Permit me to remind you about Donald Trump’s assessment of President Bush back in 2008:
Bush has been so bad, maybe the worst president in the history of this country. He has been so incompetent, so bad, so evil, that I don’t think any Republican could have won.
Evil? Evil? Of course, in the same interview, Trump endorsed… diplomatic outreach with Iran.
You know, you can be enemies with people, whether it’s Iran, Iraq, anyplace else and you can still have dialogue. These people won’t even talk to him. It’s terrible.
Wait, there’s more! Check out his assessment of Obama!
VAN SUSTEREN: The new president-elect, what are your thoughts? Pretty exciting, it’s always exciting when we have a change of power, a transition, but what are your thoughts.
TRUMP: It’s very exciting we have a new president. It would have been nice if he ended with a 500 point up instead of down. It’s certainly very exciting.
His speech was great last night. I thought it was inspiring in every way. And, hopefully he’s going to do a great job. But the way I look at it, he cannot do worse than Bush.
...And then here’s his thoughts on health care back in 1999…
...If you can’t take care of your sick in the country, forget it, it’s all over. I mean, it’s no good. So I’m very liberal when it comes to health care. I believe in universal health care. I believe in whatever it takes to make people well and better.
KING: So you believe, then, it’s an entitlement of birth?
TRUMP: I think it is. It’s an entitlement to this country, and too bad the world can’t be, you know, in this country. But the fact is, it’s an entitlement to this country if we’re going to have a great country.
And then, as you probably saw, Trump’s post-2012 comments on illegal immigration:
“Republicans didn’t have anything going for them with respect to Latinos and with respect to Asians,” the billionaire developer says ... Romney’s solution of “self deportation” for illegal aliens made no sense and suggested that Republicans do not care about Hispanics in general, Trump says.
The GOP has to develop a comprehensive policy “to take care of this incredible problem that we have with respect to immigration, with respect to people wanting to be wonderful productive citizens of this country,” Trump says.
Yet I see people comparing Trump to Reagan. Donald Trump has been a conservative for about ten minutes.
Trump is, if nothing else, a useful foil for the insane policies of Jeb "They're doing it for love" Bush.
Trump's policy prescriptions -- that vary from libertarian to totalitarian depending upon the day of the week -- disqualify him from any serious consideration. In fact, Trumpster's most recent comments serve only to call attention to the very real problem of open borders.
A more serious -- and principled -- version of Trump is, of course, Ted Cruz, the only candidate whose candidacy paralyzes both parties' leaders with butt-clenching spasms of fear.
Hat tip: BadBlue News.