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Glenn Beck Claims Trump Likely Voted for Obama

Glenn Beck Claims Trump Likely Voted for Obama
Glenn Beck (Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo)

By    |   Thursday, 21 January 2016 03:28 PM

Conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck said Thursday that Donald Trump likely voted for President Barack Obama in 2008, citing factors ranging from the Republican front-runner's longtime membership in the Democratic Party to his bitter attacks on former Republican President George W. Bush to his donations to leading Democrats.

"Let's hypothesize for a moment that Donald Trump did actually vote for Obama in the 2008 election," Beck said in an infographic posted on his website. "If so, should it matter?

"If a presidential candidate's long-standing track record, opinions and stated beliefs hold any value, it should," he said.

Among the evidence Beck cites:
  • Trump was a Democrat for seven years leading up to the 2008 election and remained in the party for nearly a year after voting.
  • He praised Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer that "I think Hillary would do a good job."
  • He strongly attacked Bush on the Iraq war and other issues, once saying that he was "a terrible president, perhaps the worst president in the history of this country."
  • Trump called for Bush's impeachment over the war two weeks before the 2008 election.
  • He lauded Obama after he was elected in 2008, even saying in his book the next year: "His comments have led me to believe that he understands how the economy works on a comprehensive level. He has also surrounded himself with very competent people, and that's the mark of a strong leader."
  • The developer donated a "maximum" amount of money to the re-election campaign of now Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in 2010 after Obamacare was passed.
  • Trump gave $50,000 to Rahm Emanuel, Obama's chief of staff who is now Chicago's mayor, a month after the 2010 mid-term elections.
"Did Trump vote for Obama?" Beck asks, urging readers to click on to express their opinion. "Why wouldn't he lie?"

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