There used to be show called Truth or Consequences on TV in the 1950’s thru the early 1970’s. We now have a real time reality show called Trump and Contradictions.
Every politician accuses his or her opponent of flip-flopping their position on certain ideologies and promises, some more than others. We are now in the MOST more than others. The following examples are either direct quotes from a speech or a tweet and some are reported remarks. For example:
September 27, 2016 – “If you’re not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for”?
March 31, 2017 – “Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse or big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion”
June 15, 2013 – “We should stay the hell out of Syria, the “rebels” are just as bad as the current regime. WHAT WILL WE GET FOR OUR LIVES AND $ BILLIONS?? ZERO”.
September 2013 – “President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your “powder” for another (and more important) day.”
April 5, 2017 – “…These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Amad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution”.
August 2012 – “An extremely credible source has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud”.
September 2016 – “Any time you see a story about me or my campaign saying “sources said”, DO NOT believe it. There are no sources, they are just made-up lies.”
November 2012 – “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make United States manufacturing non-competitive”.
September 22, 2016 – In the first presidential debate, Donald Trump denied saying that he stated climate change was a Chinese hoax.
October 9, 2016 – “If I win, I want a special prosecutor looking into Clinton’s “situation“,”.
November 22, 2016 – President-Elect Trump said he had no intention of pressing for an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server or the financial operations of her family’s foundation, dropping the “Lock her up” pledge that became a rallying cry for his campaign for the White House.
July 8, 2015 – Candidate Trump, “Hillary Clinton was the worst Secretary of State in the history of the United States”.
May 11, 2016 – “Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman. I’m a little biased because I’ve known her for years. I live in New York. She lives in New York. …”.
Jan 30, 2017 – Trump: “Keystone and Dakota pipelines will be built with American steel … the pipe to be manufactured with United States steel,” Trump said.
March 3, 2017 – The Keystone XL pipeline won’t be required to use American-made steel to earn construction approval from the Trump administration, the White House said Friday, despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claims.
June 15, 2016 – “I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me –and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
Campaign promise – Trump has insisted that he will force Mexico to pay for the wall, but Mexican officials have refused. The president’s budget request Thursday included $2.6 billion, mostly for first stages of the wall.
March 9, 2017 – When asked whether the neighbouring nation would foot the bill, he said ‘Uh, no’ – Senator Mitch McConnell.
Trump is at his most bewildering when it comes to nukes. He has repeatedly insisted that nuclear stockpiles should be reduced, saying last week, “I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially.”
But it’s difficult to square that view with the position he took in December, when he tweeted, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
He elaborated the next day that he had no problem if that position led other countries to build up their own nuclear capabilities. “Let it be an arms race,” he reportedly told MSNBC.
And we’re not even 100 days into this!!!