Donald Trump does not apologize. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter published Aug. 18, he described his thoughts on apologizing, saying: “To apologize for me is very difficult. I definitely would apologize if I were wrong on something.”
To date, however, Mr. Trump believes he’s been in the right. And asked to recall the last thing he apologized for, Mr. Trump told the Reporter: “It was too many years ago to remember. I have one of the great memories of all time, but it was too long ago.”
Here’s a look at his most recent controversies — the ones in which many, including members of his own party — either distanced themselves or called on him to apologize, and how he handled it and somehow managed to come through unscathed.
Zinger: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” Mr. Trump said, describing Mexicans crossing into the U.S. via the border during his presidential announcement speech June 16.
Double down: “The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc. This was evident just this week when, as an example, a young woman in San Francisco was viciously killed by a 5 time deported Mexican with a long criminal record, who was forced back into the United States because they didn’t want him in Mexico,” Mr. Trump said in a July 6 statement, using the murder of Kathryn Steinle to illustrate his earlier point.
Spin: “The last thing Mexico wants is Donald Trump as President in that I will make great trade deals for the United States and will have an impenetrable border–only legally approved people will come through easily,” he said in the July 6 statement.
John McCain ‘captured’
Zinger: “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” Mr. Trump said at a presidential cattle call in Ames, Iowa, on July 18.
Double down: “In addition to doing a lousy job in taking care of our Vets, John McCain let us down by losing to Barack Obama in his run for President!” Mr. Trump tweets that day.
Spin: “Captured or not, all our soldiers are heroes!” Mr. Trump tweets later that same day.
Mr. Trump’s campaign also released a statement to the press a few hours after the insult was lodged, but it didn’t include an apology to Mr. McCain.
“I have great respect for all those who serve in our military including those that weren’t captured and are also heroes,” the statement read.
Megyn Kelly ‘blood’
Zinger: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever,” Mr. Trump told CNN on Aug. 7, a day after the debate in which he felt Ms. Kelly, one of its moderators, treated him unfairly.
Spin: “Re Megyn Kelly quote: ‘you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever’ (NOSE). Just got on w/thought,” Mr. Trump tweeted the morning after the CNN interview where he made the comment.
Then the next day, on the Sunday talk shows:
“Only a deviant would say that what I said was what they were referring to, because nobody would make that statement. You almost have to be sick to put that together,” Mr. Trump told Jake Tapper on CNN in response to the controversy.
Double down: “The fact is, she asked me a very inappropriate question, she should really be apologizing to me, you wanna know the truth,” Mr. Trump said in a telephone interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Aug. 10 when asked about the controversy.
Carly Fiorina’s ‘face’
Zinger: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president. I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posed ta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” Mr. Trump was quoted in a Rolling Stone profile on Sept. 9.
Spin: “I’m not talking about looks. I’m talking about persona,” Mr. Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day” Sept. 10
And then later that evening, on Fox’s Greta Van Susteren’s show, Mr. Trump said he made the comments as “an entertainer.”
“Many of those comments are made as entertainer, because I did ‘The Apprentice.’ It was one of the top shows on television. I decided not to do it again because I wanted to run for president. But some comments are made as an entertainer. And, as everybody said, as an entertainer [it] is a much different ballgame.”