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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on May 24, 2016, during a campaign event in Albuquerque, N.M.

Donald Trump speech, debates and campaign quotes

From the GOP convention to appearances on the campaign trail to Republican primary debates, here are some of Donald Trump's controversial quotes.

With reporting from Newsday, The Associated Press and Reuters

On Mexican immigrants: 'They're bringing drugs,' crime and are 'rapists'

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QUOTE: "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

WHEN AND WHERE: Trump made the remarks as he announced his run for the Republican nomination for president at Trump Tower Atrium in Manhattan on June 16, 2015 -- setting the tone for an unpredictable and polarizing campaign.

On John McCain: 'He is a war hero because he was captured'

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QUOTE: "He's not a war hero," Trump said of Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican. "He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."

WHEN AND WHERE: Trump made the comments at The Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on July 18, 2015. He and McCain had sniped at each other earlier that week. After his appearance, Trump tried to clarify his remarks but did not apologize. "If a person is captured, they're a hero as far as I'm concerned. . . . But you have to do other things also. I don't like the job John McCain is doing in the Senate because he is not taking care of our veterans."

On Megyn Kelly: ". . . blood coming out of her, wherever'

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QUOTE: "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her, wherever."

WHEN AND WHERE: Trump said that about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly during a CNN interview on Aug. 7, 2015, a day after she asked him during the first Republican presidential debate about disparaging comments he'd made about women. Trump later explained that he was referring to Kelly's nose with his "blood" line, but didn't finish saying the thought.



On Rand Paul: 'I never attacked him on his look'

QUOTE: On Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul:
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QUOTE: On Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul: "I never attacked him on his look, and believe me, there's plenty of subject matter right there."

WHEN AND WHERE: The Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in California on Sept. 16, 2015.

On The Wall Street Journal: 'They better be careful or I will unleash big time on them'

WHEN AND WHERE: On Twitter on Oct. 31,
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WHEN AND WHERE: On Twitter on Oct. 31, 2015. Trump has become known for his late-night Twitter attacks. This one was delivered during business hours, at 10:18 a.m.

On 9/11: 'Thousands and thousands of people were cheering'

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QUOTE: "I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering."

WHEN AND WHERE: Trump made the assertion at a rally in Birmingham, Ala., on Nov. 21, 2015. He has said specifically that "thousands of Muslims were cheering." The claim has been debunked.

PHOTO: A man calls out asking if anyone needs help after the collapse of the first World Trade Center Tower on Sept. 11, 2001, in Manhattan.

'A total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States'

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QUOTE: "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 is going on. According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population."

WHEN AND WHERE: Written statement on Dec. 7, 2015. Trump spoke that evening about his proposal during a rally aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

On his top spot: I could 'shoot people and I wouldn't lose voters'

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QUOTE: "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn't lose voters," Trump said at a rally in Iowa, pointing his finger at the crowd like he was shooting a handgun, as he expressed confidence that he would remain atop the Republican field.

WHEN AND WHERE: Sioux Center, Iowa, on Jan. 23, 2016.



'I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding'

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QUOTE: "In the Middle East, we have people chopping the heads off Christians, we have people chopping the heads off many other people. We have things that we have never seen before -- as a group, we have never seen before, what's happening right now. The medieval times -- I mean, we studied medieval times -- not since medieval times have people seen what's going on. I would bring back waterboarding and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding."

WHEN AND WHERE: Republican presidential debate hosted by ABC News at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. on Feb. 6, 2016. Above, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Trump spar as Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, center, listens during the debate.

'I think Islam hates us'

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QUOTE: "I think Islam hates us," Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper after he was asked whether he thinks Islam is at war with the West. "There's a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable hatred of us."

WHEN: Interview aired March 9, 2016.

PHOTO: Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Fayetteville, N.C. on March 9.

On Clinton: 'She's playing that card like I've never seen anyone play it before'

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QUOTE: "She's playing that card like I've never seen anyone play it before," Trump said of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. "All I'm doing is bringing out the obvious, that without the woman card, Hillary would not even be a viable person to even run for a city council position."

WHEN AND WHERE: On NBC's "Today" show on April 28, 2016. The candidate is seen speaking in Evansville, Ind. on that date.

Trump had previously said that Clinton was playing the woman card, including in a primary night victory speech on April 26, 2016. Clinton, in what wasn't a new line of argument for her, said in her victory speech that night that "if fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in."

'His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being, you know, shot'

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QUOTE: "His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being, you know, shot," Trump said of his rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. "Nobody even brings it up, I mean they don't even talk about that. That was reported and nobody talks about it."

WHEN AND WHERE: The front-runner rehashed unsubstantiated claims that Rafael Cruz has ties to President John F. Kennedy's assassin -- citing a National Enquirer story -- on Fox News as the Indiana primary was held on May 3, 2016. The Cruz campaign called the claims "garbage." Cruz dropped out of the race after Trump's Indiana win. Trump, who is seen speaking in Manhattan that night, defended his Enquirer reference as "Not such a bad thing" the next morning.

After Orlando: 'Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism'

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QUOTE: "Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!"

WHEN AND WHERE: In a tweet hours after news broke about the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. Gunman Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, killed 49 people and injured 53 at the gay nightclub, in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.



'Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!'

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QUOTE: "Crooked Hillary - - Makes History!" Trump wrote in a tweet, left, that was far more notable for its imagery. Below the plain text was a meme with an image of Hillary Clinton, a pile of $100 bills and the message "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!" superimposed on a six-pointed star that many people saw as the Star of David.

WHEN AND WHERE: On Twitter on July 2, 2016. The image appeared earlier in a June 15 tweet by @FishBoneHead1, an account with a penchant for memes that mock Muslims, black Democrats and others. Trump's tweet was later deleted and replaced with another on July 2 that had a circle instead of the star, seen at right. In the days afterward, Trump said his initial tweet showed "a sheriff's star" or a regular star, and said it should have been left up. Clinton's campaign called the image "blatantly anti-Semitic."

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