I respect Donald Trump’s tenacity as a deal maker. Real estate development is a tricky business. All sorts of local regulatory processes pertaining to permits, zoning, etc. Real estate development is one of the most inherently crony capitalist businesses because local government isn’t terribly consistent in how they deal with developers, and making a constitutional case out of it is unlikely to help much.
Donald Trump is successful in that business because he talks a great game, and if he decides to proceed, it is 100% full steam ahead. He tells the relevant players what they want to hear, and he does so without equivocation.
Of course, in doing so, Trump has revealed that he has very little in terms of core convictions. Conservatives embracing Trump are understandably frustrated with DC politicians, and many Republican governors. However, they are also blinding themselves to even greater failings in Trump himself. 2012 Trump would have nothing good to say about 2016 Trump.
From ABC News on November 27, 2012:
Billionaire Donald Trump is the latest in a string of Republicans to criticize the party for failing to recognize the increasing diversity of the country.
How is Trump different from Rove or any other RINO on this?
“Republicans didn’t have anything going for them with respect to Latinos and with respect to Asians,” Trump told Newsmax.
He told the site that Republicans appeared hostile toward minorities this election cycle.
If anyone other politician said this, we would say that the politician was purposely spitting in the face of conservatives. But because it is Trump, and he said these things a couple of years ago, he gets a pass? As I see it, even Jeb has not gone this far.
“The Democrats didn’t have a policy for dealing with illegal immigrants, but what they did have going for them is they weren’t mean-spirited about it,” he said. “They didn’t know what the policy was, but what they were is they were kind.”
Again, even Jeb and Rove haven’t gone that far, and most Trump supporters HATE those guys.
Trump also told the site that Romney’s suggestion that people “self-deport” gave Hispanics the impression that Republicans do not care about them.
“He had a crazy policy of self-deportation, which was maniacal,” Trump said. “It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote. He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country.”
How is this different from a Democrat?
A record number of Latinos voted in this election, making up 10 percent of the electorate, and they voted overwhelmingly for Obama. The president received about 71 percent of the Hispanic vote, while Romney garnered only about 27 percent.
Trump called on the Republican Party to “take care of this incredible [immigration] problem.”
So Trump supported comprehensive immigration reform at least as recently as November 2012.
He added that there are people “wanting to be wonderful productive citizens of this country.”
Quite different from his recent statements. Of course, this is Trump, so he deserves every presumption of being a telling it like it is, no nonsense guy!
Why are conservative so eager to flock to Trump? A man who makes dramatic changes in positions in a short period of time and has a clear record of saying whatever benefits him at the moment?
In a Sanders v. Trump race, Obamacare would me the most right-wing health care policy in the debate. Do conservatives need an intervention?
UPDATE: Trump in June 2012 v. Trump in November 2012
Apparently, in June 2012 Trump thought Romney’s “self-deportation” position (a position Romney articulated early in the primaries and stuck with) was evidence of “compassion”. 5 months later in November 2012, that same position was “maniacal”.
UPDATE #2: Apparently some people aren’t capable of reading the NewsMax article, so I am copying the important quotes below.
Romney’s solution of “self deportation” for illegal aliens made no sense and suggested that Republicans do not care about Hispanics in general, Trump says.
“He had a crazy policy of self deportation which was maniacal,” Trump says. “It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote,” Trump notes. “He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country.”
Let me break down the various elements and assertions of the quotes above:
(1) Trump is talking about Romney’s immigration policies. The word “he” in the second sentence refers to Romney, not Trump.
(2) Trump is characterizing those policies as “crazy”, “maniacal”, and “suggested that Republicans do not care about Hispanics”. An earlier sentence in the interview characterizes the democrat approach as “kind”, which is the opposite of “maniacal”. There is no evidence to suggest that Trump things the words “crazy” and “maniacal” are positive words. Most people would interpret these words as negative.
(3) Trump ties (1) and (2) to the fact that Romney “lost all of the Latino vote”.
I suggest that any supporter of Trump read the NewsMax article utilizing a reasonable construction of the English language and a relatively open mind.