Much has been said about Trump’s former Democratic leanings but posts from his now defunct Trump University blog reveal exactly how much he’s changed.
1. On Gay Marriage
Trump now strongly opposes the Supreme Court’s decision allowing same sex marriage.
2. On Corporate Corruption
Unclear if this opinion has changed but Donald has never shied away from sketchy arm twisting to get what he wanted.
3. On Gender Equality In The Workplace
The first post is by someone who worked for Trump. The second is by Trump himself.
He’s remained relatively consistent on this one. In his book “Crippled America” he says the following about putting a “33-year-old” woman in charge of building Trump Tower in 1983:
None of the people who whine about the way I talk to women mention the fact that I voluntarily promoted gender equality in a male-dominated industry. The women who work and have worked for me will vouch for the fact that I was as demanding of them as I was of their male counterparts.
4. The Housing Bubble
The doom and gloom was justified and the bubble popped two years later but not before Trump founded his own mortgage business in 2006 which had to be shut down the next year. So, it at least looks like he didn’t see it coming.
5. On Competition In Education
He’s been consistent on this issue. If anything, he’s even more pro-competition and charter school now than in 2005.
6. On Rebuilding New Orleans After Katrina
It’s hard to tell whether Trump was only for rebuilding New Orleans because he wanted to make money off it or because he felt it was the right thing to do. His most recent statements and actions suggest it was more the former. Trump declined to spend anything on charity to help the city at the time but he’s not big on charity in general.
7. Oil Profiteering
He’s evolved a lot on this issue, going so far as to say that we should just “take the oil” presumably from Iraq although it’s totally unclear what this actually means. This is basically what every anti-war person in the U.S. feared the Bush administration would do in Iraq but which it didn’t do.
8. Outsourcing Of Jobs From The U.S.
This has been a lynchpin of Trump’s presidential campaign and while his stance on it is 2005 appears to be that it’s “sometimes good” his current stance is that it’s horrible. Consider this quote, also from “Crippled America.”
There are people who wish I wouldn’t refer to China as our enemy. But that’s exactly what they are. They have destroyed entire industries by utilizing low-wage workers, cost us tens of thousands of jobs, spied on our businesses, stolen our technology, and have manipulated and devalued their currency, which makes importing our goods more expensive— and sometimes, impossible.