The potential presidential campaign of real estate developer Donald Trump is getting traction because people are “disgusted and outraged” about what has happened in the country under the administration of President Barack Obama, political analyst Roger Stone tells Newsmax.TV.
Stone, who worked with Trump during his two previous flirtations with presidential campaigns in 1987 and 1999, was asked at the South Florida Tea Party Tax Day event Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla., why momentum is building for Trump.
“Because he’s not a career politician, because he tells you exactly what he thinks and, like many people here today with the tea party, he is disgusted and outraged about what’s happening to this country,” Stone replied. “Lousy trade deals, high taxes, ridiculous spending, no jobs, wasting money abroad. I think people are really tuning into what he is saying.”
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Stone believes that Trump will wait until his reality show “The Celebrity Apprentice” wraps in May before announcing whether he will run for the GOP nomination. That echoes hints from Trump that an announcement might even come during that show’s finale on May 22.
“The tea party is a growing part of the [Republican] party,” Stone said. “Among those who call themselves tea party Republicans, Trump leads [former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt] Romney 21-17, according to a Wall Street Journal poll. So I think yes, Trump is the tea party candidate and yes, I think the tea party will dominate the primary process.”
On the recent budget agreement worked out between House Republicans and the White House, Stone said everybody agrees we are headed in the right direction.
“While Trump himself has said he would like to have seen deeper cuts, as would I, as would most of these tea party folks,” Stone said. “It’s a step in the right direction. We’re going to have to do more but we also have to keep all of us on the conservative side who want to cut spending overall together. If we fight amongst ourselves, the Democrats and the liberals and those who don’t want to cut spending will win.”
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