Skip to comments.Trump: I Love the Tea Party, They Love Me
Posted on 02/13/2013 7:55:35 PM PST by tsowellfan
Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has nothing but praise for the tea party.
I am a Republican, but I believe strongly in the tea party and I love the people of the tea party, Trump told WPTV-News Channel 5 on Thursday during the Palm Beach County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. I love many of the things they represent and you know what? They love me...
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ahhh.. no.. go away rug boy.
Will Karl Rove become Trump’s next Rosie O’Donnell?
Whether you support Donald Trump or not...
(I happen to support him)
He is a breath of fresh air. The Tea Party would do well to adopt Donald Trump.
Big time. No candidacy for the Presidency. But support him, and let him support us.
Donald, Donald, Go away.
Um, Mr. Trump....we are independant and are ‘leaderless’. Would like to keep it that way.
On a local NY radio station they mentioned that Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich were the last two standing Tea Party supported candidates which makes them the defacto leaders of the movement.
The tea party is at the point where it needs leaders and better organization if it wants to make a bigger difference and fight party machines. That being said, the last thing we need is this attention whore anywhere near it.
But faux news just signed rove on for another couple of years at least.
Are people inadvertently choosing sides for the coming political conflict? Or maybe another kind of conflict?
If the Tea Party is going to become a real force, there will need to be adjustments.
Real power will mean real powerful supporters.
I think Donald Trump is ok. I think Newt is ok. I think bringing gentlemen and ladies from all over is ok. I think it is part of growing and becoming more powerful.
Just don’t let anyone call the shots is all.
Or not. You have your opinions just as I have mine.
Trump has a lot of faults to be sure, but he has something the Tea Party needs, and that is someone with charisma.
Yeah the guy is unreliable and untrustworthy.
And out of power. I don't like it, but the fact is, that the Tea Party is going nowhere without a charismatic leader, preferably one without the baggage that Trump has.
Don’t always agree with Trump, but at least he’s got a pair. Repubs are acting like eunuchs.
Unfortunately Trump filled that vacuum almost a year ago. Obviously nobody else wanted the job.
I hear these conflicting statements a lot. I get emails from Freedom Works and various Tea Party groups. Wish they'd all join together to form a united front, yet at the same time, I don't want anyone "calling all the shots", either. The GOPe has turned me off of anyone calling the shots.
What to do, what to do?
Trump made a great point today. It was the Tea Party efforts that elected Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Meanwhile, Rove squandered $400MILLION on establishment beltway insiders and came away with nothing.
A Board of Directors who select a Chairman of the Board. The Board should be active in the direction of the Tea Party.
I nominate Sarah Palin to the Board.
Palin gave us Ted Cruz and also our only Senate seat pick up this cycle and was a massive force in 2010 also, Trump needs to figure out how to help in some way besides just pulling strange stunts and pretending to be in front of something, he really is an odd egg that doesn’t have any place.
Exactly my point.
We want to grow, and we want to succeed.
We do NOT want to inherit a “leader”. Or even have one, except as a President.
Yet growth attracts such people. I agree with you, and recognize we need to be (very) cognizant of how our organization grows.
I support Trump. Many hold many views, I just speak for me.
Could he be a problem? Sure.
Could be be part of a solution? Equally sure.
There will be a whole lot of such questions, if the Tea Party becomes a real force in America.
I am starting to look in that direction though.
I would welcome Trump to give us a timely lift.
Mark Levin worked hard for him too
Absolutely. Trump is not perfect, but he is one of the good guys.
No question that Levin and others helped him, but Ted Cruz credits Palin’s support for his becoming a Senator.
Texas gave us Cruz.
“I love the tea party. They love me.”
You like it, it likes you.
7 Up yours, Donald Duck.
“Who loves you, and who do you love?”
And the 2010 Conservative victory as well but what is Sarah Palin doing and saying about her position in the Tea Party while Donald Trump has spent nearly a year now claiming to be the Tea Party's chosen leader? That question is basically the whole issue we're talking about.
In 2012 and now when the average American think of the Tea Party they think of Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump. I'm not saying that's a good or bad thing but it's reality. Mitt Romney was not a Tea Party favorite.
You cant down a man for jumping for an open opportunity. The very fact that the opportunity was actually open for someone to take already shows a lack of leadership.
I supported Ronald Reagan but I never thought that because of my support that automatically made me entitled to be the leader of the conservative movement.
What’s gonna mean the most?
When you your time here is through
It’s who matters most to you
Let me assure you, The Donald’s last words won’t be `tumblindice’ and mine won’t be `donald/rosebud’.
We need this guy like leprosy.
There is a need for a common set of principles that the TEA party espouses as its core principles.
Where does one go to get those core principles unless there has been some organization that promulgates them?
How about a TEA Party Gathering of the Clans, with each Clan sending representatives to meet for bonding and drafting based on the core principles? We could develop general principles and an overall organizational structure.
We could have an organization established according to the basic political units of each state/county.
We could have representatives from all walks of American life in addition to the basic political units - a finance committee, a self-defense committee, a regulation review committee, an intelligence and information committee, a tax committee, a trade committee, an energy committee, a national defense committee, a health committee, a data storage and processing committee, a manufacturing committee, a natural resources development committee, an international relations committee, an elections fairness committee, an education committee, a leadership and public awareness committee, and most importantly, a committee to present relevant history to the people.
I guess I am saying we should establish a shadow government that could step in and support any president that we promote.
It is time to start cutting some Gordian Knots. It is decision time now, before the internecine conflict tears us apart.
I recommend that some Texas Freepers recommend a good site in the Republic of Texas for the location.
I have hated and applauded Trump in the past. Right now, I’m luke warm, although his attack on Karl Rove is improving his standing. I might actually vote for the guy if he wanted a senate seat or something similar. Now that would be a spectacle.
This is the first that I have heard of that, I figured that Sarah Palin was the face of the tea party to the general public, with people like Rand Paul lately, Michelle Bachmann, and some others, but I did not know about Gingrich and Trump being thought of as anything other than politicians who step in to rub shoulders with them occasionally for some sound bites, or photo op.
Are you sure about those two being the face of the tea party to the national public?
I definitely meant to put Ted Cruz on that list, isn’t he strongly recognized as a tea party politician to the public?
I beg to differ.
Tx gave us Ted Cruz.
I myself voted for him 3 times, and it was not because of Sarah or The Donald.
Here in Tx we will be watching Mr Cruz for any signs of Potomac Fever.
I think Mr Trump would be very susceptible to that malady.
I wrote this at the link so here it goes again:
The bottom line is that the tea party has a blend of different voices who were originally connected by overspending in Washington which they wanted to lower and fix. Overtime they have began to morph into different directions with people disagreeing on direction.
Therein lies the problem too many factions of people agreed on basic principals, but they don’t on everything else. Conservatives, Libertarians, some fiscally minded former democrats and even independent minded people joined the movement. They have a hard time choosing candidates.
My ideal candidate would embolden qualities of different people within the tea party.
You can beg all you want, but you need to beg Ted Cruz, not me, it is him who credits his win to Governor Palin.
Trump isn’t conservative, he is a self serving promoter, who is probably closer to a social liberal, or “libertarian”.
Conservatives will always differ from liberals, whether they call themselves libertarians or whatever.
Conservatives are the largest portion of the tea party.
Michelle Bachmann lost that position at 1:50 into this video...
I am telling you, she may have raised some money for him to keep him in the race but it was Texans that elected him.
Last I saw, Sarah’s address was in Alaska.
Oh she bought a property in Maricopa Co Az that would have allowed her to run for Jon Kyl’s Senate seat, but she never ran.
Now Jeff Flake has the Senate seat.
He could have stayed in the congress but apparently Sarah let him have it as she thinks he will do a better job there than she would.
Now David Schweikert R has replaced Flake.
Time will tell the tale.
Trump isnt conservative, he is a self serving promoter, who is probably closer to a social liberal, or libertarian.
I also think if Donald Trump had run for President and actually won he’d probably have quit the job by now.
Trump is P.T. Barnumn through and through.
I think Michelle Bachmann’s only value is as a congresswoman, she will never lead anything being something of a weak poser with no real identity or creativity, or leadership, but I did think that the general public identified her as a prominent tea party face.
I would be surprised if in polling, the public didn’t connect Bachmann with the tea party way over Trump when put head to head.
I would LOVE for Sarah Palin to be the leader and spokesperson for the Tea Party and I would LOVE for her to start right now her run for President as a third party (Tea Party) candidate to scare the HECK out of the GOPe and I would have LOVED if she had run for President in 2012.
What I would LOVE and what she actually desires may be two different things.
I already fell for the Palin people telling us last year, “be patient, Sarah’s just waiting for the right time to jump in the race. She’s a very smart woman. What she’s doing is allowing the other candidates to knock each other down and then it will be her time to join the last GOP Primary debate”
Well, it never happened. I must assume it will not happen. I must assume that she’s not going to take the lead in the Tea Party. If, in the end, she does. GREAT! I stand behind her.
I’m telling you Senator Cruz’s opinion, he credits Palin with his win, you have a different opinion from the man who won the race, that is OK.
Of course it was Texas republican primary voters that elected him, it was an election, but he credits her with getting him those votes.
Nonsense, that didn’t cost Bachmann anything, it was her moving against Palin and for Romney, and a steady display of incompetence, lack of leadership, judgement, and effectiveness, and even strength and substance, that did her in.
I am just saying her opinion had no sway on me in that election.
the tea party is a self-selected, self-generaled, group of American patriots whose goal is to restore the Constitution and whose leaders are our founders and no one else. these include men like bradford, winthrop, edwards, whitefield, franklin, madison, mason, henry and on and on. and yes the man who towers above them all: our greatest conservative leader George Washington. if you want the human embodiment of the defintion of Conservatism, Washington is it.
Sarah Palin is more experienced than this President we have now in his second term. She would have done wonders for this nation.
It was actually unfair to her and the conservative movement for some of her supporters to be telling everyone that she’s going to run in 2012, she’s just waiting for the right time.
Guess what. We stopped looking for a better candidate. We waited for Sarah and we got Romney.
Sadly, there are some who blame Sarah Palin for Obama winning. They claim she teased and teased about jumping in the race but in the end failed to deliver.
Well, it was not Sarah Palin who was teasing. She never said she was going to run.