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.
It seems reasonable that cutting taxes will create jobs in the U.S. provided the tax cuts are for spending money on hiring more people in the U.S. and not China or India or Mexico. We need to stop rewarding companies that outsource U.S. jobs.
While I agree he is playing a Palin-style say-what-a-certain-group-wants-to-hear, this is all worth it as he is the only person calling out China for what they are. We have enough cases of intellectual property thefts and e-espionage from China to view their actions as acts of war, and they should have been treated as such for going on 3 decades now. But what Trump hasn't done is railed against the treasonous acts from both parties that have allowed China to get away with it, or allowed businesses like Walmart to violate a variety of trade laws so that they can serve as an allie to China in this systematic destruction of this country's economy and undermining of the labor achievements and rights. A handful of rich Americans fatten themselves even more, the marginally educated flock for the low, low prices not realizing or even caring they are participating in the destruction of America, so I would love to see someone like Trump call these folks out as well. Just as long as it enters the American dialog, could care less who, just as long as it is forced into the light.
Trump is a clown and the ultimate opportunist and bad for America. He's made a career taking advantage of people in a bad financial situation. He represents only 5% of Americans at best, and the fact is, if our counrty was made of 100% "Donald Trumps", we would be essentially a third world nation that does nothing but try to make money instead of trying to make "things".
Just a reminder to anybody considering voting for the donald: He has declared bankruptcy twice. Walked away from his obligations, and started over, stiffing anybody who he owed money to.
First, why anyone vote for a person who so screwed up their finances that they sought government bankruptcy protection to walk away and start over? These weren't bankruptcies brought on by unfortunate medical conditions, they were brought on by incompetent deals.
Second, do you really think that the USA could survive a bankruptcy when the donald runs it into the ground? We barely escaped bush's disaster. Do you really want more?
When the republicans abandoned President Bush to be torn apart by the angry mob for the party’s sins, everybody with any brains or ability fled the party to avoid being the next media sacrifice. What’s left of the Republican Party is all those who had no place to go and that’s why they had to embrace the tea party and Trump. NOBODY ELSE WANTS THEM!
Like someone said. "How could anyone support this clown that wears a dead cat on his head"....
He is a bad joke.
Donald Trump changes political parties as often as he files BK or remarries. Either, he's delusional or a secretive operative for the Dems.
Its amazing that anyone that leans to the left is a liberal. Reagan was left of Dubya, was Reagan a liberal? There is very little black & white in the world, it is mostly grey. The GOP refuses to get on board with the Theads on the whole Obama-is not a citizen thing, are the GOP liberals? Anything extremely left or right is a disaster, the truth always lies somewhere in the middle
"Socialist style healthcare" Boo!!!! Yikes!!!!!! I'm so scared of that title I better keep voting republican.
Trying to label him as a Liberal Democrat after all the stuff he has been saying lately? That's a stretch. Is it possible someone can go SO FAR to the right, that they pop up on the left?
Certain "family values" group automatically labels anybody who isn't a protestant extremist, or comes from north of the Mason/Dixon Line, a "liberal". Nothing new here.
Trump is all about Trump and thats all. Not Liberal unless the political winds demand it, not a conservative unless the political winds demand it. And who are these idiots trying to define what being a conservative is? All these groups are funded by the wealthy trying to get richer by deciet. America for Growth, America Cross Roads and all the other groups that pretend to be for "free market" are full of it. All these groups do is their master will, they are puppets and no more. They are not interested in America, they are interested in their bottom line and they will demolish anyone or anything that gets in their way but the scheme is over. Now we are united against the tyrants of the propaganda machine, Fox...
No the Right is Wrong ! Liberals don't wear there hair like that , and never in the Boca wind !
If Trump is a secret liberal, the secret is well kept.
He is going to split the vote among conservates and Oblahblahma will be back in. I wish he'd just shut up and go away.
Well of course he's a Liberal....don't forget, the "Birther" nonsense started with Hillary's camp during the primaries in early 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. "
Yes, because the massive trade imbalance with China is what will save our country.
1991 the Trump owned and operated Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City had to file for bankruptcy... He ran a CASINO bankrupt, you know, a place where people pay you to take their money... and he (and apparently other people) think he's qualified to run a country?
Conservatives are stunningly quick to throw someone under the bus when he or she does something they're uncomfortable with and claiming said individual is suddenly "a liberal". Recall how conservatives were so anxious to declare that George W. Bush was NOT a conservative?
Trump has a lot in common with George W Bush. Both are only successes because they came from rich families where failure isn't possible.
Neither has actually had a job, so neither one understands exactly what it means to have one, and neither one ever had to live within a budget.
Trump is just a no-so-secret-idiot. His lack of knowlege about how real economy (not just his) is astounding. How starting over with econ. 101?
Remember, Meg Whiteman tried to buy the CA governorship for $140 million and didn't win. We'll see if DT puts his money where his mouth is, then loose it all.
"the conservative anti-tax group Club for Growth" – this is NOT a "conservative" group, it's an extremist group. If the Dick Cheney-funded Club for Growth existed in almost any other democratic nation it would be under government surveillance as a threat to liberty like the American Nazi Party of the Skinheads. This despicable complicity with reporters like Alexander Mooney is how the extreme-right makes itself look mainstream: they paint real conservatives or centrists as liberals or leftists, which makes the extreme right seem less extreme.
The guy doesn't know how to create anything like jobs or a sustainable health care plan. He know how to make money for himself! Just because he's wealthy doesn't mean that he know how to run the country financially. Thank you, Chocola, for exposing him.
Now the IN-fighting begins...because eventually the GOP hopefuls will have to stop attacking Obama and start attacking each other