Right now, Donald Trump appeals primarily to voters who are just plain angry and want a president who’s willing to call a spade a spade. Still, these voters are also conservatives. They like Trump’s stand on immigration and political correctness and taking away all the oil from ISIS. But what are they going to do when they find out that Trump has an awful lot of liberal views? I’m not talking about stuff he said years ago and has since changed his mind about. I’m talking about views he’s advocated in the past couple of months. Off the top of my head, here are Trump’s top 10 liberal heresies:
- He thinks affirmative action is okay.
- He would fund Planned Parenthood except for abortion. (This is current federal policy, though Trump doesn’t seem to know it.)
- He supports a progressive income tax. He does not favor a flat tax.
- He doesn’t believe you should be able to fire someone just for being gay.
- He doesn’t want to cut Social Security or Medicare.
- He’s in favor of a ban on assault weapons.
- He invited Bill and Hillary Clinton to his wedding.
- He doesn’t “fully” believe in supply-side economics.
- He wants to “lead from behind” on Ukraine. Trump believes that Germany should take the lead on Ukraine.
- He hates the Iran deal, but he wouldn’t abrogate it after taking office.
Even one or two of these would sink any other Republican candidate. But 10? Even if Trump’s appeal is mostly based on bluster and affinity politics, how long can he last before his fans begin to wonder just how conservative he really is?