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The Trouble With Trump…What Does He Believe?

With another win in Nevada and heading into Super Tuesday with momentum the Trump train is picking up steam.  Trump is speaking an enraged message that is resonating with his supporters and saying all the right things that is the red meat of red state citizens.

And while I agree with a great many things that Donald Trump SAYS…I don’t know if I agree with anything Trump BELIEVES.

Donald Trump is a New York City guy.  I won’t hold that against him because I also come from New York city…though I left the city and then the state as soon as I could to make my home in the free Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where I am not crushed under taxes and can wear my gun on my hip in freedom, but I digress.

The question with Trump is whether the real Trump is the one on the campaign trail talking about building a fence along the southern border, protecting the 2nd Amendment, overhauling immigration etc is what he believes or whether it is just what he is saying to get elected.

Considering this site deals with the right to keep and bear arms lets focus on that.

Trump has been critical of Obama and his gun control mission.  That’s great.  So have all of us who believe in the 2nd Amendment.

But not so long ago, back in 2000, Trump had this to say in his book The America We Deserve:

“The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions.  I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.”

Now before the mindless Trump supporters start railing on me about how people change and views “evolve” this wasn’t a statement from Trump’s youth, or 40 years ago in the 1970’s.

Donald Trump was 53 years old when he made that statement.

I don’t know about you but barring cataclysmic life events, my core values and beliefs haven’t changed much in adulthood and I am half Trump’s age.

Core beliefs are core because they aren’t easily changed or “evolve.”  The viewpoints of mine that have changed or altered in the past decade or so were small in general and concerned more peripheral issues.

Trump, on the other hand, decides to run for President and now his views on the 2nd Amendment that he held a few years ago about denying the right to own a sporting rifle and the belief that citizens should have their rights delayed  are no longer convenient beliefs for him to have.

I find that troubling.

I also find it troubling that Trump keeps switching parties.

Until 1987, he was a Democrat, then he was a Republican from 1987 to 1999. He then switched to the Reform Party from 1999 to 2001. From 2001 to 2009 he was a Democrat again, he switched to the Republican Party again from 2009 to 2011. An independent from 2011 to 2012, he returned to the Republican Party in 2012, where he has remained.

In the past 16 years Trump was a Democrat of 9 of those years, a Republican for 6 and an Independent for 1.

This on top of the fact that he was initially a Democrat for the first 20 something years of his adult life.

You know another New Yorker who liked to switch parties…MICHAEL BLOOMBERG.

Now, while I am not saying that Trump is nearly as bad as Bloomberg on where he falls on guns, perhaps when appointing a replacement for Justice Scalia, Trump doesn’t put defending the 2nd Amendment high on his list of requirements.

I mean, it wasn’t so long ago that Trump thought that the right was fine in being delayed and that the government should be able to limit the type of firearms law abiding people should be able to own.

And THAT’s the trouble with Trump.  Do we believe what he says NOW(which may be the truth) or do we take the body of evidence of an oft time Democrat, who has espoused anti gun rhetoric and may just be saying what he knows people want to hear in order to get elected.

True, many politicians do that, but there is difference between aggrandizing your position and completely making it up.

I hope the Republican party (of which I am not a member) figures out the truth before Super Tuesday.  Because a President Trump who has bamboozled the entire country could actually be worse than an avowed socialist or criminally insane former Secretary of State.  At least you know what you are getting with those two and it is easier to stop their madness.

 

  • usncb

    Trump believes in Trump ———-DUMP TRUMP

    • RubyTwoThree

      Dump the GOP and vote Trump.

      • usncb

        NEGATIVE !!!

  • iitywybad

    Now, try to find something to tell us that we don’t know! This mindless Trump supporter has an IQ of 169 and an invitation to Mensa. Your quote is still 16 years old, the Trumps are NRA with concealed carry permits. What is your point, bright boy?

    • Bullets First

      Michael Moore is a lifetime member of the NRA. Sooooo…being a member doesn’t mean anything. Congrats on your 169 IQ…though Mensa doesn’t “invite” people to join so much as make them take a IQ test in their region to see if they qualify to join. Unless things have changed since I was accepted.

      And mindless trump supporters are not necessarily stupid, just oblivious to and confrontational of anyone who says anything negative about The Donald. Much like Obama supporters who claim a person is racist if they do not go lock step into the Obamanation.

      So, I guess those are my points. What were yours again?

      • Sally

        “Michael Moore is a lifetime member of the NRA.” Prove your post. Also both of Trumps kids are members of the NRA. I think when Trumps sons were old enough to explain the issue to Trump he learned that assault rifles the Democrats wanted to ban were semi-auto and not full auto. His sons are big game hunters and shooters. Many people were fooled to believe the Democrats wanted to ban full auto rifles and many still believe that to today. Tell me which of the people other than Trump running for president
        support the NRA by being life members?

        • Bullets First

          Here you go Sally:

          Collins, Andrew (November 11, 2002). “Guardian/NFT interview: Michael Moore”. The Guardian (London). Retrieved August 22, 2011. …I became a lifetime member after the Columbine massacre because my first thought after Columbine was to run against Charlton Heston for the presidency of the NRA. You have to be a lifetime member to be able to do that, so I had to pay $750 to join. My plan was to get 5m Americans to join for the lowest basic membership and vote for me so that I’d win and dismantle the organization. Unfortunately, I figured that’s just too much work for me so instead I made this movie.

          So there’s that.

          Also, if all it takes to be pro gun is for a billionaire to pay $1000, how much is that really worth? I mean, has the NRA actually endorsed Trump? They haven’t. I think that they are hoping someone else emerges to beat him but are hesitant to endorse a Trump opponent because, as you may have noticed, Trump tends to be a bit vindictive to those who oppose him.

          But, to your point, the NRA has given a lifetime rating of A+ to Ted Cruz, they endorsed him for his Senate run in 2012. He also was given the NRA’s Carter-Knight Freedom Fund Award for his efforts in promoting the 2nd Amendment.

          Wayne LaPierre, executive VP of the NRA had this to say: “Ted Cruz is one of our nation’s leading defenders of the Second Amendment. For over a decade, Ted has fought tirelessly to defend our constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and his leadership was absolutely critical to our major victories before the U.S. Supreme Court.”

          Ted Cruz also has the endorsement in this election from Gun Owners of America the second largest gun group in the country.

          I don’t know if Cruz is a lifetime member of the NRA or not…but such a trifling matter really holds little interest to me. If the NRA is doling out its highest awards to the man, does he really need to buy their approval?

      • iitywybad

        If Mensa doesn’t ask them to join, why do they give an IQ test, and how were you accepted? Someone had to ask. I declined because so many were like you who thought they knew everything about everything and no one else knew anything about anything. My point was that we know everything you can resurrect from 5 – 10 – 15 – 20 – 25 – 30 – 35 years ago and if being a member of the NRA doesn’t mean anything, why did I waste my money on a Life Membership? Why do so many citizens of the United States of lower IQ join and support the NRA?

        My point was that you might think you know everything about what is in Trump’s heart and soul, but that’s the typical arrogance of someone who really doesn’t know much at all. I’m sorry that your brilliant Mensa intelligence prevents you from understanding the thought processes of those with a lower IQ than yours.

        • Bullets First

          You take an IQ test, either one that is administered by Mensa or a Mensa approved body, then if you are in the top percentile of your region you are allowed to join. Its not like Mensa is going around seeking people out and asking them to join because they heard that you have a high IQ. You make it sound like Mensa was beating down your door because you were so darn smart they couldn’t bear to be without you.

          You’re point is erroneous. This whole article was questioning what actually IS in Trump’s heart and soul. Whether what he says now is what he believes or whether it is just what he is saying to get the Republican nomination.

          As I said I hope the republican voters figure out the truth…whatever that truth may be, before Super Tuesday.

          The fact that you think such a question shows arrogance is rather ignorant of you and further more the fact that your first comment sought to use Mensa as some point of validation for yourself and your latest point uses it as some attack on me is the height of hypocrisy.

          Oh yeah, and as for you NRA Lifetime membership, ANYONE can buy one, including Michael Moore who bought his after the Columbine shooting in order to replace Charlton Heston. If simply the act of spending $1000 makes you “pro gun” then that is a rather paltry bar in which you set.

          • iitywybad

            I’m so glad that GOD decided to retire and asked you to stand in for him.

  • Politically Incorrect Tees

    Sadly I think the American people are too apathetic to really care about anything, if 100 million gun owners had gone out and voted we may not have this idiot in the White House we have now.
    I know several gun owners who are in general good people but they have their heads up their rectum’s politically.
    We let O’feces in office not once but twice, now just what does that say about Americans in general as a political force?

    • Paulette Hanson

      I’m sorry I didn’t vote. I thought O sounded okay, but didn’t have a clue where he came from. Romney seemed weak and on voting day I was sick and didn’t want to make the wrong choice, which would have been Odumbo. Trump lies and lets his emotions take charge. Threatening to sue someone over a truth? He needs to grow up a little more. And he is getting his ideas from Cruz. I believe someone doesn’t want Cruz to win, because of these unfortunate mistakes. Perhaps an inside job to sabotage him? He’s a constitutionalist and fights for good things for us all. Carson is very wise and would be a good pres. if he can beat killery or the burn.

      • Sally

        You gave us Obama. You own it.

        • Paulette Hanson

          Please forgive my mistake. I take full responsibility for Obama becoming our president.

          • Paulette Hanson

            I also must apologize for isis, since I helped create that mess. And gun control is also my fault. If I missed anything please do let me know. Thank you.

        • Paulette Hanson

          If I had that much power I’d do something better than putting Obama in the WH. smh

  • Steven Rayow

    The election of BARRY SOETORO aka Barack Obama has shown the conserns our Founding Fathers had against foreign influences corrupting the office of President and Vice-president. The intent of the NATURAL BORN CITIZEN clause was designed to keep any persoņ with even the possibility of dual loyalties from attaining the office. The Constitution states that ANYONE BORN AFTER THE SIGNING OF THE CONSTITUTION MUST BE “NATURAL BORN” which none of the Founding Fathers were. They were all BRITISH SUBJECTS because their Parents were BRITISH SUBJECTS. ALL NATURAL BORN CITIZENS HAVE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP but ALL BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENS ARE NOT NATURAL BORN. THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THAT MR. SOETORO /OBAMA , MR.RUBIO AND MR CRUZ ARE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENS ONLY BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT BORN OF TWO PARENTS WHO WERE CITIZENS AT THE TIME OF THEIR BIRTH. The American people have been MISLED into believing that anyone born on our soil or born elsewhere of only one citizen parent is therfore “NATURAL BORN ” That is a lie and the FRAUDULENT ELECTION OF BARRY SOETORO OBAMA should show us how wise the FRAMERS OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC were to forsee the danger to our FREEDOM AND SOVEREIGNTY by not heeding the intent of the “NATURAL BORN CITIZEN” clause.

  • Roger V. Tranfaglia

    HEY!! Mr. Politically Incorrect!!!
    I’m not apologizing for ANYTHING……….

  • Kechunk ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Meh, my core values changed on guns. I used to think there was nothing wrong with an assault weapons ban, until I moved to a free state and found out how wrong I was. Now I am perhaps one of the biggest 2nd amendment supporters I can think of. Sorry, people change. I changed because I really did not know much about guns, once I found out about them, and saw that 99% of what the left uses to attack gun rights is BS, I changed. Mine was 20 years ago when I woke up.

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