As a staunch conservative, I subjugate myself on a regular basis to liberal media. As Sun Tzu allegedly said, “know your enemy.” To that point, I often read Vox. It’s not the most liberal publication out there, but it definitely leans left. With Donald Trump the target of scorn from both sides of the aisle, I’ve found interesting articles on places that would normally never be inspiring.
This particular article was about as fair as it could get when talking about the massive flip-flops of Donald Trump. No, it’s not discussing the well-documented “evolution” that he’s undergone in his path to appear to be a Republican. This particular article talks about the times when he says things on the campaign trail that turn out to be proven false… by Trump himself.
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) March 9, 2016
I won’t go so far as to say that Trump is lying about his campaign promises. That would give him too much credit because it stipulates that he knows what his campaign promises really are. I contend that he does not. Numerous times over the past three weeks alone, his campaign has had to clarify or backtrack on what he’s said about taxes, torture, worker visas, healthcare, Trump University, and the military. Again, that’s just in the past three weeks.
This is a big problem. It also might be a calculated one. Trump’s campaign seems to know what most Republican campaigns have failed to realize for a long time: the details aren’t as important as the promise itself. The chances of voters comparing his campaign promises given during interviews, stump speeches, or during debates to what his actual proposals are on his website are nil. His words don’t have to match his plans. In fact, it’s better to talk a big game and bank on the fact that people won’t look deeper.
A perfect example of this is healthcare. His promises on the campaign trail are completely divergent from the actual policy proposal he released. They’re so far apart that pretty much every talking point he’s every used regarding his healthcare plan can be thrown out as debunked by his own policy. For example, he told 60 Minutes that everyone needed to be covered under a universal healthcare plan. He went so far as to say that it’s a “very unrepublican thing to say” but everyone has to be covered and the “government’s gonna pay for it.” His actual plan says the exact opposite. It lays out milquetoast tax incentives (which, ironically, wouldn’t save poor people on healthcare expenses under his tax plan) but nothing about covering the uninsured.
One of his most repeated lines on the campaign trail is that he won’t leave people dying in the streets. This always caught me as funny because the current laws outside of Obamacare already take care of this through guaranteed emergency service, but we’ll assume he means that his universal coverage would work towards this as well. Again, nothing in his comprehensive plan addresses this issue whatsoever. In fact, his entire plan looks like something written by a Republican platform analyst. It’s as if they pieced together a handful of ideas from Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush and called it his plan.
Another story that has been underpublicized is his off-the-record New York Times interview. It was leaked that there was a discussion and that the discussion talked about “flexibility” with his immigration plan, but mild attempts by Cruz and Marco Rubio to get Trump to allow them to release the interview didn’t really spark much coverage. Here’s the thing, and it’s not speculation or an attempt to smear him. This is based upon common sense applied to what we know. It was leaked that the interview would be damaging and shed light on how strong his immigration plan really is. Does he intend, as he’s detailed in The Art of the Deal, to use his wall-building and deportation plans as the starting point for negotiations that could eventually lead to amnesty? Keep in mind that he was hunting for an endorsement from the left-leaning, amnesty-loving NY Times during this conversation.
Donald Trump’s reputation of straight talk is based upon his bombastic approach, not the facts. Comparing what he says to his actual proposals reveals that he’s not telling it like it is. He’s saying what his supporters want to hear then putting out proposals that completely contradict his stump speeches.