Donald Trump is a racist, misogynist, xenophobic bigot. He kicked off his presidential campaign by calling immigrants from Mexico “rapists,” and has been spewing a never-ending stream of racism, misogyny, and every other kind of bigotry one could think of ever since. It has served him well, too; the more outrageously offensive his remarks, the more he surges in the polls with the GOP base. This is no surprise, either, as The Donald is just saying everything the racists in the base are thinking.
What is a surprise, however — or, rather, it will be to those who don’t know the kind of person Trump used to be — is the fact that he wasn’t always a raging bigot. In fact, when he was considering a presidential run against Pat Buchanan, Trump came off as downright disturbed at Pat Buchanan’s racist rhetoric. In his book The America We Deserve, Trump said of Buchanan:
“Pat Buchanan has been guilty of many egregious examples of intolerance. He has systematically bashed Blacks, Mexicans, and Gays.”
He went even further when discussing his feelings on Buchanan in an interview with The Advocate, saying:
“I used to like Pat. I was on Crossfire with him. I thought he was a nice guy. Then I read the things he had written about Hitler, Jews, blacks, gays, and Mexicans. I mean, I think it’s disgusting. That speech he made at the ‘92 Republican convention was a disaster. He wants to divide Americans.”
Here is an image of a portion of the transcript of that interview, courtesy of Buzzfeed:
So, in other words, The Donald has become just what he used to hate, circa late 1990s/early 2000s. He once railed against Pat Buchanan, a known bigot, for saying the very things that he himself is saying right now. I get that people’s policy positions and opinions can change, but, usually at least, people don’t go from hating bigotry to being flaming bigots themselves. Now I can understand why Rev. Al Sharpton once suggested that Donald Trump just might be a secret Democrat doing his level best to destroy the GOP’s chances of taking the White House in 2016. If Trump is indeed secretly trying to kill the GOP’s 2016 aspirations from the inside out, he sure as hell is doing a good cover job. Either way, The Donald’s own words bury him when it comes to the disgustingly bigoted rhetoric that is driving him to the top of the GOP Primary field at this time.
Keep it up, Trump. Whatever your motives, you’re doing a hell of a good job keeping Washington blue for 2016.