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Who said that? Donald Trump or Arrested Development’s Lucille Bluthe?

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First it was between Donald Trump and Will Farrell’s fictitious character Ron Burgundy. Now the question of “who said it” lies between the bombastic GOP candidate and Arrested Development’s unfiltered lush, Lucille Bluthe.

Comparing the daft Ron Burgundy to Donald Trump highlighted just how out there the Donald’s statements are. To realistically look at a crazy Ron Burgundy quote and think, “well hot dang, Trump totally could have said that,” really made you question why his approval was soaring above the rest of the crowded GOP presidential herd.

But the geniuses over at BuzzFeed went and made Trump look even more ridiculous by comparing him to Lucille Bluthe. This, for Arrested Development fans, is an obvious line to draw considering Lucile’s obsession with building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

I, for one, have seen every single Arrested Development episode at least three times each and I still got three of the 10 questions wrong.

One of them, “I’ve never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke,” came from Trump – NOT Lucille Bluthe. Crazy. Apparently he tweeted that back on October of 2012. It’s been retweeted more than 19,000 times.

The second question I got stumped on – because even the Donald couldn’t be this obtuse – was this gem: “the only kind of people I want counting my money are little short guys that wear yamakas every day.”

Yep, that was Trump. He tweeted out that nugget of hilarity last month. Apparently it was in his 1991 book “Trumped!” and was preceded by “Black guys counting my money! I hate it.” Good Lord.

The third was “I have a great relationship with the blacks.” Trump again. That was a quote from a 2011 radio interview.

Of the five Trump quotes used in the telling little game, only two of them came from Trump’s current presidential bid. The others stemmed from his anti-Obama Birther phase where Trump was in the public eye demanding Obama prove he wasn’t actually a Kenyan.

While there are plenty of more current quotes that have fallen sloppily out of Donald Trump’s mouth, sticking with the racist themes toward Mexican immigrants and “the blacks” is a much better way to stump even a well-read Trump mocker and Arrested Development fan.

Even still, Trump has plenty of recent fodder to build on his past resume of turgid comments. For example, after the Charleston, S.C., church shooting tragedy, Trump said African-American youths “have no spirit.” He said they have reached “a point where they’ve just about never done more poorly.”

There are any number of awesome one-liners that could be nabbed from Trump’s recent interview with Jimmy Fallon in which Fallon plays on Trump’s arrogance by staging a self-interview dressed as Trump. Lucille Bluthe’s cockiness and vanity is pretty dead on.

Despite his laughable and outlandish comments, Trump continues to surge to the top of the GOP polls, far out-performing other GOP candidates. Political watchers are waiting anxiously for a second GOP debate Wednesday night to see what Trump will pull out of his pocket.

During the first debate he was unapologetic for his oft over-the- top comments. While some find Trump’s brand of banter refreshing in a political climate where candidates tip-toe around sensitive comments, others find it a source for amusement.

Either way, it’s hard to believe that a candidate who can be compared to an ignorant movie character and a self-centered alcoholic in a television sitcom is seriously vying for the White House. Welcome to the 2016 elections!

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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