On Wednesday, Donald Trump signaled he has never been “more serious” about a potential run for the White House in 2016. He told the Washington Post:
“Everybody feels I’m doing this just to have fun or because it’s good for the brand,” Trump said in an interview with The Washington Post. “Well, it’s not fun. I’m not doing this for enjoyment. I’m doing this because the country is in serious trouble.”
If Trump does end up running for president, he's sure to be an unorthodox candidate. Not just because of his celebrity status and his tremendous wealth, but mostly because of his tendency to say whatever is on his mind, regardless of the politically correct rules most candidates are forced to live by.
A perfect example of Trump's attitude is his interview on nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt's program.
Here's Trump on the vaccine controversy:
"Hewitt: And it goes to a tweet that you put out. I love the fact that you tweet your own stuff. You wrote massive combined inoculations to small children is the cause for a big increase in autism. Spread shots over a long period, and watch positive result. Do you stand by that, Donald Trump?
Trump: Okay, I do, and let me explain it real quickly. I am a total believer in getting the shots and having it done, and I am a total believer, 100%, nobody a bigger believer. What I don’t like seeing is that 20 pound little baby going in and having this one massive inoculation with all of these things combined. I’d like it spread over, because look, our autism rate is at a level that it’s never been. Nobody’s ever, you know, in the old days, you didn’t even hear about autism, and now it’s at a level that’s so high, especially in boys, but so high that nobody can even believe it. What I’m saying is 100% I want to see it happen. I want everybody, but it should be spread over. Smaller doses over a longer period of time. So spread it out over a year. There’s no harm in that, and I believe autism will go way down.
Hewitt: If a group of scientists came to you and said look, The Donald, that’s just, that’s not right, you’re giving out misinformation, would you change your mind if presented with facts on that?
Trump: Well, I’ve seen babies that were totally healthy that weren’t healthy, and I’m not asking for anything. All I’m doing is saying spread it out over a period of time. I’m not saying don’t get inoculated, don’t get the shots, don’t get the vaccines. I’m saying spread it out over a period of time. It doesn’t hurt anybody other than probably the pharmaceutical companies, because they probably make more money putting it into one shot. Maybe it hurts the doctors. I don’t know. But I can say this. Everybody would get the vaccines. They just, they wouldn’t be pumping these massive amounts of liquid into a child."
And Trump on Common Core:
"Hewitt: What’s Donald Trump think about Common Core?
DT: Well first of all, I think it’s going to kill Bush, and I think that education should be local, absolutely. I think that for people in Washington to be setting curriculum and to be setting all sorts of standards for people living in Iowa and other places is ridiculous.
Hewitt: Why is it going to kill Bush?
Trump: Because I think people don’t want to have somebody from Washington looking down and saying this is what you’re going to be studying.
Hewitt: But do you think he’s responsible for that part of it?
Trump: No, but he’s responsible for supporting it."
Hewitt then pressed Trump on his personal finances:
"Hewitt: Yeah, you’re not shy. Let me ask you this. On the day you declare, how many years of tax returns will you release?
Trump: Well, I’d certainly go over tax returns, and I will tell you nobody knows the tax return business or world better than me. And you have to understand, I’m a businessman, and I work for myself. And I have a phenomenal net worth, and a lot of cash and very little debt, and you’d see that. And actually, I did that, you know, I’m the only candidate in history that actually submitted his financials the last time, and I didn’t run. I actually submitted my financials, because to be honest with you, I’m very proud of my financials.
Hewitt: Would you release tax returns, though?
Trump: So the answer is yeah, I would do it.
Hewitt: Three years? Five years?
Trump: I mean, I would do something, but I will tell you up front, as a private person, Hugh, I would be, and you know, I’m very proud of this. I want to pay as little taxes as I can as a private person.
Hewitt: Of course. Of course. That’s the American way, legally.
Hewitt: At least a couple of years?
Trump: Well, what have they been doing? They’ve been really doing one year, other than people that never made anything. But I would certainly, I’m very proud of what I’ve done. I do pay tax. But I’m very proud of what I did. I will say this. You will see piles and piles and piles of paper stacked many feet into the air, because the system is so complex that it’s disgraceful. And the tax system does have to be changed."
Last month, Trump delivered a speech in Des Moines, IA. This week he was in South Carolina and this weekend he will address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington DC.
He's certainly traveling like a serious candidate.