Poll Insider on Donald Trump: UPDATED

From my friend Stephen Maloney, just learned of Poll Insider’s little refresher on the man who, for reasons not  yet fully known (is he really running for president or is this just a publicity ploy?) has transformed himself from Obama lover to Tea Party advocate. While some conservatives rhapsodize over what feels like an endless media blitz over Obama’s birth certificate, others like Poll Insider are actually pointing out some inconvenient truths about The Donald.

On Abortion:

Donald Trump Then: “I support a woman’s right to choose, but I am uncomfortable with the procedures. When Tim Russert asked me on Meet the Press if I would ban partial-birth abortion, my pro-choice instincts led me to say no. After the show, I consulted two doctors I respect and, upon learning more about this procedure, I have concluded that I would support a ban.” From his 2000 book.

“I believe it is a personal decision that should be left to the women and their doctors” – When he last considered running for President in 2009.

Donald Trump Now: “As you know, I’m pro-life…  I’m forming an opinion, I’m forming a very strong opinion but I’ll let you know in about three or four weeks if I decided to.”

That’s comforting, he will let us know in 3 or 4 weeks what his reformed views on abortion are.

On Healthcare:

“I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on health. It is an unacceptable but accurate fact that the number of uninsured Americans has risen to 42 million. Working out detailed plans will take time. But the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset. We must take care of our own. We must have universal healthcare. Our objective [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. Possible? The good news is, yes. There is already a system in place-the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program-that can act as a guide for all healthcare reform. It operates through a centralized agency that offers considerable range of choice. While this is a government program, it is also very much market-based. It allows 620 private insurance companies to compete for this market. Once a year participants can choose from plans which vary in benefits and costs.”

On Taxation:

Forget raising taxes, Trump wanted to tax, at 14.25% the net wealth of “the evil rich.” Money that was already taxed. Of course, he played the “I’m raising taxes on myself” card to prove his selflessness. (Ironic given his inability to settle his own debts…) His 1999 plan:

  • Raise $5.7 trillion to erase the nation’s debt and save $200 billion in annual interest payments
  • Use the savings to save Social Security and slash taxes for the middle class
  • Increase his personal tax bill by at least $725 million.

Political Donations (and no, I don’t accept the “he did it for business reasons” excuse. Has George Soros ever donated to a conservative politician in the interest of business and against his dearly held lefty ideology?):

Charlie Rangel (D-NY): 2006 – $10,000 Yes, he of corruption, tax evasion, and mass liberalism

Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) $12,000 Total, $2,000 in 2006 Re-election

Harry Reid: Donated $4,800 in 2010 to Reid to defeat Sharon Angle. $10,400 to Reid overall

Chuck Schumer: Donated $4,000 during 2010 Election Cycle

Kirsten Gillibrand: $5,800 over past 2 cycles

Ted Kennedy: $7,000

John Kerry $5,500 ($2,000 in 2004 Pres race, which he also gave Bush $2,000. How bi-partisan!)

Democratic Senatorial Committee: $116,000 (versus $30K to GOP equivalent)

My question for conservatives — especially those who’ve declared Sarah Palin unelectable: Do we no longer care about a candidate’s past record, associations, donations to lefty candidates and stance on important issues? Or are you so thrilled by his constant drum-beating over Obama’s birth certificate you are willing to overlook everything else?

By the way, here’s what he had to say about Obama in 2008:

Update 2: 2008 Trump Blasts Bush, Praises Obama, Says he Can Save the World: “I think he has a chance to go down as a great president. Now, if he’s not a great president, this country is in serious trouble,” said Trump. “I think [Obama's] going to lead through consensus,” continued Trump. “It’s not going to be just a bull run like Bush did. He just did whatever the hell he wanted. He’d go into a country, attack Iraq, which had nothing to do with the World Trade Center and just do it because he wanted to do it.”

My own issues with President Bush aside, I’m not taking a gamble (so to speak) on Donald Trump. The more I learn, the more I want to recant my statement about voting for him if it comes down to Trump vs. a GOP Establishment type. Let the voter beware.


UPDATE: Since one of the comments in the thread accuses me of being unfair in not stating that Trump has also donated to Republicans (he has), here’s an addendum from Open Secrets.org:

In all, Trump has contributed to 96 candidates running for federal political office since the 1990 election cycle, the Center finds. Only 48 of the recipients — exactly half — were Republicans at the time they received their contribution, including ex-Gov. Charlie Crist (I-Fla.) and ex-Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), who both of whom received their Trump contributions as Republicans.
Since the 1990 election cycle, the top 10 recipients of Trump’s political contributions number six Democrats and four Republicans. Embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), who was censured last year by his U.S. House colleagues, has received the most Trump money, totaling $24,750. The most recent contribution from Trump to Rangel was a $10,000 gift during the 2006 election cycle.
In the most recent election cycle, Trump doled out $22,500 to political candidates, of which $16,200 benefited Democrats. 

The top Republican recipient of Trump’s money is Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who has collected $13,600 from the billionaire magnate, the second most of any politician. Trump did not contribute to McCain during the 2010 election cycle, during which the former presidential candidate was facing re-election.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) is the recipient of $12,000 in Trump contributions, including $10,000 for his 2006 re-election campaign.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has received the fourth-largest amount of Trump’s contributions, including $4,800 in the successful 2010 campaign against Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. In total Trump has contributed $10,400 to Reid.
In 2010, Trump also contributed $4,000 to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who easily won re-election. Schumer has received $8,900 from Trump since the 1996 election cycle. Trump has also been generous to New York’s other Democratic U.S. senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, who’s received $5,850 in Trump money.
After McCain, the Republican with the largest amount of Trump’s contributions is former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), who left office in disgrace in 2006 when his online solicitation of male House pages became known. Trump contributed $9,500 to Foley between the 1996 and 2006 election cycles.
Trump has also supported other notable politicians, including:
• $7,000 to former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), the “liberal lion of the Senate”
• $7,500 to former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R)
• $5,500 to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) including $2,000 during his 2004 presidential run
• $5,000 to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.)
• $4,000 to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.)
• $2,000 to former President George W. Bush (R)
• $1,000 to then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.)

Like most conservatives who happen to be registered Republicans, I know all too well that “Republican” does not equal “Tea Party conservative”. Therefore, I take no comfort in his donations to RINOs like Charlie Crist, whom the NRSC rushed to endorse a year-and-a-half before the primary in their zeal to take out Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio.

As for Trump’s support of Harry “This war is lost!” Reid, John “Reporting for Duty” Kerry, Teddy “Chappaquiddick” Kennedy and all of the other progressive Dems on the list…well, that’s just a little too much for this voter to ignore.

So yes, I did my homework — and once again, the hyperlinks to my sources are embedded in the post. Everyone is free to support whomever they’d like; I am simply expressing my opinion backed up with facts as to why I will not support Donald Trump.

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About Diva Daria

Diva Daria was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in the nearby suburb of Media. The youngest of five children in a close-knit family, she earned a B.A. in English from Villanova University before relocating to South Florida at age 27. A passionate wordsmith from a very early age, her professional experience includes copywriting, website content, e-proposal and RFP writing, blogging, book editing and social media marketing. Her first novel, Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal, was released in September of 2008; she is hard at work on a sequel, Sea to Shining Sea. Daria has appeared on numerous internet talk radio programs on BTR, including The Neidner Show, Blurb! Talk Radio, Red State Town Hall, Patriot Action Live, The Catholic Revolver and Young Gun Conservative. After a stint as Premo Mondone's co-host on Red State Talk Radio, she began co-hosting Conservative Republican Forum with local friend and activist Steven Rosenblum in May, 2009, where she remained for four years. In 2013, Daria founded the Writestream Radio Network and co-founded the We Built That Network with Zook Zangsten. When not on the air or blogging, Daria ghostwrites books and provides social media marketing services for a variety of clients.
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12 Responses to Poll Insider on Donald Trump: UPDATED

  1. Diva Lilly Joy says:

    I have a different take on it. Right now he’s at least speaking out for tea party principles and using the MSM to do it. They can’t ignore him and it has to have the effect of bringing more people to our side…or to at least start paying attention. If he ends up with the nomination and the choice is Obama, Ron Paul (just kidding) and Trump, we’ll have to choose him. The bright side is if we take the House and Senate with a strong majority, he would have to go along with us or look like an ass.

    • Holy Crap says:

      Seriously? You’d choose this oinker over Ron Paul? Tell me, other than the birth certificate issue, when have you ever seen him say a single word about the Constitution? Ever? If you want to see America even worse off than it is now, by all means, vote for Trump, who has made his fortune off of eminent domain. Imagine how much private property he can take over as president, through executive order, as if the current leader hasn’t done enough of that. People, PLEASE GET SERIOUS. And he can’t be too great of a business man if he’s had to file bankruptcy three times. So, really, people are praising this moron over jumping on the birth certificate bandwagon. GET REAL, FOLKS! OUR FUTURE HANGS IN THE BALANCE!

  2. Lynn Baker says:

    You don’t do your homework, do you? Have you ever heard of research?

    Donations: Donald Trump has donated to BOTH democrat & republicans, almost equally! Why does your story not mention a single republican donation? He’s posted all donations & amounts online, so I can’t believe you haven’t seen this information; yet you don’t list a single republican donation! Absolutely astonishing!

    Heathcare: Have you seen a single interview with Donald Trump regarding healthcare? How about the OReilly interview? It is on YouTube for even the simple-minded to find. He quite clearly states that he is NOT for a single-payer system, that he is not for socialized medicine; but as a businessman, he is for competition across state lines; in other words, what the republicans wanted all along!

    Abortion: I know he is for a woman’s right to choose, which happens to be the current law; and he is against late-term abortions, especially since learning more about it. He, like every human being, does not know everything, and he learned about it to form his opinion.

    Also, his being human means he is not perfect. None of us are. He’s made mistakes, including backing some of the wrong people; but people are not always able to predict when a politician or other beneficiary is going to go sideways on you! It is also everyone’s right to change their minds, their points of view, and yes, their political stands & preferences!

    Mr. Trump has nothing to gain from becoming president in the conventional sense of ‘career politicians’. He’s already done the book deals & speaking engagements for pay. He does however have a lot to lose if this country continues its decline, and like many, can gain if the country does manage to regains its financial stability, trade equalization, stronger defense; etc. Donald Trump is a tough, and ruthless at times, business leader. He is respected world-wide. He has done business in the billions of dollars worldwide and understands (and has met many world leaders) foreign currencies & markets like no ‘career politician’ ever could! He understands how China, an ‘expert’ at manipulating their own currency for their benefit & our disadvantage is helping to destroy America, including the completely one-sided unfair trade agreements, etc. He knows how to equalize trade & currencies, again like no ‘career politician’ could ever hope to even understand! He knows how to get jobs back into this country! He thinks we should go by the age-old rule “to the victor go the spoils” in other words, we won in Iraq, we should keep the oil! If not, 10 minutes after we leave, Iran will be there, & take it over to use against us; and all the American lives we lost over there will have been a complete waste! He’s right, especially from a businessman’s point of view! He also believes that whenever any of the Arab nations, the ‘richest nations in the world’ want us to go and fight a battle for them or remove a leader they don’t like anymore, they should pay us for the services? Why should we, for example, already have to have had spent $600M in Libya? Many of those Arab nations have our military equipment & have been trained by us. Why should we do it for them for free when they are perfectly capable of doing it on their own? Then they strangle us with OPEC??? Donald Trump is right, China & the Arab nations are laughing their butts off at us, all the way to the bank!

    As far as a strong defense and strong military goes, I only hope Donald Trump asks newly elected Rep. Allen West (Ret. Lt. Col. US Army) to be his VP! I assume you’ve heard of him? There are also numerous YouTubes online about Rep./Lt. Col. Allen West from Florida. He is a brilliant militaryman in the way Donald Trump is a financial genius! He has on-the-ground combat experience in the middle east in 4 tours! He knows the Islam mind & their ideology! Allen West is also a very tough, ruthless when needed, military genius! Being heckled by a muslim that told him islam is a peaceful religion, West replied, “I’ve been there & have seen what it is, don’t try to blow sunshine up my butt.” He also had said he’d walk through hell with a can of gasoline to save 1 American life! That type of heroic bravery & intense military experience would also be a huge asset to the White House (did I mention he is extremely well-educated as well? A Bachelor Degree & Masters Degree, both in Political Science!).

    These are tough times, and we need extremely tough & experienced leaders to try to salvage our country, to restore its financial and trade strength, to get our jobs back into this country, strengthen our economy, lessen our dependence on foreign oil, and strengthen our defenses & our own borders. Most of the ‘career politicians’ may look good on paper, but I doubt any of them are tough enough, with enough practical ‘real life’ experience that these two men possess! Much of the nation was ‘fooled’ by what is currently in the White House. Times are tougher now, and we need to think ‘outside of the career politician box’ this time and elect people that are equally tough, and yes, ruthless when necessary, true patriots that love this country, and don’t just tell us what they think we want to hear at that given time. These ‘career politicians’ are all sounding the same, and what has that gotten us in a very long time? None of them have the practical experience, nor the toughness of Donald Trump and Allen West, what it will take to restore this country to its former greatness, if not beyond; and to restore our world-wide respect (of which there is currently very little of!), our economy, and our Constitution!

    You’re very wrong with this article! Donald Trump has not only earned my respect, but also my vote!

  3. Diva Daria says:

    As I matter of fact I did. And there are hyperlinks in the article to sources. Thank you for your comments.

  4. Stephen R. Maloney says:

    Ah Daria, you present the most thorough view yet of reformed Leftist Donald Trump, and you get belabored for your efforts. Such are the joys of journalism. On Donald Trump’s foray into the birth-cetificate issue: Hawaii officials, all of them including the former Republican Governor, say the birth certificate (original) is there and he was born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961. Unless this is a conpiracy 49 times the size of Watergate, he is a legitimate American citizen. Hawaii newspapers a week later announced his birth and gave his grandparents’ address. Is there one scrap of credible evidence that he was born outside the US? There is not. Is he a “natural-born citizen?” That term has never been defined by the Supreme Court, and I expect it never will be, never, never, nevermore. It is a total stretch to say that “natural-born” means a president must have two American citizen parents. Trust me, one (Ann Dunham) is enough. The American people, Congress, and the Courts are not going to remove a president for a semantic technicality.

    Is Donald Trump a total hypocrite, now busily adjusting life-long positions in order to cultivate a conservative base of support? Of course, he is. Yes, he’s a hypocrite, but clearly beloved by those who don’t give a damn about hypocrisy. You think the press savaged Sarah Palin? When they get through with The Donald he will be eviscerated, with nothing but hiis billions to hug and cuddle. Unless of course, wife number four, emerges.

    The Donald v. The Sarah? Trust me, the Barracuda awaits.

    • Diva Daria says:

      Thank you Stephen. I believe Trump is playing conservatives like a fiddle with the whole birther thing. I also believe since they’ve dismissed Sarah Palin (and thus bought into the media narrative of her “unelectability”), they’ve rushed to embrace the “reinvented as a conservative” Donald Trump because really, the choices that remain are all pretty pathetic (Gingrich, Huckabee, etc).

      I have posted facts from credible sources. If anyone reads them and still wants to support Trump and attack me for bringing these issues to light, that of course is their decision. As a wise man once said however, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” And I will stand up for what I believe and back those beliefs up with the truth no matter what.

      Honestly, the knee-jerk reactions here and on Facebook to any criticism of Trump are quite telling.

  5. Suzanne says:

    One thing is for sure, after seeing him in the O’Reilly interview it seems he’s got the balls to deal with the foreign policy issues and have it come out in our favor! As a successful businessman he has no doubt had to make some pretty shrewd and important decisions and we KNOW from his statements and his persona that he LOVES America. I would personally like to hear him in a lengthy public debate with someone like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Eric Holder or even Oprah Winfrey. We heard how it went with Whoopi Goldberg!

    I think it is too early to say whether or not he is POTUS material, and as such we (the TPP) should be sponsoring some MAJOR debates – as I have seen the sooner we get them out and talking unscripted the more we can find out about them.

  6. Suzanne says:

    Another person I’d like to hear him debate in public: MICHAEL MOORE !!!

  7. Diva Morgan says:

    Hello Conservatives…I would like to introduce myself and let you know I will be writing on the issues from The Lone Star State. I am excited to be part of a wonderful Team. Happy Easter~

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