Skip to comments.Trumped Up (Must reading - This is the Trump Truth File)
Posted on 04/20/2011 1:33:10 PM PDT by Notary Sojac
If one were drawing up a list of Donald Trumps first principles of business, Fake it Til You Make It would probably be at the top.
One of the young Trumps more clever business tactics involved hiring workers and machines to push dirt around his frequently stalled or underfunded real-estate developments to present visiting potential investors with the illusion of industry. And he has developed a long-running reflex to offer unsolicited and largely unverifiable assessments of the strength and virility of his portfolio to anybody who will listen, perhaps in an effort to erase memories of the four (and counting) bankruptcies to which he was a party.
This habit of projecting the appearance of success is on full display in the Donalds sideshow flirtation with a Republican presidential bid. 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 hes one of them. Most cynically he has taken on the Birther mantle, going further than any contender in questioning the circumstances of the presidents birth, and making the (again unverified) claim that he has dispatched gumshoes to Hawaii to investigate. With an underwhelming, wide-open GOP field and a starting advantage in name-recognition, Trump has even been able to catch some early polling momentum, and has assured us that he knows many people at the White House who say he is the last person [President Obama] wants to run against.
In other words, Fake It Til You Make It. But make no mistake, conservatives, Donald Trump is not one of you. Dont believe it? Listen to the man.
Trump says he has found the light on abortion, and now describes himself as ardently pro-life. But it wasnt always so. He told Fox News in 1999 Im totally pro-choice, And later that year told the Associated Press he believed abortion was a personal decision that should be left to the women and their doctors. And even his newfound respect for life is undermined by a naïve view of the Constitution: When NBCs Savannah Guthrie asked Trump on April 19 whether he thought there was a right to privacy in the Constitution, Trump replied: I guess there is, I guess there is. And why, just out of curiosity, why do you ask that question?
Though he now advocates repeal of Obamacare, the Trump of yesteryear was, by his own admission, very liberal when it comes to health care. I believe in universal health care, he told Larry King in October of 1999. In The America We Deserve Trump advocated government-administered exchanges that would be the equivalent of single-payer. He said that while working out detailed plans will take time . . . the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset. We must take care of our own. We must have universal health care.
The last time he considered a presidential run, Trump advocated a one-time, 14.25 percent tax on the net worth of all individuals and estates worth over $10 million. The levy, he said at the time, would have raised $5.7 trillion which he would have used to eliminate (!) the national debt and shore up the Social Security trust fund. Trump rejected the notion that the soak would hurt the economy, predicting a 35 percent boost in economic activity as a result of eliminating the debt. It would not be a shock to the system, he said. Trump stands by his plan as the right solution for the times, telling a reporter in Florida It would have been a beautiful thing to do. But the world is different.
Think Trump is a champion of laissez-faire? Think again. In 2008 he told Neil Cavuto that we couldnt let any of the Big Three auto companies fail. I think the government should stand behind them 100 percent, he said. You cannot lose the auto companies.
In The America We Deserve, Trump advocated diverting money from nascent missile-defense technology. The question isnt whether or not such a defense can be built, he wrote. The question is whether it is the right defense for our times. And I believe the answer is, largely, no.
Though Trump writes that he is generally opposed to gun control, he also says he supports a ban on assault weapons and lengthening the waiting period required before purchasing a handgun.
The Supreme Courts 2005 Kelo decision construes the Fifth Amendment to allow governments to force property owners off their land if a new tenant would mean increased tax revenue. Trump has more than once teamed up with municipalities in an attempt to gut property rights, most egregiously to push an elderly widow off the Atlantic City property shed owned for 30 years, and which Trump wanted to turn into a limousine parking lot. It should be no surprise, then, that Trump told Neil Cavuto that he agrees with Kelo 100 percent.
Bush and Obama
In a TV interview shortly after the 2008 presidential election, at the height of Obama euphoria, Trump lavished praise on the president-elect and slammed outgoing President Bush as evil. I think he has a chance to go down as a great president, Trump said of Obama. I think hes going to lead through consensus. Bush, by contrast, he described as maybe the worst president in the history of this country, who was so incompetent, so bad, [and] so evil.
The twice-divorced Trump reflects on his marriage to first wife Ivana in Surviving at the Top, published in 1990, expressing regret that he didnt divorce sooner. Why had I hung in there so long when things were just not what they should have been? he asked. Its very uncharacteristic of me to act that way; Im not one to let problems fester. Trump also admitted to briefly considering an open marriage arrangement, before deciding it was too tawdry.
In 1999, with free trade enjoying the support of a vast coalition of mainstream liberals and conservatives, Trump sided with the Buchanans and Naders of the world in continued opposition to NAFTA. The reason NAFTA looks okay now, Trump told Larry King, is because the economy is strong, but when the economy is not strong, which, unfortunately, will at some point happen, NAFTA is going to look like a disaster.
To this day Trump supports economic protectionism vis-à-vis China. In a Fox News interview from April of this year, Trump repeated his advocacy of a 25 percent tariff on Chinese imports, and said hed love to have a trade war with China.
“When you owe the bank a millions dollars, they own you. When you owe the bank a billion dollars, you own them.” —Donald “Cowlick” Trump
Is that William F. Buckley’s National Review, or some other National Review? He’s been gone, and to some extent he must be forgotten, if this is his former magazine.
So we all agree Obama would be a better president than Trump.
Well, they both have a well documented history of supporting corporate welfare and cronyism rather than the free market.
Bush 41 was not pro-life before he ran for VP. People do change their opinions.
Let him talk his $hit. Please.
What is most suspicious to me today is Trump’s continued demonetization of Bush, while claiming to share most of his political views (conservatism).
I was a fan of Bush until he caved at the very end of his 8 year term... but until then, he was pretty conservative in practice.
I guess Trump’s main opposition to Bush is the Iraq war thing... which should be pretty illustrative of what a Trump foreign policy would be like... WEAK!
Yeah... something about Trump stinks... but I’ll cheer him on as long as he shows the courage to take on Obama’s legitimacy.
Who are you referring to?
Would you mind to tell us just a little about yourself first??
Also, have you found anybody on this planet earth who have gone after the NBC issue for the "usurper" in the Whit-Hut more than "your" comb-over boy???
Trump has the same freedom of speech as does every other liberal. But you have to admit that saying on FR what Trump has said would earn an instant zot.
Yes, people do change their opinions, but not usually as often and as completely as Trump.
The National Gatekeeper is firing on all cylinders to quell the "birther" uprising among conservatives. What will they come up with next?
You call this "dirt"? Is this a joke? Putting on a show to encourage people into a sale is actually the epitomy of a good politician. And as for Trump's bankruptcies, I still don't get what you mean. Often times filing for bankruptcy is a smart, wise business move. Are you trying to somehow diminish the FACT that Trump is one of the most financially successful, brilliant businessmen and negotiators who ever lived? Or are you just trying to show that he never let failure get in the way of success? Methinks it's the former, but in fact, it's the latter that's true. Nobody's perfect, but what you have written here doesn't diminish Donald Trump's enormously successful life one iota. Would you rather the originator of ObamaCare, Mitt Romney, get the nomination? Or perhaps Hucklebee the Preacher? Maybe Ron Paul the radical 'independent'? Or Sarah Palin, the woman with a good and strong heart, a great set of convictions, but with an utterly unPresidential style, scant credentials to be US President and world leader, and who possesses a high pitched, whiney, girlish voice that is more painful to listen to than a fingernail being scratched on a chalkboard? We have a few good ones, like Chris Christi, but he has far too many liberal leanings, (study his positions). Newt Gingrich? Please!!!
Paul Ryan is wonderful, but he too lacks the lustre, experience and exuberence that will be needed to defeat Obama, (who will be raising ONE BILLION DOLLARS, has some of the best hit men in political history, and has an adoring media behind him). Rick Santorum is a possibility, and so is
(2) Trump "gone after the NBC issue" - he is pandering. Many on FR love to be pandered to.
Let him speak.
Well thats it then. Trumpy is just clever so let’s move on. Why do they bother spending the time, energy and ink to provide this in depth disclosure that is all public knowledge. Hell, I can find it all myself. Do they have an agenda or a point that I, a member of FreeRepublic, am missing.
What I am missing is the same and equivalent info about Mr.Soetero that is available about Mr.Trump. I like many things about Mr.Trump and very few about Mr.Soetero.
Mr.Trump is a liar, a manipulator and womanizer that pays his own way. I struggle to do the same.
I believe him when he says he loves this Country.
Every one of the names you mention has a more solid grounding in conservatism than does comb-over boy. And I do not exclude Huckabee and Romney, neither of whom I could vote for.
What has he said that would earn him to be zoted, which then seems quite OK with you???
Scott Brown for President!!!!
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