After years of being a pretend presidential candidate, Donald Trump on Tuesday became an actual one, telling a throng of journalists and his supporters at Trump Towers in New York City that he would be joining the 2016 presidential race. His launch was marked by a lengthy (some would say meandering) speech that touched on a range of issues, from China to immigration to the state of America today. Here are the lines that stood out for their novelty and humor:
- On the United States: "We need money. We're dying."
- On his likability: "I am a nice person. People that know me like me. Does my family like me? I think so."
- On his economic platform: "I will be the greatest jobs president God ever created."
- On Washington: "How stupid are our leaders?"
- On China: "They have bridges that make the George Washington Bridge look like small potatoes."
- On his finances: "I'm really rich."
- On Saudi Arabia: "I love the Saudis, many are in this building."
- On the 2016 election: "Ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States."