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Tea party keynoter Trump has given to tea party foes Reid, Schumer, Crist

by George Bennett | April 13th, 2011

Donald Trump, the billionaire White House waters-tester who’ll headline Saturday’s South Florida Tea Party rally in Boca Raton, isn’t your typical tea partyer.

Trump is allied with the tea party movement in favoring repeal of the health care law and opposing tax hikes. But while exploring a 2000 Reform Party presidential bid, part-time Palm Beacher Trump supported universal health care and a one-time 14.25 percent “wealth tax” on individuals and estates with a net worth of more than $10 million.

But that was more than a decade ago.

More recently, Trump has given campaign contributions to some high-profile tea party foes.

Trump gave $2,400 in 2009 to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who hung onto his seat in November against tea party favorite Sharron Angle.

Trump has also given $8,900 over the years to House and Senate campaigns of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who was recently overheard coaching fellow Dems to brand GOP budget cuts “extreme” to try to drive a wedge between House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the tea party movement.

Trump also gave $4,800 to former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist‘s 2010 Senate campaign. Trump contributed in October 2009, when Crist was still a Republican trying to fend off a tea party-boosted primary challenge from eventual winner Marco Rubio.

In an interview last month with the conservative Human Events, Trump said of his Democratic contributions: “I will tell you they are all friends of mine. That’s an asset, really an asset, because when I look at the conflict going on with everybody in Washington, it’s like deadlock. And I’ve known these people for many years. They’ve been friends of mine, and you have to remember that I come from a very Democratic state.”

Trump has given more than $800,000 in political contributions since the 1980s, according to this summary.

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11 Responses to “Tea party keynoter Trump has given to tea party foes Reid, Schumer, Crist”

  1. Educator Says:

    Today a new movement in the U.S., commonly known as the “Tea Party,” is finding its place in the back rooms of community centers, in the pews during Sunday church service, and the offices of corporate elites and business owners. And, it is time for its adversaries to respond in kind. Fascist movements, however skewed and modernized, are alive and well in present times. It is foolhardy not to take note of their mobilizing, however juvenile it may look to people aware of the issues. The Tea Party Movement is a neo-fascist movement.

    The Tea Party movement has metamorphosed into more than an anti-stimulus campaign; it’s more than a couple of protests demanding no taxes. It is taking over through culture and technology and it won’t be stopped until all the gains made by the working class have been beaten back into the dustbin of history.

  2. Educator Says:

    There are several qualities which constitute a fascist movement. They include:

    • Fear, a xenophobic hatred of “the other,” and/or foreigners

    • Hatred of multiculturalism

    • Base of support from the middle class, yet also taking from the disillusioned working class

    • Adoption of populism

    • Use of left-wing slogans and rhetoric for hard-right policies

    • Belief that both free-market capitalism and socialism are bad

    • Belief in a supreme leader whose word is truth

    • Mythology of “better times,” and how the present time should emulate the righteous past

    • Merging of state and corporate power

    • Extreme patriotism and nationalism

  3. Tea Lady Says:

    As a successful businessperson, Trump understands the value of personal initiative and free markets.

    He also understands that we need limited government, lower taxes, and reduced spending!

    Hurray for Trump if he runs for President. Perhaps he will run with Representative Adam West!

  4. npgator Says:

    Educator – you are the reason that our kids are leaving schools uneducated!

  5. Pat Lee Says:

    First the people let the tea party i n because they agreed with them but they can also reverse that.

    Mr Trump is the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Lets be serious, we need a president everyone can respect and he is like a clown and cannot be taken seriously. His reality show is also unreal. He spouts a lot of things we want to hear but he will not stand behind them any more than President Obama.

  6. tammy Says:

    Educator – Hopefully you are not trying to educate children !! And you need a good education !(certainly in brevity!!) You are a lefty loon who has no understanding of the TEA party…Do not expect to get your understanding from Keith Olberman or Mr Ed !!

  7. Fromthenorth Says:

    Educator, THANK YOU! Please continue to try to educate these people! They blindly follow these Fascist preachers much like the Germans did in the 1930′s. Fascists historically end up the losers, they are a loud minority. GOOD JOB!

  8. Searcher Says:

    Trump is a PUBLICITY WHORE with a BAD HAIRDO. How many companies has he run through bankruptcy? He would do the same for this COUNTRY. But he would make an easy opponent. He will NEVER make it out of the PRIMARIES.

  9. Bill Says:

    Educator, do you have a point? Do you have a source?

  10. Bankruptcy Says:


  11. David Stanley Says:

    It’s important to realize that fascism, also known as “national socialism”, was very popular among the Democrat left in the United States before the war. While the more Soviet-oriented left was still embracing socialist themes such as the nationalization of industry, the fascist left went for fascist economic themes such as public-private partnerships. Many remnants of this still exist in the US from that period, and many more have been created since.

    An inherent aspect of fascist economies is economic “dirigisme”, meaning an economy where the government exerts strong directive influence, and effectively controls production and allocation of resources. In general, apart from the nationalizations of some industries, fascist economies are based on private property and private initiative, but these are contingent upon service to the fascist political party. And as with socialist regimes, fascist regimes insist on control over all unions.

    Fascist governments encourage the pursuit of private profit and offered many benefits to large businesses, but they demand in return that all economic activity should serve the needs of the fascist political party.

    Today we call this “Keynesian economics”.

    Fascism operates from a Social Darwinist view of human relations. Their aim was to promote superior individuals and weed out the weak. Today in the US this is done through government sponsorship of Planned Parenthood.

    However, the fascist philosophy is still formative, in that it has dispensed with nationalism in favor of internationalism, so calling it fascism is more appropriate today than national socialism.

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