Bloomberg News has a report out detailing a conference call that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held with high-profile surrogates Monday. It is, in a word, a-mazing.
1. 'We will overcome.'
This is Trump talking about all of the negative publicity he's gotten over the past few days — much of it from inside the GOP — for his comments about federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Is it possible he used this phrase — made famous during the civil rights movement — accidentally rather than in an attempt to draw a parallel between his struggles and those that black Americans faced? Um ...
2. 'Take that order and throw it the hell out.'
Trump was told by former Arizona governor Jan Brewer that talking points had been circulated by his campaign instructing surrogates not to talk in depth about Trump University. Trump not only said that he had never heard of the campaign staffer who sent the talking points around but also advised the surrogates on the call to dispose of said talking points promptly.
3. 'The people asking the questions — those are the racists. I would go at 'em.'
This is Trump's advice on how to handle media questions about his assertion that Curiel is biased against him because the judge's parents are of Mexican descent — and Trump wants to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It also could double for Trump's advice to any ally at any time during the campaign. It reminds me of this scene:
4. 'I've always won and I'm going to continue to win. And that's the way it is.'
Look. I win. It's what I do. If you doubt that, go back and look at my series of wins. It's just the way it is. Some things will never change. That's just the way it is. Ah, but don't you believe them, yeah.
5. 'Are there any other stupid letters that were sent to you folks? That's one of the reasons I want to have this call, because you guys are getting sometimes stupid information from people that aren't so smart.'
Reminder: Trump is talking about a set of talking points that someone who works for him sent to surrogates advising them on how to talk about Trump University. So not only has he said he doesn't know who this staffer is, he is now also saying she isn't "so smart."
6. 'I should have won this thing years ago.'
This Trump quote could work in almost any situation. But he is specifically referring here to the Trump University case. And, per No. 4 above, he does always win. Hard to argue with this logic.