7 of the Most Controversial Lines of the 2016 Election

Some of the controversial lines of the election, going back to the primaries.

Here are some of the most controversial lines of the election:


"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."


“You can put half of Trump supporters into what I call “the basket of deplorables.”

"To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call 'the basket of deplorables,' right?" Clinton said to donors at the event. "Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it. And, unfortunately, there are people like that and he has lifted them up."

Trump and his campaign quickly jumped on these remarks, calling on her to apologize.

“Hillary, they are not a basket of anything, they are Americans, and they deserve your respect,” Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.

“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Then, Trump took it up a notch. During last year’s Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Trump was asked whether he thought it was appropriate he called Sen. McCain a “dummy.”

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said in his answer. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”


“We didn’t lose a single person.”

The Clinton campaign told Politifact that Clinton was referring to the seven-month NATO military action, from March to October 2011.

Critics jumped on her statement as it ignored the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, in which it left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.


"Maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say."

Responding to the Khan family in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Trump said of Ghazala Khan, “She was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably -- maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me."

Trump had appeared to be tipping his hat to some far-right-wing and nationalist Twitter users who have suggested that Ghazala Khan was silent during her husband's speech because they are Muslim and he prohibits her from speaking.

Trump’s remarks -- which seemed to imply she was silent for religious reasons -- were criticized by both Republicans and Democrats.


“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.”

While campaigning in North Carolina, Donald Trump told supporters there’s nothing that can be done if Clinton gets to pick the next Supreme Court justices.

Trump’s running mate Mike Pence defended Trump’s comments, arguing Trump was not insinuating violence against Clinton. However, Democrats didn’t see it that way.


“We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

Clinton’s remarks during a CNN town hall in March landed her in hot water.

“I'm the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” Clinton said.

As she tried to campaign in West Virginia in May, she was met with protesters.

At an event in Williamson, an out-of-work coal miner confronted Clinton about her comments.

She called it a “misstatement” and said she was “sad and sorry.”

“What I was saying is that, the way things are going now, we will continue to lose jobs,” she said. “That’s what I meant to say.”