Donald Trump Is An Equal-Opportunity Offender

His remarks about John McCain shouldn't surprise, because Trump is a compulsive insulter.

Trump: McCain Called a War Hero Only Because of Capture

“There are some lines you don’t cross,” Jack McCain, son of John McCain, wrote on Twitter on Saturday night “Trump just crossed one.”

That was one of the milder rebukes to Donald Trump, after the presidential candidate/fragrance magnate secured his place in the political canon for all eternity with perhaps the most ill-advised diss in the history of negative campaigning. Trump’s “I like people who weren’t captured” rip of a man who spent five and a half years being tortured at the Hanoi Hilton—who refused early release—is an instant all-timer. The statement is so insane that you rub your eyes for a few minutes, you check for little birdies flying around your head, after hearing it. He said what?

But the great joke of Trump, of course, is that the statement is not an anomaly but the norm. He says things in this vein all the time, about all sorts of people, across all walks of life. Trump may have crossed a line, but he’s always crossing lines, in remarks that run the gamut from vile, deeply reprehensible racism to a seemingly endless stream of off-the-cuff ad hominem insults. And so the intensity of the response to the McCain remark may say more about the exigencies of a specific moment in a political campaign than whether Trump has suddenly exceeded the bounds of civilized discourse. Because, judging from the remarks below, that's where he's been the whole time. 

Quotations from Chairman Trump on:

African-Americans: “Laziness is a trait in blacks … The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.

Mexican illegal immigrants: “They are bringing drugs. They are bringing crime. They’re rapists.” 

Vaccines: “I am being proven right about massive vaccinations—the doctors lied. Save our children & their future … Tiny children are not horses.”

John Boehner: “I don’t like the crying.”

Russell Brand: “What a loser he is.”

Chris Cillizza: “One of the dumber and least respected of the political pundits … moron.”

Mark Cuban:Dopey.”

Michelle Malkin: “Born stupid.”

Lawrence O’Donnell: “One of the dumber people on television.”

Robert DeNiro: “Not dealing with Albert Einstein.”

Nicole Wallace: “Doesn’t have a clue.”

George Will: “Big Iraq fool … goofy political pundit … boring and often wrong.”

Willie Geist: “Uncomfortable looking.”

Chuck Todd: “Sleepy eyes … pathetic.”

Seth Meyers: “A stutterer.”

Jon Stewart: “Not very bright and totally overrated … a bad filmmaker … a wiseguy with no talent.”

Jonah Goldberg: “A total loser.”

Deadspin: “Disgusting … losers … bad complexions.”

Rosie O’Donnell: “A true loser.”

Karl Rove: “A total loser … a clown with zero credibility.”

Mort Zuckerman: “Dopey clown.”

Arianna Huffington: “A liberal clown … extremely unattractive.”

Bette Midler: “Extremely unattractive woman.”

Cher: “Massive plastic surgeries that didn’t work.”

Charles Krauthammer: “Openly declared traitor.”

Jay Leno: “His show sucks.”

Macy’s: “Macy’s stores suck.”

New York Magazine: “Boring … should die …."

The media: “You know, it doesn't really matter what [the media] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”

Kristen Stewart: “Everyone knows I am right that Robert Pattinson should dump Kristen Stewart. In a couple of years, he will thank me. Be smart, Robert. … She will cheat on him again!”

Penn & Teller: “The worst show in Las Vegas … goofball atheist.”

Paulina Vega, Miss Universe: “Hypocrite.”

Neil Young: “A total hypocrite.”

Wind Turbines: “How many bald eagles did wind turbines kill today? They are an environmental & aesthetic disaster.”

Diet Coke: “This stuff just doesn't work. It makes you hungry.”