Just watch this clip from his interview with Larry King in 1999:
Yes, you heard right. The man was for universal health care in America in 1999. He began as a moderate or liberal Republican (or what was sometimes called a “Rockefeller Republican”), different from the quasi-libertarian conservative Republicans.
If Trump wants to win over Bernie voters and actually do something no other US president has ever done, he ought to return to that issue, but framed in a way that does not alienate his Republican base.
But of course that would be too much like common sense, wouldn’t it.
Curiously, Trump has been attacked on this issue by US fiscal and anti-government conservatives, as in this dishonest anti-Trump add below:
But this is just dishonest, because Trump has long given up on advocating a universal system.
I also was somewhat impressed with his assessment of Trump here on Counterpunch. As the author says, if Trump were ever to become US president, his time in office could be the “century’s most profound anti-climax … marked by boring stuff like indecision, gridlock, contradictions and frustration. A ‘liberal’ Trump is boxed in by a conservative Congress, and a weird, ‘impulsive’ Trump is de-fanged by the Democrats.”
Watch the full interview to gauge Trump the man circa 1999. E.g., one of his terrible ideas is that you can run government like a business. Very bad idea.