Fox Guest Says Trump Can ‘Absolutely’ Work With Democrats Because ‘He Actually Used to be One’
If Donald Trump was tuned in to his favorite network Tuesday afternoon, he got an unpleasant reminder of his past when a guest pointed out Trump’s past political affiliations.
On Fox News’s Outnumbered Overtime, host Harris Faulkner brought up recent reports that Trump is courting Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and likely incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in order to explore opportunities for bipartisanship.
Former Harry Reid communications director Jon Summers told Faulkner that “I think it’s great that he’s doing that,” and asked “Can he work with Democrats?”
“Absolutely, he can work with Democrats,” Summers said in reply to his own question, adding “he actually used to be one.”
That news might come as a shock to some of the Trump supporters who may have tuned in this afternoon, but it’s absolutely true. According to Politifact, Trump switched his party affiliation to “Democrat” in 2001.
In fact, in a 2004 CNN interview, Trump told Wolf Blitzer that I probably identify more as Democrat,” and added that “It just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans. Now, it shouldn’t be that way. But if you go back, I mean it just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats. …But certainly we had some very good economies under Democrats, as well as Republicans. But we’ve had some pretty bad disaster under the Republicans.”
For some strange reason, Trump didn’t return to the Republican Party until 2009, as the country was reeling from just such a “bad” Republican “disaster.” Coincidentally, that’s the year Barack Obama took office as our country’s first black president. Maybe it was reverse economic anxiety?
Summers’ tongue-in-cheek observation highlights another odd facet of today’s politics, as Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) seems increasingly likely to run for president in 2020. If he succeeds, it means a Republican who used to be a Democrat will be running against a Democrat who isn’t a Democrat. Maybe Kamala Harris should run as an independent.
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