Donald Trump the Presidential candidate and Donald Trump the President-Elect are two very different people. That doesn’t take someone with a college degree (because most of them obviously voted for Hillary) to figure out.
One of the things that is becoming painfully clear is that it does not matter in the least what Donald Trump said on the campaign trail, because he will say and do whatever he wants now, regardless of how much it contradicts his previous statements, promises and actions.
One of the ways this has become most clear, is in the way he viciously attacked Hillary Clinton as “crooked,” “corrupt,” and “weak.” A PBS Newshour report has compiled a list of how the big orange flip-flopper has gone out and done many of the exact same things he hit Clinton on. Here are some of the highlights:
On Goldman-Sachs –
Then: “I know the guys at Goldman Sachs,” Trump said at a South Carolina rally in February, when he was locked in a fierce primary battle with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. “They have total, total control over him. Just like they have total control over Hillary Clinton.”
Now: A number of former employees of the Wall Street bank will play a key role in crafting Trump’s economic policy. He’s tapped Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn to lead the White House National Economic Council. Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary nominee, spent 17 years working at Goldman Sachs and Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor, started his career as an investment banker at the firm.
On Big Donors –
Then: “Crooked Hillary. Look, can you imagine another four years of the Clintons? Seriously. It’s time to move on. And she’s totally controlled by Wall Street and all these people that gave her millions,” Trump said at a May rally in Lynden, Washington.
Now: Trump has stocked his Cabinet with six top donors – far more than any recent White House. “I want people that made a fortune. Because now they’re negotiating with you, OK?” Trump said, in a December 9 speech in Des Moines.
The biggest giver? Incoming small business administrator Linda McMahon gave $7.5 million to a super PAC backing Trump, more than a third of the money collected by the political action committee.
On Press Conferences –
Then: “She doesn’t do news conferences, because she can’t,” Trump said at an August rally in Ashburn, Virginia. “She’s so dishonest she doesn’t want people peppering her with questions.”
Now: Trump opened his last news conference on July 27, saying: “You know, I put myself through your news conferences often, not that it’s fun.”
He hasn’t held once since.
On Family Ties –
Then: “It is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins. It is now abundantly clear that the Clintons set up a business to profit from public office. They sold access and specific actions by and really for I guess the making of large amounts of money,” Trump said at an August rally in Austin.
Now: While Trump has promised to separate himself from his businesses, there is plenty of overlap between his enterprises and his immediate family. His companies will be run by his sons, Donald Jr and Eric. And his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have joined Trump at a number of meetings with world leaders of countries where the family has financial interests.
Read the article for more on Trump’s flip-flopping on how he is going to investigate Hillary Clinton and how on how her family ties and charitable foundations were corrupt and disqualified her from the Presidency. The hypocrisy is truly staggering.