Politics

Donald Trump Made Some New Friends

Japanese friends, rich friends who don’t get audited, a friend who planned a trip to France.

Donald Trump and friends.

Photo illustration by Holly Allen. Photos by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images and Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Earlier this month, we compiled an incomplete list of the anonymous friends who wholeheartedly support Donald Trump’s policies. He has since introduced several new, also nameless friends. Meet some of them below.

Japanese friends

“I talk about Japan. Love Japan, many friends in Japan, great country. They sell us cars, I mean, you talk about rip-offs. You wanna see a trade imbalance? We sell them wheat, they sell us cars; we sell them beef, and they don’t even take the beef!” (Scranton, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016)

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A friend who planned a trip to France

“You see what happened to the French priest? A friend of mine he said he was going to France, like three-four months ago. I saw him yesterday, I said, ‘How’d ya like France?’ He said, ‘I wouldn’t go to France. I wouldn’t go to France.’ Because France is no longer France. France is no longer France. They won’t like me for saying that.” (Miami, July 27, 2016)

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Friends who are Clinton donors

“And I understand many of the people that are her supporters. And by the way many of them are friends of mine. And they’re gonna own her folks. They’re gonna own her. Don’t forget I used to be on the other side of the equation. I used to be establishment. Then on June 16 I ran, and everyone said, ‘Oh, he’s no longer establishment, he’s not supposed to be running, he doesn’t need our money.’ That’s terrible.” (Raleigh, North Carolina, July 5, 2016)

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Friends who prefer the acronym ISIS to ISIL

“[Obama] says ISIL, and you know, it’s almost like he does it to make people upset. I’ve had so many people say, ‘Why doesn’t he just says ISIS?’ Forgetting about definitions. And actually, some friends of mine that are very, very good on the subject say ISIS is actually more accurate. But who knows? But everybody says ISIS. Say ISIS. It’ll be so nice. Right? Right? Don’t say ISIL.” (Raleigh, North Carolina, July 5, 2016)

Rich friends who never get audited

“I’ve gone through audits, which I think is very unfair, for 15 years. I have friends that are very rich that never get audited. I’m audited every year. Maybe that’s because of politics, who knows.” (Miami, July 27, 2016)

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Friends who build plants

“I have a friend who is a great builder. What he builds is plants. That’s all he does is build plants. He doesn’t build buildings, he builds plants. It’s the biggest in the world from what I hear. I said, ‘How’s business?’ I was with him the other day. ‘How’s business?’ He goes, ‘Unbelievable.’ I said, ‘Really, wow, I’m surprised, why is it unbelievable?’ ’Cause I think of him as building in this country. He said, ‘Donald, what we’re doing in Mexico you won’t believe.’ I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘We’re building plants in Mexico the likes of which we’ve never seen.’ I said, ‘What about this country?’ ‘Not much, not much.’ That’s the expression, he said exactly that, ‘Not much.’ I said, ‘But Mexico?’ He said, ‘You’ve never seen anything like it. It’s incredible’ Folks, that’s gonna stop, we’re gonna reverse it. We’re going to bring our jobs back to this country. We can’t be the stupid people anymore.” (Cleveland, July 16, 2016)

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