When is someone going to ask Donald Trump about Citizens United?

Seriously, hear me out. This could be an interesting question.

Donald Trump is fond of saying on the campaign trail that he’s the only candidate who can’t be bought. On Sunday, he took a campaign finance-themed jab at the candidates who attended the Koch Brothers’ weekend retreat:

Aside from throwing out those raping, murdering immigrants, this is arguably the central theme of Trump’s campaign — that regular politicians are bought-out liars who do whatever their donors tell them at the expense of the rest of the public. And he should know, because he used to be one of those donors.

Which is why it’s odd, to say the least, that no one has yet gotten Trump to offer an answer on how he feels about campaign finance laws.

It’s simply taken as a given that “I can’t be bought” is where Trump’s thoughts on campaign finance start and end, but that’s not the same as taking a position on how the campaign finance system should work for other people who aren’t quite as rich as he is.

Donald Trump, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Donald Trump, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Trump’s argument could cut one of two ways. If legal bribery for politicians is bad, the solution is either voting for candidates who are too rich to be bribed or making the bribery illegal. Of course, one would think that Trump’s natural inclination would be the former, but it isn’t out of the question that he’d endorse some semblance of the latter. Repeal Citizens United and replace it with something terrific, for example.

It’s also worth noting that the former position — campaign finance reform is a bad idea, so vote for rich people — was, for all intents and purposes, Mitt Romney’s position in 2012. When asked about the effects of money in politics, Romney was always quick to pivot to the advice his father gave him, to never run for office if you need the money, as his way of saying that he wouldn’t be beholden to donors because he was already rich enough to get by.

So for all of the questions Trump is being asked, it’s high time someone slipped one in about money in politics as it pertains to people not named Donald J. Trump. He might give a more colorful version of the party line, as he has on other issues, or he might say something really interesting.

UPDATE: That didn’t take long…


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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8 Responses to “When is someone going to ask Donald Trump about Citizens United?”

  1. Jon says:

    Trump admirers should seriously look at Bernie Sanders. The media say that he’s to the left, but that’s a lie they tell because they don’t like that he operates outside of the establishment. In truth, he’s right there with Trump, in fact he’s several steps ahead of him. Sanders has laid out detailed plans on how to buck the system entirely and fix our campaign financing. Whether you vote for Sanders or not, we’re screwed if we don’t all come together and cry out that we all want the same thing — the end of this Good Old Boys establishment that is happy to ignore the people’s will and their needs.

    Watch some of Sanders’ speeches, you will be hooked in. We need a full-scale revolt, and honestly I don’t think Trump is willing to go the full mile to fix the corruption, he’ll just make it look good on the surface. But if you still want to support Trump, it’s basically the same fight as Sanders.

  2. emjayay says:

    I bet they have Snacky Cakes too.

  3. nicho says:

    Nothing worse than losing access to the Cosmos and Cheezy Poofs

  4. Indigo says:

    Those are very funny jokes but you know, the media is afraid, very afraid. What if they step on the wrong toes and get banned from White House cocktail parties?

  5. Indigo says:

    Are your prophesying?

  6. Don Chandler says:

    During the most recent press corp dinner, Obama talked about ‘who will get that red rose’ meaning the Koch Brother money. The press didn’t find it funny and didn’t harp on it much. But it’s huge.

    Here is the comments:

    — “I can’t wait to see who the Koch brothers pick. It’s exciting. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, who will finally get that red rose?” [minimal laughter]

    — On the Koch brothers’ sponsoring of campaigns: “A billion dollars. From just two guys. Is it me, or does that feel excessive? I know I’ve raised a lot of money too, but my middle name is Hussein. What’s their excuse?”

    I think the press makes huge money off of campaign spending…duh. It’s all ads. Hillary has a lot of money but nothing like that field of republicans when added up.

    I don’t see Trump getting very much of that money though. Maybe Donald Trump was the only one that laughed at Obama’s red rose joke.

  7. 2karmanot says:

    I can see it now—re-branding: The Trump House.

  8. nicho says:

    Romney’s advice is, and was, bullshit. Rich people always “need the money.” At least they need more money and more money and more money. They never have enough. As long as middle and lower class people still have a buck or two in their pockets, people like Romney and Trump feel cheated. Trump is not running for president as an altruistic gesture. He wants to steal more.

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