Now it’s open war between Donald Trump and conservatism.
Forget the posturing of Trump that he’s a conservative, which has been belied by Trump’s positions on virtually every issue. Speaking with This Week’s George Stephanopoulos Sunday on ABC, Trump boasted, “This is called the Republican Party, it’s not called the Conservative Party.
Trump said the Republican Party didn’t have to be unified around the principles it has traditionally championed, blustering, “I think it would be better if it were unified. There would be something good about it, but I don’t think it actually has to be unified in the traditional sense.”
Since Trump has jettisoned the idea that GOP voters should be unified around its traditional principles, the only unification he could be speaking about is unification around him personally, no matter what position he takes on any issue.
Trump threatened he would “do what I have to do,” alluding to his position slamming free trade as he mounts a populist position that would cripple the economy. He said:
I want trade. I don’t want to be an isolationist, but what’s happening with China, what’s happening with Japan, what’s happening with Mexico, they’re just absolutely eating our lunch. It’s a shame. It’s terrible, so I have to stay true to my principles also, and I’m a conservative. But don’t forget, this is called the Republican Party. It’s not called the Conservative Party. You know, there are conservative parties. It’s called the Republican Party.“
Here’s a message for the con man from New York: Real conservatives are who they are because they don’t back down when confronted by con men or tyrannical figures.
Trump saying he’s a conservative is an outright lie, but then, he’s used to lying about virtually everything, whether he says he going to build a wall and then reportedly grinning that he doesn’t really mean it, or saying he wouldn’t raise taxes on the wealthy and then grinning that he didn’t really mean it, or boasting of his hawkishness on foreign policy and then grinning that he doesn’t really mean it, or saying he understands the economy and then grinning that he would let the U.S. default, or saying that he was pro-life and then grinning that he didn’t really mean it, or goodness knows how many other positions he has taken where he sounded like a conservative and then grinned he was only conning the public,
Here’s a message for the con man from New York: Real conservatives are who they are because they don’t back down when confronted by con men or tyrannical figures. Unlike Trump, whose own history is replete with examples of a lack of bravery, whether avoiding the draft or debating Ted Cruz, they have principles. While he is confident about destroying the conservative ideal, there are those of us who will fight him to keep the dream alive.