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.
People, the two party system is on the way out. It will gradually take time, but it will happen. Why do you have to label yourself as a Republican or a Democrat? That is closed minded to me. Open your minds and explore the possibilities. Is not our public school system socialistic? We need to educate our kids, but not every family can afford private schools. The same applies to health care. Trump has friends on both sides of the aisle and has a lot of influence. I think most of you are just jealous of his success and ability to multi task. So what if he's been a host of a television show. Ronald Reagan was a movie star and hosted "Death Valley Days" and was sponsored by Twenty Team Mule Borax. Charlton Heston was a movie star and headed up the NRA. Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Austria (the same as Hitler), came to the Us and couldn't speak a word of English, became a movie star, married into an affluent Democratic family, and ran as a Republican candidate for Governor of California and won. Point is, don't be closed minded. We can learn a lot from all points of view. After all, America is the melting pot of the world.
He just wants to be elected so he can mold laws to benefit his real estate holdings. There's no other reason he's running.
"Donald Trump has advocated for massive tax increases that display a stunning lack of knowledge of how to create jobs."
I wonder who has created more jobs, Trump or this clown. Look at Tax cuts over the last 30 years vs jobs created, during the first year of a tax cut there is an increase but it levels off and often goes lower in preceding years. Conversly tax hike seem to have little difference either way.
Trump is a joke. Thanks for the info on his past endorsements and positions.
I would take Trump over the loser we have in office now. The only thing we really know if Obama cannot and does not have the skills to lead our country and we need someone who does.