Donald Trump is no conservative. His supporters who think The Donald has made a conversion from being a New York liberal are deluding themselves.
A video was just released providing a visual compilation of all the decidedly un-conservative positions Trump has taken. Some recordings are from years past, and others are surprisingly recent.
In case anyone still is convinced that Trump is a true conservative, here is a list of those issues in which Trump is anything but:
Free Trade: At the sixth GOP debate, Trump declared that he was “totally open to a tariff” on items coming from China. This is not free trade. Marco Rubio helpfully explained to the business whiz that tariffs harm consumers by raising prices at home, and they do not help economic development. Besides, what would a tariff do to the price of his fabulous shirts?
Single-Payer Health Care: At the first official debate in August, 2015, Trump declared that single-payer health care “works in Canada, it works incredibly well in Scotland.” Avik Roy in Forbes pointed out that wait times for Canadian health care are horrendous, but since 90% of Canadians live near the U.S. border, many are willing to travel to the United States for care. And Scotland? It has one of the worst health care records in Europe. Trump advocated for a private single-payer system, which Roy calls “an unaccountable, trillion-dollar private insurance monopoly.”
Funding Crony Republicans: Do you believe Trump is “anti GOP establishment?” Think again. In 2013 and 2014, Trump donated big bucks to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, as well as Karl Rove’s American Crossroads SuperPAC. He also gave $100,000 to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a PAC that was formed by Boehner to crush Tea Party candidates.
Eminent Domain:Trump is a ‘yuuuuge’ fan of taking property from a small property owner and giving it to another private entity. He notoriously tried to evict Atlantic City widow Vera Coking from her home in order to build a limo parking lot for his adjacent casino in the 1990’s. He failed, but was delighted with the 2005 Kelo decision, which would’ve permitted him to rip Mrs. Coking from her home. “I happen to agree with it 100%,” he told Fox’s Neil Cavuto. The great conservative philosopher Russell Kirk declared “conservatives are persuaded that freedom and property are closely linked.” Trump certainly does not subscribe to Kirk’s concept of property. Or perhaps he didn’t get the memo.
Life Issues: While Trump has been claiming his pro-life bona fides since deciding to run for President, his actions speak otherwise. In August he told reporter Mark Halperin that his sister, a federal judge, would make a “phenomenal” Supreme Court justice. But Maryanne Trump Barry has been a champion of late-term abortion and wrote a decision in defense of the barbarity known as ‘partial-birth abortion.’ And this Friday past, on the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, Trump made no pro-life statement and gave no support to the annual March for Life, held yearly on the anniversary. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, and Ben Carson took to social media to support pre born life. Rand Paul introduced a Senate bill to give unborn children constitutional rights. But Donald Trump the Twitter King was MIA.
Immigration and Amnesty: Opposing illegal immigration is the issue for which Trump is most famous for championing, but it looks like Mr. Keep-Out-Illegal-Mexicans is downright hypocritical on the subject. In 1991 a judge found that Trump conspired with business associates and union officials to hire immigrants and cheat them of their pay. And three years ago, in 2013, Trump was a big believer in amnesty and the DREAM program, because illegal immigrants made his golf courses and hotels “great.” “You know in Miami, my golf course is tended by all these Hispanics — if it wasn’t for them my lawn wouldn’t be the lawn it is; it’s the best lawn,” he said. And when asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper if his businesses hired illegal immigrants, Trump gave him his typical evasive non-answer.
Moreover, Trump does not embody the Ten Conservative Principles which were outlined by the aforementioned Russell Kirk in 1986. Kirk wrote that “conservatives are guided by their principle of prudence.” Is Trump prudent in his lifestyle? Hardly. Kirk also wrote that “conservatives are chastened by their principle of imperfectability.” Is Trump ever chastened by anything? The narcissist who says he doesn’t like to ask God for forgiveness? We know the answer to that.
Donald Trump’s followers can explain him away as much as they would like, but Trump has never been, nor ever will be, a conservative — in political, economic, or social domains, and certainly not in the way he conducts his life.
Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!