gun. They understand that. "  (September 21, 2016 - Fox and Friends)

When asked how he would stop violence in black communities, Trump said "I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well." (September 21, 2016 - NRA-ILA Leadership Forum)

"I must tell you, I watched the shooting in particular in Tulsa and that man was hands up, that man went to the car -- hands up -- put his hand on the car. To me, it looked like he did everything you're supposed to do," Trump said. "And he looked like a really good man -- and maybe I'm a little clouded because I saw his family talking about him after the fact ... but he looked like somebody who was doing what they were asking him to do." (September 21, 2016 - Ohio Church event)

In praising law enforcement officers, Trump said, "you always have problems. You have somebody in there that always makes a mistake, that's bad or that chokes...Did she get scared? Was she choking? What happened? But people that choke, maybe they can't be doing what they're doing"  (September 21, 2016 - Ohio Church event)

On the police involved fatality of Terrence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, in Tulsa, OK Trump said, "This young officer, I don't know what she was thinking. I don't know what she was thinking but I'm very, very troubled by that. [It is a] terrible situation." (September 21, 2016 - Ohio church event)

"Our local police, they know who a lot of these people are. They're afraid to do anything about it because they don't want to be accused of profiling and they don't want to be accused of all sorts of things. You know in Israel, they profile. They've done an unbelievable job, as good as you can do. But Israel has done an unbelievable job. And they'll profile. They profile. They see somebody that's suspicious, they will profile. They will take that person and they'll check out — do we have a choice? Look what's going on."  (September 19, 2016 - Fox and Friends)

"This is one group. This is one group. But you have many, many groups. Because we're allowing these people to come into our country and destroy our country, and make it unsafe for people. We're allowing these people to come in. We don't want to do any profiling. If somebody looks like he's got a massive bomb on his back, we won't go up to that person and say, 'I'm sorry, because if he looks like he comes from that part of the world, we're not allowed to profile.' Give me a break." (September 19, 2016 - Fox and Friends)

"Look, it is a disaster the way African Americans are living, in many cases, and, in many cases the way Hispanics are living, and I say it with such a deep-felt feeling: What do you have to lose? I will straighten it out. I'll bring jobs back. We'll bring spirit back. We'll get rid of the crime. You'll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot. Look at the statistics. We'll straighten it out. If you keep voting for the same failed politicians, you will keep getting the same results. They don't care about you. They just like you once every four years — get your vote and then they say: 'Bye, bye!'"  (August 22, 2016 - Ohio rally speech)

“A brutal attack on our police force is an attack on our country and an attack on our families. We must stand in solidarity with law enforcement, and we must remember is the force between civilization and total chaos. Every American has the right to live in safety and peace. The deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota also make clear how much work we have to do to make every American feel that their safety is protected. Too many Americans are living in terrible poverty and violence. We need jobs, and we are going to produce those jobs.” (July 8, 2016 – Statement on the Dallas Shooting)

"I want us all to work together, including in partnership with our Muslim communities. But Muslim communities must cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad – and they do know where they are." (June 13, 2016 - Rally in Manchester, NH)

In response to if he believes there are racial disparities in law enforcement, Trump replied, "I’ve read where there are and I’ve read where there aren’t. I mean, I’ve read both. And, you know, I have no opinion on that." (March 21, 2016 - meeting with Washington Post Editorial Board)

On Bernie Sanders' encounter with #BlackLiversMatter protestors at a campaign event, Trump said “That showed such weakness, the way he was taken away by two young women. They just took the whole place over! I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself, or if other people will." (August 2015, campaign press conference)

On the #BlackLivesMatter movement, “It’s a massive crisis...Some horrible mistakes are made. At the same time, we have to give power back to the police, because crime is rampant.We have to give strength and power back to the police. You’re always going to have bad apples .. [but] the police have to regain some control of this crime wave and killing wave that we have in this country.” (August 2015, Meet the Press)

“You know a lot of the gangs that you see in Baltimore and in St. Louis and in Ferguson and Chicago. You know, they’re illegal immigrants,” Trump said. “They’re here illegally. And they’re rough dudes, rough people. They’re going to be gone so fast if I win, that your head will spin. They’re going to be gone so fast, OK?” (August 2015, Iowa speech)

Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use

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"But I don't want to have with all the problems this country has and all of the problems that you see going on hundreds of thousands of people coming in from Syria when we know nothing about them, we know nothing about their values, and we know nothing about their love for our country.” (NPR, 08/09/16)

“Muslims have to report the problems when they see them. And you know there's always a reason for everything. If they don't do that, it's a very difficult situation for our country. Because you look at Orlando, and you look at San Bernardino, and you look at the World Trade Center go outside, you look at Paris look at the horrible - these are radical Islamic terrorists and she won't even mention the word and nor will President Obama. He will use the term radical Islamic terrorism. Now to solve a problem, you have to be able to state what the problem is or at least say the name. She won't say the name and President Obama won't say the name, but the name is there. It’s radical Islamic terror. And before you solve it, you have to say the name.” (NPR, 08/09/16)

“I mean whether we like it or not we can be very politically correct, but whether we like it or not there is a problem and we have to be sure that Muslims come in and report when they see something going on when they see hatred going on they have report it.”

"If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you that just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That's our Syrian refugee problem." (September 19, 2016 - twitter ad)

"Now, not to mention her in the same breath, but Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it. You know what I mean. President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again." (September 16, 2016 - Trump Hotel press conference)

"This is my pledge to the American people: as your President I will be your greatest champion. I will fight to ensure that every American is treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally. We will reject bigotry and oppression in all its forms, and seek a new future built on our common culture and values as one American people. Only this way, will we make America Great Again and Safe Again – For Everyone."  (August 15, 2016 - Ohio speech)

On the speech by Gold Star Khan family at the Democratic National Convention, Trump said "He [Khzir Khan] doesn’t know. He doesn’t know that. I saw him. He was, you know, very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me. His wife, if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me. But plenty of people have written that. She was extremely quiet. And it looked like she had nothing to say. A lot of people have said that. And personally, I watched him. I wish him the best of luck."  (July 31, 2016 - ABC interview)

In response to Khzir Khan's accusation that Trump has not had to sacrifice for his country (Khzir Khan's son died while on active duty with the U.S. Marines), Trump said, "I think I have made a lot of sacrifices. I've work very, very hard. I've created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I've done -- I've had tremendous success." (July 31, 2016 - ABC interview)

"Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe. While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan, who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, which is false, and say many other inaccurate things." (July 30, 2016 - statement)

MIKE PENCE: "Donald Trump and I believe that Captain Humayun Khan is an American hero and his family, like all Gold Star families, should be cherished by every American. Captain Khan gave his life to defend our country in the global war on terror. Due to the disastrous decisions of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, a once stable Middle East has now been overrun by ISIS. This must not stand. By suspending immigration from countries that have been compromised by terrorism, rebuilding our military, defeating ISIS at its source and projecting strength on the global stage, we will reduce the likelihood that other American families will face the enduring heartbreak of the Khan family. Donald Trump will support our military and their families and we will defeat the enemies of our freedom." (July 31, 2016 - statement)

MIKE PENCE: When asked about Donald Trump's Muslim ban, Pence responded, "I am very supportive of Donald Trump's call to temporarily suspend immigration from countries where terrorist influence and impact represents a threat to the United States... What I've heard from Donald Trump, and I believe the position he's articulated that resonates with millions of Americans, is that we've got to find out what's going on, and we've got to do something different, and we've got to put the safety and security of the American people first.”  (July 15, 2016 - Interview with Sean Hannity

When asked if he agrees with Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s statement that the rhetoric of the Black Lives Matter movement is “inherently racist,” Trump responded, "A lot of people agree with that. A lot of people feel that it is inherently racist. And it's a very divisive term. Because all lives matter. It's a very, very divisive term. And certainly if they're going to allow that to go along rhetorically, this is not a good thing for our country.” (July 11, 2016 - Interview with the Associated Press)

In response to a supporter calling for the removal of all Muslim TSA employees who choose to wear the Hijab, "You know, and we are looking at that. And we are looking at that. We're looking at a lot of things.” (June 30, 2016 - Town Hall in Manchester, New Hampshire)

When asked if he still supports the idea of a Muslim ban, Trump responded, "Well, I think profiling is something that we're going to have to start thinking about as a country. And other countries do it; you look at Israel and you look at others and they do it and they do it successfully. You know, I hate the concept of profiling. But we have to start using common sense, and we have to use, you know, we have to use our heads ... we really have to look at profiling. We have to look at it seriously." (June 19, 2016 – CBS Face the Nation)

"What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning. Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough." (June 12, 2016 - Twitter)

"If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words 'Radical Islam' she should get out of this race for the Presidency.” (June 12, 2016 – Statement Regarding Tragic Terrorist Attack in Orlando, FL)

“I am the least racist person that you’ve ever seen. Believe me.” (June 10, 2016 - Rally in Richmond, Virginia)

"It is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage ... I do not feel that one’s heritage makes them incapable of being impartial." (June 7, 2016 - Facebook)

“I look at the migration [Syrian refugee resettlement] and I say how come there are there so many young strong men? Why don’t they have so many women? Why don’t they have so many children?...We’re allowing people to come in. There’s no documentation, there’s no paperwork. We don’t know who they are, where they come from. Is it Syria, is it something else? Is it ISIS?” (June 6, 2016 - Rally in Tampa, Florida)

MIKE PENCE: When asked about Donald Trump's criticism of Judge Gonzalo Curiel, Pence responded, “Of course I think those comments were inappropriate. I don’t think it’s ever appropriate to question the partiality of the judge based on their ethnic background.” (June 5, 2016 - Indystar

When asked if his comments regarding Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s Mexican heritage were racist, Trump replied, “No. I don’t think so at all. He’s proud of his heritage. I respect him for that, but he’s a Mexican. We’re building a wall between here and Mexico. The answer is he’s giving us very unfair rulings. Rulings that people can’t even believe. This case should have ended years ago.” (June 5, 2016 – CNN)

“I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump -- a hater. He's a hater. His name is Gonzalo Curiel. And he is not doing the right thing. We're in front of a very hostile judge. The judge was appointed by Barack Obama, federal judge. Frankly, he should recuse himself because he's given us ruling after ruling after ruling, negative, negative, negative. What happens is the judge, who happens to be -- we believe – Mexican … I'm telling you, this court system, judges in this court system, federal court, they ought to look into Judge Curiel. Because what Judge Curiel is doing is a total disgrace, OK? I think it has to do perhaps with the fact that I'm very, very strong on the border, very, very strong at the border. He has been extremely hostile to me.” (June 3, 2016 – Rally in San Diego, CA)

When asked if a “Muslim judge” would be unable to treat him fairly in light of his policy positions, Trump responded, “It’s possible, yes. Yeah. That would be possible, absolutely.” (June 5, 2016 - Interview on CBS Face the Nation)

"The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!" (May 25, 2016 - Twitter)

"We have to do something and you're not going to do something about until you know what the problem is. I've spoken to (former New York City Mayor) Rudy Giuliani we're going to put together a group. We're going to look at the problem, we're going to study the problem, it's a temporary ban. I feel very strongly that we have to find out what the problem is. When you look at San Bernadino, when you look at Paris, when you look at all of these horrible, horrible acts of hatred, this is pure hatred. We have to find out and get to the bottom of the problem before we can solve it.” (May 13, 2016 – Fox & Friends)

When asked if the recently elected Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will be allowed to travel to the United States under a Trump presidency (Khan is Muslim), Trump said, “There will always be exceptions...I was happy to see that, I think it’s a very good thing, and I hope he does a very good job because frankly that would be very, very good....Because I think if he does a great job, it will really — you lead by example, always lead by example. If he does a good job and frankly if he does a great job, that would be a terrific thing.” (May 9, 2016 - New York Times interview)

When asked if he stands by his call to ban Muslims from entering the United States, Trump said “I don’t care if it hurts me...I’m doing the right thing when I do this. And whether it’s Muslim or whether it’s something else, I mean, I have to do the right thing and that’s the way I’ve been guided.” (May 4, 2016 - Morning Joe)

“You know, I have so many women that really want to have protection from the standpoint — and they like me for that reason,” Trump said before suggesting he gets bad press regarding women. But there is nobody that respects women more than me, and I notice a lot of women are saying that...And I don’t get a fair press with the women. I have to say, the press treats me horribly with almost every aspect of life....They were saying, 'We like Donald Trump because we feel he’s going to be the strongest for the country in terms of protection, in terms of the border, in terms of ISIS, in terms of other countries,' and I win by such a margin. So that’s protecting women, but it’s also protecting everybody.” (April 5, 2016 - Fox & Friends)

With regard to his proposal for a travel ban on all Muslims to the United States, Mr. Trump said, "I have actually—believe it or not—I have a lot of friends that are Muslim and they call me...In most cases, they're very rich Muslims, okay? ....They'll come in. You'll have exceptions." (March 31, 2016 - Hardball with Chris Matthews)

"When they [Muslims] see trouble, they have to report it. They are not reporting it; they are absolutely not reporting it, and that’s a big problem. It’s like they’re protecting each other, but they’re really doing very bad damage, and they have to open up to society. They have to report the bad ones.” (March 23, 2016 - Good Morning Britain)

Asked if he thinks his messages and rhetoric are dangerous and divisive for the country, Trump replied, "I don’t think so. No, I don’t think so. With the Muslim thing I think it’s a serious problem. I’ve had Muslims call and tell me you’re right with the Muslim thing, I think it’s a serious problem.  And it’s a problem that has to be addressed. I mean, there’s tremendous hatred. Even the, even the guy they caught in Paris. He was being hid out by other Muslims, and everybody is after him, and he’s living right next to where he grew up.  There’s a serious, serious problem with the Muslims and it’s got to be addressed. It’s temporary, and it’s got to be addressed. And you know you may think of it as negative. Many people think it’s very positive."(March 21, 2016 - meeting with Washington Post Editorial Board)

When Trump was told by his security team that someone in the audience was preparing to throw tomatoes, Trump said into the microphone, "If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them...Just knock the hell out of them. I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees." (February 1, 2016 - Washington Post)

“Marco talks about consequences. Well, we’ve had a lot of consequences, including airplanes flying into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and could have been the White House. There have been a lot of problems. Now you can say what you want, and you can be politically correct if you want. I don’t want to be so politically correct. I like to solve problems. We have a serious, serious problem of hate. There is tremendous hate. There is tremendous hate. Where large portions of a group of people, Islam, large portions want to use very, very harsh means. Let me go a step further. Women are treated horribly. You know that. You do know that. Women are treated horribly, and other things are happening that are very, very bad. Now I will say this, there is tremendous hatred. The question was asked, what do you think? I said, there is hatred. Now it would be very easy for me to say something differently. And everybody would say, oh, isn’t that wonderful.” (March 10, 2016 - GOP Miami Debate)

“Well, you know, I’ve been watching the debate today. And they’re talking about radical Islamic terrorism or radical Islam. But I will tell you this. There’s something going on that maybe you don’t know about, maybe a lot of other people don’t know about, but there’s tremendous hatred. And I will stick with exactly what I said to Anderson Cooper.” (March 10, 2016 - GOP Miami Debate)

“I totally disavow the Klu Klux Klan. I totally disavow David Duke. I've been doing it now for two weeks, this is your -- you're probably about the 18th person that's asked me the question. It was very clear, that question was also talked about in the form of groups. Groups, I want to know which groups are you talking about? You have to tell me which groups? ...Ultimately, he got to the Klu Klux Klan, which obviously I'm going to disavow. And, by the way, if you look on my Twitter account, almost immediately after the program they were disavowed again.” (March 3, 2016 - GOP Debate in Michigan)

"Well, just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke. OK? I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don't know. I don't know, did he endorse me or what's going on, because, you know, I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you're asking me a question that I'm supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about." (February 28, 2016 - CNN's Meet the Press)

“He took fifty bullets, and he dipped them in pig’s blood...And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the fifty people, and they shot 49 of those people. And the fiftieth person he said ‘You go back to your people and you tell them what happened.’ And for 25 years there wasn’t a problem, okay?...We better start getting tough and we better start getting vigilant, and we better start using our heads or we’re not gonna have a country, folks.” (February 20, 2016 - South Carolina speech)

On President Obama's speech at a mosque in Baltimore, MD: "I think that we can go to lots of places. I don't know, maybe he feels comfortable there...We have a lot of problems in this country, Greta. There are a lot of places he can go and he chose a mosque. I saw that just a little while ago. So that's his decision, it's fine." (February 3, 2016 - Fox News)

When asked about Syrian refugee Dr. Hamo that was in attendance at the President’s final State of the Union: “…And when you look around, and you see what’s happening, and this is not the case when he introduced the doctor – very nice, everything perfect but that is not representative of what you have in that line of migration. That could be the great Trojan Horse. It could be people that are going to do great, great destruction. When I look at the migration, I looked at the line, I said it actually on your show recently, where are the women? It looked like very few women. Very few children. Strong, powerful men, young and people are looking at that and they’re saying what’s going on?” (New York Times, 1/15/16)

MIKE PENCE: Regarding Trump's Muslim ban, Pence tweeted: “Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.”  (December 8th, 2015 - Twitter)

"If they thought there was something wrong with that group and they saw what was happening, and they didn't want to call the police because they didn't want to be profiling, I think that's pretty bad." (December 6, 2015 - CBS Face the Nation)

"Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on. We have no choice… According to Pew Research, among others, there is a great hatred toward Americans by large segments of the Muslim population.” (December 2015, Campaign Statement)

Speaking to a room for Jewish Republicans, Trump winked at stereotypes, saying, “I’m a negotiator like you, folks. Is there anyone in this room who doesn’t negotiate deals? Probably more than any room I’ve ever spoken.” (December 2015, Republican Jewish Coalition)

After being asked if Islam is a peaceful or violent religion, Trump said, “There’s something definitely going on. I don’t know that that question be answered. It could be answered two ways. It could be answered both ways. You see the hatred. You see it every day.” (November 2015, MSNBC)

“There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down... I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering… as those buildings came down. And that tells you something." (November 2015, ABC)

In the UK people are proposing revoking British passports and closing some mosques to combat terrorism from people who go to Syria “go fight for ISIS”. When asked if he supports doing these things, Trump said, “Absolutely… I would do that. Absolutely. I think it's great.” (October 2015, Fox Business)

When asked if he would be comfortable with a Muslim being president, “It’s something at some point that could happen…we’ll see. It’s something that could happen. Would I be comfortable? I don’t know if I have to a address it right now…some people say that it has already happened.” (September 2015, NBC News)

"I have friends that are Muslims. They're great people, amazing. Well, you have radicals that are doing things. I mean, it wasn't people from Sweden that blew up the World Trade Center people. And most Muslims — like most everything — I mean, these are fabulous people. But we certainly do have a problem" (September 2015, CNN)

"Supporter: “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. We know our current President is one." 
Trump: "Right"
Supporter: "You know he’s not even an American.”
Trump: “We need this question.This is the first question."
Supporter: "But anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us."
Trump: "Uh hm." 
Supporter: "That’s my question. When can we get rid of ‘em?”
Trump: “We're going to be looking at a lot of different things. And you know a lot of people are saying that. And a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. We're going to be looking at that and plenty of other things."" (September 2015, New Hampshire Townhall)

"We have a country, where, to assimilate, you have to speak English. And I think that where he was, and the way it came out didn't sound right to me. We have to have assimilation -- to have a country, we have to have assimilation. I'm not the first one to say this, Dana. We've had many people over the years, for many, many years, saying the same thing. This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish." (September 2015, 2nd Republican Debate)

Commenting on Carly Fiorina, a rival for the 2016 Republican nomination, Trump said, "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not s'posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?" (September 2015, Rolling Stone)

When asked for his response to receiving an endorsement from David Duke, who is a well known white supremacist and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Trump said, "I don't need his endorsement; I certainly wouldn't want his endorsement. I don't need anyone's endorsement." When the interviewer asked Trump to repudiate the endorsement, he said, “Sure, I would if that would make you feel better.” (August 2015, Bloomberg News)

“I’ll use the word ‘anchor baby.’ Excuse me — I’ll use the word ‘anchor baby,’” (August 2015, MaCallen, TX press conference)

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re 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.” (June 2015, Politico)

“Christians can’t come into this country but Muslims can. What’s that all about? Something has got to be coming down from the top. People are flowing through [the border with Mexico] like water. At what point is it going to be too late?” (May 2015, Salon)

In regards to Park 51-- or the "ground zero mosque," Trump said, “But I don’t think it’s an appropriate use of the site. A lot of people don’t. You know, in the Arab world, when they have a victory, they like to build a Mosque at that site. It’s very strongly out there. I think this is a terrible idea.” (December 2012, FOX News

“Bill O’Reilly asked me is there a Muslim problem? And I said absolutely, yes. In fact I went a step further. I said I didn’t see Swedish people knocking down the World Trade Center." (April 2011, Examiner)

“Well there is a Muslim problem, absolutely. All you have to do is turn on your Television set. Unfortunately at this moment in time there is a Muslim problem in the world.  There is tremendous hatred…tremendous hatred of us.” (March 2011, Fox News)  

When asked if Islam is at war with the west he replied, "I think Islam hates us.  There is something -- there is something there that is a tremendous hatred there. There's a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There's an unbelievable hatred of us...And we have to be very vigilant. We have to be very careful. And we can't allow people coming into this country who have this hatred of the United States." (March 9, 2016 - CNN)

Immigration Reform

"Well, first of all she [Hillary Clinton] wants to give amnesty, which is a disaster and very unfair to all the people that are waiting on line for many many years.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“We need strong borders. In the audience tonight we have four mothers of, I mean these are unbelievable people that I’ve gotten to know over a period of years, whose children have been killed, brutally killed, by people that came into the country illegally. You have thousands of mothers and fathers and relatives all over the country. They are coming in illegally. Drugs are pouring in through the border. We have no country if we have no border. Hillary wants to give amnesty she wants to have open borders. The border secure as you know the border patrol agents sixteen thousand five hundred plus, ICE endorsed me. First time they've ever endorsed a candidate.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

"We have to have strong borders. We have to keep the drugs out of our country. We are right now we’re getting the drugs, they're getting the cash we need strong borders. We need absolute - we cannot give amnesty. Now, I want to build a wall. We need the wall the border patrol, ICE, they all want the wall.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“We stopped the drugs we shore up the border. One of my first acts will be to get all of the drug lords, all of the bad ones, we have some bad bad people in this country that have to go out. Were going to get them out we're going to secure the border and once the border is secure at a later date we will make its determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here that were going to get them out.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“We’re a country of laws, we either have a border or we don't. Now, you could come back in and you can become a citizen but it's very unfair. We have millions of people that did the right way they’re online they’re waiting we’re going to speed up the process big league because it's very inefficient. But they're online and they’re waiting to become citizens. Very unfair that somebody runs across the border becomes a citizen under her plan you have open borders you would have a disaster on trade and you will have a disaster with your open borders. But what she doesn't say is that President Obama has deported millions and millions of people just the way it is.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“So just to finish on the borders. She wants open borders people are going to pour into our country people are going to come in from Syria. She wants five hundred and fifty percent more people than Barack Obama and he has thousands and thousands of people they have no idea where they come from. And you see we are going to stop radical Islamic terrorism in this country. She won't even mention the words and neither will President Obama. So I just want to tell you she wants open borders now we can talk about Putin. I don’t know Putin.” [NPR, 10/19/16]

“So he would have been alive today. The Muslim ban is something that in some form has morphed into an extreme vetting from certain areas of the world....It's called extreme vetting. We are going to areas like Syria, where they're coming in by the tens of thousands because of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton wants to allow a 550% increase over Obama. People are coming into our country, like we have no idea who they are, where they're from, what their feelings about our country is, and she wants 550% more. This is going to be the great Trojan horse of all time.” (NPR, 08/09/16)

"But I don't want to have with all the problems this country has and all of the problems that you see going on hundreds of thousands of people coming in from Syria when we know nothing about them, we know nothing about their values, and we know nothing about their love for our country.” (NPR, 08/09/16)

“Hillary Clinton, in terms of having people coming to our country, we have many criminal illegal aliens. When we want to send them back to their country their country says we don't want them in some cases they’re murderers, drug lords, drug problems. And they don't want them. And Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State said that's okay. We can't force it into their country.” (NPR, 08/09/16)

“Let me tell you I'm going to force them right back into the country. They’re murderers and some very bad people and I will tell you, I'm very strongly, when Bernie Sanders said she had bad judgment, she has really bad judgment because we are letting people into this country that are going to cause problems and crime like you've never seen. We’re also leading drugs pour through our southern border at a record clip. At a record clip and it shouldn't be allowed to happen.” (NPR, 08/09/16)

MIKE PENCE: "And Donald Trump has laid out a priority to remove criminal aliens, remove people who have overstayed their visas. And once we have accomplished all of that, which will strengthen our economy, strengthen the rule of law in the country, and make our communities safer once the criminal aliens are out, then we’ll deal with those that remain."  (October 4, 2016 - VP Debate)

MIKE PENCE: "we have a deportation force it’s called Immigration and Customs Enforcement."  (October 4, 2016 - VP Debate)

MIKE PENCE: "What you just heard is they have a plan for open borders - amnesty. They call it comprehensive immigration reform on capitol hill. We all know the routine. It is amnesty and you heard one of the last he mentioned was border security. That is how Washington always plays it. Ronald Reagan said a nation without borders is not a nation. Donald Trump is committed to restoring the borders of this nation, securing the nation. Well, I think Donald Trump laid out a series of priorities that doesn’t end with border security, it begins with border security. And after we secure the border, not only build a wall, but beneath the ground and in the air, we do internal enforcement. But he said the focus has to be on criminal aliens. We just had a conversation about law enforcement. We just had a conversation about the violence that’s besetting our cities."  (October 4, 2016 - VP Debate)

“We’re losing our jobs, people are pouring into our country. The other day we were deporting eight hundred people and perhaps they passed the wrong button, they pressed the wrong button, or perhaps worse than that it was corruption. But these people that we were going to deport, for good reason, ended up becoming citizens ended up becoming citizens. And it was 800 and now it turns out it might be 1800 and they don’t even know.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

It brought the crime rate way down but you take the gun away from criminals that should be having it. We have gangs roaming the street and in many cases they’re illegally here, illegal immigrants. And they have guns and they shoot people. And we have to be very strong and we have to be very vigilant. We have to be we had to know what we’re doing. Right now our police, in many cases, are afraid to do anything.” (September 26, 2016 – 1st Presidential Debate)

"Look, this is a problem where the second generation [of immigrants] is turning out to be in som cases worse than the first generation and we have to be very, bery strong." (September 20, 2016  - Fox News)

“I think that when you serve in the armed forces, that’s a very special situation, and I could see myself working that out, absolutely…I think military is a very special thing. If they plan on serving, if they get in, I would absolutely hold those people — now, we have to be very careful. We have to vet very carefully. Everybody would agree with that. But the answer is, it would be a very special circumstance, yes. Thank you.” (September 7, 2016 – NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum)

When asked if he is considering a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, Trump said - "I'm not ruling out anything," Trump said. "We're going to make that decision into the future. OK?....To become a citizen, you're going to have to go out and come back in through the process. You're going to have to get on line. This isn't touchback. This is you have to go out, and you have to get in line and you have to come back in to become a citizen." (September 5, 2016 - press gaggle)

“It's our right, as a sovereign nation to chose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us.” (August 31, 2016 – Arizona speech)

“Countless innocent American lives have been stolen because our politicians have failed in their duty to secure our borders and enforce our laws like they have to be enforced.I have met with many of the great parents who lost their children to sanctuary cities and open borders. So many people, so many, many people. So sad. They will be joining me on this stage in a little while and I look forward to introducing, these are amazing, amazing people. Countless Americans who have died in recent years would be alive today if not for the open border policies of this administration and the administration that causes this horrible, horrible thought process, called Hillary Clinton.” (August 31, 2016 – Arizona speech

“To all the politicians, donors, and special interests, hear these words from me and all of you today. There is only one core issue in the immigration debate, and that issue is the well-being of the American people.” (August 31, 2016 – Arizona speech

“Most incredibly, because to me this is unbelievable, we have no idea who these people [immigrants and refugees] are, where they come from. I always say Trojan horse. Watch what's going to happen, folks. It's not going to be pretty. This includes her [Hillary Clinton’s] plan to bring in 620,000 new refugees from Syria and that region over a short period of time. And even yesterday, when you were watching the news, you saw thousands and thousands of people coming in from Syria. What is wrong with our politicians, our leaders if we can call them that. What the hell are we doing?” (August 31, 2016 – Arizona speech

“We will build a great wall along the southern border. And Mexico will pay for the wall. One hundred percent. They don't know it yet, but they're going to pay for it. And they're great people and great leaders but they're going to pay for the wall. On day one, we will begin working on intangible, physical, tall, power, beautiful southern border wall.” (August 31, 2016 – Arizona speech

“Under my administration, anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country and back to the country from which they came. And they'll be brought great distances. We're not dropping them right across.” (August 31, 2016 – Arizona speech

“According to federal data, there are at least 2 million, 2 million, think of it, criminal aliens now inside of our country, 2 million people criminal aliens. We will begin moving them out day one. As soon as I take office. Day one. In joint operation with local, state, and federal law enforcement. Beyond the 2 million, and there are vast numbers of additional criminal illegal immigrants who have fled, but their days have run out in this country. The crime will stop. They're going to be gone. It will be over. They're going out. They're going out fast” (August 31, 2016 – Arizona speech

“My plan also includes cooperating closely with local jurisdictions to remove criminal aliens immediately. We will restore the highly successful Secure Communities Program. Good program. We will expand and revitalize the popular 287(g) partnerships, which will help to identify hundreds of thousands of deportable aliens in local jails that we don't even know about. Both of these programs have been recklessly gutted by this administration. And those were programs that worked.” (August 31, 2016 – Arizona speech

“We're going to triple the number of ICE deportation officers. Within ICE I am going to create a new special deportation task force focused on identifying and quickly removing the most dangerous criminal illegal immigrants in America who have evaded justice.” (August 31, 2016 – Arizona speech

“We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths. Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.” (August 31, 2016 – Arizona speech 

“We will immediately terminate President Obama's two illegal executive amnesties in which he defied federal law and the Constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants, 5 million.” (August 31, 2016 – Arizona speech 

“Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws and to have a country. Otherwise we don't have a country. Our enforcement priorities will include removing criminals, gang members, security threats, visa overstays, public charges. That is those relying on public welfare or straining the safety net along with millions of recent illegal arrivals and overstays who've come here under this current corrupt administration.” (August 31, 2016 – Arizona speech

“We are going to suspend the issuance of visas to any place where adequate screening cannot occur. Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to begin a comprehensive review of these cases in order todevelop a list of regions and countries from which immigration must be suspended until proven and effective vetting mechanisms can be put in place.I call it extreme vetting right? Extreme vetting. I want extreme. It's going to be so tough, and if somebody comes in that's fine but they're going to be good. It's extreme.” (August 31, 2016 – Arizona speech

“For the price of resettling one refugee in the United States, 12 could be resettled in a safe zone in their home region. Which I agree with 100 percent. We have to build safe zones and we'll get the money from Gulf states. We don't want to put up the money. We owe almost $20 trillion. Doubled since Obama took office, our national debt. But we will get the money from Gulf states and others. We'll supervise it. We'll build safe zones which is something that I think all of us want to see.” (August 31, 2016 – Arizona speech)

“And the United States first, second and third generation Mexicans are just beyond reproach. Spectacular, spectacular hard-working people. I have such great respect for them and their strong values of family, faith and community.” (August 31, 2016 – press conference in Mexico)

“Number one, ending illegal immigration, not just between our two countries, but including the illegal immigration and migration from Central and South Americans, and from other regions that impact security and finances, in both Mexico and the United States. This is a humanitarian disaster. The dangerous treks, the abuse by gangs and cartels and the extreme physical dangers and it must be solved, it must be solved quickly. Not fair to the people, anywhere world wide, you can truly say, but certainly not fair to the people of Mexico and the people of the United States.” (August 31, 2016 – press conference in Mexico)

“Number two, having a secure border is a sovereign right and mutually beneficial. We recognize and respect the right of either country to build a physical barrier or wall on any of its borders to stop the illegal movement of people, drugs and weapons. Cooperation toward achieving the shared objective, and it will be shared of safety for all citizens is paramount, to both the United States and to Mexico.” (August 31, 2016 – press conference in Mexico)

PENCE: "Nothing has change about Donald Trump's position about dealing with illegal immigration. He put this issue at the center of this presidential campaign during the Republican primaries, and his positions and his principles have been absolutely consistent: we're going to secure the border, we're going to build a wall to have a physical barrier, we're going to enforce the laws of this country, end sanctuary cities, implement e-verify, and we will have a mechanism for dealing with people in this country - you heard the word 'humanely' again, it's going to be fair it's going to be tough - but there will be no path to legalization, no path to citizenship unless people leave this country." (August 28, 2016 - CNN interview)

"No citizenship. Let me go a step further - they'll pay back-taxes, they have to pay taxes, there's no amnesty, as such, there's no amnesty, but we work with them." (August 24, 2016 - Fox News interview)

On how he plans to deport undocumented immigrants, "The first thing we're going to do if and when I win is we're going to get rid of all of the bad ones. We've got gang members, we have killers, we have a lot of bad people that have to get out of this country. We're going to get them out, and the police know who they are. They're known by law enforcement who they are. We don't do anything. They go around killing people and hurting people, and they're going to be out of this country so fast your head will spin. We have existing laws that allow you to do that. As far as everybody else, we're going to go through the process. What people don't know is that Obama got tremendous numbers of people out of the country. Bush, the same thing. Lots of people were brought out of the country with the existing laws. Well, I'm going to do the same thing."You don't have to put them in a detention center," Trump said. "Bill, you're the first one to mention 'detention center.' You don't have to put them in a detention center. ... I'm not going to put them in a detention center. No." (August 22, 2016 - Fox News interview)

"The common thread linking the major Islamic terrorist attacks that have recently occurred on our soil – 9/11, the Ft. Hood shooting, the Boston Bombing, the San Bernardino attack, the Orlando attack – is that they have involved immigrants or the children of immigrants. Clearly, new screening procedures are needed. A review by the U.S. Senate Immigration Subcommittee has identified 380 foreign-born individuals charged with terrorism or terrorism related offenses between 9/11 and 2014, and many more since then. We also know that ISIS recruits refugees after their entrance into the country – as we have seen with the Somali refugee population in Minnesota. Beyond terrorism, as we have seen in France, foreign populations have brought their anti-Semitic attitudes with them. Pew polling shows that in many of the countries from which we draw large numbers of immigrants, extreme views about religion – such as the death penalty for those who leave the faith – are commonplace. A Trump Administration will establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration: we should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people. In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today. In addition to screening out all members or sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles – or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law. Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country. Only those who we expect to flourish in our country – and to embrace a tolerant American society – should be issued visas. To put these new procedures in place, we will have to temporarily suspend immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism. As soon as I take office, I will ask the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to identify a list of regions where adequate screening cannot take place. We will stop processing visas from those areas until such time as it is deemed safe to resume based on new circumstances or new procedures. The size of current immigration flows are simply too large to perform adequate screening. We admit about 100,000 permanent immigrants from the Middle East every year. Beyond that, we admit hundreds of thousands of temporary workers and visitors from the same regions. If we don’t control the numbers, we can’t perform adequate screening. By contrast, my opponent wants to increase the flow of Syrian refugees by 550% percent. The United States Senate Subcommittee on Immigration estimates that Hillary Clinton’s plan would mean roughly 620,000 refugees from all current refugee-sending nations in her first term, assuming no cuts to other refugee programs. This would be additional to all other nonrefugee immigration. The Subcommittee estimates her plan would impose a lifetime cost of roughly $400 billion when you include the costs of healthcare, welfare, housing, schooling, and all other entitlement benefits that are excluded from the State Department’s placement figures. In short, Hillary Clinton wants to be America’s Angela Merkel, and you know what a disaster this massive immigration has been to Germany and the people of Germany – crime has risen to levels that no one thought would they would ever see. We have enough problems in our country, we don’t need another one."  (August 15, 2016 - Ohio speech)

MIKE PENCE: "I think as President Ronald Reagan said, a nation without borders is not a nation… I think it's absolutely essential that we have border security and I have strongly supported that throughout my career. We have to get the border under control and I support Donald Trump. I think he's got the right vision for this country." (July 13, 2016 - Washington Post)

"SC has kept us safe from exec amnesty--for now. But Hillary has pledged to expand it, taking jobs from Hispanic & African-American workers." (June 23, 2016 - Twitter)

"The media talks about “homegrown,” terrorism, but Islamic radicalism, and the networks that nurture it, are imports from overseas. Yes, there are many radicalized people already inside our country as a result of the poor policies of the past. But the whole point is that it will be much, much easier to deal with our current problem if we don’t keep on bringing in people who add to the problem. For instance, the controversial Mosque attended by the Boston Bombers had as its founder an immigrant from overseas charged in an assassination plot. This shooter in Orlando was the child of an immigrant father who supported one of the most repressive regimes on Earth. Why would we admit people who support violent hatred?" (June 13, 2016 - Rally in Manchester, NH)

"Altogether, under the Clinton plan, you'd be admitting hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East with no system to vet them, or to prevent the radicalization of their children." (June 13, 2016 - Rally in Manchester, NH)

"We need to tell the truth, also, about how Radical Islam is coming to our shores. We are importing Radical Islamic Terrorism into the West through a failed immigration system -- and through an intelligence community held back by our president. Even our own FBI Director has admitted that we cannot effectively check the backgrounds of the people we are letting into America. All of the September 11th hijackers were issued visas. Large numbers of Somali refugees in Minnesota have tried to join ISIS. The Boston Bombers came here through political asylum. The male shooter in San Bernardino – again, whose name I won't mention -- was the child of immigrants from Pakistan, and he brought his wife – the other terrorist - from Saudi Arabia, through another one of our easily exploited visa programs." (June 13, 2016 - Rally in Manchester, NH)

“By the way, the Omnibus budget allows Syrian refugees in. We have no idea where they are, who there are, or where they come from.They’re coming to Pittsburgh you just don’t know it...they’re being put all over the country just like they want to be. And who knows, we talk about a Trojan Horse. And maybe it’s a Trojan Horse and maybe it’s not. But we have enough problems in this country. When you look at Paris, when you look at San Bernardino when you look at all these different places." (June 11, 2016 - Rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

"Hillary Clinton wants to dramatically increase admissions from the Middle East, bringing in many hundreds of thousands during a first term. And we will have no way to screen them, pay for them, or prevent the second generation from radicalizing." (June 12, 2016 - Statement Regarding Tragic Terrorist Attack in Orlando, FL)

“Bad things will happen — a lot of bad things will happen. There will be attacks that you wouldn’t believe. There will be attacks by the people that are right now that are coming into our country, because, I have no doubt in my mind. I mean you look at it, they have cell phones. So they don’t have money, they don’t have anything, they have cell phones? Who pays their monthly charges, right? They have cell phones with the flags, the ISIS flags on them. And then we’re supposed to say, ‘Isn’t this wonderful that we’re taking them in?’ We’re led by people that are either incompetent or they don’t have the best interest of our country at heart.” (May 15, 2016 – National Border Patrol Council’s “Green Line” Radio Show)

“I will say, though, in terms of immigration -- and almost anything else -- there always has to be some, you know, tug and pull and deal….I'm changing. I'm changing. We need highly skilled people in this country, and if we "an't do it, we'll get them in. But, and we do need in Silicon Valley, we absolutely have to have.” (March 3, 2016 - GOP Debate in Michigan

“So, we do need highly skilled, and one of the biggest problems we have is people go to the best colleges. They'll go to Harvard, they'll go to Stanford, they'll go to Wharton, as soon as they're finished they'll get shoved out. They want to stay in this country. They want to stay here desperately, they're not able to stay here. For that purpose, we absolutely have to be able to keep the brain power in this country. I'm changing it, and I'm softening the position because we have to have talented people in this country.” (March 3, 2016 - GOP Debate in Michigan)

"We have at least 11 million people in this country that came in illegally. They will go out. They will come back — some will come back, the best, through a process. They have to come back legally. They have to come back through a process, and it may not be a very quick process, but I think that’s very fair, and very fine." (February 26, 2016 - CNN Republican Debate in Houston)

"Well, first of all, self-deportation is people are going to leave as soon as they see others going out. If you look at Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s, they started moving people out and the rest of them left. Self-deportation, as I really define it, and that’s the way I define it, is you’re going to get some to go, and the rest are going to go out." (February 26, 2016 - CNN Republican Debate in Houston)

"We can do it for $10 billion to $12 billion, and it’s a real wall. This is a wall that’s a heck of a lot higher than the ceiling you’re looking at. This is a wall that’s going to work. Mexico will pay for it, because they are not doing us any favors." (February 26, 2016 - CNN Republican Debate in Houston)

"As far as other people like in the migration, where they’re going, tens of thousands of people having cell phones with ISIS flags on them? I don’t think so, Wolf. They’re not coming to this country. And if I’m president and if Obama has brought some to this country, they are leaving. They’re going. They’re gone." (December 2015, CNN GOP Debate)

Speaking about Muslim Syrian refugees, Trump said, "We have no idea, will they assimilate, will they be able to assimilate... do they even want to assimilate? If they come into this country, they're going out. If I win, they're going out. If you take thousands of people... all you need is a couple [to attack Americans]. (November 2015, Sean Hannity Show)

In response to the Paris terrorist attacks, Trump said, “Anybody that's brought into this country from the migration is going to be out. We’re not going to do it. We’re going to have a country again, we’re going to have borders, we’re going to have a country again. Right now we don't have a country." (November 2015, Instagram)

“I’m in favor of people coming into this country legally. And you know what? They can have it anyway you want. You can call it visas, you can call it work permits, you can call it anything you want.” (October 2015, CNBC GOP Debate)

"You know, there was a case the other day I read about where somebody — a great student at a great school — couldn’t stay. From India, couldn’t stay in the country, no matter what. And they forced him out. And he founded a company a few years ago in India — 5,000 employees, one of the most successful companies, an unbelievable job. We could have had him here, and we force them out. Silicon Valley needs people. We all need people. But we force these incredible people that have been in our system for years — we force them out. They graduate, boom, get out." (September 2015, Values Voter Summit)

"The first thing I'd do in my first day as president is close up our borders so that illegal immigrants cannot come into our country...People can come into our country, but only legally. I will close up those borders" (September 2015, @realDonaldTrump)

"First of all, I want to build a wall, a wall that works. So important, and it's a big part of it. Second of all, we have a lot of really bad dudes in this country from outside, and I think Chris knows that, maybe as well as anybody. They go, if I get elected, first day they're gone. Gangs all over the place. Chicago, Baltimore, no matter where you look." (September 2015, 2nd Republican Debate)

"I'd much rather find out whether or not anchor babies are citizens because a lot of people don't think they are. We're going to test it out." (August 2015, CBS News)

"I want talented people to come into this country—to work hard and to become citizens. Silicon Valley needs engineers, etc....When foreigners attend our great colleges & want to stay in the U.S., they should not be thrown out of our country." (August 2015, @realDonaldTrump)

When asked if he would rescind President Obama's Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Trump responded, "You're going to have to." (August 2015, Meet the Press)

“Border Patrol, I was at the border last week. Border Patrol, people that I deal with, that I talk to, they say this is what’s happening. Because our leaders are stupid. Our politicians are stupid. And the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning. And they send the bad ones over because they don’t want to pay for them. They don’t want to take care of them. Why should they when the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for them? And that’s what is happening whether you like it or not.” (August 2015, Fox GOP Debate)

MIKE PENCE: When asked on Fox & Friends about a letter of protest he wrote to President Barack Obama, Pence said, “We found out from press accounts that more than 200 undocumented children had been placed in private placements across the state of Indiana, and we were only notified by the Department of Health and Human Services after that was being publicly reported… The state of Indiana and the people of Indiana have a right to know if undocumented, vulnerable children and families are being placed in our communities… What we are currently experiencing in Indiana and states across the nation as this crisis deepens, however, is neither sensible nor humane… States should not be asked by the federal government to deal with the consequences of a failed national immigration policy.” (July 31, 2014 - Politico)  

MIKE PENCE: Regarding the Border Integrity and Immigration Reform Act, Pence wrote, “As the grandson of an Irish immigrant, I believe in the ideals enshrined on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor… America always has been, and always will be, a welcoming nation, welcoming under the law any and all with courage enough to come here…The solution is to set up a system that will encourage illegal aliens to self-deport and come back legally as guest workers.” (June 10, 2006 - Wall Street Journal op-ed)

 MIKE PENCE: “The Border Integrity and Immigration Reform Act is a bill that is tough on border security and tough on employers who hire illegal aliens, but recognizes the need for a guest worker program that operates without amnesty and without growing into a huge new government bureaucracy.” (May 23, 2006 - remarks at The Heritage Foundation)