February 4, 2016 by Chris Kite
The people that support Trump typically say they like him because he isn’t politically correct and because he isn’t a career politician.
It is true that he isn’t politically correct. If by not politically correct you mean he’s a narcissistic racist blowhard. He is hateful. He is sexist. He is racist. He is xenophobic. He is without class.
But let’s focus on the more humorous of the two reasons he gets support. He is not a career politician. If you mean to say he hasn’t spent his career in government, that is quite true. But to say he isn’t a politician is completely wrong.
In debates he doesn’t give policy specific answers, but rather, general-isms such as “under me America will be great again.” That is about political as someone can be. It is politics over substance.
More importantly, Trump has a big history of flip flops. This comedic clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is light in nature, but has a serious side in that it points out his willingness to say whatever gets the current audience fired up.
He liked Ted Cruz a lot before he talked about no one liking him.
He asked, “How stupid are the people of Iowa,” before saying he loved them.
Donald Trump had great praise for Hillary Clinton saying she worked hard and did a good job before saying she was the worst Secretary of State in the history of the country. This is as clear as anything he has done that he is simply trying to secure the anti-Clinton vote.
On more serious issues like immigration reform, Trump told Gabby Pacheco, a “Dreamer Activist,” that she had convinced him on immigration reform. In 2012, on Fox “News” Trump, talking about Romney, said, “For people that have been here for years that have been hard-workers – it’s very, very tough to say, by the way, 22 years, you have to leave, Get out. I’m one of the world’s very conservative people, but I have to tell you on a human basis, how do you throw somebody out that’s lived in this country for twenty years?” This certainly sounds like someone that backed the DREAM Act. But now he is most decidedly against it.
He once said Afghanistan was a terrible mistake before saying he never said that.
He once said we had to accept Syrian refugees before saying we should not and should focus on our own problems.
He was for de-funding Planned Parenthood before he was for funding it.
In 1999 Trump said he was very pro-choice. Now he is very anti-choice.
Those are major flip flops. Those are the mark of a true politician that says what is necessary to get elected. I think that more than “Making America Great Again,” Trump wants to feed his ego by becoming President.