Donald Trump may spend most of his time complaining that Democrats — especially that dark-skinned Kenyan feller in the White House — are the spawn of Satan, but there was a time he had a much softer view of Democrats — so much so that Democratic candidates received the greater portion of Hair Force One’s political donations.
Over his joke of a political career, Trump has certainly experienced some identity issues, switching from Republican to Independent to Democrat and back to Republican — and while he claims to be the most conservative conservative in Conservativeville, The Donald has also, in the past, said in interviews with CNN that he identifies more with Democrats than with Republicans, that George W. Bush was “probably the worst president in the history of the United States,” and that Democrats handle the economy better than do Republicans.
In a 2004 interview with Wolf Blitzer, Trump was a little more honest with his viewpoints than when he began pandering to conservatives in hopes that the Stupid Part of America would get him elected into higher office:
BLITZER: Do you identify more as a Democrat or Republican?
TRUMP: Well, you’d be shocked if I said that in many cases I probably identify more as Democrat. And I think you’d probably be shocked…
BLITZER: On social issues?
TRUMP: You know, it’s interesting, I’ve been now around long — you know, I think of myself as a young guy, but I’m not so young anymore. And I’ve been around for a long time. And it just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans.
Now, it shouldn’t be that way. But if you go back, I mean it just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats…
BLITZER: Well, it certainly did well under Clinton. But I wouldn’t suggest it was so great under Jimmy Carter.
TRUMP: That’s true. That’s true.
BLITZER: If you remember, the interest rates…
TRUMP: No, I know. I know. Jimmy Carter was not in the same thing.
But certainly we had some very good economies under Democrats, as well as Republicans. But we’ve had some pretty bad disaster under the Republicans.
BLITZER: You want…
TRUMP: Including a thing called the Depression.
BLITZER: The Depression was bad, as we all remember.
In a 1999 interview with New York Daily News, Trump said he supports abortion rights and universal health care.
What a difference a decade makes, huh? In 2013, Trump told Fox’s Greta Van Susteren that “ObamaCare is a disaster. It’s going to have to be scrapped.”
Earlier this year, Trump proudly announced that his belief in women’s rights had also been sacrificed in the name of the Right. “I’m pro-life and I have been pro-life,” he said. “It’s an issue and a strong issue.”
Conservatives will conveniently forget that Trump has a history of attempting to pander to the group he finds most convenient — but we won’t.
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