If you dig back through the Eagle Rising archives you’ll find that we’ve been more critical than positive of GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump. Now, I don’t want you to misunderstand… I think Trump is right on illegal immigration (and on what he now says about a few other issues), and I also think that he has struck a nerve with conservative base. However, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…
Donald Trump is NOT a conservative.
Trump has, in the past, expressed support for positions that are embraced by liberal voters, including abortion rights (though he has since said he is pro-life). The “Celebrity Apprentice” host also supported then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2008…
“His love for a socialist-style universal health care system and his alarming obsession with protectionist policies are automatic disqualifiers among free-market conservatives,” Club for Growth’s Chris Chocola said.
Trump advocated for universal healthcare in his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, writing that the goal should be to “make reforms for the moment and, longer term, to find an equivalent of the single-payer plan that is affordable, well-administered, and provides freedom of choice.”
In a recent piece at Buzzfeed (not normally a bastion of conservatism), Andrew Kaczynski and Christopher Massie lay bare the truth that Donald Trump is a “dyed-in-the-wool” liberal and conservatives have no business supporting his run for the White House.
Trump said in 2009 that Obama was “a strong guy who knows what he wants,” a person with “the mark of a strong leader,” and “totally a champion.” He even bestowed the greatest Trumpian honor upon Obama, saying, “I would hire him.”
As has been widely reported, Hillary Clinton attended Trump’s wedding in 2005. Trump also donated to her campaigns in 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007. In 2007, hecalled her “very talented,” a “great appointment” for secretary of state, and, in his 1997 book The Art of the Comeback, called her “a wonderful woman who has handled pressure incredibly well.”
This year, he called her “desperate” and “sad.”
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In 2004, he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer when asked about his political afflication, “well, you’d be shocked if I said that in many cases I probably identify more as a Democrat.” Trump added he thought the economy did better under Democrats.
In 1999, while considering a run for president as a member of the Reform Party, Trump said he believed in universal health care as an entitlement from birth.
“I believe in universal health care. I believe in whatever it takes to make people well and better,” Trump said, before adding that “it’s an entitlement to this country if we’re going to have a great country.”
He said that year that as president he would fund a “comprehensive health care program” with “an increase in corporate taxes.”
Trump has not abandoned his support for universal health care, but has now saidthat he would achieve that goal by negotiating deals with hospitals.
“I’m very expert on that stuff,” he said earlier in July.
Trump wrote in The America We Deserve that, despite generally opposing gun control, “I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.”
Donald Trump in his 1987 business book The Art of Deal he of then-President Ronald Reagan that suddenly “people beginning to question whether there’s anything beneath that smile.”
“Ronald Reagan is another example,” wrote Trump. “He is so smooth and so effective a performer that he completely won over the American people. Only now, nearly seven years later, are people beginning to question whether there’s anything beneath that smile.”
Likewise, in 1987, Trump spent nearly $100,000 to place a full-page advertisement criticizing U.S. foreign policy in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and theBoston Globe.
“There’s nothing wrong with America’s Foreign Defense Policy that a little backbone can’t cure,” the ad’s headline declared before attacking the U.S. policy of attacking ships in Persian Gulf.
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