Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, left, and Donald Trump, center, laugh as they listen to Mike Huckabee during a campaign event on the campus of Drake University Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Discerning Trump

“As far as single payer, it works in Canada, it works incredibly well in Scotland.” “I would press for universal healthcare … I would put forward a comprehensive health care program and fund it with an increase in corporate taxes.” “We must have universal healthcare.”

“I hate the concept of it, but on a humanitarian basis, you have to (take in Syrian refugees..)”

“I am pro-choice in every respect.” “I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.” “I hate the concept of guns.” “The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions.” “I probably identify more as a Democrat.”

“Everybody’s got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing to say. I’m going to take care of everybody… The government is going to pay for it.” “I believe the Republicans are just too crazy right.”

“I’m very impressed by (Nancy Pelosi). I like her a lot.” “Hillary is a great friend of mine. Her husband is a great friend of mine.”

“I’m a liberal on health care.” “As far as single payer, it works incredibly well in Canada.”

These are all quotes from Donald Trump. They are in his own words. They span the past decade with some as recently as the campaign trail for 2016, including his defense of universal, government run health care and support for taking in Syrian refugees.

Many of Donald Trump’s supporters remain outraged that Barack Obama’s own words and record were never fully vetted by the media prior to his election in 2008. Now the media is not doing it to Donald Trump. The above quotes give you a reason why. Trump is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

In 2010, Trump gave more than $100,000 to Democrats to defeat Republicans who wanted to roll back Obamacare. In 2014, as conservatives battled incumbent Republicans, Trump funded the Republican establishment to help them stop the conservatives. In Kentucky, for example, Trump funded Mitch McConnell against conservative Matt Bevin.

Around the country I continue to run into Trump supporters who never knew these things. Others have deluded themselves into thinking that Trump has had a true conversion to conservatism three years after declaring we should not build a wall and should grant amnesty and two years after funding Republican efforts to stop conservative insurgents.

These Trump supporters on the right cannot answer one question: if Trump had a hard time being faithful to multiple wives, what makes you think he will be faithful to conservatives if his interests change?

Trump has not been a Republican most of his life. He has not been pro-life most of his life. He has not supported the Second Amendment most of his life. He only converted when he wanted votes. The staggering irony is that many of Trump’s supporters have latched on to him because they are tired of cynical politicians who say one thing and do another. Trump’s actual record, not campaign trail rhetoric, suggests he would do the same.

Conservatives, so disaffected by Washington, have lost their ability to discern. They have become so angry at so many broken promises, they are now even more easily swindled by a poseur who hits their sweet spot of angst and anger. But he remains a poseur all the same.

In three days, Iowans will go caucus and either help the country begin to snap out of this madness or send us into a spiral where both the Democrat and Republican support government run health care and gun control.

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Erick Erickson

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