Politicians have been known to change positions on an array of topics and policies but usually they adhere to party lines. Donald Trump has changed all that. Although committed now to the GOP, Trump has led a public life endorsing Democratic candidates. Donations reportedly made by Trump include $66,000 to the New York Democratic Party, $10,600 to the New York Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, and $2,000 to the New York County (Manhattan) Democrat Party. Trump made nine donations to incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo, totaling $64,000.
He did endorse Senator John McCain in saying that “I’ve known him. I like him. I respect him. He’s a smart guy and I think he’s going to be a great president.” This is the same John McCain that Trump would in say is a “dummy” and that “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said mockingly. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” (July, 2015) Then in 2012, there was the endorsement of Mitt Romney and as we know how well that worked out. So which Donald Trump do we believe today?
The year that Trump endorsed McCain, he also praised Hillary Clinton. Yes, Hillary Clinton. He said that Hillary would make a “great president.” Trump continued his praising Clinton by saying she is a “smart, tough and a very nice person.” He also lauded Bill Clinton, calling him a “great President. Today, as Trump campaigns for President he has said of Clinton “Well, I think she’s an embarrassment to our country,” Mr. Trump said on CNN’s “New Day.” “She doesn’t have the strength or the stamina to be president, frankly, as far as I’m concerned.” As an opponent, Trump is quick to access the damage Trump believes Hillary Clinton has caused the United States.
There are also the issues or policies that Trump tells supporters today that he believes in but his history tells a completely different story. On “Meet The Press” in 1999, Trump said he was “very pro-choice.” “I hate the concept of abortion,” he said. “I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. … but I just believe in choice.” Today, is another matter. This week we have heard 5 different statements either directly from Trump or his campaign after Trump explained his previous statements. Trump as assured his supporters though, he is truly pro-life even is he did contradict their belief that women who have abortions, even in times when they are illegal, should not be punished by the law.
Trump tells a story of how he changed his feelings about abortion and why now he is firmly pro-life. Trump said that “I’m pro-life, but I changed my view a number of years ago. One of the primary reasons I changed [was] a friend of mine’s wife was pregnant, and he didn’t really want the baby. He was crying as he was telling me the story. He ends up having the baby and the baby is the apple of his eye. It’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to him. And you know here’s a baby that wasn’t going to be let into life. And I heard this, and some other stories, and I am pro-life.”
Donald Trump has stated that he has never been a politician before but there is an argument to made that Trump has always been a politician. He spent money on candidates to yield him and his company a favorable return. He has changed positions according to the political climate. He is a chameleon. Now he is the front runner for the Republican nomination for the President of the United States. He has become the people’s champion. The champion of the disenchanted and those fed up with system. Question for them has to be, which Trump are they voting for?