Donald Trump proved Thursday evening at the GOP debate that he is nothing more than a Clinton stalking horse by refusing to pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee and not run as an independent. Trump is not a Republican, and anyone who continues to support him is a gullible fool.
A third party bid by Trump would hand the election to Hillary Clinton, just as Ross Perot did for Bill Clinton in 1992.
Even after moderator Bret Baier pointed this out, Trump mumbled this nonsense:
I cannot say. I have to respect the person that, if it’s not me, the person that wins, if I do win, and I’m leading by quite a bit, that’s what I want to do. I can totally make that pledge. If I’m the nominee, I will pledge I will not run as an independent. But — and I am discussing it with everybody, but I’m, you know, talking about a lot of leverage. We want to win, and we will win. But I want to win as the Republican. I want to run as the Republican nominee.
Rand Paul jumped in and said, “He’s already hedging his bet on the Clintons, OK? So if he doesn’t run as a Republican, maybe he supports Clinton, or maybe he runs as an independent … but I’d say that he’s already hedging his bets because he’s used to buying politicians.”
Then Trump firmly stated, “I will not make the pledge at this time.”
That is because he supports Clinton and has never been a real Republican.
Karl Rove pointed this out in a Wall Street Journal piece on Wednesday, which asked which Trump will show up at the debate:
Will the Trump who walks on stage Thursday night be the one who in 1999 told CNN’s Larry King that “I’m quite liberal and getting much more liberal on health care”? The one who wrote in his 2000 book, “The America We Deserve,” that the U.S. should consider a single-payer health system like Canada’s government-run plan? That system “helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans,” this Trump wrote. “We need, as a nation, to re-examine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing.” Or will debate viewers instead get the Donald Trump who earlier this year called ObamaCare a “filthy lie” and “total catastrophe”?
Trump has been both pro-choice and pro-life, both for the Second Amendment and for a ban on assault weapons, both for tax hikes and against them. He has been for immigration amnesty but now makes hay by calling illegal immigrants killers and rapists.
Trump was a registered Democrat in 2004 when he said in a television interview, “It just seems that the economy does better under Democrats.”
He has contributed thousands of dollars to the likes of Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Charlie Rangel and Shelley Berkley, according to Federal Election Commission records.
In 2012 in a television interview, Trump praised Hillary Clinton, saying, “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.”
So why is he running against her three years later? Or is he?
In the debate between the GOP also-runs earlier in the day Thursday, Carly Fiorina nailed the quid pro quo between Trump and the Clintons by asking rhetorically:
Well, I don’t know. I didn’t get a phone call from Bill Clinton before I jumped in the race. Did any of you get a phone call from Bill Clinton? I didn’t. Maybe it’s because I hadn’t given money to the foundation or donated to his wife’s Senate campaign.
Here’s the thing that I would ask Donald Trump in all seriousness. He is the party’s frontrunner right now, and good for him.
I think he’s tapped into an anger that people feel. They’re sick of politics as usual. You know, whatever your issue, your cause, the festering problem you hoped would resolved, the political class has failed you. That’s just a fact, and that’s what Donald Trump taps into.
I would also just say this. Since he has changed his mind on amnesty, on health care and on abortion, I would just ask, what are the principles by which he will govern?
As for what Trump said during the debate, he was evasive and unresponsive to direct questions about things he has said. He offered nothing of substance. He was an empty suit with a smirk on his face.