Before Donald Trump would even have a shot at Barack Obama in a general election, he’d first have to get through the Republican primaries in which many of the voters will not be sure of his GOP bona fides knowing he’s given thousands of dollars to Democratic organizations over the years, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as well as to powerful liberal Senators Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, and John Kerry. In fact, CampaignMoney.com says that from 1999 to the present, nearly 60% of Trump’s political contributions went to Democratic candidates, while only 40% found its way into Republican coffers.
Trump makes no apologies for the contributions, acknowledging in a HUMAN EVENTS exclusive that he’s amiable with Reid, Schumer, and Kerry. “I will tell you they are all friends of mine. That’s an asset, really an asset, because when I look at the conflict going on with everybody in Washington, it’s like deadlock. And I’ve known these people for many years. They’ve been friends of mine, and you have to remember that I come from a very Democratic state.”
Okay, so he needed political muscle to help build his empire. Got it. But is Donald Trump a committed Republican? The New York Daily News reported that he registered as a Republican in 1987, then switched to the Independence Party in 1999, then became a registered Democrat, then switched back to a Republican in 2009.
That’s quite the seesaw ride. Couldn’t he make up his mind? He says indeed he has.
“I was a Republican for many years, and then I wanted to sort of see and sample what everybody had in mind,” he said, adding that New York City is almost entirely run by Democrats, which he argues accounts for his party-hopping. “I’m really at a point where I’ve witnessed the Democrats. I’ve witnessed many different groups. I started as a Republican, and I finished as a Republican. That’s where I want to be.”
So there is that.
If Trump declares his candidacy, he’ll likely be joined on stage by a Republican field of those who were and are still strong supporters of the efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, another difference that might hurt him in early primary states, but would benefit him in a general election with a country exhausted by two never-ending wars.
“When I look at Iraq … my prediction is that as soon as we leave, Iraq will explode and Iran will take over Iraq , and they’ll take over the oil in Iraq,” Trump sternly warned. “If anyone is going to take over the oil in Iraq, then it’s going to be the United States, and it’s not going to be Iran.”
On Afghanistan, Trump maintained a sharp critique: “When I look at Afghanistan and we build a highway, and we put a school at the end of the highway, they blow up the highway and they blow up the school.
“I want to invest money into our country, and I want to invest a lot of money into our military.”
[Editor’s note: Read more from our behind-the-scenes interview with Trump and stay tuned tomorrow and throughout the week for more exclusive video.]