US Elections 2016

The man, the brand, the provocateur, and potential president

Mr Donald Trump celebrated his 70th birthday on Tuesday.

His presidential campaign is his first bid for public office and, if he wins in November, he will be the oldest person ever elected to a first term as president.

USA Today looked at some 70 of his quotes since 1984, which it said epitomised "the man, the brand, the provocateur and the potential president". Here we look at some of them.

I'm just a f****** businessman. (Fortune, 2004)

She does have a very nice figure. I've said if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her.  (ABC's The View, 2006)

Oftentimes when I was sleeping with one of the top women in the world, I would say to myself, thinking about me as a boy from Queens, 'Can you believe what I am getting?' (Think Big: Make It Happen In Business And Life, 2008)

A lot of people like me, and a lot of people don't. That's okay, because my brand is solid and so am I. I can take the negative commentary because the positive impressions are so superior to the reports of the detractors. (Midas Touch, 2011)

Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest - and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure. It's not your fault. (Twitter, 2013)

Do you think Putin will be going to the Miss Universe pageant in November in Moscow? If so, will he become my new best friend? (Twitter, 2013)

I will never change this hairstyle, I like it. It fits my head. Those who criticise me are only losers and envy people. And it is not a wig, it's my hair. Do you want to touch it? (Forbes, 2014)

I do whine because I want to win, and I'm not happy about not winning, and I am a whiner, and I keep whining and whining until I win. (CNN, 2015)

I'm speaking with myself, No. 1, because I have a very good brain and I've said a lot of things… My primary consultant is myself. (MSNBC, 2016)

Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness and vigilance. We must be smart! (Twitter, 2016)

You think I'm going to change? I'm not changing. (Press conference, 2016)

When I poll, I do fine, but when I run, I do much better... It's like an amazing effect. (Dallas campaign rally, last Thursday)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 19, 2016, with the headline 'The man, the brand, the provocateur, and potential president'. Print Edition | Subscribe