Donald Trump registered as a Republican in Manhattan in 1987. In 1999, he changed that affiliation to the Independence Party. And in August 2001, he registered his affiliation with the Democratic Party where he remained until 2010. In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer (July 21, 2015), Trump said “In many cases, I probably identify more as a Democrat. . . .It seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans . . . we’ve had some pretty bad disasters under the Republicans.”
On October 19, 2021, the Wall Street Journal featured an interesting article by Gerard Baker “Trump is a Democrat: How’s that for a Conspiracy Theory?” The article recounts Trump’s recommendation that Republican voters in Georgia not vote in the Senate elections last year (which resulted in the election of both Democratic candidates by a narrow margin). And now, Trump has advised Republican voters that “If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020, Republicans will not be voting in ’22 or ’24.” The idea for a President of the United States to tell citizens to “not vote” does raise questions. Mr. Baker’s article suggests that Trump may just be a Manchurian Candidate in the spirit of the 1959 novel by Richard Condon. Could it be? I’m only the messenger – and not taking sides on this – except to say that whatever side you are on – it seems to me subversive for any politician to tell his/her constituency (or any constituency for that matter) to not vote in critical elections.
What say you?