Populism is Not Conservatism

Trump has got a lot of populist tendencies. I was bothered by ’em. Okay, so people have a visceral anger at the ChiComs. Okay, I’m gonna feed that. That’s populism and it might get you some votes, but it’s not conservative. It’s also not conservative to not take the time to understand what Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal is. Trump’s out there ripping it to shreds, and I’m convinced he doesn’t know what it is. Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposals in his budget plan don’t touch current retirees. They’re totally left alone. Ryan understands full well you don’t change the rules in the middle of the game on current recipients. But at some point people who are a long way off from getting those benefits are gonna be told, “It’s gonna be different when you get to that age. Sorry, things have changed. This is the way it is.” So there are a number of things like this that you can say, okay, they’re populist. There’s no reason, as a conservative, to run down Ryan’s budget. But other Republicans are.

I just shared with you the Wall Street Journal piece, Boehner has said he’s not wedded to it, he said that in the ABC interview. But that’s more along the lines of trying to please everybody than just being a populist. Nevertheless, it doesn’t take away from the fact that there’s an easy explanation for why Trump is attracting a lot of attention. And the real visceral attitude in this country among anybody but Democrats is, “We don’t want anymore of Obama.” And the fastest way to get rid of Donald Trump is for some Republican to stand up with some gonads and act like a conservative and not be afraid, like I said yesterday at the end of the program, what’s my ideal candidate? Fearless, core beliefs are such that you don’t need to read a memo before you go out and make a speech, that you don’t need a teleprompter. You believe it. You believe it to the point that every media opportunity is an education opportunity. You welcome people who disagree with you because it’s a chance to teach them. We must do that if we’re gonna expand and grow as a movement.



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