Is Donald Trump A Secret Democrat?

Donald Trump – business mogul, real-estate tycoon and star of NBC’s The Apprentice – is one of the world’s most recognisable and outspoken figures In 2015, Forbes estimated his net worth as approximately 4 billion dollars

His often-controversial comments on Twitter are followed by more than 43 million people On June 16, 2015, Trump put growing rumours to rest when he formally announced his intention to run in the 2016 US Presidential elections, seeking to represent the Republican party However, accusations of inconsistent policies and erratic behaviour have fuelled a theory that is gaining traction amongst the public and politicians alike: is Trump, in actual fact, a secret Democrat agent, seeking to upset the Republican presidential race? Trump’s signature style of unscripted speeches and no-nonsense attitude certainly sets him apart from many of his electoral opponents His supporters often quote these traits as the reasons behind his popularity

But is it all an act? The growing list of controversies that surround him has led to protests from within the party that he is damaging their reputation Republican politician, Carlos Curberlo, says this isn’t an accident He argues Trump’s jibes are orchestrated by the Democrats to discredit the party For example, during his Presidential Announcement Speech, his comments on Mexican immigration were met with a great amount of hostility They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us They’re bringing drugs

They’re bringing crime They’re rapists’, Trump said One party official – who wished to remain unnamed – criticised Trump’s statement, saying it would infuriate Hispanics, a group that the Republicans are aiming to make progress with in 2016 They claimed Trump is ‘starting to look like a guy hand-delivered by the Democrats’ This isn’t the only time that Trump deviated from core Republican doctrine At the Conservative Political Action Conference, he suggested scrapping a basic party policy of reducing the cost of US social healthcare and insurance

This is a surprisingly liberal stance Ever since he has been in the public eye, Trump’s official political leaning has fluctuated Between 2001 and 2009, his allegiance was to the Democrat Party and, over the years, he has donated at least $330,000 to their cause This sparked concerns over how dedicated he could be to a Republican victory Critics also point to his friendship with prominent Democrats, particularly Hillary Clinton

He has funded her political campaigns in the past, and she attended his wedding to model Melania Knauss in 2005 Could their friendship indicate Trump is deliberately sabotaging the Republican vote, so that Hillary would face much weaker opposition if she wins the Democrat nomination? Republican politician Carlos Curberlo described Trump’s interactions with the Clintons as ‘very suspicious’ Even celebrities like The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence questioned Trump’s motives, arguing that it must be either a publicity stunt or ‘Hillary’s brilliant idea’ But would Trump really be investing as much money, time and energy in his campaign if it was all to help out the woman he has publicly dubbed ‘the worst secretary of state in the history of the United States’? Speaking on Fox & Friends in July 2015, he publicly refuted any idea that he and Hillary Clinton could be collaborating against the Republicans ‘Believe me’, he argued, ‘from Hillary’s standpoint, the one person she doesn’t want running against her is Donald Trump’

However, there are arguments his condemnations and insults are a cleverly devised plot to disguise his grander plan to help her secure power Nevertheless, there are undeniably a number of issues about which Trump’s opinions are far more Republican than Democrat He is strongly against gun control, in favour of capital punishment and remains sceptical of climate change These views correlate with the opinions of typical Republican supporters Trump’s speeches have been drawing crowds of thousands and opinion polls indicate that he is achieving significant early successes against other Republican candidates

A USA Today poll released on July 14, 2015, showed 17% support the business giant Runner-up Jeb Bush is supported by just 14% However, Donald Trump is an unpredictable and variable character whose ultimate intentions are difficult to know Is his bold and controversial approach to politics a genuine campaign for Republican victory, or does he plan to sabotage the party in favour of Democrat loyalties? Time will tell…

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