Renny Harlin, a Finnish filmmaker, said “never give up, no matter how hard the challenges are. Observe this world with a healthy dose of criticism, and don’t just follow the herd like somebody else might do.”
That’s Donald Trump. At the age of 69, the billionaire hasn’t ever followed the herd. He’s never gone along with what everyone else said simply because he wanted to be liked. He’s a brash outsider, with a penchant for shaking things up.
I know what you’re thinking. He used to be a Democrat! Yes. That’s absolutely true. You know who else was a Democrat? Ronald Reagan. Before Reagan became the conservative icon we all remember, he was a Democrat. His philosophies changed. Humans change. To believe we can’t or shouldn’t change is to disregard the idea of philosophical development and redemption.
Let’s go down the list of issues Trump haters like to bring up:
Trump was pro-abortion
Yes, 17 years ago, Donald Trump was “pro-choice.” In 1999, the business mogul–flirting with a presidential run–had the following exchange with Tim Russert:
RUSSERT: “Partial-birth abortion. The eliminating of abortion in the third trimester. Big issue in Washington. Would President Trump ban partial-birth abortion?”
TRUMP: “Well look, I’m very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I hear people debating the concept. But I still believe in choice…”
RUSSERT: “But you would not ban it.”
RUSSERT: “Or partial-birth abortion?”
TRUMP: “No. I am pro-choice in every respect.”
That was 17 years ago! He’s strongly pro-life now. In the first Republican debate, Megyn Kelly hit Trump with a low-blow question, asking him:
“When did you actually become a Republican.”
Donald Trump explained that like Reagan, he evolved on the issue. The mogul then told a story:
“Friends of mine, years ago, were going to have a child, and it was going to be aborted. It wasn’t aborted, and that child today is a total superstar. A great, great child.”
Gasp! He evolved! Oh no! Give me a break. Trump saw a kid who was going to be aborted become a tremendous person. He realized that life has the potential to be truly valuable, and he changed. Frankly, I commend him for it.
Trump was pro-amnesty
Again, another fact. Yes, Donald Trump was in favor of amnesty. Appearing on Fox News in 2012, Trump said:
“For people that have been here for years that have been hard-workers, have good jobs, they’re supporting their family–it’s very, very tough to just say ‘By the way, 22 years, you have to leave. Get out’…I’m one of the world’s very conservative people, but I have to tell you on a human basis, how do you throw somebody out that’s lived in this country for twenty years?”
But guess what? HE’S NOT PRO-AMNESTY ANYMORE! Trump wants to secure the border–as he’s stated on numerous occasions–and he wants to deport those who have come here illegally. Once they go back to their home countries, he’ll offer an expedited process to them so that they can come back as quickly as possible. It’s simple, and it’s compassionate.
Just last July, Trump detailed his plan to CNN’s Dana Bash:
“I would get people out and then have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so they can be legal…A lot of these people are helping us…and sometimes it’s jobs a citizen of the United States doesn’t want to do. I want to move ’em out, and we’re going to move ’em back in and let them be legal.”
His son Eric clarified even further during a November interview with Megyn Kelly:
“The point isn’t just deporting them, it’s deporting them and letting them back in legally. He’s been so clear about that and I know the liberal media wants to misconstrue it, but its deporting them and letting them back legally.”
Trump said his opponents who took money from donors were puppets
He did–but don’t fall for that one.
Donald Trump was the only candidate “self-funding” his entire primary process. Critical word: Primary. Anti-Trump Republicans are suddenly jumping on him because he recently decided that he won’t fully self-fund his general election campaign.
The Wall Street Journal reports that during an interview on May 4, the presumptive nominee said:
“I’ll be putting up money, but won’t be completely self-funding.”
Additionally, Trump haters are on him like a pit bull on a poodle because of these tweets:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2016
An incredible honor to receive the endorsement of a person I
have such tremendous respect for. Thank you, Sheldon! https://t.co/nW0N3OO4mw
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2016
Trump had previously knocked Marco Rubio for being a “puppet” of Sheldon Adelson:
Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2015
Trump haters, take note. That was the primary. In the primary, politicians accept cash from donors, and in return, the donors expect favors from the politicians. The general election is an entirely different beast.
Trump will need donors to beat the Clinton machine. An outsider like Trump isn’t going to be beholden to someone like Sheldon Adelson simply because he contributes $100 million to his general election campaign. Trump already has money. Donations from Adelson and others would just be additional ammunition for the fight. Trump is no one’s puppet.
I keep hearing the same arguments over and over again. Trump was a Democrat! So was Reagan. Trump was pro-choice! But then he changed his mind when his friend’s kid turned out to be a “total superstar.” Trump was for amnesty! Now he’s for securing the border, deporting illegal immigrants, and expediting their return so they can become legal. Trump won’t be self-funding anymore; he’s a hypocrite! Um, no. Taking money from donors in the general is entirely different than taking money from donors in the primary.
We have one shot to stop Hillary Clinton from destroying the country, and we’re lucky enough to have a nominee who can do it. If we elect Hillary Clinton, the country will go off the rails. She’ll continue to fund Planned Parenthood, she’ll grant amnesty to illegals, and she’ll make the office of the president a laughing stock.
We need strength, we need unpredictability, and we need someone who isn’t afraid to change his positions a little. We need Donald Trump.