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Donald Trump endorses tax hikes, unlimited federal government a week before Wisconsin primary

If you thought Donald Trump had stopped being a liberal Democrat, you can no longer objectively hold that view.

On Tuesday morning, Trump slammed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s response to the state budget crisis he inherited. According to Trump, Walker was wrong to cut spending and should have raised taxes instead. Seriously:

Donald Trump attacked Wisconsin governor Scott Walker for failing to raise taxes in order to properly fund schools and roads on Tuesday, in a startling new break from rightwing orthodoxy from the Republican frontrunner.

The comments came after Walker endorsed Trump’s rival, Texas senator, Ted Cruz, in the GOP race.

Walker became a conservative hero for his efforts to crush public sector unions and cut government spending in the Democratic-leaning state in Wisconsin, something that led to an attempted recall of the Wisconsin governor in 2012 and became a national cause célèbre. But, in a radio interview with talkshow host Michael Koolidge on Tuesday, Trump bashed Walker’s administration.

“There’s a $2.2bn deficit and the schools were going begging and everything was going begging because he didn’t want to raise taxes ’cause he was going to run for president,” said Trump. “So instead of raising taxes, he cut back on schools, he cut back on highways, he cut back on a lot of things.”

Trump also added of the Badger State in general: “Wisconsin has a lot of problems, plus there is tremendous hatred … I wouldn’t exactly say that things are running smoothly.”

Then on Tuesday evening, during a CNN townhall with Anderson Cooper, Trump gave a rambling answer on what the top functions of the federal government are. Trump named security, healthcare, and education, and then supplemented that with housing and “providing great neighborhoods.” After being pushed by Cooper, Trump indicated that education should be at the state level, but also federal. He also said that healthcare should be private, but at the same time led by the federal government.

Despite the incoherency and contradictions, it clear that Trump doesn’t believe in a limited government as established by the Constitution.

Watch the clip below:

If you believe that spending cuts, not tax increases, are the solution to the federal budget crisis, Donald Trump probably isn’t your guy.

If you believe that the federal government has overstretched it’s legitimate authority needs to be scaled back,  Donald Trump still probably isn’t you guy.

If the GOP is to stand for any principles at all, Donald Trump must not become the nominee and standard-bearer of the party.