2016 has been a year of surprises. One of such surprises is the emergence of Donald Trump as the President-elect of the United states of America.
Against all odds, the controversial billionaire tycoon won the Republican candidacy and then dispatched Hillary in a close fought Presidential race. A race which saw Hillary win the popular vote and Trump, the Electoral College votes.
His fiery nature and seeming lack of political correctness meant there was no dull moment all through the race. His campaign trail was fraught with controversies.
Here are the top 10 controversial moments of Donald Trump in 2016.
1. Islam Hates Trump
“I think Islam hates us,” Trump said in an interview on CNN in March. "There's a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable hatred of us."
The statement generated a lot of backlash from his own party, who were amazed at how low they have sunk and was trying desperately to get rid of Trump.
His statement was condemned by Muslims all over the world and they demanded an apology, which they never got.
2. Trump The Untouchable
Donald Trump was so sure of his victory he became really cocky.
At a rally in Iowa, the President-elect pointed his finger at the crowd and said "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn't lose voters"
He was right. He still went ahead to win the GOP nomination.
3. Trump’s ‘I Told You So Moment’
After 50 people got killed in the Orlando Gay club shooting, President-elect Trump took to twitter to gloat.
"Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!"
His I told you so, though ill-timed further divided Americans in a nation already battling Islamophobia.
4. Trump Supports Torture
During the GOP Presidential debate hosted by ABC News in February, when asked about the torture interrogation technique ‘waterboarding’, Trump responded, “I would bring back waterboarding and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
Though the crowd cheered, the rest of America cringed at the prospect of Trump as the next POTUS.
5. Putin Better Than Obama
On September 7, 2016, Donald Trump said Russian President Vladimir Putin was a far better leader than US President Barack Obama.
"The man has very strong control over a country."
"It's a very different system and I don't happen to like the system, but certainly, in that system, he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader."
6. Chris Christie’s The Wimp
New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, after dropping out of the GOP race, decided to endorse Trump. But videos from the event showed a forlorn looking Christie, questioning what he just did, as the real estate mogul started rambling.
His miserable look resulted in several memes being made of the supposedly tough governor who now looked like a wimp.
7. Only If I Win
"What I'm saying is that I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense, OK?" Trump replied when pressured by moderator Chris Wallace if he will accept the results if he loses.
The next day at a rally he said. "I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election, If I win."
8. Obama Ain’t American
One of Trump’s favourite pastime is to bash President Obama, and one of his favorite topics was the issue of his nationality.
When Obama produced his birth certificate, after hinting it was a fake, Trump then took credit for it. “I was the one who got him to produce the birth certificate, and I think I did a good job”.
9. I Just Start Kissing Them
About a month to the US election, a video recorded in 2005 showing President-elect Trump advising Billy Bush to “grab them by the pussy” surfaced.
When asked about the video in which he also said "I just start kissing them,"..."And when you're a star they let you do it," Trump simply shrugged it off declaring it "locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago."
He then took a swipe at Hillary. "Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course - not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended."
10. Melania Jacks Michelle’s Speech
While addressing the crowd at the Republican Convention, part of Melania Trump’s speech was believed to be a rip off of Michelle’s speech to the Democratic Convention in 2008.
"I read once over it, that's all, because I wrote it ... with (as) little help as possible," the First Lady in waiting was quoted to have told NBC earlier on Monday.
But as pressure increased one her staffers Meredith McIver fell on the sword but later claimed her resignation was rejected by Donald Trump.