Republican candidate Donald Trump, known for his bombastic personality, raised eyebrows again on Thursday night during a rally in Iowa, as he blasted Ben Carson and drew comparisons to Carson’s “pathological” behavior to that of a child molester.
Besides Carson, Trump poked at several of his competitors in the GOP race, making sure not to leave Democrats Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and President Barack Obama unscathed.
During the lengthy speech, he also outlined his foreign policy ideas, taking special care to air his stance on how he would deal with the Islamic State if given the chance.
Here’s a look at some of the controversial remarks from his speech on Thursday night.
On illegal immigration
“You wonder why we’re a debtor nation. You wonder why our country’s going to hell.”
Trump went on to describe situations he says are occurring in California:
“In Los Angeles, 50 percent of the people wanting to get licensed right now are illegals. In California, they have a town council, where everybody’s suing everybody because they have a group of illegals that want to take over the town council. They want to run the town! They’re illegals! They’re illegal immigrants, and they want to run the town.”
Turning to the issue of undocumented immigrants giving birth in the United States, Trump claimed no other country allows citizenship for such children.
“I mean nobody does it. And they come from all over. They come from Mexico, they come from Asia. Why not? Have the baby born over here. Come, let’s take a vacation. I mean how stupid are we?”
On Bowe Bergdahl
“A traitor. A no good, dirty, rotten traitor. We knew he was a traitor before we made the deal... And what happens now? In the old days, he would have been shot for being a traitor. He’s gonna get nothing. I heard the other day. I was watching. They’ve recommended no jail time, no nothing. I mean seriously, in the old days...you’re a traitor, you’re shot.”
Trump mocked Bergdahl for the circumstances surrounding his capture in Afghanistan.
“They can have him for the rest of his life. It turned out to be a little tougher than he thought. He thought he’d go over there, ‘Hey babe? How ya doing? How you guys doing?’ Boom, boom, boom, they’d beat the crap out of him. Which is fine. That’s fine. I’m happy about that.”
On the press
Trump had some particularly harsh words for the media.
“The political press is brutal, no matter what.”
He aired his frustration at the commentary around his latest debate performance.
“Low key? I’m screaming at Kasich. I’m telling Carly whatever the hell her name is Fiorina ‘will you stop cutting in?’”
He continued, saying “if I were Abraham Lincoln and I gave the greatest remarks you’ve ever heard....No good, it wouldn’t be good. If my name was Trump.”
“The media is very dishonest. Unbelievably dishonest. They’re bad. They’re bad people.”
Trump said that he’s met some good people in the media, but “you have some unbelievable scum. You really do.”
On George Pataki
“Why are they staying? Why do these people stay? George Pataki, he’s got nothing. He was a terrible governor of New York, he couldn’t have been elected dogcatcher...He didn’t even make the child stage two days ago. And I hear he’s still not quitting. He’s got zero chance.”
On Osama bin Laden
Trump said he’d predicted that Osama bin Laden would be a threat to the World Trade Center before the September 11th attacks.
“I would’ve taken that guy out, just based on his threats.” Trump said. “We have very, very stupid people running our country. Very, very stupid people.”
On how he would handle the Islamic State:
“I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me…. Look, ISIS is making a tremendous amount of money, because they have certain oil camps, right. They have certain areas of oil they took away…. some in Syria, some in Iraq. I would bomb the [expletive] out of them. I would just bomb those suckers. That’s right, I’d blow up the pipes, I’d blow up the refineries, I’d blow up every single inch. There would be nothing left. And you know what, you’ll get Exxon to come in, and in two months… they’ll rebuild that sucker, brand new, it’ll be beautiful, and I’d ring it, and I’d take the oil.”
Responding to criticisms that he’s been friendly with Hillary Clinton:
“I’ve got to get along with everybody. If I need permits here, permits there, if need a recommendation from a Democrat to another country… I can get anything. I know the system better than anybody. They said, you’re not that political, are you? I’m more political than all these politicians. My whole life has been politics.”
On the unemployment rate:
“We have 100 million people, they want to work, they can’t work. [The unemployment] number, 5.2 percent, is such a phony number. The real number is probably 25 percent, probably 30 or 35 percent.”
On Ben Carson:
“He wrote a book, and in the book, he said terrible things about himself. He said that he’s pathological, and he’s got, basically, pathological disease… I don’t want a person that’s got pathological disease. I’m not saying he’s got it, he said it. Now, if you’re pathological, there’s no cure for that, folks.
I did one of the shows today… I said that, if you’re a child molester, a sick puppy, a child molester, there’s no cure for that. There’s only one cure, we don’t want to talk about that cure; that’s the ultimate cure; well there’s two:, death, and the other thing
He said he went after his mother with a hammer, he wanted to hit her on the head… and I said, wow, that’s tough. Man. did anyone in this audience ever go after your mother to hit her on the head with a hammer?
This is in his book; this isn’t me; I’m just trying to save you the cost of a book.
So he’s a pathological, damaged, temper, a problem….
He hits a friend of his in the face with a padlock… A lot of damage. I never did that.
Then here’s the beauty of all. He took a knife, and he went after a friend, and he lodged that knife into the stomach of a friend, but lo and behold! It hit the belt. And the knife broke. Give me a break, give me a break, give me a break.”
At this point, Trump stepped away from the microphone to demonstrate how his belt moves, to some chuckles from the audience.
“Then he went like this (makes a lunging motion) and amazingly, the belt stayed totally flat, and the knife broke. How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?
He’s now saying all of that stuff happened, because otherwise he’s a liar…. And I said, now wait a minute, it should be the other way. ‘It didn’t happen! The press made it up! No, no, it happened! How dare the press not believe me!’”