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ACU's Matt Schlapp: Trump Clearly Running on 'Conservative Themes'

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Tuesday, 10 May 2016 08:39 AM

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump hasn't always acted as a conservative and that may make voters nervous, but eight years of President Barack Obama in the White House has solidified his conservative views and it's "clear he's running on conservative themes," American Conservative Union President Matt Schlapp said Tuesday.

"He doesn't have a voting record," Schlapp told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show. "We'll find out as he puts more policy down and if he were to win, who he picks to be on his team.

"I think he tends to govern as a conservative. But, once again when you have an outsider it makes everybody a little bit nervous."

Schlapp said he does think that Trump over the years "woke up to the fact that these Obama policies, these leftist policies are a danger to the economy, a danger to America standing overseas," and he thinks that Obama propelled Trump to run.

"He cares about, like, does America lead overseas?" said Schlapp. "Are Islamic terrorists winning or are we winning? What is going on with our economy? Why are wages stagnated for 15 years? Why can't we do better. I think those are the types of issues that animated him."

But Trump has scared many Republicans, he admitted, as he "came from nowhere and took over the nominating process, and is going to get more votes than any Republican who ran for the Republican nomination ever in the primary system, and a lot of people don't have personal relationships with him."

Schlapp also thinks that Christian voters are warming to Trump, and even though they've heard a lot about his lifestyle, they also feel that the issues they care about, such as marriage, pro-life, public prayer and more are being answered.

"Trump has actually done a very good job of stating the fact that, look, if you want to practice your faith as a Christian," said Schlapp.

The conservative leader, though, said he is frustrated by the "elitism" being seen in calls from some anti-Trump factions that would rather see Hillary Clinton win the election and be defeated on policy by a strong Republican-led Congress.

"Advocating losing the White House is really stupid," he said. "The fact is conservatives from across the country have given Donald Trump a million more votes to date than Mitt Romney got. He'll get more votes in the primary process than anybody who has run for the Republican nomination."

And, Schlapp said he must give Obama "his due. On policy after policy after policy he's been able to outmaneuver Congress. He's gone around Congress, I think sometimes unconstitutionally . . . The fact is that losing stinks and it means you don't get to implement your policies."

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