Perhaps the largest driving force behind the Donald Trump Movement™ has been the widespread perception that he’ll throw the bums out. In the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, among anti-establishment voters, Trump leads other candidates by a wide margin – he pulls 51 percent of the vote.
So, what does Trump think about all of his political opponents – the people to whom he’ll have to stand up?
On Nancy Pelosi: “I think I’m going to be able to get along with Pelosi – I’ve always had a good relationship with Nancy Pelosi,” Trump told MSNBC this morning. Trump gave money to Pelosi’s campaign in 2006.
On Harry Reid: Trump also gave cash to repulsive Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in 2006. In June 2015, Trump said, “We have gridlock in Washington, for instance I’ve helped Nancy Pelosi. I’ve helped Reid. I’m a business….They always treated me nicely. We need that in Washington. We have total gridlock.” Today, he said, “Reid’s going to be gone. I always had a decent relationship with Reid, although lately obviously I haven’t been dealing with him, so he’ll use my name as the ultimate…of the billionaires in terms of people you don’t want. But I’ve always had a great relationship with Harry Reid. Frankly, if I weren’t running for office, I’d be able to deal with [Pelosi], I’d be able to deal with Reid – I’d be able to deal with anybody.”
On Chuck Schumer: Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), perhaps the most clever and manipulative leftist on the American scene and the likely successor to Reid, is also friendly with Trump. Trump said today, “I think I’ll be able to get along well with Schumer, Chuck Schumer. I was always very good with Schumer. I was close to Schumer in many ways.”
On Hillary Clinton: In 2007, Trump said of Hillary Clinton, “I hope [she gets] the nomination.” In 2012, Trump said, “Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman. I am biased because I have known her for years. I live in New York. She lives in New York. I really like her and her husband both a lot. I think she really works hard. And I think, again, she’s given an agenda, it is not all of her, but I think she really works hard and I think she does a good job. I like her.” Justifying that support now, Trump says, “I’m a businessman. I contribute to everybody. When I needed Hillary, she was there. If I say, ‘go to my wedding,’ they go to my wedding.”
On Barack Obama: In 2009, Trump said of Obama, “I think he’s doing a really good job…He’s totally a champion.” He added:
Well, I think he’s sort of a guy that has a wonderful personality, a good speaker, somebody that people trust…And I also think that the comparison with his predecessor is so different — it’s so huge that it really has made a great impact on people. I think that he’s really doing a nice job in terms of representation of this country. And he represents such a large part of the country. I mean, to think that a black man was going to be elected president — I watched television for years where the great political analysts were saying maybe in 50, maybe in 100 years. Here’s a man that not only got elected, I think he’s doing a really good job….he’s just done something that’s amazing.
This is the man a large swath of Republicans thinks will change the culture of Washington. They’re wrong.