While Donald Trump claims he believes "strongly in just about all conservative principles." he has been a Democrat, Independent, Republican and flirted with Ross Perot's Reform Party

From CNN story in February 2011:
. . . In a recent interview, Trump declared that he believes "strongly in just about all conservative principles," is "pro-life" and against gay marriage. He has attacked President Obama's health care law and said that the United States has become the "laughingstock" of the world. 
This is the same Donald Trump who has changed party affiliation from Republican to Independent to Democrat and back to Republican, according to a report. 
Trump has said in interviews with CNN that he identifies more with Democrats than Republicans; that the party handles the economy better than Republicans; that President George W. Bush was "probably the worst president in the history of the United States"; and suggested that Bush should have been impeached for what Trump called "lies" over a "horrendous mistake": the Iraq war.  
In 1999, while flirting with running for president under Ross Perot's Reform Party, Trump told the New York Daily News that he supported abortion rights and universal health care.Trump and his representatives at the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment. . . . 
In a Monday interview, Trump defended his conservative bona fides."I'm a very conservative person. I'm very big into the military. I'm a great guy for defense," Trump told Greta Van Susteren of Fox News. "I am probably as conservative as anybody on your show, and that's going a pretty strong step." 
He added: "I'm a very conservative Republican. I believe strongly in just about all conservative principles." . . .
Does anyone believe that whatever Trump says that he believes today he will believe two years from now?



Blogger Tim Butler said...

"Does anyone believe that whatever Trump says that he believes today he will believe two years from now?"

Doesn't matter! Understand, Trump is not going to get the Republican nomination. He's not going to be our next president elect. What he is doing is stirring the pot in ways the conservative base has been begging for for years now. He's sticking a long overdue thumb in the eye of establishment Republicans and sending the message that the days of counting on the conservative vote because "they haven't got anywhere else to go" and then stabbing them in the back as soon as the election is over is a thing of the past.

Republicans will either begin, NOW, to deliver some long overdue satisfaction to the conservative base, or the base will discover hard, effective ways to punish them for their faithlessness. The Whig party has only been out of fashion for a little over 100 years. It should be relatively easy to revive it to thunderous effectiveness in the current polluted political environment. Where will the establishment Republicans go when 60% of their base deserts them?

8/17/2015 9:45 PM  

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