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Donald Trump's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2016.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Let me be clear--I am pro-life. I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1040494/donald-j-trump-for-president-inc-oped-the-culture-of-life (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pro-life and have been for a long time." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1040496/donald-j-trump-is-pro-life (votesmart.org)
  • "I have become pro-life. I was in a meek fashion pro-choice, but I have become pro-life. But I become pro- life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1117475/fox-news-the-oreilly-factor-transcript-donald-trump-reacts-to-new-polling (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "America is one of the highest tax nations in the world. Reducing taxes will cause new companies and new jobs to come roaring back into our country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1114534/time-magazine-speech-by-donald-trump-at-the-2016-republican-party-convention/ (votesmart.org)
  • "Simplifying the tax code and cutting every American's taxes will boost consumer spending, encourage savings and investment, and maximize economic growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1016388/issue-position-tax-reform-that-will-make-america-great-again (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We will rebuild our roads, bridges, tunnels, highways, airports, schools, and hospitals." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1135053/trump-in-virginia-our-movement-taking-on-big-business-big-donors-and-big-media (votesmart.org)
  • "It is time we imposed budget discipline by holding the line on spending, getting rid of waste, fraud and abuse, and by taking on our debt." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1030463/donald-j-trump-statement-on-budget-deal (votesmart.org)
  • "We’ll get a fund, make a phenomenal deal with low interest rates and rebuild our infrastructure." http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/us/politics/trump-clinton-infrastructure.html (www.nytimes.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We cut the taxes way way down for middle income people because the middle income has been forgotten in this country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1065789/donald-trump-the-american-dream-is-dead-im-going-to-make-it-bigger-and-better (votesmart.org)
  • "Under my plan, we cut not only taxes for the middle class, but we cut taxes for corporations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1037019/transcript-of-the-new-hampshire-gop-debate-annotated (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The federal government, but the concept of the country is the concept that we have to have education within the country, and we have to get rid of common core and it should be brought to the state level." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1056036/full-rush-transcript-donald-trump-cnn-milwaukee-republican-presidential-town-hall/ (votesmart.org)
  • "I will end common core. It’s a disaster." https://www.donaldjtrump.com/issues/ (www.donaldjtrump.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I'm going to ask Trans Canada to renew its permit application for the Keystone Pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1082811/an-america-first-energy-plan/ (votesmart.org)
  • "If I am elected President I will immediately approve the Keystone XL pipeline. No impact on environment & lots of jobs for U.S." https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/633739970985897984 (twitter.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The wind kills all your birds. All your birds, killed. You know, the environmentalists never talk about that." http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/290093-trump-wind-power-kills-all-your-birds (thehill.com)
  • "We will get the bureaucracy out of the way of innovation, so we can pursue all forms of energy. This includes renewable energies and the technologies of the future. It includes nuclear, wind and solar energy -- but not to the exclusion of other energy. The government should not pick winners and losers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1082811/an-america-first-energy-plan/ (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We're going to rescind all the job-destroying Obama executive actions including the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1082811/an-america-first-energy-plan/ (votesmart.org)
  • "I think there's a change in weather. I am not a great believer in man-made climate change. I'm not a great believer. There is certainly a change in weather that goes -- if you look, they had global cooling in the 1920s and now they have global warming, although now they don't know if they have global warming. They call it all sorts of different things; now they're using 'extreme weather' I guess more than any other phrase. I am not -- I know it hurts me with this room, and I know it's probably a killer with this room -- but I am not a believer. Perhaps there's a minor effect, but I'm not a big believer in man-made climate change." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1054348/the-washington-post-a-transcript-of-donald-trumps-meeting-with-the-washington-post-editorial-board/ (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Gun and magazine bans are a total failure. That's been proven every time it's been tried. Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like 'assault weapons', 'military-style weapons' and 'high capacity magazines' to confuse people. What they're really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans. Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1016377/issue-position-protecting-our-second-amendment-rights-will-make-america-great-again (votesmart.org)
  • "Politicians are trying to chip away at the 2nd Amendment. I won’t let them take away our guns!!" https://www.donaldjtrump.com/issues/ (www.donaldjtrump.com)
  • "You know, we talk about Paris with the gun-free zones, we talk about Paris with their strong gun laws, by the way. Nobody had guns except for the bad guys. If we would have had guns on the other side going, in terms of Second Amendment having to do, if bullets were - same thing with San Bernardino. If bullets were going in the opposite direction, you wouldn't have had the problems in those two places, that I can tell you." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1056036/full-rush-transcript-donald-trump-cnn-milwaukee-republican-presidential-town-hall (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We will repeal and replace disastrous 'Obamacare!' " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1114534/time-magazine-speech-by-donald-trump-at-the-2016-republican-party-convention/ (votesmart.org)
  • "We don't have - we don't have bidding. We don't have competition in health care. And it's a disaster. Obamacare, if you take a look at your premiums, they're going up 35 percent, 45 percent, 55 percent, and the deductibles are so high, you'll never get to use it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1056036/full-rush-transcript-donald-trump-cnn-milwaukee-republican-presidential-town-hall/ (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "If we don’t have borders, we don’t have a country. We need to BUILD A WALL that will keep illegal immigrants out." https://www.donaldjtrump.com/issues/ (www.donaldjtrump.com)
  • "Clinton has pledged to expand Obama's executive amnesty, hurting poor African-American and Hispanic workers by giving away their jobs and federal resources to illegal immigrant labor -- while making us all less safe. It is time to protect our country and Make America Safe Again and Great Again for everyone." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1104123/donald-j-trump-statement-on-executive-amnesty-ruling (votesmart.org)
  • "We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities!" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1114534/time-magazine-speech-by-donald-trump-at-the-2016-republican-party-convention (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I don't feel right about it. I'm against it, and I take a lot of heat because I come from New York. You know, for New York it's like, how can you be against gay marriage? But I'm opposed to gay marriage." http://www.politifact.com/new-york/statements/2016/aug/14/sean-patrick-maloney/donald-trump-against-same-sex-marriage/ (www.politifact.com)
  • MSNBC "I think I’m evolving, and I think I’m a very fair person, but I have been for traditional marriage. I am for traditional marriage, I am for a marriage between a man and a woman." http://www.msnbc.com/thomas-roberts/thomas-roberts-donald-trump-interview (www.msnbc.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "W're going to get rid of ISIS , and we're going to get rid of them fast." https://www.donaldjtrump.com/issues/ (www.donaldjtrump.com)
  • "We must abandon the failed policy of nation-building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, in Libya, in Egypt and in Syria. Instead, we must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terrorism and doing it now, doing it quickly." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1114534/time-magazine-speech-by-donald-trump-at-the-2016-republican-party-convention/ (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will do everything within my power not to touch Social Security, to leave it the way it is" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1050980/cnntranscript-of-republican-debate-in-miami/ (votesmart.org)
  • "There's tremendous waste, fraud and abuse, and we're going to get it. But we're not going to hurt the people who have been paying into Social Security their whole life and then all of a sudden they're supposed to get less." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1039179/transcript-of-the-republican-presidential-debate/ (votesmart.org)

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Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

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