Understand that while Donald Trump may be a tremendous business man whose passion and candor can be mesmerizing at times, he has never been and will never be a conservative. Anyone researching Trump’s history can see his positions have historically leaned to the left.

A July column by Hunter Schwarz in The Washington Post reveals many of Trumps “flip-flops” since seeking the GOP nomination.

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On “Meet The Press” in 1999, Trump said he was “very pro-choice.” “I hate the concept of abortion,” he said, “I hate it. I hate everything it stands for but I just believe in choice.” But in an interview with Bloomberg Politics in January, Trump said, “I’m pro-life and I have been pro-life.” He did say he favored exceptions in the case of rape, incest or the life of the mother.

In an interview with Larry King in 1999, Trump said he was “very liberal when it comes to health care” and that he believes in “universal healthcare.” But during his announcement as a candidate for president, he called Obamacare “a disaster called the big lie” and said deductibles were so high they were “virtually useless.”

So why is he riding so high in the polls and seemingly a top contender for the GOP nomination?


The Trump Effect basically has two components. While I can’t recall Republicans ever having such a field of talented, worthy candidates for president, none of them have been able to get a foothold in the race. The liberal media is successfully flooding the airwaves with talk about The Donald. Even during the CNN GOP debate last week where there were 11 top-tier candidates on stage, 44 percent of the questions focused on Trump, according to Fox News.

By the media keeping Donald Trump in the spotlight, it basically keeps all other candidates and their conservative platforms below the radar. Aside from the debates and an occasional television or radio interview, the other Republican candidates are having difficulty getting their message to the voters. And it’s way too early in the campaign cycle to begin tapping into funds which will desperately be needed as the field begins to narrow.

 Secondly, and possibly the most crafty component of this progressive scheme, is that liberals are ignoring Trump’s liberal history and trashing him for his conservative views! And by tying him into the Tea Party movement, they feel they can not only discredit a potential GOP presidential nominee, but negate the chance of a true conservative ever receiving the party’s nomination.
Liberal Democrats realize they currently have no credible candidate and are working very hard to squelch the conservative platforms of the more qualified Republican candidates. I believe when Democrats muster a worthy candidate, the Trump sensation will subside.

A GOP victory for voters will be more important than their howling disdain for political correctness.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.