As the 2016 presidential race heats up, GOP candidates are working overtime to convince voters that they could be the next Ronald Reagan. They want people to believe that they represent the conservatism that America needs in order to lead it back to freedom and prosperity and away from the big government, far-left disastrous years of the Obama presidency.
But, in September, it was revealed that one current Republican presidential candidate opposed Ronald Reagan not once, but twice. This candidate donated to the re-election campaign Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1979 after four years of his disastrous presidency. Then, made an early donation to political action committee supporting Democrat Walter Mondale’s campaign in 1981, less than one year into the Reagan presidency.
Who is this candidate, you’re wondering? Why, it’s none other than real estate mogul, reality TV star and current GOP presidential candidate frontrunner Donald J. Trump.
This revelation was uncovered by the Wall Street Journal ahead of the GOP presidential debate in September, which was held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
On more than one occasion, Trump has invoked the name of Reagan both comparing himself to Reagan, as well as saying the two were friends and that Reagan greatly admired him. The WSJ reports that Trump claimed during an interview that he had been told by mutual friends how Reagan felt about him.
“I didn’t know him well,” but added that friends close to the president told him Mr. Reagan admired Mr. Trump. “He felt very good about me,” Mr. Trump said. “Frankly, he liked my attitude.”
One of Donald Trump’s former campaign advisers, Roger Stone, was formerly in the Reagan administration. Stone claimed that Donald Trump served on Reagan’s 1979 – 1980 presidential finance committee and attended his launch announcement. However, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records tell a different story.
In 1979, Donald Trump gave the maximum amount allowed by law to Jimmy Carter in support of his re-election. He then backed Mondale early in Reagan’s presidency. Though he did donate to Reagan’s re-election campaign in 1984, his donation amount was only $1,000. But, his penchant for supporting Democrats, and opposing Reagan, was even worse than that.
Mr. Trump’s political giving showed no sign the Reagan White House was a particular favorite. In 1986 he gave $1,000 to George H.W. Bush’s campaign for president, followed later by donations to the campaigns of Republicans Bob Dole and Jack Kemp, and DemocratsBruce Babbitt and Dick Gephardt.
“Donald has been a Democrat much more than he has been Republican,” said Charlie Black, who was Mr. Trump’s lobbyist and political adviser from 1987 to 2000.
Responded Mr. Trump: “I lived in Manhattan. In Manhattan, everybody was Democrat.”
Mr. Trump got the White House’s attention in late 1987 when he hired an advertising team that had worked for Mr. Reagan’s 1984 re-election to produce full-page ads in national newspapers blasting American foreign policy. “America should stop paying to defend countries that can afford to defend themselves,” read the “open letter from Donald J. Trump,” which went on to suggest, “There’s nothing wrong with America’s Foreign Defense Policy that a little backbone can’t cure.”
Granted, people do change political parties. After all, Ronald Reagan was formerly a Democrat, but switched parties after realizing that the Democrat Party is filled with anti-American communists. He made this discovery while serving as president of the AFL-CIO affiliated Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
Reagan’s shift from being a Democrat to a Republican was obvious and explained logically as “the party left him.” It was one not merely of words, but quite obvious in his policy positions.
If Donald Trump was a such a big fan of Ronald Reagan’s, then one has to wonder why he would give money to his political opponents — two hardcore leftist Democrats at that.