By Nick Gass
And they’re not all from Donald Trump.
1. ‘I would bomb the sh– out of them’
Trump has made no effort to tone down his fiery rhetoric when it comes to fighting the Islamic State, remarking a day before deadly terrorist attacks in France just how far he would go to defeat the group. “ISIS is making a tremendous amount of money because of the oil that they took away, they have some in Syria, they have some in Iraq, I would bomb the sh– out of them,” Trump told a Fort Dodge, Iowa, rally on Nov. 12.
“I would just bomb those suckers, and that’s right, I’d blow up the pipes, I’d blow up the refineries, I’d blow up every single inch, there would be nothing left.”
2. Carson’s pyramids
In early November, BuzzFeed reported on a commencement speech Carson gave at Andrews College in 1998 during which he expressed his personal theory that the Great Pyramids served as granaries, not as pharaohs’ tombs.
“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Now all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it,” the Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon said. “And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.”
Carson defended the remarks a day later, slamming “secular progressives” by remarking that some people believe in the Bible and “don’t find that to be silly at all and believe that God created the Earth and don’t find that to be silly at all.”
“The secular progressives try to ridicule it anytime it comes up, and they’re welcome to do that,” he said.
3. Clinton’s Snapchat joke
In the middle of a rough political summer, Clinton saw fit to joke about the simmering scandal around her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
“You may have seen I recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it. I love it,” she told an adoring crowd at Iowa’s annual Wing Ding dinner in August. “Those messages disappear all by themselves.”
Republicans had a field day with the remarks. “It was a terrible thing she did. It was a very foolish thing,” Trump told CNN at the Iowa State Fair. “There was no reason to do it. She’s got a big problem.”
4. ‘What, like with a cloth or something?’
Less than a week after the flip Snapchat remark, Clinton found herself in front of reporters in North Las Vegas, answering a series of tough questions about whether she had “wiped” her email server before she had it sent to federal investigators.
Pressed by Fox News’ Ed Henry on whether she had done so, Clinton responded, “What, like with a cloth or something?” while making a gesture as if she was wiping away something.
“I don’t know how it works digitally at all,” she continued. “I know you want to make a point, I will just repeat what I have said: In order to be cooperative as possible, we have turned over the server … we turned over everything that was work-related. Every single thing.”
5. No Muslim presidents for Carson
During a Sept. 19 interview on “Meet the Press” that aired the next day, NBC News’ Chuck Todd asked Carson if he agreed that a president’s faith should matter after a man at a Trump rally two days prior had called Obama a Muslim without Trump correcting him.
“Well, I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the Constitution, no problem,” Carson said.
Todd then asked Carson whether he found Islam to be consistent with the Constitution.
“No, I don’t, I do not,” Carson said, remarking, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”
He later clarified that he would not necessarily have a problem with Muslim members of Congress, as long as they renounced Sharia law.
6. ‘… your damn emails’
At the first Democratic debate on Oct. 13 in Las Vegas, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made what many have since considered an unforced political error by outright refusing to go after Clinton’s email controversy.
“Let me say something that may not be great politics. But I think the secretary is right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails,” the independent democratic socialist declared. Clinton appreciated the line.
“Thank you. Me, too. Me, too,” she said, nine days before her testimony before the House Benghazi Select Committee.
7. ‘Look at that face!
Trump triggered cries of sexism following a September profile in Rolling Stone in which he appeared to mock the looks of Carly Fiorina, the only woman seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
In a conversation with the reporter, the Manhattan mogul took offense at Fiorina’s visage.
“Look at that face!” Trump said, according to the report [emphasis theirs]. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”
He continued: “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
At the next debate, Fiorina responded, saying that “women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.” Trump then remarked that the former Hewlett-Packard CEO has “got a beautiful face” and is “a beautiful woman.”
8. Mike Huckabee hits Obama on terrorism
In the week after deadly attacks by ISIL in Paris and by an Al Qaeda-linked jihadist group in Bamako, Mali, the former Arkansas governor blasted out an op-ed decrying the Obama administration’s strategy to address and confront threats posed by radical Muslim extremists in the United States.
“After this attack in West Africa, Obama’s new domestic terrorism plan probably requires Americans to memorize Koran verses,” he wrote in the piece published on Fox News’ website.
9. Hillary’s best enemies
At the first Democratic debate, CNN‘s Anderson Cooper asked each of the candidates to name the enemies they were most proud to have made over the course of their political lives.
“Well, in addition to the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the Iranians,” Clinton remarked, to laughter in the audience, adding, “Probably the Republicans.”
Vice President Joe Biden, who was still weighing a presidential bid at the time, remarked that he did not “consider Republicans enemies … They’re friends.”
Clinton later called the comment “a little tongue-in-cheek.”
10. Webb’s soldier story
In response to the same question, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb left many scratching their heads with a reference to his Vietnam War fighting days.
“I’d have to say the enemy soldier that threw the grenade that wounded me, but he’s not around right now to talk to,” Webb said, with a smirk.
11. ‘Blood coming out of her wherever‘
After the first GOP debate on Aug. 6, Trump unloaded on the Fox News moderators for their questions, but none more so than on Megyn Kelly.
“She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions,” Trump told CNN the day after the debate. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. In my opinion, she was off base.”
In the ensuing outrage, Trump clarified that he had not completed his thought and that he was, in fact, referring to Kelly’s nose and not to her menstrual cycle.
12. ‘They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.’
The line that became the story of Donald Trump’s early campaign came with consequences for the multibillionaire businessman, costing him deals and sponsorships with Macy’s, NBCUniversal and various other corporations.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you,” Trump gestured toward members of the audience at his June 16 announcement speech from Trump Tower. “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.”
Trump stood by his comments in the weeks that followed, asking CNN’s Don Lemon to explain to him “who is doing the raping?”
13. Graham’s Thurmond zinger
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham dished out a bevy of one-liners in the undercard debates in which he participated, though the historical and political nature of one makes it stand apart.
During the second GOP debate at the Reagan Library, Graham chided fellow Republicans over the debate to reform the U.S. immigration system.
“Strom Thurmond had four kids after age 67. If you’re not willing to do that, we need to come up with a new immigration system,” he said, referring to the late South Carolina senator who had five children, including one of mixed race who did not reveal her father’s identity until after his death in 2003.
14. ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him!’
In the wake of a deadly shooting at a community college campus in Oregon in early October, Carson told “Fox & Friends” just what he would do in a similar situation.
“Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me, I would say, ‘Hey guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all,’” Carson said on the show. The remarks followed a Sirius XM radio interview in which Carson said he did pretty much the opposite thing years ago at a Popeyes in Baltimore.
“A guy comes in and puts a gun in my ribs. And I just said, ‘I believe that you want the guy behind the counter,’” Carson recalled.
15. Jeb and ‘anchor babies’
The former governor of Florida drew fire in August after he referred to the children of undocumented immigrants as “anchor babies,” even though Trump had done so without evoking a similar reaction.
“If people are bringing — pregnant women are coming in to have babies simply because they can do it, then there ought to be greater enforcement,” Bush told Bill Bennett on his radio show. “[We need] better enforcement so that you don’t have these, you know, ‘anchor babies,’ as they’re described, coming into the country.”
When he tried to defend his use of the term, he drew even more heat for remarking that he was referring to the children of Asians who come to the U.S.
“What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there’s organized efforts — frankly it’s more related to Asian people coming into our country, having children in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept, which is birthright citizenship,” he said, according to Reuters.
16. Fiorina’s Planned Parenthood moment
The second GOP debate afforded Fiorina several memorable moments, including her fiery advocacy of defunding Planned Parenthood in light of a series of undercover video tapes in which agency officials appeared to discuss the donation of fetal tissue and a particularly graphic description of one that Fiorina said appeared to depict a moving fetus on an operating table after an abortion procedure at a women’s health center.
“As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,” Fiorina said. “This is about the character of our nation, and if we will not stand up in and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us.”
The organization behind the videos released the full version of the clip Fiorina mentioned nearly two weeks later.
17. ‘You don’t cure a child molester’
In discussing Ben Carson’s past self-diagnosis of a “pathological disease” because of his childhood temper, Trump remarked that there is no cure, likening the affliction to being a child molester.
“It’s in the book that he’s got a pathological temper,” Trump said on CNN on Nov. 12. “That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that … as an example: child molesting. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological, there’s no cure for that.”
In response, Carson told reporters simply that it is “not the kind of dialogue that I would ever engage in, and I’m hopeful that maybe his advisers will help him to understand the word pathological.”
18. Chinese in Syria?
At the fourth GOP debate on Nov. 10, Carson attempted to explain the intricacies of the conflict in the Middle East, particularly in Syria.
“You know, the Chinese are there, as well as the Russians, and you have all kinds of factions there,” he said.
In the days following, Carson’s campaign faced a barrage of reporters’ questions over exactly what the retired neurosurgeon meant. Finally, the campaign clarified on Nov. 13 that Carson did not mean that Chinese troops are stationed in Syria.
“China has had longstanding and well-documented security ties to Syria, provided various military weapons and equipment that Syria is using in the current conflict,” read a statement from the campaign to CNN.
“We actually will be releasing some material on that before the weekend is over,” Carson told reporters the same day, adding that he had “several sources that I’ve got material from. I’m surprised that my sources are better than theirs.” The candidate later backtracked, saying that his remark had been “tongue in cheek.”
19. Jeb’s economic solution
The former governor landed in hot water after proposing this idea to get the country out of an economic rut: “People need to work longer hours.”
“My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see,”” Bush told New Hampshire’s Union Leader in July. “Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours.”
Bush later sought to clarify his remarks, saying that he meant that the 6.8 million Americans working part-time should have opportunities to work more hours, not that someone already working full time should be forced to work more.
20. Jeb’s Iraq War answer(s)
Over the course of four days in May, Bush gave four differing answers as to whether, in hindsight, he would have supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq launched by his brother, President George W. Bush.
On May 11, Bush told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that he “would have, and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody, and so would have almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got.”
The next day, a Tuesday, Bush walked back his comments, dismissing them as addressing a hypothetical situation.
That Wednesday, Bush told reporters, “of course anybody would have made different decisions.” By Thursday, Bush, who would not officially declare his candidacy for two more months, had fully walked back his initial answer.
“If we’re all supposed to answer hypothetical questions, knowing what we know now, I would not have engaged. I would not have gone into Iraq,” he told an audience in Arizona. “That’s not to say that the world is safer because Saddam Hussein is gone. It is significantly safer.”
21. ‘I like people who weren’t captured’
In one of the first (but certainly not the last) media kerfuffles over the Trump campaign, the Republican candidate appeared at an event in Ames, Iowa, on July 18, during which he derided Arizona Sen. John McCain as “a war hero because he was captured.”
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said at the Family Leadership Summit, during a discussion. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
The Arizona senator and 2008 GOP nominee spent 5½ years at the infamous “Hanoi Hilton,” where he was subject to repeated torture and two years of solitary confinement.
At a press availability following the event, Trump denied saying McCain was not a war hero, dinging the senator for what he said was poor work he has done for veterans.
“If somebody’s a prisoner, I consider them a war hero,” Trump said.