Trump 'just another liberal'?
April 18th, 2011
10:54 AM ET
4 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. ddt

    I believe Candy Crowley has a cross on Don Trump. She had him on her show for two weeks consectively. What that means is that she enjoyes what he says about our president. The first Teapart member we now know of on CNN: Candy Crowley

    April 18, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Anyone who questions Free Trade is persona non grata in the GOP. It would contradict over 30 years of trade agreements that have been primarily supported by Wall Street. Also, with regards to the jobs the Donald claims to have created, service jobs at his resorts are not capable of supporting the average family unless everyone is working 60-80 hours a week: is that the kind of America you want? Regardless of what you think of Obama, do you want someone who is only capable of creating McDonald's level jobs replacing him, and who has a penchant for erratic behavior? He has all the bad traits of Newt Gingrich, Bill Clinton and George W Bush all rolled into one arrogant lump, and with none of the intellect of Clinton.

    April 18, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. supply side

    tax cuts DO create jobs. to a certain extent.

    April 18, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Michael

    The feeding frenzy is on and the hyenas have begun to tear each other apart.
    There is little else for them to do as they have already reduced the rest of the nation to a cadaver and picked the bones clean.
    Corporate USA = predators
    GOP = scavengers
    TPers = parasites

    April 18, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. CutTax

    Just vote for Donald!

    April 18, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. dave

    "Donald Trump has advocated for massive tax increases that display a stunning lack of knowledge of how to create jobs."

    Sorry, but George Bush has completely refuted the misbelief that tax cuts = job creation.

    April 18, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. uncertain

    im not for trump but raising taxes on china import is a good idea. knowing you have to pay more for the chinese products push you to buy american made products which supply and demand shows how that would help our businesses here. besides chinese made products are cheap garbage

    April 18, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Greger

    I take Donald Duck before this clown.

    April 18, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Gerge M. Marshall

    I could care less whether Trump is a liberal or a conservative. These terms have become meaningless pejoratives to hurl back and forth. But make no mistake about one thing, the "Club for Growth" cares nothing for the environment, the flora and fauna of the planet, they and their adherents will devastate everything in the name of the great god money and call it progress!

    April 18, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Thankfully Independent

    Yeah, this is the standard process of how conservatives do each other in.

    First they call whoever they don't like a liberal (even if they aren't); second, everyone gasps and goes "yuck;" and then third, the rest believe that charge like a bunch of sheep.

    Same ole, same ole.

    April 18, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Greg in Arkansas

    Trump sounds more and more like a dictator every day.....Gadhafi has the same attitude
    Can anyone really imagine him being president after watching his show.......

    April 18, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Angus001

    Are the libs so afraid of Trump that they try to make the repubs think he is a lib? Wow!

    April 18, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. He's An Obama plant . . .

    Watch out, Da Donald, Count Chocola is on to you.

    April 18, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. GSMITH

    Sarah Palin and Donald Trump has more chance of getting in the white house then Barrack Obama has being re-elected. There is 100% chance he will be out of the White House in January 2013 and back in Chicago where he belongs.

    April 18, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Anonymous

    My opinion on our President in 2012 would be is that we need someone that knows what their doing. We need a Believer in Christ to be our President, if we want anything to happen we need GOD back in America. I also feel that we need someone that will try to Promote Gun-Safety Classes in each County in every State. I feel as Americans we need to teach our Children and Teenagers the importance of Guns. It's a shame what our Country is comming down to. We use Technology WAY

    April 18, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Dan

    Aside from the fact that Trump's supposed candidacy is almost surely a publicity stunt, I have no idea why anyone would be interested in this guy as a serious candidate. I'm sorry but politics is most assuredly not like business, where power and good fortune, whether handed to you by your father as in Trump's case, or whether earned it through your own wits, dictates who gets what. For one thing, Congress is full of rich businessmen, and they still have to strike deals and compromises. Trump couldn't take the job seriously. I just think he's pretty unremarkable, and would get demolished in a debate. Shows how utterly bankrupt the Republican Party is.

    April 18, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Dog E Dog

    Gee, just figuring that out? And what's with the hair? Really. So, anyone thinks we're going to make a President out of someone who has accrued his billions through countless bankruptcies of unprofitable companies?

    April 18, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Tax cuts never create jobs, they end up in bank accounts

    April 18, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Bubba

    Trump doesn't have a coherent philosophy about anything but making money AND he can't show a 'real' birth certificate.

    April 18, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Dan

    I bet one of Trump's kids would have a better chance than dear old Dad. On their absurd show, they articulate themselves better than the Big Guy. I'd like to suggest Ivanka run.

    April 18, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Steve in Denver

    @Seth:

    " supply side/trickle down economics has been soundly debunked"

    AMEN!

    April 18, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Mikey

    @ErstO – Exactly – that is why ventures are analyzed based on EBITDA, or "earnings BEFORE interest, taxes, depreciatoin, and amortization". Apparently, these trickle downers didn't take business finance 101... or they think their audience didn't.

    April 18, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. notfooledbydistractions

    Calling trump "a liberal" is an insult to all liberals.

    Just call him what he is. An irritating silver-spoon fraud with an over-inflated ego.

    April 18, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Joshua Ludd

    "Donald Trump has advocated for massive tax increases that display a stunning lack of knowledge of how to create jobs."
    You don't create jobs by giving tax breaks to the wealthy. You create jobs by creating market demand... you know.. that thing that Conservatives claim fuels the market economy in the first place?... and you do that by getting money into the hands of those who will spend it buying goods and services... and the fastest way to do that on the broadest scale is to cut taxes on the non-wealthy. They will not save much of that money or invest it for the long term in ways that just shift money around rather than produce it. They will spend it... and that will stimulate the economy and create jobs. No business is going to create new jobs just because they got a tax break... they will create jobs when there is demand for their goods and services that will pay for those jobs.

    April 18, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. hjs3

    Oh is the circus still in town?

    April 18, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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