GOP front-runner Donald Trump has gotten a lot of flak for some of the ridiculous statements he's made this campaign season, including that women who seek abortions should be punished
, and that Mexico should pay for a wall at the U.S. border
. There's no shortage of lists of the shocking things he's said
But Trump isn't the only 2016 candidate to make erroneous claims on the campaign trail. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the Reagans
"started a national conversation" about HIV and AIDS, and she later walked back her statement, calling it a "mistake." According to The New York Times
, Ronald Reagan didn't give a speech about the disease until 1987, when an estimated 40,000 people had already died of AIDS.
And Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
thought New York City's subway system still used tokens.
We've rounded up gaffes, "misstatements" and some of the most outlandish, surprising, and just plain false claims the 2016 candidates have made during the current campaign season. To err is human — but there are some serious whoppers here…
Molly Horan contributed reporting.
Editor's note: This slideshow was originally focused on Trump's quotes on the campaign trail. It has been expanded to include the other candidates still in the running.
In a North Carolina rally on Tuesday, July 5, Trump praised the handling of national security by Saddam Hussein. The former Iraqi dictator was executed for crimes against humanity in 2006.
“He was a bad guy — really bad guy," Trump said at the rally. "But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn't read them the rights. They didn't talk. They were a terrorist, it was over. Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism."
Trump took to Twitter to respond to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's comment that he was a faker.
"Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot - resign!" he tweeted on July 13.