It seems like every time he opens his mouth lately, Donald Trump makes headlines for saying something offensive, bizarre, inaccurate or all of the above.
Trump has been a tabloid staple for decades, of course.
But since announcing his presidential campaign in June, he’s taken his media dominance to a new level, becoming the walking quote machine of the 2016 race.
Some themes have emerged.
“I don’t wear a toupee. It’s my hair. I swear!”
“It’s mine. It’s mine. It’s not bad, right? I actually have a hairline, see?”
(In both instances, he gamely allowed a woman to touch his mane to verify its authenticity.)
“I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists, I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich.”
That damn Mexican border wall.
“We have to start by building a wall. A big, beautiful, powerful wall.”
“Nobody builds walls better than me, believe me. And I’ll build them very inexpensively.”
“It can have a gate, it can have a door. We’ll let people in legally.”
“Negotiating with China – they say, ‘We want deal.'”
“I like China….I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China! Am I supposed to dislike them?”
Trump’s said at least one thing over the past several months that’s hard to argue with: “Sadly, the American dream is dead,” he noted during his campaign announcement speech at Trump Tower.
What to do about it, though? That’s a whole other question.