Is Donald Trump a Liberal Democrat?

Donald Trump was a registered Democrat for a number of years, and has frequently contributed to the campaigns of liberal Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid, while rarely contributing to Republicans. He favors policies that all but the most left-wing Democrats shy away from, like socialized medicine. So the idea that Trump is a liberal Democrat is not at all far-fetched. I suspect that he would be more at home in the Democratic Party, and likely would have run for the Democratic presidential nomination if he hadn’t assumed that Hillary Clinton had it sewed up.

Trump’s over the top attacks on the last Republican president, George W. Bush, lend additional support to the view that he is a Democrat pretending to be a Republican. I am not aware of a single bona fide member of the Republican Party who has made the indefensible claim that George W. Bush was responsible for the 2008 financial collapse, as well as the assertion, which is simply false, that the Bush administration knew Saddam had no WMDs before the Iraq war. (He did have some, in fact, but never mind.) I don’t understand how these crazy assertions can be made by anyone who is actually a Republican.

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Dick Cheney, in his usual lucid manner, addressed Trump’s Democratic Party talking points on Fox News:

I can understand why independents and Democrats might cross over in a Republican primary to vote for Donald Trump, but I cannot see even the glimmer of a reason why any member of the Republican Party would consider voting for a candidate who, last we knew, was a liberal Democrat, and who still espouses the views of a liberal Democrat. I am starting to think that we Republicans may be as dumb as the Democrats have always said we are.

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