Donald Trump has received heavy criticism in recent months for not being a genuine constitutional conservative. Thursday morning, Donald Trump tweeted, “Remember, it was the Republican Party, with the help of Conservatives, that made so many promises to their base, BUT DIDN’T KEEP THEM! Hi DT.”
Remember, it was the Republican Party, with the help of Conservatives, that made so many promises to their base, BUT DIDN’T KEEP THEM! Hi DT
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2016
The tweet caught the attention of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh who described the tweet as one that will, “make news.” Limbaugh said depending on how the tweet is interpreted, many different conclusions about Trump may be drawn.
Limbaugh described the seemingly carefully crafted tweet, explaining some interpretations. “Depending on who tells you this, depending on how you first see this and if you just see it by yourself and you’re left to your own devices to interpret it, react to it, or if you see it as part of a piece that somebody has put together in a way to influence, some people are gonna see this as Trump admitting he’s not a conservative,” Limbaugh said. He added, “Some people are gonna say: “See? Trump is now so in the driver’s seat he feels free to come forward and admit that he’s not a conservative and it’s actually conservatives that screwed everything up.”
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Indeed, the tweet does seem to imply Trump is differentiating himself from conservatives, much like liberals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders already do. But Limbaugh also explains there is another way of interpreting the tweet. He said:
Others are not going to see it that way. Others are gonna see that Trump is right on the money here. Others are going to look at this, “Hey, he’s exactly right. That’s why we’re ticked off. We had so many conservatives, we thought, conservatives making promises to us and they didn’t do diddly-squat.” And then they’ll name some names for you. They’ll tell you they thought John Boehner was a conservative. They’ll tell you they thought Mitch McConnell was a conservative. They’ll tell you they thought any number of people that they voted for and elected as Republicans were conservative. And yet there wasn’t any push-back to Obama, and there wasn’t any attempt to stoppage.
Western Journalism reported not only on Mitch McConnell and John Boehner’s shortcomings as conservatives, but most recently, Paul Ryan‘s as well. Ryan was heavily criticized for not using his position as the Speaker of the House to prevent the passage of President Obama’s massive omnibus spending bill. Ryan worked with House Democrats to pass the 1.1 trillion dollar spending bill with nearly no push back from House Republicans.
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