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Blue Collar Americans on both sides of the aisle are looking for a politician who isn’t afraid of speaking like them.  Anyone who has knocked on doors during an election cycle knows the type of red-blooded, no holds barred rhetoric you will encounter while in the field.  One thing can be said for certain, it isn’t Politically Correct.

A very large segment of the voting population is struggling and recognizes political correctness as representative of an inability or unwillingness to help them.  Hoping to capitalize on this void, Donald Trump throws his name into the hat.

The issue?  Trump’s rhetoric fails to match his own donations or statements as written in his book.  It would seem as though Trump represents a brand of politician Americans hate – Flip Floppers.   Here are some examples:

  1. Trump has donated $584,850 to Democratic Candidates. Committes, and PACs over the last two decades.  These Candidates/Committees include the Democratic Party of Delaware (2010), Democratic Committee of New York City (2010), Charles “Chuck” Schumer (2010), Anthony Weiner (2010), John Kerry, Harry Reid (2009), Joe Biden, Charles “Charlie” Rangel, Hilary Clinton, and $25,000 to Terry McAuliffe.  You can find a full list of his Democratic donations HERE and HERE.
  2. Trump has done an about-face on issues central to principals consistent with core elements of the Republican Party.  Lets use his words to paint a picture:
    1. Healthcare:  Does this mean he wouldn’t oppose Obamacare?  “I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on health… We must have universal healthcare.” Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.206-208 & 21
    2. Abortion: He is pro-choice, except for Partial Birth Abortion – not because of the Unborn Child – he isn’t comfortable with the procedure. “I support a woman’s right to choose, but I am uncomfortable with the procedures. When Tim Russert asked me on Meet the Press if I would ban partial-birth abortion, my pro-choice instincts led me to say no. After the show, I consulted two doctors I respect and, upon learning more about this procedure, I have concluded that I would support a ban.”  Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p. 31-32
    3. Gun Control: “I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.” Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.102
  3. His tax plan… Well lets just say it is varied.  First he supported taxing the rich, then he opposed it.  Trump’s latest plan isn’t even backed by math.
    1. In the 2000 Presidential race he proposed a one-time tax of 14.25% on the assets of anyone worth over $10 million.  Trump suggested the revenue could be used to pay off our National Debt within 10 years.  This tax plan is to the left of what Bernie Sanders has proposed.
    2. In regards to the Bush Tax Cuts, Trump opposed the expiration arguing they “[take] away a lot of incentives from a lot of people that produce a lot of taxes”
    3. In all fairness he did release a “Five Part Tax Plan” which can be read about in his book “Time to Get Tough”.  The plan details lowering income taxes but does not detail projected revenue or any of the mathematics.
  4. Trump is a protectionist, and a hypocrite.  Though he often speaks of placing extremely high tariffs (25%) on Mexican and Chinese goods – His own clothing line is being produced in Mexico.  Trump
  5. He can’t beat Hilary.  Seriously, after donating to Hilary we expect him to run against her?  According to the RCP Average, Trump is being beaten by 19% against Hilary.  When you compare that to the rest of the GOP field (Rubio-6.7%, Bush-5.4%, Paul-4.8%) you have to realize the guy simply is not liked by the people who would have to elect him.

The greatest indicator of an individuals intentions once in office is their record.  When an individual does not have a record, you turn to their words.  Unfortunately Trump has a history of supporting Democrats for office.  When the nomination was unattainable in 2000 he decided to leave the party; he said it was too “crazy”.

When asked by The Washington Post if he would support the eventual nominee Trump remarked, “So many people want me to run as an independent, so many people.. Everybody wants me to do it.” he then added that he is the “best chance of defeating the Democrats.”  This comes after he left the party in 2011 after not receiving the Republican Nomination.

Trump is back with an entirely new set of principles, and the same reality television attitude towards the world he has had all along.  I urge my fellow Conservatives to look beyond the rhetoric of a man who is among the top funders of the Democratic Party.

Donald Trump is the Wrong Choice for America.