Donald Trump's not so Conservative record

Donald Trump for President? Let's take another look. Photo: Associated Press

PHOENIX, April 21, 2011- Donald Trump has made major headlines lately with his continuous questioning of President Obama’s birth certificated and a possible run for the Presidency. 

More recently, he has claimed that he is ultra-Conservative and a genuine Tea Partier.

Giving speeches at tea party rallies and partaking in numerous interviews with the media, Donald Trump has made the case that he is the best one to take on Obama in 2012. 

A smart dressed guy, Donald Trump (Photo: Associated Press)

A smart dressed guy, Donald Trump (Photo: Associated Press)

I am sorry folks, he isn’t. And his record speaks for itself.

Not to go on a bashing of Donald Trump, let me lay out some of The Donald’s not so Conservative past.

Back in the year 2000, Trump was strongly considering running for President as a third-party candidate under the Reform Party. He touted back then that he was a “Businesses Conservative, though socially moderate.”

In his book, The America We Deserve, Trump outlined a few policies he would propose as a 2000 Presidential candidate. One of the most noteworthy: universal health care. That’s right, Donald Trump who now criticizes Obama greatly, once supported universal health care.

He said he was, “a Conservative on most issues, but a Liberal on this one. Working out detailed plans will take time. But the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset.”

Of course now he supports the repealing of President Obama’s universal health care law, ‘Obamacare’.

Moving forward, Donald Trump has also gone into reverse on other issues. In the early 2000’s, Trump supported abortion and gay marriage. Just this year, he touted himself as pro-life and no longer a supporter of gay marriage.

He also claims he is anti-gun control and anti-foreign aid. 

With Donald Trump jumping on the Tea Party train, you might want to know how he spent his money in the recent 2010 Mid-Term elections, when the Tea Party won big. 

According to the Federal Election Commission, Donald Trump made many political contributions to very Liberal candidates running against Tea Party candidates all across the country. First, he donated to Charlie Crist who was running for Senate in Florida against Tea Party candidate and now Senator Marco Rubio. He donated to Harry Reid’s re-election campaign against Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle. He also donated to Charles Rangel, Chuck Schumer, Anthony Weiner, and Arlen Spector.

Wearing her support for Donald Trump (File: Associated Press)

Wearing her support for Donald Trump (File: Associated Press)

All of these Democratic candidates are very Liberal and fully support President Obama’s policies.

While one can claim Donald Trump has become enlightened and realized he was wrong, these are some pretty hefty accusations on his back.

The fact of the matter is we need a principled Conservative, someone who is consistent on the issues and has experience in governing. Not a flip-flopper, not a lobbyist, not Donald Trump.

Let’s make Donald Trump a cheerleader, not President.




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Henry D'Andrea

Henry D'Andrea is a Conservative columnist and commentator. He writes a weekly column at the Washington Times Communities called "The Conscience of a Conservative," which features his commentary on current events and political stories from a conservative perspective. He often writes on foreign policy, domestic and economic issues, the conservative movement, and elections.


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