Transcript: Donald Trump’s remarks at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit in Iowa – Part 2


Part 2 of 5. Partial transcript of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa on July 18, 2015:

Frank Luntz:
…But referring to people as rapists, referring to John McCain – a war hero – five-and-a-half years as a POW and you call him a dummy. Is that appropriate in running for President?

Donald Trump:
…Let’s take John McCain. I’m in Phoenix. We have a meeting that’s going to have 500 people at the Biltmore Hotel. We get a call from the hotel. It’s turmoil. Thousands and thousands of people are showing up three, four days before. They’re pitching tents on the hotel grass. The hotel says, “We can’t handle this. It’s going to destroy the hotel.”

We move it to the Convention Center. We have 15,000 people. The biggest one ever. Bigger than Bernie Sanders. 15,000 people showed up to hear me speak. Bigger than anybody and everybody knows it.

A beautiful day with incredible people that were wonderful, great Americans. I will tell you.

John McCain goes, “Oh boy, Trump makes my life difficult. He had 15,000 crazies show up.” Crazies – he called them all crazy.

I said, “They weren’t crazy. They were great Americans.”

These people – if you were to see these people, you – I know what a crazy is. I know all about crazies. These weren’t crazies.

So he insulted me and he insulted everybody in that room. And I said, “Somebody should run against John McCain who has been, in my opinion, not so hot.” And I supported him. I supported him for President. I raised $1 million for him. It’s a lot of money. I supported him. He lost. He let us down. But you know he lost. So I never liked him as much after that because I don’t like loser.

Frank Luntz:
But he’s a war hero…[overlapping audio]

Donald Trump:
…He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, okay? I’d hate to tell you that. He’s a war hero because he was captured, okay?

And I believe perhaps he’s a war hero but right now he said some very bad things about a lot of people.

So what I said is John McCain, I disagree with him that these people aren’t crazy and very importantly – and I speak the truth – he graduated last in his class at Annapolis. So I said, nobody knows that – I said he graduated last or second to last – he graduated last in his class at Annapolis.

And he was upset. I said, “Why? For telling the truth?”

See, you’re not supposed to say that somebody graduated last or second to last in their class because you’re supposed to be like friends as very nice.

Folks, I want to make America great again. We want to get down to brass tacks. We don’t want to listen to his stuff with being politically correct. We have a lot of work to do.

Frank, the other day Hillary Clinton got up and she said, “I didn’t like Mr. Trump’s tone.” We have people – Christians – having their heads cut off in the Middle East. We have people dying all over the border where I was right – 100% right. We have all of this like Medieval Times. And she said, “I didn’t like his tone.”

And you know who else said that? Jeb Bush. “I didn’t like his tone.”

What does it have to do with tone? We want results. This group wants results. We don’t want tone.

Frank Luntz:
…You used the word Christian. Have you ever asked God for forgiveness?

Donald Trump:
That’s a tough question. I don’t think in terms of – I’m a religious person. Shockingly because people are so shocked when they find this out. I’m Protestant. I’m Presbyterian. And I go to church and I love God and I love my church. And Norman Vincent Peale – the great Norman Vincent Peale was my pastor. The Power of Positive Thinking.

Everybody’s heard of Norman Vincent Peale? He was so great. He would give a sermon; you’d never wanted to leave. Sometimes we had sermons and every once in a while we think about leaving a little early, right, even though we’re Christian.

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Frank, would give a sermon – I’m telling you, I still remember his sermons. It was unbelievable. And what he would do is he would bring real life situations – modern day situations – into the sermon. And you could listen to him all day long.

When you left the church, you were disappointed that it was over. He was the greatest guy…

Frank Luntz:
But have you ever asked God for forgiveness?

Donald Trump:
I’m not sure I have. I just go and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.

When we go to church and when I drink my little wine, which is about the only wine I drink, and have my little cracker, I guess that’s a form of asking for forgiveness. And I do as often as possible because I feel cleansed. But to me that’s important I do that.

But in terms of officially, I could say absolutely…I don’t think in terms of that. I think in terms of let’s go on and let’s make it right.

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