In a conversation with the Washington political editor of Breitbart News, President Trump told Matthew Boyle that he felt “very strongly” that the United States will never submit to socialism. Trump continued the conversation by saying that many Democrats are campaigning on the backs of socialism.
“Now with that being said, you always have to be very careful, because socialism is easy to campaign on but tough to govern on, because the country goes down the tubes,” Trump said. “But when you tell people free medical, free education, no more student loans—all of the different things that you say—it’s a great thing to campaign on, but then ten years later the country is down the tubes. It’s gone. So, you always have to be careful with it, because you know you talk about single-payer, it sounds very seductive—single-payer—say what you want, but it’s a very seductive thing.”
“But it means you’re not going to have good healthcare, it means the country is not going to be able to afford it. Not only is the country not going to be able to afford it, but it’s more than the entire revenue stream taken in for the entire—it’s like not even close right? But nobody thinks about that. They think, free healthcare isn’t that wonderful? But the truth is when you’re up on the debate stage, and they say we’re giving you free education, we’re giving you free healthcare, we’re giving you everything you want and a Rolls-Royce in everyone’s pocket, it’s not an easy situation. But what happens is ten years later the country is gone. Okay, whether it’s this country or any other country,” continued President Trump.
In response to a question asked by the Breitbart News senior White House correspondent Charlie Spiering, President Trump explained that “the pendulum swings in politics frequently.” He continued by explaining that if for some reason voters decide to go with a candidate from the left, they would immediately get back on track the next election by voting in a Republican. “Then what happens is you take a violent turn to the other direction,” Trump said.
Spiering then asked President Trump if he was worried about a “violent turn” in the direction of socialism after two years of his administration. Trump said that he’s not worried about it and then pointed out his approval rating poll numbers. “I don’t think so, because we’ve had our best poll numbers. You saw them—we’ve had our best poll numbers. We had nothing but fake news.”
“Fox treats me well—and when I say well, I define well as fairly. It’s not—some of it’s not so good at all. But at least it’s fair. I do really well with local—you know, the local stuff is shockingly good. It’s almost like not even to be believed. But CNN and MSNBC and NBC, ABC, and yeah CBS, they’re all extraordinarily bad. I would say NBC is maybe the worst and very dishonest. It’s not even like bad, like bad reporting. It’s totally dishonest reporting. It’s really pretty incredible what they can get away with,” said President Trump.
Alexander Marlow, the Editor-in-Chief of Breitbart news, pointed out that many people on the left are publicly coming “out” as socialists for the first time. When Marlow asked President Trump if he believed there was a rise of supporters for socialism, Trump responded by questioning whether or not a rise is actually happening.
He then pointed out how certain Democratic presidential candidates have handled the debate about whether or not they support socialism or capitalism. Trump believes that the next election might just come down to whether people support capitalism or socialism.
Trump then spoke about the former governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, who avoided a question about whether or not he supported capitalism. Hickenlooper is the former governor of Colorado who is running in the 2020 presidential election.
“Well I don’t know if there will be a rise, we have to see that—and that we will only know in an election. So far, if you add it all up, you know, I watched a certain gentleman—I won’t mention his name, but he made a couple of bucks, he refuses to acknowledge capitalism. You saw that over the weekend—Hickenlooper. He was ashamed of the word, and yet I’ve seen others maybe going in the other direction,” said President Trump.