Sunday, January 24, 2016

Trump's Definition of "Conservative"

When asked what is a Conservative on CBS’s Face the Nation, Donald Trump responded as follows:

Question: “What is your definition of conservative?”

TRUMP: “Well, I think it’s a person that doesn’t want to take risks. I think that’s a good thing. A person that wants to in terms of government I’m talking about. Person that wants to conserve, a person that wants to in financial sense balance budgets. A person that feels strongly about the military and I feel very strong low about the military. And you have some of these Amy they don’t even want to focus on the military. Our military is falling apart I feel very — I have always felt very strongly about the military. By the way, if you look at vision, the word vision, I was the one that said, take the oil, I’ve been saying that for years, take the oil, let’s take the oil. Nobody would listen then all of a sudden after Paris they started saying maybe that’s right we’ll take the oil. They still don’t take the proper way. I was — which is a little bit different than Normal conservative. But I was very much opposed to the war in Iraq. Lot of these guys were all for the war in Iraq look what’s that has got it. Spent $2 trillion, now handing Iraq over, just handing over to Iran. Iran is going to take over Iraq I said that was going to happen. I said that years ago. In 2003 that Iran will take over Iraq was largest oil reserves in the world that’s not a conservative position. When I was saying, don’t go into Iraq I’m a very militaristic person, I’m very much into the military, will build our military better and stronger, that’s the — opposed to what we have now. I was opposed to the war in Iraq. Most conservatives, let’s go gung-ho. Everyone of them wanted the war in Iraq. Look where it got us.

Merriam-Webster brief definition of Conservative: 
a :  of or relating to a philosophy of conservatism
b capitalized :  of or constituting a political party professing the principles of conservatism: as

  • (1) :  of or constituting a party of the United Kingdom advocating support of established institutions 
  • (2) :  progressive conservative
  • 3a :  tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions :  traditional
  • 3b :  marked by moderation or caution
  • 3c :  marked by or relating to traditional norms of taste, elegance, style, or manners
  • 4 :  of, relating to, or practicing Conservative Judaism

Merriam-Webster full definition of Conservative

  • 1a :  an adherent or advocate of political conservatism
  • 1b    capitalized :  a member or supporter of a conservative political party
  • 2a :  one who adheres to traditional methods or views
  • 2b :  a cautious or discreet person

Does his definition even come close? Any Questions?


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