In a new column for PowerlineBlog, takes Donald Trump to task for his recent attacks on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s record, saying they prove the billionaire is neither Republican or conservative.
It’s not unusual for presidential candidates from the same party to call each other out, but Hinderaker says Trump’s arguments come straight out of the Democratic Party’s talking points. Even those who aren’t among Walker’s supporters acknowledge that his conservative reforms to cut state spending and end the political influence of powerful unions is a model for the GOP. “This is the kind of smear the Democrats perpetrate against Walker, but why would any Republican join them? This, too, is straight out of the left-wing playbook,” Hinderaker said.
Trump has leveled some pointed attacks on Walker, accusing him of leaving the state in “turmoil” and saying the state’s roads, schools, and hospitals were a “disaster.” Trump also said “The other guys running, the Republicans — they protect each other.”
Hinderaker jumped on that statement. “So the ‘other guys running’ are ‘the Republicans.’ Not Trump. He’s no Republican, by his own acknowledgement. Nor is he a conservative,” he said. “Scott Walker’s budget reforms in Wisconsin are one of modern conservatism’s greatest success stories. So why would Donald Trump attack them? Because 1) he is not a Republican, and 2) he is not a conservative.”