With all the furor that has been aroused by Donald Trump’s use of the word “schlonged” to describe Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Democratic primary loss to Barack Obama as well as his discussion of Hillary’s extended bathroom break during the recent Democrat debate in New Hampshire (which he described as “disgusting”), it is worth remembering that Trump hasn’t always thought so poorly of her.
After all, this is a man who over the years has donated thousands of dollars to Hillary and her PACs as well as to a who’s who of Democrats — Joe Biden, Harry Reid . (as well as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and for that matter the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee which for all intents and purposes means Nancy Pelosi . ), Chuck Schumer ., John Kerry, Dick Durbin ., Christopher Dodd (of Dodd-Frank fame), Charlie Rangel ., and even disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner. You can also throw former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel into the mix. Trump donated $50,000 to Emanuel’s 2010 Chicago mayoral campaign.
Now it’s true that Trump also has a long history of donating to Republicans, but they have included the likes of George W. Bush, John McCain . and the late Arlen Specter before he became a Democrat. He also donated to another Republican turned Democrat, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist whose Senatorial ambitions, you might recall, were thwarted by one Marco Rubio .. You would be hard pressed to find fans of Bush, McCain, Specter or Crist never mind Hillary, Biden, Schumer or Kerry at a Trump rally. Yet it would seem fairly safe to say that the only person at a Trump rally who has donated funds to Hillary and any of these other politicians is Trump himself.
As Trump told Sean Hannity earlier this year, “So, what am I going to do, contribute to Republicans? Am I going to contribute to, I mean, one thing I’m not stupid. Am I going to contribute to a Republican for my whole life when they get, they run against some Democrat. And the most they can get is one percent of the vote.” This exemplifies the mindset of the “donor class” in American politics; a donor class, mind you, that Trump supporters despise. But if they can’t stand the “donor class,” then why is their man at the center of it? If Trump supporters cannot see fit to forgive New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for embracing President Obama during Hurricane Sandy, then how can they forgive Trump for embracing not only Hillary Clinton, but the Clinton Foundation to the tune of at least $100,000?
Let us remember that it was Trump who told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer during her first run at the White House in 2007 (before getting schlonged by Obama), “Hillary’s always surrounded herself with very good people. I think Hillary would do a good job.”
This prompts me to ask a question of Trump supporters. Has there ever been a time in your life where you have said in the presence of another soul, “I think Hillary would do a good job,”?
And when Trump said that Hillary surrounded herself with good people, could he have meant Huma Abedin with her ties to the Muslim Brotherhood?
Trump might now call Hillary the “worst Secretary of State in history.” But Trump sang a very different tune when he talked to Greta Van Susteren on Fox News in March 2012:
Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman. I am biased because I have known her for years. I live in New York. She lives in New York. I really like her and her husband both a lot. I think she really works hard. And I think, again, she’s given an agenda, it is not all of her, but I think she really works hard and I think she does a good job. I like her.
But in late July, Trump was deriding Hillary’s record as Secretary of State stating that “the world has blown up around her the administration of Barack Obama.” Trump basically said his previous praise of Hillary was all an act:
Why would I say bad things? I’m a businessman. Why would I say she’s doing a terrible job? I would rather not say that about somebody anyway on a humane basis, but why would I say she’s doing a terrible job knowing that I may need help from her or her husband in two years about something that I’m not even thinking about now.
Is Trump telling us that he nows says that Hillary left the world in turmoil as Secretary of State only because he doesn’t need anything from her or Bill anymore? If that is the case, then what kind of help did Trump need from Hillary or Bill in March 2012 for him to feel the need to say that he thought Hillary was “a terrific woman”?
The case could be made that Trump is only making his proposals on immigration and Syrian refugees and the incendiary rhetoric behind them because he believes it is what a significant segment of American voters want to hear right now. Surely this should give Trump’s supporters some pause. Should he be elected President, be it as a Republican or as an Independent, he will not need anything from his supporters until 2020. In which case, what is there to prevent Trump from doing the same about-face on his supporters as he has on Hillary Clinton?