Businessman and 2016 Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, who has been surging to the top of polls following his brash, politically incorrect statements about illegal immigration, wowed huge audiences in Las Vegas and Phoenix over the weekend.
But while Trump was delivering red meat to energized grassroots crowds hungry for straight talk, NBC’s Meet the Press aired a video on Sunday which documents Trump’s about-face on several different important issues, showing an inconsistency that Trump must address if he desires to be a credible candidate for the long haul.
As you can see from the video below via NBC, Trump has “evolved,” i.e., flip-flopped on issues like abortion, healthcare and even on immigration policy.
“Hillary Clinton, I think, is a terrific woman — I mean, I’m a little biased because I’ve known her for years,” Trump said on FOX News in 2012. “I just like her. I like her and I like her husband.”
Really? Who likes Hillary Clinton? When is that last time you heard anyone, even one of her closest supporters, say that they liked the cold, corrupt Clinton as a person?
On CNN in 2010, Trump is shown praising former Obama Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner “and the whole group” for saving the economy through “drastic steps,” i.e., bailouts. Not exactly the type of analysis that your average Tea Partier is going to agree with.
And while Trump now speaks harshly against the rightfully unpopular Obamacare debacle, he told NBC’s Dateline in 1999 that he was “liberal on healthcare,” and agreed that the United States needed “universal healthcare.”
Ugh, not exactly Reaganesque.
Sounding like a Marxist wealth redistributionist along the lines of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton (or maybe even socialist Bernie Sanders), Trump told MSNBC’s “Hardball” in 1999 that he would favor a “wealth tax” of 14.25%.
In 1999, Trump was “very pro-choice.” Today, he’s “very pro-life” and feels “very strongly” about it.
People can and do change their viewpoints on issues, but to get from a person sounding like a crazed, progressive leftist, to now a principled conservative, one has to wonder who the real Donald Trump is.
Trump’s outspoken brashness brings energy to a Republican Party that is generally, especially among its leadership, afraid of its own shadow. Additionally, that fact that Trump’s willingness to be outspoken on controversial issues, which is driving both the leftstream media and the GOP establishment insane, is reason enough for Trump’s candidacy to be worthwhile.
But even on immigration, Trump’s policy is very similar to Republicans who have been excoriated by conservatives for supporting a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. Those same conservatives are giving Trump a pass for supporting the same pathway to citizenship, i.e., amnesty, as Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio.
“You have to give them [illegal aliens] a path,” Trump recently told FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly. “You have 20 million, 30 million, nobody knows what it is. It used to be 11 million. Now, today I hear it’s 11, but I don’t think it’s 11. I actually heard you probably have 30 million. You have to give them a path, and you have to make it possible for them to succeed. You have to do that.”
Can Trump explain his conversion and inconsistencies? Conservatives are understandably excited to hear a presidential candidate “tell it like it is” without sugar-coating everything they say. It is definitely refreshing. But can Trump’s words be trusted considering his past statements which are diametrically opposed to his current words?
Americans were duped into voting for Barack Obama who never did reject his communist past or views, and now we as a nation are paying the price. Maybe Donald Trump is the real deal and means what he says, but if he does, he’s got a lot of explaining to do. He may get by for a short time avoiding his past statements, but not for long. Eventually, he will have to provide believable explanations.