Donald Trump Says He’s Not A Conservative

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Donald Trump has clearly decided to make his “pivot” for the general election against Joe Biden. During an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box, the former president responded to claims that he’d spend his entire term on a “revenge tour.”

“At issue” wrote Mediate, “were recent comments made by Home Depot CEO and Republican mega-donor Ken Langone, who revealed that he’s afraid of a second Trump term during a December appearance.

‘I worry if Trump wins that, it will be four years of getting even,’ the former supporter of Nikki Haley said on CNBC late last year. ‘And that’s scary because we’ve got serious issues coming up that need to be addressed.’

After playing the clip for Trump and CNBC viewers to see, Andrew Ross Sorkin asked the former president, ‘What do you think of that, Mr. President? Because I think that there is a feeling that there is still anger and frustration that you have about certain issues.’”

That’s when the former president said something that sent chills down the spine of some of his supporters.

Newsweek detailed the shocking conversation: 

“People say, ‘you’re conservative,’ I’m not conservative, you know what I am, I’m a man of common sense and a lot of conservative policies are common sense,” Trump said while appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box.

The former president went on to detail some of the policies he’d enact if reelected in 2024 saying, “we’re not going to have open borders,” and criticized President Joe Biden’s handling of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump’s remarks on Monday came after the hosts of Squawk Box showed a clip of billionaire and Republican donor Ken Langone saying that if Trump wins in 2024, it will turn into four years of “getting even.”

In response, the former president said that while he is not a fan of Langone, he noted that “he’s right in one sense. “People think that there’s going to be revenge and I say, ‘no the revenge is going to be success,'” Trump said. “We’re gonna turn our country around, we’re gonna bring sense and common sense.”

This is not the first time that Trump has contradicted conservative beliefs. Earlier in the year, he angered Republican activists by calling for an end to the Bud Light boycott. 

More recently, the former president received the ire of one of his former advisers, Steve Bannon, when he came out to support TikTok rather than back the GOP push to ban the alleged Chinese spy app. 

In both cases, conservatives claimed he’d been bought off by donors. 

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