If anyone checks my posting history, I'm quite opinionated and don't mince words. My record here on this forum shows unwavering support for Governor Sarah Palin, Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Louis Gohmert -- all unabashed pro-God, pro-life and pro-gun Conservatives.
Until this post, I haven't commented one way or another about Donald Trump and am still withholding my judgment on the man. For me, there's not a sufficient body of evidence to draw an airtight, truly informed conclusion about Trump. Sure, I really like what's he's saying and his brashness certainly does have an appeal. But like Michael Alan Weiner (Savage), there's a part of me that wonders about his true convictions. For those older members of Free Republic, I wonder if there's an "Uncle Don" moment ahead. For those of middle-age, might we see a Lonesome Rhodes "man behind the mask" from Trump? And for the young set, is there a "Baba Booey!" exclamation upcoming from the man?
Just how genuine is both his faith in God (a very important, actually the utmost, metric by which I measure a candidate) and his Conservatism? I honestly don't know and I hope to be enlightened by the cognoscenti (a polysyllabic synonym for FReepers) here.
Donald Trump is no conservative. He is a lifelong liberal who is saying what conservatives want to hear.
10 things you might not know about Donald Trump.
1. He has been a liberal Democrat most of his adult life, registering as a Republican as recently as 2009.
2. He has contributed generously to some of the most far left democrats in politics including Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Harry Reid (D-NV), Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA), California state attorney general Kamala Harris (D-CA), Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
3. Trump is a crony capitalist, explaining his large contributions to democrats as a necessary tool to conducting business. He apparently believes buying the votes of politicians is an acceptable way of doing business. I call it corruption.
4. Trump supported the ban on "assault weapons", even though there is no such thing. Far left anti-gun democrats wanted to ban gun ownership completely. Unable to accomplish that goal they created the term "assault weapon" and applied their"Putting his money where his mouth is" in trying to take guns from law-abiding citizens. Michael Bloomberg has spent tens of millions in his quest to disarm America. And Donald Trump has praised him for it.
6. Trump has been pro-abortion until which time he flirted with running for president. He now claims he no longer is. Many can and do believe his campaign rhetoric, but his history says otherwise.
7. While he may claim to be an opponent of Obamacare, Trump is an advocate of single-payer socialized healthcare similar to what is in place in Canada. Yes, Trump supports the worst version of socialized healthcare. He has said, "The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than America. We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing. While we work out details of a new single-payer plan, there are a number of ways to make the health care system now in place work more efficiently,"
8. Trump believes in exploiting eminent domain laws for the taking of private property from US citizens for his personal gain. He proved this when he tried exploiting such laws to take elderly widow Vera Coking's property so he could build a parking lot for limousines. Fortunately, the widow prevailed. He also said he supported the United States Supreme Court's Kelo decision which resulted in the taking of private land from a private party so Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. That family lost their land and to date nothing has been built on it. At the time, Trump said he was "100% for it.
9. Trump has said the economy does better under democrat control (we're $18 trillion in debt and climbing thanks to the dems). He also said George W. Bush "is probably the worst president in the history of the United States". Worse than the lying rapist Bill Clinton? In the mind of Donald Trump, that answer is apparently YES.
10. Donald Trump is now a registered Republican, he registered in 2009. But in an interview with CNN's Wolfe Blitzer, Trump said, "I probably identify more as a democrat." His record above lends credence to that comment.
Summed up, while Donald Trump may be saying and doing things he believes will appeal to conservatives, he is a lifelong liberal who only now claims to be conservative. That considered, he is just like any other liberal in that he cannot be trusted.
Kelly file is the best show on FNC. She has talent.
Trump gets some questions that he didn't want to be asked and goes into a hissy fit.
Jeeze, he's the front-runner.
FNC is bragging that they made history with the # of viewers watching the debate,
Trump will no doubt show up in the next debate that is on FNC, in spite of his whining about this.
I have no taste for un-needed drama.