Trump Once Called Pat Buchanan a ‘Hitler Lover’ — Now He’s Using His Support for the Wall

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Amid a flurry of tweets fired off from a snowy White House on Sunday, President Donald Trump touted a quote from a dubious source to support his proposed border wall — Pat Buchanan.

Trump shared a quote from Buchanan’s CNSNews column calling for a national emergency to be declared on the southern border.

Buchanan, a conservative commentator and former aide to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, has long been criticized for anti-Semitism and racism — even by Trump himself. Trump’s ties to Buchanan date back to his earlier presidential ambitions with the Reform Party in 2000. In announcing his intention to leave the Republican Party, Trump slammed Buchanan in an interview with “Meet the Press.”

“He’s a Hitler lover. I guess he’s an anti-Semite,” Trump said of Buchanan. “He doesn’t like the blacks, he doesn’t like the gays.”

Trump questioned how anyone could support Buchanan, righting his supporters off as a “wacko vote”:

“And maybe he’ll get 4 or 5 percent of the vote, and it’ll be a really staunch right wacko vote. I’m not even sure if it’s right. It’s just a wacko vote. And I just can’t imagine that anybody can take him seriously.”

When he opted to abandon his exploration of a presidential run with the Reform Party, Trump once again blasted Buchanan, who was also seeking the party’s nomination. Trump labeled Buchanan a “neo-Nazi” in a statement to the New York Times.

“This is not company I wish to keep,” he added.

But despite Trump’s strong past denouncements of Buchanan in no uncertain words, he doesn’t seem to mind any support when it comes to his planned wall. And with polling of the ongoing government shutdown — now the longest in history — showing that a majority of Americans hold Trump responsible, he’s likely to take all the support he can get when it comes to a wall on the southern border.

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Phyllis Softa
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Why would it be noteworthy that 2000 Trump disagrees with 2015-2019 Trump? Tuesday Trump doesn’t even agree with Thursday Trump. Trumpsters disagree with every position they previously held on everything from national deficit to a POTUS golfing or vacationing. To borrow their mantra, “It doesn’t matter.”

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