One of the biggest criticisms of those opposed to the Donald Trump for President campaign is that the bombastic billionaire and reality TV star, who is running for the presidency as a Republican, is that he is simply not a conservative as he is trying to sell himself to be to the American people. In fact, over the weekend, Trump said that he was more conservative than Ronald Reagan.
Though Trump can make all the claims about his political leanings that he wants, what voters need to pay attention to is the consistency of his words, actions, a stance on the issues. What The Donald said during an interview with Field and Stream magazine at SHOT Show in Las Vegas on January 21 will add more fuel to the fire that Trump is no true conservative and, in fact, holds far too many views more in line with far-left Democrat and dictator-in-chief Barack Obama.
Trump sat down with Anthony Licata, editor of Field and Stream magazine, to discuss guns, hunting, and conservation.
— Field & Stream (@FieldandStream) January 23, 2016
One of the topics during the discussion was regarding public land and the fact that the federal government unconstitutionally has taken over control massive amounts of public land in Western states. In Nevada alone, the federal government has claimed as their own 80 percent of the public land.
To put it in perspective, this is how much land the federal government has confiscated from the states.
So, how does Donald Trump feel about this unconstitutional, federal land ownership for land belonging to the states? (emphasis mine)
AL: I’d like to talk about public land. Seventy percent of hunters in the West hunt on public lands managed by the federal government. Right now, there’s a lot of discussion about the federal government transferring those lands to states and the divesting of that land. Is that something you would support as President?
DT: I don’t like the idea because I want to keep the lands great, and you don’t know what the state is going to do. I mean, are they going to sell if they get into a little bit of trouble? And I don’t think it’s something that should be sold. We have to be great stewards of this land. This is magnificent land. And we have to be great stewards of this land. And the hunters do such a great job—I mean, the hunters and the fishermen and all of the different people that use that land. So I’ve been hearing more and more about that. And it’s just like the erosion of the Second Amendment. I mean, every day you hear Hillary Clinton wants to essentially wipe out the Second Amendment. We have to protect the Second Amendment, and we have to protect our lands.
Later in the interview, Licata once again shifted the conversation to discuss conservation and the fact that, despite the massive amount of land in the West that the federal government has seized control over, the land is not being taken care of. Trump held firm to his belief that the federal government should continue to illegally and unconstitutionally own the land, but he would take care of it better because his sons are hunters. (emphasis mine)
AL: Let me ask you this—back to conservation and access for hunters’ rights to get on public land. One of the things that we’ve found is so much of this campaign—not your campaign, but this election cycle—has talked about cutting budgets and reducing the federal government. And what the budget is for managing public lands right now is at one percent. In 1970, it was two percent. Would you continue to push that number down for wildlife conservation or would you look to invest more?
DT: I don’t think there’s any reason to. And I will say—and I’ve heard this from many of my friends who are really avid hunters and I’ve heard it from my sons who are avid hunters—that the lands are not maintained the way they were by any stretch of the imagination. And we’re going to get that changed; we’re going to reverse that. And the good thing is, I’m in a family where I have—I mean, I’m a member of the NRA, but I have two longtime members of the NRA. They’ve been hunting from the time they were five years old and probably maybe even less than that. And they really understand it. And I like the fact that, you know, I can sort of use them in terms of—they know so much about every single element about every question that you’re asking. And one of the things they’ve complained about for years is how badly the federal lands are maintained, so we’ll get that changed.
For those who doubt that Trump actually took this stance, standing with the thugs and thieves at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), here is the video of him taking that stand. To Trump, big government knows best how to take care of the land that they have confiscated from the states.
The first section of the above transcription is discussed beginning at approximately the 1:06 mark. The second section regarding access for hunters’ rights to get back on the public land begins at around the 2:50 mark.