Trump’s mask has been slipping as he campaigns in New Hampshire:
In a nearly one-hour speech, Trump railed against pharmaceutical companies. He railed against oil companies. And insurance companies. And defense contractors. And he set himself against a political system that he said allows big-money corporate “bloodsuckers” to control the government with campaign contributions.
“Whether it’s the insurance companies, or the drug companies, or the oil companies, it’s all the same thing,” Trump said. “We’re never going to get our country back if we keep doing this.”
Trump promised to allow the government to negotiate drug prices — a common position among Democrats but rarely heard at nominally Republican events. He said he would not raise military spending, arguing that the nation’s defenses can be improved without increasing its already huge Pentagon budget. He promised tough sanctions on American companies that move jobs overseas.
The word “nominally” is appropriate. Trump is not a Republican in any meaningful sense, and far less is he a conservative. Policy-wise, he would be similar to Bernie Sanders. He is using populist rhetoric to attempt a hostile takeover of the Republican Party on behalf of Big Government statism. His nomination would be not just a setback but a catastrophe for conservatives.
Hat tip: Right Wing News.