The Donald, Faux Conservative

Read it all, and then get back to me about what a conservative savior this carpetbagger poser is.

Better yet, don’t.

Rush Limbaugh: “Trump has got a lot of populist tendencies. I was bothered by ’em. Okay, so people have a visceral anger at the ChiComs. Okay, I’m gonna feed that. That’s populism and it might get you some votes, but it’s not conservative. It’s also not conservative to not take the time to understand what Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal is. Trump’s out there ripping it to shreds, and I’m convinced he doesn’t know what it is.”

Andrew Breitbart: “Of course he’s not a conservative.”

Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Donald Trump for President? You’ve got to be joking…Donald Trump has advocated for massive tax increases that display a stunning lack of knowledge of how to create jobs. His love for a socialist-style universal health care system and his alarming obsession with protectionist policies are automatic disqualifiers among free-market conservatives.”

Ken Fisher: “If Trump thinks he’s going to get elected president of the United States, he’s smoking the funny stuff.”

Doug Powers: “Do Trump’s political donations only reflect a businessman trying to cover a broad spectrum so he has a leg up in any political climate? George Soros doesn’t seem to feel the need to give money to candidates who go against his stated political principles — if that’s what you can call them.”

Wall Street Journal: “‘I am very conservative,’ said Mr. Trump. ‘The concern is if I don’t win [the GOP primary] will I run as an independent, and I think the answer is probably yes.’ Mr. Trump said he thought he ‘could possibly win as an independent,’ adding, ‘I’m not doing it for any other reason. I like winning.'”

Alana Goodman: “The point is, Trump doesn’t really grasp the intellectual basis behind conservative principles, and apparently has no interest in learning. So instead of attempting to explain his contradictory stances and focusing on actual policy issues, he seems simply to be mimicking the way he believes a conservative base favorite acts.”

Cal Thomas: “Donald Trump is no conservative. In fact, it’s hard to say which party he’s affiliated with. In 1987, he was Republican. In 1999, he switched to the Independence Party. In 2009, when he first considered the presidency, the New York Daily News reported, ‘The Donald switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.'”

Daniel Foster: “Just as he did with his ultimately doomed 2000 Reform Party bid, Trump appears to have shrewdly taken stock of the political moment, identifying the most passionate cross-section of voters in the American electorate and undertaking a media blitzkrieg to convince them that he’s one of them.”

Michelle Malkin: “While casting himself as America’s new constitutional savior, Trump has shown reckless disregard for fundamental private property rights….Trump’s corporations have backed casino industry bailouts and wealth-redistributing ‘tax-increment financing’ schemes — the very kind of taxpayer-subsidized interventions we’ve seen on a grand scale under the Obama administration.”

Further reading:

Conservative Diva: “Reagan vs. Trump? Not even close.”
Poll Insider: “Meet Donald Trump: Democrat Donor, Abortionist, Single Payer Supporter, and Taxer” “America: It’s time to dump Trump”
Institute for Justice (h/t “The Abuse of Eminent Domain in Atlantic City”


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