Trump 'just another liberal'?
April 18th, 2011
10:54 AM ET
3 years ago

Trump 'just another liberal'?

Washington (CNN) - As he claims to get more serious about mounting a presidential bid, Donald Trump is taking fire from an influential conservative group that claims the business mogul is "just another liberal."

"Donald Trump for President? You've got to be joking," said Chris Chocola, the president of the conservative anti-tax group Club for Growth. "Donald Trump has advocated for massive tax increases that display a stunning lack of knowledge of how to create jobs."

Trump has, in the past, expressed support for positions that are embraced by liberal voters, including abortion rights (though he has since said he is pro-life). The "Celebrity Apprentice" host also supported then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2008.

But the Club for Growth is most concerned with Trump's previous endorsements of a universal healthcare plan and hiking taxes on Chinese imports.

"His love for a socialist-style universal health care system and his alarming obsession with protectionist policies are automatic disqualifiers among free-market conservatives," Chocola said.

Trump advocated for universal healthcare in his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, writing that the goal should be to "make reforms for the moment and, longer term, to find an equivalent of the single-payer plan that is affordable, well-administered, and provides freedom of choice."

But earlier this year, Trump expressed disapproval with the plan passed under President Obama, saying it is "destroying many, many companies."

Meanwhile, Trump's proposal for a tax hike on Chinese imports came during a recent interview with Fox's Bill O'Reilly, during which he argued that merely suggesting such a tariff would bring China to the negotiating table.

"You're never going to have to do it because they are going to come to you. They're going to call you and say, 'What do we have to do?'" Trump told O'Reilly earlier this month.

Trump has said he will decide on a presidential run before June.


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  1. Pollwatcher

    He's just another attentionwhore, like Sarah Palin. Luckily, both have zero chance of getting into the White House, and their foolishness is actually helping Obama much more than hurting.

    April 18, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Andrew

    And now that he has openly told the Chinese he is bluffing, what is the point exactly?

    April 18, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Indy

    The only thing Trump can run is his mouth. Asking for a 25% imort tax from China is th same as saying to every American that their household goods are going up 25%. Trump is a lightweight on everday business done in a global economy and has no clue how China has become a major player in the global market. Trump is too stupid to understand his reality TV speeches about China would bacfkire in the REAL world.

    April 18, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Seth in Jacksonville

    Tax cuts do not create jobs. Please stop beating a dead horse – supply side/trickle down economics has been soundly debunked.

    April 18, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. tony

    "a stunning lack of knowledge of how to create jobs". After 8 years of the fiscal mismanagement catastrophe, these repubs should be forced to re-take kindergarten through 12 th grade before opening their mouths to criticize others.

    April 18, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. rusty155

    Donald Trump you are not going to win so don't blow you money. Everything time you talk you either change your mind about something, or you just trying to get people to believe your lie. I don't even know If you are a Democrats or a Republican. In 2008 you back Hillary Clinton and she was a Democrats and now you are running under the Republican and the TEA PARTY. Well American People are starting to understand about the TEA PARTY , and most American people don't like what we found. The TEA PARTY Is full of crap.

    April 18, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Ender

    "Donald Trump for President? You've got to be joking," said Chris Chocola, the president of the conservative anti-tax group Club for Growth. "Donald Trump has advocated for massive tax increases that display a stunning lack of knowledge of how to create jobs."
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    I love how Republicans keep beating that dead horse.

    Cutting taxes for the wealthy do NOT "create jobs". It never has and never will. It may help to spur on a good economy but in a bad economy tax cuts for the wealthy end up in off shore accounts or invested in off shore business.

    As for Trump?

    Bahhhh, the man is obviously in it for free publicity and nothing more.

    April 18, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. blake

    More likely a moderate, but certainly not a conservative. I do not understand the interest some Republicans are showing in this man.

    April 18, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. JOhn

    He is not a believer in the WTO,NAFTA , OPEC or IMF. His trade policies sound like that of Ralph Nader's!!!

    April 18, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Barry2952

    Why does anyone think he's be a good president? Bankrupt both morally and financially. How much pain has he left in his wake?

    April 18, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Zak

    Forget Romney. This guy is the real flip flopper.

    April 18, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. solomon

    trump is good for one thing....making me laugh! This IDIOT spews the most asinine nonsense in an effort to get attention. I would rather vote for a circus clown than this carnival huckster.

    April 18, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. The Situation

    This clown is a joke and trying to boost his ratings. The more he is in the news, the more everyone love him or hate him will watch him. By the way Trump, one poll have you getting smoked by Obama in the general elections by 15pts!

    April 18, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. TEE

    Chocola has no more credibilty than Trump....we already know that trickledown reaganomics was a complete failure....Only the rich got richer..playing the same old song....

    April 18, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Betty

    Anyone who argues on national television (i.e. CNN's State of the Union) that he would invade a foreign country just to take their oil (oh, and let that country keep a little of it just to keep them happy) is not a liberal! Well, I guess he's at least transparent about his motivation in this case.

    April 18, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Ambi Valent

    I agree with Seth.

    Trump is a doofus who talks about stuff he has no clue on often, but the Club For Growth is a single-minded, dinosauric lobbying group that has about as much credibility as Trump.

    They're smart enough to avoid the term 'trickle down' after Reaganomics, but their ideas are still exactly that.

    April 18, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Daniel

    So glad that Trump is an actual Democrat mole infiltrating the Republican party to secure the winning of Obama for 2012....keep doing what you are doing Trump...we will remember you as the wealthy sacrificial idiot

    April 18, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. ErstO

    I agree with Seth in Jacksonville, I have run my own company for fifteen years, I hire more people when there are orders for the service we provide, I have never hired because payroll taxes or personal tax's were low, that's a ridiculous argument.

    April 18, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Amavet2

    I am and have been a registered Conservative in NYS for years. I've never heard of this anti-tax group Club for Growth. So I need to wonder just how influential this group actually is!! After visiting their website, I'm still not convinced of their influence on anyone but themselves!! I would not take any of their opinions to any "Bank". I am very weary of any group that drifts too far to the right fringes. Trump is safe here!

    April 18, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Osti

    Looks like everyone is about to fall for the ol' 'There are only 2 parties and one HAS to be right' gag. Ron Paul/ Ralph Nader 2012

    April 18, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    How can anyone actually believe anything "The Donald" says, yesterday he bragged he was "much bigger" than Romney.

    It would appear that more is "raised" at these high roller GOP fund raisers than just money!

    But wait, GOP men in a public men's room, oh never mind!

    April 18, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    Whatever he is, he's not going to win anything. It would be funny to see him run as an independent and REALLY get on the GOP's nerve as he siphons votes from whatever sacrificial candidate they put up

    April 18, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. ateam78

    His ideas are a thousand times better than whats in office now.

    April 18, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. maine liberal

    Trump advocated for universal healthcare in his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, writing that the goal should be to "make reforms for the moment and, longer term, to find an equivalent of the single-payer plan that is affordable, well-administered, and provides freedom of choice."

    But earlier this year, Trump expressed disapproval with the plan passed under President Obama, saying it is "destroying many, many companies."

    This is not inconsistant many progressive wanted a single payer type program. the Obama program that was passed is a bailout to Big Insurance that has done nothing to lower costs, but to increase premiums, lower coverages, raise co-pays and no-pays

    April 18, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. njinpa

    Imagine a Palin/Trump ticket. *headdesk*

    April 18, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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