If you think politics is boring, you might change your opinion after reading the list of some of the most controversial statements from politicians around the world.
10. Jean Claude Juncker
The President of the European Commission is known for his somewhat unusual sense of humor, drinking habits and shadowy meetings behind closed doors in the vast corridors of power in Brussels, the seat of the EU.
Juncker is also known for occasional outbursts in public when things aren’t going in his (the EU’s) direction.
When it becomes serious, you have to lie.
Said Juncker in 2011, in regard to economic crisis in Greece.
9. Hillary Clinton
We came, we saw, he died.
The words Julius Caesar said while crossing the Rubicon (Veni Vidi Vici – I came, I saw, I conquered) never seize to be the inspiration for politicians and leaders around the world. Hillary Clinton is no exception.
Clinton’s famous quote came in 2011, during her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State. She commented the murder of Libya’s deposed strongman Muammar Gaddafi.
When the TV reporter asked if her recent visit to Libya had anything to do with Gaddafi’s death, Hillary laughed, clasped her hands and said: ‘I’m sure it did.’
8. Silvio Berlusconi
The former Italian PM has been a source of scandals for many decades. Berlusconi often gave controversial statements, including many quips about world leaders.
When asked if they would like to have sex with me, 30% of women said, ‘Yes’, while the other 70% replied, ‘What, again?’
7. Robert Mugabe
The 93-year old Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1987. Controversial for his policies, leadership style and accused by many of being a ruthless dictator, Mugabe did not hesitate to lash out at his political opponents.
I am still the Hitler of the time. This Hitler has only one objective: justice for his people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people and their rights over their resources. If that is Hitler, then let me be Hitler tenfold. Ten times, that is what we stand for.
6. Emmanuel Macron
Despite the fact he’s been President of France for less than four months, Macron has already stirred controversy with some of his statements.
I have made commitments, I am your boss.
Macron said during a meeting with his generals who resisted his proposed defense budget cuts. One thing is sure – Macron has made it very clear who’s in charge in France now.
5. Sarah Palin
As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border.
The former governor of Alaska demonstrated her knowledge of geography in 2008.
4. George W. Bush
Geography can be confusing? Right? Nobody demonstrated it better than former U.S. President George W. Bush:
We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe.
3. Jean-Marie Le Pen
Immigration is a touchy topic for politicians across Europe these days. But Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the Front National has never had problems to speak up his mind.
Monseigneur Ebola could sort that out in three months.
He said referring to high birthrates in developing African countries.
2. Donald Trump
It’s hard to pick from the collection of Trump’s outstanding quotes. No matter what he says, Trump always ends up in the spotlight.
All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.
1. Rodrigo Duterte
The Philippine President has no problem with controversial statements. His combative rhetoric and brash style is popular with many Filipinos, but also made him known around the world.
Forget the laws on human rights. If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because I’d kill you.
I’ll dump all of you into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there.
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