December 14. 2015 10:55PM

Grant Bosse: Trump is the best choice for NH Democrats

By GRANT BOSSE


 

New Hampshire Democrats have an important choice to make on Feb. 9. And the choice is clear: Donald Trump for President.

For decades, Trump has consistently supported bigger government, and ridiculed conservative principles.

During his first quixotic run for the Presidency in 1999, Trump told CNN’s Larry King, “I believe in universal health care.” He repeated that support in his 2000 book, backing a system like Canada’s single-payer system. And Trump has been consistent, praising Scotland’s single-payer health care system this year. Trump can carry the Democrat’s banner as a longtime advocate for government takeover of health care.

Trump has a long history supporting abortion, describing himself as “very pro-choice,” even going so far as to oppose the ban on partial-birth abortion. This year, he chided Republican candidates for wanting to defund Planned Parenthood, saying he’d look at the organization’s “good aspects.”

Trump has been a consistently strong supporter of government intervention in the economy, particularly on behalf of large, politically connected companies like his. In 2009, he supported President Obama’s bailout of big banks to keep them afloat and stabilize the national economy.

“I’m not saying I agree with everything he’s doing. I do agree with what they’re doing with the banks. Whether they fund them or nationalize them, it doesn’t matter, but you have to keep the banks going,” Trump told King.

Hillary Clinton has proposed over a trillion dollars in new spending, and the higher taxes that go along with it. Amateur. Trump backed a $5.7 trillion tax increase on the super-rich. If Democrats want a candidate to wage class warfare, and drive investors from the country in droves, Trump is their man.

Like the other Democratic candidates, Trump is uncomfortable with large sections of the Bill of Rights. He supported the assault weapons ban, an unconstitutional law that did nothing to reduce violent crime. He rails against the campaign finance system, and his outrageous public statements conflict with the free exercise clause of the First Amendment and the due process clause of the Fifth. Imagine what his judicial appointees could do!

Democrats should take heart that Trump will take the fight to Republicans and their hateful rhetoric.

In 2012, Trump criticized Mitt Romney’s “maniacal” immigration policy, saying “He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country” and arguing that Democrats “weren’t mean-spirited” like the GOP.

In May, Trump blasted organizers of a Draw Muhammad contest in Texas after two men who opened fire on the event were shot and killed.

“The U.S. has enough problems with publicity seekers going out and openly mocking religion in order to provoke attacks and death. BE SMART,” Trump tweeted.

In September, he called for the U.S. to take in Syrian refugees. “But you know, it’s living in hell in Syria. There’s no question about it. They’re living in hell, and something has to be done,” Trump told Bill O’Reilly.

But most of all, Democrats should embrace Trump because he is such a champion of the little guy.

Sure, he once got New Jersey authorities to condemn an elderly widow’s home because limos at the Trump Plaza Hotel needed a place to wait for the casino’s whales. But that’s just good business.

Trump would continue the Obama administration’s extensive use of executive orders, which should please Democratic voters. They want a candidate willing to get things done, especially if that means ignoring the Republican Congress. Trump says as President, he will use executive orders to decide who gets the death penalty.

Trump is now waffling on whether or not he’ll run as an independent if he loses the Republican nomination. Democrats shouldn’t wait. They should draft Trump for themselves. Because no candidate is a bigger supporter of bigger government than Donald J. Trump.

Grant Bosse is Editorial Page Editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader.