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April 22, 2011 / sadhbhanu

The Right Word: Is Donald Trump fit for president?


What I’m afraid of is … This is gonna sound strange. I don’t mean to say that Trump is not his own man. I don’t mean to imply here that he doesn’t do his own thinking, but we do know that he’s got people who are … he’s got a team, he’s gotta political team that’s, quote unquote, “advisers”. I think there are some people who are giving him a skewed perception of mainstream conservatism. I think he believes that mainstream conservatism is the kooks, is some of the fringe – and that’s not, of course, the case. So, for example, if you think Trump is a great messenger of conservatism to the pop culture crowd then we’ve gotta make sure that what Trump is articulating is genuine conservatism and not a distorted view of it – and certainly not populism.

So Limbaugh is concerned that Trump has spent too much time harping on about issues like President Obama’s birthplace (Hawaii) and imposing a 25% tariff on Chinese imports, which are of no interest to mainstream conservatives. You can understand why someone like Trump might be a little confused as to what constitutes mainstream conservatism these days, as Limbaugh (who counts himself as the main mainstream conservative) has repeatedly brought up the issue of the president’s birth certificate (although, generally, only in the context that he believes it exists; he just wishes the president would show it to us already). 

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