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Before the 2016 presidential election officially began, most Americans already knew that Donald Trump had an affinity for exaggeration. That wasn’t really a problem – we understood the success of his businesses has been in no small part a function of his promotional abilities.

And let’s face it, anyone who can create a gleaming, 58-story glass tower on New York City’s Fifth Avenue out of a site previously occupied by homeless Polish immigrants certainly knows a thing or two about flash and bling.

A year later, however, it’s fair to say the average American is shaking their head at the level of shameless promotion and self-importance displayed by the presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump. It’s not just that he brags about how rich he is (although that has been called into question by his fellow billionaires, no less), it is the unprecedented level of mean-spirited, personally-directed venom that seems to run through his entire being.

Here are the Top Ten Most Outrageous Statements made by Trump, according to Marie Claire magazine:

1. “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud”

2.Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again – just watch. He can do much better!”

3.Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.”

4. “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”

5. “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

6. “I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”

7. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. 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.”

8. “Our great African-American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.”

9. “If I were running ‘The View’, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’”

10.All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”

Eleanor Roosevelt is known for having said it best:

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”