Donald Trump is running for president on the Republican ticket and his conservative views on immigration have grabbed national headlines, but the billionaire might be a Democrat in disguise.
During The Donald’s five previous almost-presidential runs, he made a series of comments that could be called questionable at best and downright liberal at their worst.
In 2000 Trump quit the Republican Party for the Reform Party, came out in support of a form of single-payer health care, and proposed a one-time tax on the one percent to pay for the national debt.
While he opposed Obamacare as a giant mess, he’s also on record advocating for universal health care available to all Americans.
Then, in 2004, while Trump was seriously considering running for president, he outed himself as a Democrat during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
“In many cases, I probably identify more as Democrat. It just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans.”
Fast forward to 2015 and Trump’s controversial comments about Mexican immigrants being criminals puts him squarely in the conservative’s corner.
Early poll numbers have The Donald leading his Republican counterparts by a wide margin, and a new Economist/YouGov poll shows him strengthening his lead over Jeb Bush and Scott Walker.
Dennis Rodman endorses Trump for president http://t.co/aKOkf7Qdot
— Adam B. Lerner (@AdamBLerner) July 24, 2015
That doesn’t mean, however, that the billionaire is well liked by his fellow Republicans and that may be why Trump is considering leaving the Republican party to form his own independent third party.
A public argument with John McCain and a tongue lashing by the Republican National Committee has put The Donald’s back up against the wall.
Whatever happens, the remaining field of GOP candidates had better start taking Trump seriously.
Ralph Nader, a third party candidate himself, told CNN that a third-party Donald Trump race would be bad news for Republicans.
“A jilted Donald Trump as a third-party candidate can blow the presidential race wide open and turn it into a three way race.”
That would be good news for Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton, whose numbers only get better if a third party is introduced into the race.
One thing is certain, Trump’s personal brand as an anti-politician with enough of his own money to ignore the special interest groups is growing in popularity. That means the political commentators who predicted he would have dropped out by now are being forced to eat their words.
What do you think? Is Donald Trump a good fit for the Republican Party?
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