By Gary P Jackson
Does anyone know what Donald Trump is really up to?
Donald Trump is making noise about running for President as a “Republican” and yet, he has a record of bashing Republicans and supporting democrats. Case in point, in 2008 while in Scotland trying to set up a mega-dollar golf resort, Trump trashed President George W Bush to the world’s media, and heaped a sickening amount of praise on Barack Obama.
ABERDEEN, Scotland – The Donald to W: “You stink.”
Donald Trump trashed President Bush Tuesday as a “terrible” president who has destroyed the world economy – but insisted the global crunch wouldn’t stall his planned $2 billion golf resort.
“We have a president in the United States who’s terrible. He stinks,” Trump said. “Now the world is in chaos.”
Trump said he can’t wait to see Bush head back to Texas after the November election is done.
“Hopefully we’ll have a good, new president, whoever he is,” Trump said.
He praised both major party candidates, but gushed over Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee.
“(Obama) has done an amazing job,” Trump said. “He came from nowhere.”
The tycoon was more measured about John McCain, saying the Republican is “a friend of mine.”
Read more here.
Trump has a lot of Republicans’ hearts palpitating, but do they really know where this guy is coming from, or is it just name recognition combined with his loud voice?
Trump has thrown some money at Republicans lately [mostly über liberal “Republicans“] but history shows he’s given more support to extreme left wing candidates.
From Open Secrets: [emphasis mine]
In all, Trump has contributed to 96 candidates running for federal political office since the 1990 election cycle, the Center finds. Only 48 of the recipients — exactly half — were Republicans at the time they received their contribution, including ex-Gov. Charlie Crist (I-Fla.) and ex-Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), who both of whom received their Trump contributions as Republicans.
Since the 1990 election cycle, the top 10 recipients of Trump’s political contributions number six Democrats and four Republicans. Embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), who was censured last year by his U.S. House colleagues, has received the most Trump money, totaling $24,750. The most recent contribution from Trump to Rangel was a $10,000 gift during the 2006 election cycle.
In the most recent election cycle, Trump doled out $22,500 to political candidates, of which $16,200 benefited Democrats.
The top Republican recipient of Trump’s money is Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who has collected $13,600 from the billionaire magnate, the second most of any politician. Trump did not contribute to McCain during the 2010 election cycle, during which the former presidential candidate was facing re-election.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) is the recipient of $12,000 in Trump contributions, including $10,000 for his 2006 re-election campaign.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has received the fourth-largest amount of Trump’s contributions, including $4,800 in the successful 2010 campaign against Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. In total Trump has contributed $10,400 to Reid.
In 2010, Trump also contributed $4,000 to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who easily won re-election. Schumer has received $8,900 from Trump since the 1996 election cycle. Trump has also been generous to New York’s other Democratic U.S. senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, who’s received $5,850 in Trump money.
After McCain, the Republican with the largest amount of Trump’s contributions is former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), who left office in disgrace in 2006 when his online solicitation of male House pages became known. Trump contributed $9,500 to Foley between the 1996 and 2006 election cycles.
Trump has also supported other notable politicians, including:
• $7,000 to former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), the “liberal lion of the Senate“
• $7,500 to former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R)
• $5,500 to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) including $2,000 during his 2004 presidential run
• $5,000 to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.)
• $4,000 to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.)
• $2,000 to former President George W. Bush (R)
• $1,000 to then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.)
Trump’s donations to various political action committees and 527 groups also demonstrate his bipartisan checkbook.
During the most recent election cycle, Trump contributed $170,000 to the Republican Governor’s Association, $50,000 to the ultra-conservative American Crossroads PAC, $30,400 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and $10,000 to the Democratic Party of New York.
However, of the nearly $420,000 Trump has donated to committees, the largest recipient has been the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee with $116,000 — or more than one fourth of his total contributions to all party and political action committees.
Read the details here.
Many of these donations are troubling. Trump donated $12,000 to radical leftist Farnk Lautenberg (D-N.J.) who just a few weeks ago said of Conservatives and Tea party members:
They don’t deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution! But we’ll give it to them anyway.
Never mind the fact God gives us our rights, and the Constitution is designed to protect us FROM the government, Lautenberg is a despicable little man, and not someone who any right minded human being would give money to.
Trump has given big money to Harry Reid, another sad excuse for a man. He’s given big money to Chuck Schumer as well. They don’t get more dishonest, more extreme, or more leftist than those two.
Now some could say Trump was just covering his bases since he has major casinos in Las Vegas and New Jersey, as well as hotels in New York, but that doesn’t explain his huge donations to the DSCC.
Of the Republicans Trump has donated to, there’s not a Conservative or a Tea Party type in the bunch. Other than George Bush, they are are left leaning RINOs. In fact, both Charlie Crist and Arlen Specter left the Republican party, placing personal ambition over principled leadership.
As for the American Crossroads PAC, which Open Secrets describes as ” ultra-conservative,” that’s Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie’s deal. Nothing Conservative about it. Just a couple of GOP establishment hacks trying to stay relevant.
In fact, Rove goes out of his way to trash Conservatives and the Tea Party, unless he can use them to his advantage. It was Rove’s divide and conquer, pander to every group with a different message strategery that lost Congress in 2006, and sunk Bush’s approval ratings. But that’s a different story for a different day.
Point is, what is Trump REALLY up to?
One thing Open Secrets doesn’t mention is the fact Trump gave $50,000 to Barack Obama’s former chief-of-staff, Rahm Emanuel for his successful bid to be Chicago’s Mayor. Nor does it mention that Rahm’s brother Ari Emanuel is Trump’s agent and a close friend. How can anyone tied up with these two ultra-leftists be considered as anything but the same himself?
Also, while it’s entertaining to watch, why is Trump spending so much time on Obama’s birth certificate? This helps Obama more than it hurts him, and at this point is an absurd waste of time.
Seriously, legitimate cases were submitted to the United States Supreme Court in December of 2008 and January of 2009 and all were rejected in conference. The Court refused to hear them.
In my opinion the Court did the people of the United States a grave disservice by not hearing these challenges, especially the ones surrounding Obama’s eligibility based on the fact his father was not a U.S. Citizen, and therefore he wasn’t “natural born” as constitutionally requires.
With that said, the time to have gotten behind all of this was 2008-2009. It’s too late now, and a major distraction from real issues that must be solved.
Other than grabbing huge headlines, Trump’s continued talk about the birth certificate accomplishes absolutely nothing. It benefits no one but Obama, because it fires his base up, and it takes away precious time that could be spent talking about serious issues.
The blood libel media is all too happy to spend ink and bandwidth talking about Trump and “birthers” rather than Obama’s pathetic performance as President.
Instead of Libya, $5 gasoline, the budget, the drug war on our southern border, and other serious issues, thanks to Trump and his circus act, the nation’s newsrooms are cranking out story after story about Trump’s nonsensical quest to find Obama’s birth certificate. This gives Obama a pass on every serious issue simply because no one in the media is taking time away from Trump to talk about it!
Oh, us political junkies are well informed, but the casual news observers sees Trump and nothing else. Somehow I imagine the White House is loving it all, despite half-hearted protests to the contrary!
Personally, I have serious questions about Obama’s eligibility based on his father’s British citizenship. [Kenya was under British rule when Barry was born] However, the Supreme Court has already proven it wants no part of any of this, and Congress isn’t about to waste time on impeachment proceedings.
The best way to get rid of Obama, which should be the nation’s goal, is to beat him on ideas. Then beat him at the ballot box in November of 2012.
So again, what is Trumps angle?
He’s now on record threatening to run as an independent if he doesn’t win the Republican nomination, so obviously this is all about him, and not the country.
This, of course, is in the fine tradition of the sore loser wing of the Republican Party that includes such upstanding members as De De Scozzafava, Charlie Crist, and of most notably, Lisa Murkowski. Left wingers all. All more interested in holding on to their power than listening to the will of the voters.
Trump flirted with a presidential run in 2000. The website On The Issues labeled him at the time as a “left leaning populist.” Not sure much, besides the rhetoric, has changed.
Again, one must ask, what is Trump really all about?
Is he just trying to gin up publicity to draw more viewers to his cheesy reality TV show?
Is he a left wing plant, trying to take the real issues out of the spotlight with the birth certificate nonsense?
I’ve heard talk this is a plot cooked up by the Clintons to get back at Obama. After all, Rahm Emanuel was a Clinton stooge long before he worked for Obama.
Maybe Trump’s over-sized ego and incredible narcissism has finally taken over? Seriously, as big of a narcissist as Obama is, he doesn’t hold a candle to the grandiosity that comes out of Trump’s mouth on a daily basis. Everything he does is “the biggest,” “the best,” and so on. The guy is a self parody.
It’s bad enough with Obama. Can the nation really put up with four years of Trump and his ego in the White House?
All I know for sure is America has real issues. Serious issues. We need serious people, not rodeo clowns and circus side shows.
For me, Trump doesn’t pass the smell test. I honestly do not know what his end game is, but I seriously doubt it has anything to do with the goal Conservatives have of limited, principled government, and the advancement of personal Liberty and Freedom.
Conservatives need to think long and had before they fall for Trump’s shuck and jive. Something tells me he ain’t for real.
You should also check out Jonathan Hoenig: Donald Trump is No Capitalist for more on “The Donald’s” so-called “business expertise” and what his philosophy of government’s role in business really means for the nation, and the world.