Donald Trump’s unofficial campaign for President has gone to warp speed. He is now the top candidate in many of the polls. In the blink of an eye, he has passed Romney, Gingrich, Bachmann and even Palin.
The eyes of the country and the media are upon the Donald. He is certainly saying a lot of things people want to hear. He has been absolutely relentless on the birth certificate issue. He has said political correctness is killing the country. He has not been shy about going after Muslims or the Chinese. He wants to repeal Obama care, does not approve of gay marriage and is pro-life. He says he is blunt and he is right about that. He is blunt. But is he right?
Donald Trump is an American icon, bigger than life. Trump can sell ice to Eskimos. The question a lot of us need to start asking is, what is he selling America?
If Donald Trump really believes what he is saying and would really govern that way, he could go down as a great President. But there are some disturbing questions about Trump.
Trump’s right hand man and political director is a guy named Michael Cohen. Cohen is a former trial lawyer who has an impressive political background. An impressive political background in Democratic politics.
Cohen has been involved in a number of political campaigns and worked for some other politicians. All liberal Democrats. Cohen voted for Obama in 2008 and enthusiastically supported him in the first few months of his administration. Those were the same few months that the Tea Party sprang to life.
Cohen and Trump have a mutual passion. Making money. This is something they have both talked about and Cohen has invested in a number of Trump projects. There is nothing wrong with making money; in fact, making money from the free market is one of the greatest things about America.
Cohen once worked for Joe Moakley, a liberal Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts. He also volunteered for the campaign of Michael Dukakis in 1988.
Cohen in interviews acknowledges his past support of Obama but now says his big concerns are the unsustainable debt, the economic down turn that has cost jobs and America not being respected in the world.
Those all sound like Tea Party positions.
Twelve years ago, Donald Trump, as we pointed out in an earlier blog, was almost 180 degrees opposite of where he sits today. In 1999, while thinking about running for the Reform Party nomination, he said he was pro-abortion and favored a single payer health system. He used the words, “I am very liberal” when talking about health care.
Do people change their beliefs over time? Sure they do.
Do people who want to be elected to high office tell us what they think we want to hear? Absolutely.
What about Donald Trump? In 2007, when congratulating Nancy Pelosi on her election to the Speaker’s chair penned, “you’re the best.” Trump contributed $50,000 to Rahm Emanuel’s campaign for Mayor.
Given Trump’s previous liberal beliefs and given that one of his top operatives helping him has a history of supporting nothing but liberals and absent a “Damascus Road conversion,” we have to wonder if Trump is only telling us what we want to hear.
The 2012 election for president is too important for us to take a chance on just what we want to hear.
Wow! Is this a stunned silence?
Bachmann is still my first choice, and there are a few interesting possible candidates.
I love what Trump is doing for the conversation in the US; and I won't rule out voting for him. But this information is something to watch and consider deeply if he actually is a contender.