In his 1987 book The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump wrote, “I never get too attached to one deal or one approach. … I keep a lot of balls in the air, because most deals fall out, no matter how promising they seem at first.”
The same could be said of Trump’s political positions. Throughout the primary, Trump has mostly managed to avoid staking firm positions on important issues by speaking in general, hyperbolic and unspecific terms or even leaving his sentences half-completed. For example, when Trump was asked this weekend what the federal minimum wage would be under his administration, he answered, “My real minimum wage is going to be — I’m going to bring companies back into this country and they’re going to make a lot more than the $15 even. They’re going to make a lot more than that.”
On occasions when Trump has been forced to nail down a position, he hasn’t hesitated to abandon it — often in a hurry.As he focuses his attention on appealing to a wider audience ahead of the general election, Trump is flipping his past positions faster than ever, reversing himself on some of his signature proposals.
May 30, 2016: “The answer is that there has to be some form of punishment [for a woman seeking an abortion].”
May 30, 2016: “The doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb.”
On assault weapons
January 15, 2000: “I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.”
September 19, 2016: “Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like ‘assault weapons’, ‘military-style weapons’ and ‘high capacity magazines’ to confuse people. What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans. Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own.”