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who do we want? >> trump! >> when do we want him? >> now! >> trump is right and americans know he's right. >> ladies and gentlemen -- >> i don't think you can become president of the united states. i don't think it's mathematically possible. >> i am officially running. >> this guy is saying what people are thinking. >> for president of the united states. and we are going to make our country great again. >> he has tapped into a part of the electorate that is, i think, deeply angry about the state of the economy. >> i will be the greatest jobs
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president that god ever created. i tell you that. >> don't have to talk about his ego. i mean it sticks out of every pore in his body. >> donald trump, full throttle, ready to destroy anyone who gets in his way. >> we are going to start winning again. and we're going to win so much, you are going to be so happy. we are going to make america so great again. maybe greater than ever before. good evening. i'm chris matthews. i don't think this country's establishment, politicians, the media ever got this guy. they certainly underestimated
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him. not going anywhere, can't last. what about the man himself? who is this guy so many people told pollsters they want as our next president? what's he done to get where he is? what allows him to say things that would kill anyone else in public life? what's he got hold of? over the next hour, we will look at the donald trump story as a whole. you will see him as a young man and as an entertainer. you will see the experts have been counting him out for decades. in the movie "citizen kane" or son wells plays kane. >> it's my pleasure to see to it that decent hard working people aren't robbed blinds by a pack of money mad pirates. >> trump echoed those sentiments for months. in december, many believed he went too far >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the
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united states, until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. itted well with some supporters. >> we are civilized people. these people -- with their believes are not civilized. that we can't change them. they're not willing to change. >> many in his own party criticized him. the white house spokesman said it disqualified him from the presidency. experts questioned its feasibility and whether it's the right way to fight terrorism. >> he is hurting the best tool that law enforcement and people in both parties believe we have to fight terrorism, which is the help of the muslim/american community. this helps us abroad, too. >> as he had with his campaign cricko kickoff, it displayed him wanting to concur by dividing. >> they're not sending their best. they are sending people that
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have lots of problems. and they are bringing those problems with us. they're bringing drugs. they're bringing crime. they're rapists and some, i assume, are good people. >> no one was really focusing on immigration policy. and then suddenly, it is the issue that america is obsessed with. >> trump is acting in a very old and shameful american tradition. it goes back to the 1850s when there was a party that had the name no nothing. it was an anti-catholic, anti-immigrant political party. it didn't last that long. but then every so often like a fever, anti-immigrant feeling arises. he has tapped into a part of the electorate that is, i think, deeply angry about the state of the economy. it's a group of people who are still suffering from the downturn in 2007 and 2008.
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>> as trump's numbers rose in a crowded field. the hispanic population reacted with anger. on june 26, 2015, univision canceled miss universe pageant. nbc announced it would not run the pageants. trump stayed resolute in his message. >> we are taking mexico's problems. mexico is beating us on trade and they are beating u ining us border. what do they do? they send them to our stupid politicians. we have sanctuary cities and this nonsense. >> by mid july, he passed the great establishment hope, jeb bush in the polls. >> i like this guy. he is saying what we're saying
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in the pool hall whether he is saying what we're saying around the coffee table in the morning. he has tapped into something. >> i think it's both a bit of pop populism. a bit of racism. it's also real. >> on july 11, 5,000 people showed up for a trump rally in arizona, a state at the epty centse eptyepisen epicenter of the reform. >> they flow in like water. >> he is playing on our aspirations to be rich, which most americans have. and he is playing on our disgust with politics as usual. that's a pretty potent combination for him. in certain parts of the republican party. >> trump led in the polls by a wide margin heading into the first republican debate hosted by fox news on august 6. >> you have called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs
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and disgusting animals. your twitter account -- >> only rosie o'donnell. >> when he gave the line about rosie o'donnell and she was very surprised that the audience didn't boo but instead they cheered, they laughed, they rallied. they were supportive. that changed everything. >> you once told a contestant it would he be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. does that sound like a man to elect as president. >> the problem this country has is being politically correct. honestly, if you don't like it, i'm sorry. i have been very nice to you. i could probably maybe not be based on the way you have treated me. but i wouldn't do that. >> donald trump is obviously the opposite of politically correct. that res natuonate with people. that's what makes him a wild card. you don't know where he is going
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to come from on any given day. >> you could see there was blood coming out her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. >> comments during a phone interview with cnn's don lemon got trump uninvited from a republican red state event. critics roared. his poll numbers held strong. later in august, trump held a campaign rally in alabama. 30,000 people showed up. >> we're going to build a wall. >> in a press conference, univision jorge ramos stood up. >> sit down . you weren't called. >> people did not fly all the way to dubuque to listen to you read from your little speech. that's exactly what jorge ramos was doing. trump had him thrown out. it was great.
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then trump invited him back in and took his question. >> yes. good. absolutely. good. absolutely. good to have you back. >> thank you very much. >> there's an illusion within the american press that the people cherish what we do. i got news for you. if they find somebody who will give us a punch in the nose or a black eye, they are cheering them on. that's what happened. trump knew what he was doing. >> so the jorge ramos confrontation worked well with his base. that represented why it is very possible for trump to win the nomination. but impossible for him to win the election. any republican candidate needs to get at least 40% of the latino vote to have a chance electorally. >> the more controversy, the higher his numbers went. the more people criticized him, the higher the numbers went. the more provocative he was, the higher his numbers went.
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donald trump knew exactly what he was doing. he was strategic, he was brilliant. and it was the summer of trump. >> i would vote for donald trump. definitely. this is very new. this is the equivalent to obama. you know what i mean? first black president. first interesting president. >> coming up -- >> i joke and i say there's one rogue in every family. donald is the rogue. he is a pretty good rogue. then your eyes may see it differently. flonase is the first and only nasal spray approved to relieve both itchy, watery eyes and congestion. no other nasal allergy spray can say that. when we breathe in allergens our bodies react by over producing six key inflammatory substances that cause our symptoms. most allergy pills only control one substance. flonase controls six. and six is greater than one. more complete allergy relief. flonase. 6>1 changes everything.
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donald trump was born in queens, new york, in 1946. he's the second son of fred and mary trump. donald grew up with four brothers and sisters in this 23-room house that his father built. >> my father was a seven-day worker. he loved -- that was his hobby. he was a task master. he was, you know, a strong man in business. but successful. >> my father would take me -- he used to call it the rounds.
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he would take me on the rounds. he would go around to construction sites. every penny counted. every penny in construction and every penny in rent. >> that was how they bonded as father and son. donald learned the business by following and shadowing his father from a very, very young age. >> during the 1940s and '50s, fred trump built housing in queens and brooklyn for returning veterans. and soon he owned 39 apartment complexes throughout the city and was a multi-millionaire. >> i think the important thing about fred trump is he gives the lie to the idea that donald trump is somehow some kind of self-made man. >> friends and family say that trump was a tough-to-handle teenager. >> he was wild. he was incorrigible. he was difficult. >> i joke and i say, there's only one rogue in every family. and donald's the rogue. he's a pretty good rogue.
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>> he was a brat. >> you know, after enough of this kind of misbehaving and not following the rules, his dad packed him up and sent him away to military school. and he actually says it's the best thing that happened to him. he really did need the discipline. >> i loved it. it was terrific training. it was tough, but it was good. >> so he was tough to handle, had to be sent to the new york military academy. excellent. he's an alpha male. >> he's given a uniform and a belt with brass buckles that he's told to keep shiny and subjected to very intense discipline. >> those were days where it wasn't like today. i mean, they hit and they did whatever the hell they had to do. they were a tough lot. >> trump thrived at new york military academy. he was a star on the baseball team, was elected captain, and led the honor guard in new york city's columbus day parade.
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during the summer, trump began working for his father. >> we used to have contests and he used to always respect the fact that i always had the record. i was able to have painted with two painters, six hallways in one day. we used spray. that's the all-time trump organization record. so it was great. at the time, that was like the greatest achievement of my life. >> trump graduated in 1964 and went to fordham university for two years before transferring to the wharton school of the university of pennsylvania. he graduated in 1968 and after all his military training, a medical deferment makes him ineligible for the vietnam draft. trump went to work for his successful father, fred, but the boroughs of brooklyn and queens were not enough for him. he'll take manhattan. >> from the time i was very young, i've been fascinating with the new york skyline. >> coming up, trump moves across the river to manhattan and the new york real estate business will never be the same. they say that in life,
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when i graduated from college, i went to work with my father, and he built housing in brooklyn and queens and it was dangerous stuff. you knock on the door and there would be bullet holes on the door, and i would say to the people, what are those holes? and he said, those are bullet holes for knocking on the door and collecting rent. i think i would rather sell apartments to johnny carson and steven spielberg. it's much easier. >> as a kids from queens, manhattan was always the emerald city in the distance. a real beacon that drew him. >> in 1971, trump moved to his first apartment in manhattan, a studio in the upper east side. he was 24 years old and family and friends say he was enjoying himself. >> he always went to what he called the single bars and checked out the women. >> donald was a high flyer when it came to that. >> he joined some private clubs and that's where he rubbed shoulders with george steinbrenner and roy cone, the infamous lawyer and former mccarthy aide.
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>> wherever i hear that people are failing to act on fbi information about communists -- >> he said, listen, i followed your career, and you're a bit crazy like i am and you stand up to the establishment. can i come see you? and i said, sure. >> cohn was one of trump's first really influential connections. >> he had no scruples, whatsoever. none. just get the deal done and do whatever it takes to get the deal done. so trump used him as his lawyer to go and cut deals. >> i think donald likes associating with people who are brass knuckle. tough characters, uncompromising characters. >> young trump's ambition was reflected in his early business ventures. >> well, my first big deal in manhattan was probably the convention center. >> in 1973, trump saw in the newspaper that the penn central rail yards were filing for bankruptcy. >> i got an option to the penn central land and was able to convince then governor kerry that this is the place to build the convention center.
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>> trump did not build what becomes the jacob javits convention center, but he did make more than $1 million brokering part of the deal. in april of 1977, trump closed a more personal deal. he married czech model ivana velencheck. roy cohn drew up the prenup. >> the thing that first attracted me was her beauty. she was very beautiful and i liked her because she was also very solid. you know, everything very boom, boom, boom, very orderly. >> on new year's, 1977, the couple had the first of their three children, donald jr. trump set his sights on another troubled penn central property, the commodore hotel next to grand central station. he had to convince the bankruptcy overseers that he could make a deal with banks reluctant to invest in new york city real estate. >> donald told the penn central folks that they should meet him at city hall and he would
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introduce them to mare beam. >> in new york, real estate is about tax abatements. it's about making deals with political people. it's about zoning. and it's about getting the public, and especially the public officials, on your side. >> the penn central executives arrived at city hall, mayor beam invited them in. there was donald and the mayor said, what the trumps want, the trumps get in this town. >> they really didn't know what the future of new york city was. and that was both good and bad. it was good in that i was able to get tremendous tax advantages and tax abatements. it was bad in that it wasn't easy to get financing. >> after obtaining multi-million dollar tax abatements, trump received the necessary financing to develop what would become the grand hyatt hotel. >> people ask me, how come -- how is it that you got 40 years of tax abatement and i would always say, because i didn't ask for 50. >> i interviewed him when he was an unknown on the "today" show many years ago. you bought some prized
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properties at the bottom of the new york market in the 1970s. >> yeah, i had a great faith in new york, primarily our purchases have been in new york. and about five years ago, new york was not considered very hot and cities in general weren't considered too hot. i see the inner cities as being sort of the wave of the future. >> trump was on the "today" show to talk about his next big project, the trump tower. >> they had beautiful bas relief carvings, and he just wrecked them. i said, how could you have done that? couldn't you have saved the sculptures? >> it would very, very dangerous to save them. they weighed two tons, about 15 feet high, about 2 1/2-feet thick, and if they would have fallen, people could have been very badly hurt and killed. to me, it was not worth it. >> he just ripped those out without any consideration for their historic value. and the people he had doing the demolition were illegal immigrants. >> in an interview with "the new york times," trump said he did not know they were undocumented workers on the site. >> mr. trump, what's left in your life? you're 33 years old, you're worth all these money. you said you didn't say that you
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want to be worth $1 billion. >> no, i'm really not looking to make tremendous amounts of money. i'm looking to enjoy my life. and if that happens to go with it, that's fabulous. >> in 1981, there was heartbreak. his older brother, fred, an alcoholic, died. >> his brother was so young when he died, 42 years old, and his brother told him, donald, don't ever drink. don't ever get involved in alcohol. and that's why donald, to this day, has never had alcohol, never smoked. doesn't touch the stuff. >> a few weeks after the loss of his brother, a happy moment for the family. donald and ivana welcomed daughter ivanka. trump rode high in the 1980s, bought a yacht, an airline, a professional football team, and palm beach palace mar lago with 118 rooms, it is one of the largest homes in the nation. >> trump has always had an appeal. a lot of people think, if i were rich, that is totally what i
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>> the '80s were very good years for trump. in 1982, he bough a prized piece of real estate along the new jersey boardwalk. he invited executives to the site and make it look like construction was well under way. >> i had every truck available in the area moving on that site. we had trucks going back and forth and working all over the place. they saw that action, they were immediately impressed and we made a deal like right then on the spot. harrah's trump plaza opened, donald and ivana opened their third trial, eric. a year later, trump castle opened. >> beautiful, beautiful. >> they were cash cows. particularly trump plaza. it was the first casino that anybody driving into atlantic city hit when they arrived there. it was essentially a license to print money. >> closer to home, actually across the street from his home,
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the skating rink in central park had been closed for years, since 1986. >> they had spent over $20 million over a seven-year period. and finally, i said, this is ridiculous. this thing shouldn't take years to build. and i was able to convince everybody to let me build it. >> donald is a gifted self-promoter, went out there and pitched this as, i got the project done, what the new york city government couldn't get done. >> i think you see the same instincts coming out now that you did with the wallman rink, with trump being frustrated at how inept and useless government is and jumping in and saying, i'm going to fix this. >> across the street from the wallman rink, trump won a crowned jewel of new york in 1988. the plaza hotel, for $400 million. ivana was put in charge and spent millions more to renovate. >> is there anything you wouldn't support your man in?
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>> oh, sure. oh, sure. i wouldn't support donald would be running around and fooling around, you know, and that i couldn't live with. >> in 1990, the tabloids were reporting that trump was doing just that with a young actress named marla maples. >> one headline, i think everybody remembers was, marla maples, best sex i ever had. >> marla denies ever saying that. but it's telling that the tabloids in new york would be so accustomed to trump craziness that they'd run with it. >> divorce is a challenging and terrible thing for anyone. we'd see our parents on the cover of "the post" every morning walking to school. and they really -- i mean, i have to give them both credit. they did everything in their power to, you know, help us
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through it. >> while the divorce proceedings played out in the tabloids, at the office, it was business as usual. michael jackson performed at the star-studded opening of atlantic city's trump taj mahal in 1990. >> there's never been anything like this built in this country. and i think that's why you see the huge crowds today and that's why you're going to see the huge crowds for many years to come. >> it was the most expensive casino ever built, costing more than $1 billion, most of it borrowed money. >> this was a time when borrowing money was easy. junk bonds were created and refined during the 1980s. >> every marquis purchase from the plaza hotel to the trump shuttle and later to the trump taj mahal, the construction of that and the purchase of that was all built on debt. >> i was taking things a little bit too for granted. a major business magazine came out with a story, everything he touches turns to gold, and i started to believe that myself. >> if you owe the bank a little,
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it owns you. if you owe the bank a lot, you own the bank. and that's essentially what happens. >> i never worked so hard. convincing those banks to give me more money, so i could keep going, and ultimately get them paid back was one of the best deals i ever made. coming up, new opportunities and a new audience. >> his currency is not really real estate. it's the name, "trump." the nissan rogue with intuitive all-wheel drive. take on the unexpected. when yaren't moving in the right direction, it can be a burden. but what if you could wake up to lower blood sugar?
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it was board-game night with the dalai lama. great guy. terrible player. ♪ go paperless ♪ don't stress, girl ♪ i got the discounts that you need ♪ it's a balancing act, but i got to give the people what they want -- more box. any words for the critics? what can i say? critties gonna neg. [ applause ] the what?! [ laughs ] for trump, the roaring '80s were fading into memory. it was 1990, and with the national real estate market in decline, trump's empire was on the brink of collapse. >> well, this week the bankers took over donald trump's life. i mean, did they take over. from now on, almost everything he does and every penny he spends needs their approval.
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>> as real estate nationally, and even globally goes down, trump goes down with it. and he loses the plaza hotel, but he also wound up being $900 million in hock to the banks. >> what that allowed him to do was to cut a deal where they could pay the fees he needed to pay as part of his divorce settlement, the money he needed to retain trump -- his condo and trump tower, which was really an enormously symbolic security blanket. so he escaped personal bankruptcy, but he essentially became a shadow of the guy he was in the 1980s. >> trump's downturn extended to his personal life. in december, his long-expected divorce from ivana became official. he was single again. >> just this past weekend, you had a big party in palm beach. you invited just a few of your close friends, like the miami
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dolphin and the buffalo bill cheerleaders. >> donald trump is hugh hefner of the '90s. >> for an older person, he's very attractive. >> he was seen in public with marla maples, but he was not ready to tie the knot. >> so, when is the big day? >> it's, truthfully, one of those things we've planned probably a dozen times, and we're very much committed to each other. there's just a little fear, i think it's more on donald's part now. >> in october of 1993, they had a baby girl, tiffany trump, and two months later, marla maples became mrs. donald trump. over the next few years, the real estate market rebounded and donald trump was back on top, valued at $450 million on the forbes' wealthiest americans list. but trump said it was more than like $2 billion. >> donald is one of the few people, and i think the
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researchers at "forbes" have always said this, who personally lobbies them to not only be included on the list, but to constantly push himself upward in the ranks. >> what people think of donald trump is important to him. he may or may not admit it, but it's important to him. all of this, poll numbers, "forbes" lists, you name it. his position matters to him. >> in 1997, he filed for divorce from marla maples, and less than a year later, trump fell in love, this time with a 28-year-old slovenian supermodel. >> as soon as i saw her, i said, that's a very special person. i knew what i wanted as soon as i saw her. >> he was very charming and it was the energy between us when we started to talk. and that's important, that we both felt the same way. >> 1999 was a presidential campaign year and trump discussed running. >> give me a scenario, as we say in the movies, of a perfect
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donald trump run for president. all the way to november, next year. >> well, i think a perfect run would be, i do no campaigning. i run, only on election day. i get at least 51% in a three-way race. >> trump ultimately decided not to run, but that did not mean he faded from view. >> he essentially became somebody who licensed his name, ultimately, on an array of products that included vodka, underwear, mattresses, clothing, an online university and basically anything anywhere that you could glue his name on, he did and he took the fee. >> in 2004, trump got the brass ring of publicity, a network prime-time television show about what else, donald trump. "the apprentice" premiered on nbc. >> you're fired. >> "the apprentice" is donald trump's baby. i mean, he is heavily involved. he's actually there quite a bit. it is something that he clearly takes a lot of pride in. >> the show was a hit for nbc and things were going well at home, too.
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in january 2005, donald trump married milania. >> did you guys sign a prenup? >> absolutely. i won't need it, but we did. >> i can't believe i just asked you that. >> a year later, she gave birth to trump's fifth child, a son named baron. >> there's nothing more important to me than fatherhood, than family. i have great kids, they're really hard-working. >> with a hit tv show, a new family and his name everywhere, things seemed to be going well. but in this decade, there were two more bankruptcies. trump hotels and casinos accrued an estimated $1.8 billion in debt and went bankrupt in 2004. trump entertainment resorts hit hard by the recession went bankrupt in 2009. tim o'brien began writing "trump nation" in 2004 with donald trump's cooperation, and attempted to find out what trump's net worth really was.
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>> when i went back and started doing the math around various statements he gave me about how much he said he was worth, the numbers weren't adding up. >> the book came out in 2005, and in 2006, trump sued o'brien for $5 billion. he claimed that he was defamed. to win, trump had to prove that o'brien acted with malice. however, the presiding judge denied trump's claim and ultimately dismissed the lawsuit. >> we deposed donald for two days and that deposition is one of the great rosetta stones of understanding the real donald trump. because during the course of that deposition, he really couldn't give a practical and reliable assessment about how he determines his net worth. >> in 2011, donald trump also began throwing around the accusation that president obama was not a u.s. citizen, that no one even knew him growing up. >> you are not allowed to be a president if you're not born in this country. he may not have been born in
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this country. >> i just thought, come on! you know, by now we've all seen the birth certificate. when everybody else had given it up, he was still hanging in there on it. >> at the white house correspondents' dinner in 2011, president obama struck back with humor. >> donald trump is here tonight. no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the donald. and that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter. like did we fake the moon landing? what really happened in roswell? and where are biggie and tupac? went "citizen trump" returns, donald trump is back on the campaign trail. you owned your car for four years,
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if some of the experts thought donald trump would not have the political staying power to endure in a crowded field of republican candidates, so far, they are mistaken. trump knows how to turn almost every shot into an attack on his rivals. >> jeb bush is a low energy person. for him to get things done is hard. >> when september arrived, trump announced he had a proposal for something, a tax plan. >> no business of any size from a fortune 500 company to a mom and pop shop to a freelancer living from gig to gig will pay more than 15% of their business income in taxes. >> he offers something for everybody, but the most for those who have the most.
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if you are concerned about the national debt, it's not a plan that you would favor. >> what you are saying is you make it all up with growth. >> no, no. not all up with growth. we start cutting. the waste in this country is unbelievable. >> do you know how many politicians have said this? >> i'm not a politician. >> how will that happen? management. he is a great leader. he is going to give it to us. he doesn't have to say how. he is just going to say he will. >> another debate hosted by cnbc. the moderators were attacked by the candidates. >> you have been very critical of mark zuckerberg who has wanted to increase -- >> i was not critical of him. i was not at all. i am all in favor of keeping these talented people here so they can go to work in silicon valley. >> you are in favor -- where did i read this -- >> i don't know. you people write this stuff. i don't know where you come up with it.
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>> fact checkers pointed out trump was wrong. his own website criticized zuckerberg. she noted this later in the program. >> they were intimidated, afr d afraid, but that's not how you h handle donald trump. he can see the fear in your eyes. >> the country bought in. i don't know what it will take to change him. >> in a controversial tryst of politics and celebrity, donald trump hosted "saturday night live" in november. >> putin has withdrawn from ukraine. believe me, does he not want to be called a loser again. he cried for hours. >> keep up the good work. you're doing fantastic. >> outside 30 rockefeller plaza -- >> myself, i'm mexican. i'm not a rapist. i'm a student. i want to make sure that he listens to the stories and stop his racism that he is spreading around the country. >> at the fox business
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republican debate on november 10, opponents challenged trump on how he plans to deport immigrants. >> if people think where he going to ship 11 million people who are in this country and somehow pick them up at their house and ship them out of mexico -- to mexico, think about the families. think about the children. >> let me just tell you that dwight eisenhower, great president, people liked him, i like ike, right, the expression, i like ike, moved a million and a half illegal immigrants out of this country, moved them just beyond the border. >> you need at least 100,000 buses to take them back to mexico. has he thought about that? has he explained how that's going to happen? it's a totally impractical idea. >> when ben carson was a threat,
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he went ballistic. >> how stupid with the people of iowa? how stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap? >> an unacknowledged part of the trump mystique is that he is kind of funny. he is enjoying himself. that's a big issue. you look at all of these other mooks and they seem to be suffering. trump is having fun. when somebody is having fun, you start to have fun. >> not everybody was laughing at trump impugned the patriotism of american muslims. >> i want surveillance of certain mosques. okay? i watch ed when the world trade center came tumbling down. i watched in jersey city, new jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. >> after cnn aired footage of a protester being beaten up by
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trump supporters at a rally, trump retweeted extreme right propaganda exaggerating racial crime statistics. despite inaccurate claims, trump continues to sit atop the gop polls. >> you are running for president of the united states. your words matter. truthfulness matters. >> make it easy. play cool. >> are you worried that sometimes he bends the truth? >> >> bends the truth? you know what? he may. but he's still going to get things done. >> so you don't care? >> i don't care. >> after a presidential address on terrorism following the san bernardino mass shooting trump read his proposal to ban muslims from entering the country. >> 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 the hell is going on.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> reaction was swift and loud. >> what was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for, and more importantly, it's not what this country stands for. >> i do believe that it disqualifies him from serving as president of the united states. >> trump's statement, even in a season of extremes, is a dangerous proposal that overrides history, the law, and the foundation of america itself. >> but trump actually rose in the polls after this. a large part of the republican base seemed to support the idea. >> i'm supporting him, and i'm supporting what i believe he meant when he said i'd ban muslim immigration. i don't believe he's a racist. i think he was talking about we need to step back and re-examine the vetting process. >> but many saw this as a game changer. many thought even proposing the idea gave isis a propaganda victory. maybe this time he'd gone too
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far. >> you think something changed in the media's reaction to him and the reaction of much of the american public. remember, two-thirds of americans don't like him. so he already has a very steep climb to actually becoming president. and i think that many of those people went from seeing this as a kind of entertaining joke to being a dead serious political situation. >> and it was topic number one when cnn aired another debate on december 15th. >> governor bush, you called mr. trump unhinged when he proposed banning non-american muslims from the united states. why is that unhinged? >> so donald is great at the one-liners. but he's a chaos candidate. and he'd be a chaos president. he would not be the commander in chief we need to keep our country safe. >> mr. trump. [ applause ]
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>> jeb doesn't really believe i'm unhinged. he said that very simply because he has failed in this campaign. it's been a total disaster. >> donald trump stunned the political world by announcing he will not show up tomorrow night at the debate. >> they can't toy with me like they toy with everybody else. let them have their debate and let's see how they do with the ratings. >> we finished second. i'm honored. sglt comeback in new hampshire. >> i want to thank you. we love you. we will be back a lot. we're not going to forget you. you started it. remember, you started it. >> the wins continued to roll in for trump. then on march 1, the big cash in on super tuesday.
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>> georgia, donald trump projected winner. tennessee, the volunteer state, donald trump projected winner. alabama, deep south, 50 delegates at stake. up to the old dominion, virginia, the commonwealth of virginia went to donald trump tonight. >> trump won seven primaries that day and held the lead in the delegate count as he faced the contests ahead. >> i'm going to come in the worst is second in the two or three i might not win. i think you know we're a democracy. i think it's awfully hard to say that's not the person we want to lead the party. >> last night the republican establishment got crushed again. trump won four of the five contests last night. >> we will go forward and we're going to win. but more importantly, we're going to win for the country. we're going to win, win, win and we're not stopping. >> trump needs 55% of the remaining delegates to clinch the nomination. >> days before, trump made a statement during a town hall. >> what is your stance on
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women's rights? and their right to choose in their own reproductive health? >> look, as you know, i'm pro life. i think you know that. with exceptions, with the three exceptions. but pretty much, that's my stance. >> do you believe in punishment for abortion, as a principal? >> the answer is that there has to be some form of punishment. >> for the woman? >> yeah, there has to be some form. >> he later pulled back but went on to loose in wisconsin. his prospects were strengthed by a win two weeks later in new york. in his victory speech, he softened his discourse on his opponents but doubled down on the republican establishment. >> it's a crooked system. it's a system that is rigged. and we're going to go back to the old way. it's called you vote and you win. we're going to go into the convention i think as the winner. but nobody can take an election away with the way they're doing it in the republican party.
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>> donald trump is a top level new york real estate guy. you gotta have big kahonas to do that and promote it. reality television star. don't have to talk about his ego. it it sticks out of every pore in his body. he knows how to take simple, quick message and drive it home. >> poll after poll shows the heart of his appeal lies with the american voter who didn't go to college, who doesn't have the money, hasn't had the breaks. he is the one rallying to the billionaire from new york who rages against illegal immigration, against bad trade deals that cost us jobs, derides wars he says we shouldn't be fighting. trump is tapping into an injured sense of nationalism, especially by those most threatened. for a number of reasons, good, bad and many would say ugly, donald trump has connected. label him, attack him, condemn him, but the immense failure of this country's political establishment, right, left and center, to deal with deep
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national problems has left the door open. this businessman has come barrelling through. i'm chris matthews. thanks for watching. she was born in illinois. >> they were a middle class family. >> her mother taught her to fight back. >> you go right back out there and give her what for. >> her father was a tough-minded republican. >> old school, task master. very conservative. >> do you recognize this girl and the woman she will become? >> you came of age in the civil rights movement, the vietnam war, the women's movement. >> why have you got down to that god forsaken place. i love him. wasn't to try it. >> she was the boss. >> i could have stayed home and baked cookies. >> she was carving a new role. >> women's