It upsets some liberals to say this — and it persuades no Trump supporters — but Donald Trump is a liberal Republican. He would be the most liberal Republican nominee in at least in 20 years.
Here are seven reasons, off the top of my head, why that's true.
1.) Trump's voters are at the left end of the GOP
Poll after poll shows that Trump's base is the moderates. The latest national poll, by Fox, shows that Trump actually loses to Ted Cruz among "very conservative" voters, and he loses to Marco Rubio among those voters if you combined first and second choices. Trump lost the "very conservative" vote in South Carolina according to exit polls, and he did three points better among moderates/liberals than among conservatives. In Iowa, Trump got 33 percent among moderates/liberals, and only 23 percent among conservatives. This is the general, though not universal, pattern.
2.) Trump has said he supports subsidizing Planned Parenthood
He's been confused on this point (as on many points), but he says the abortion-industry and abortion-lobby leader, which endorsed Hillary Clinton, is a great organization. Trump, on most occasions, says he would subsidize the organization. This means he favors big government in service of a Democratic organization that lobbies for abortion and against religious liberty. This is not a conservative position.
3.) Trump's endorsers are liberals
The first congressman to endorse Trump was liberal corporate welfare millionaire from New York, Rep. Chris Collins, who ranks at No. 202 in the Club for Growth's rankings. Chris Christie is the most liberal Republican to run for president in recent years — probably the only candidate to Trump's left.
4.) Trump wants to crack down on free political speech
Like Clinton who hates the Citizens United decision because it allowed a nonprofit group to attack her during a campaign, and like campus radicals who campaign against free speech, Trump has promised to crack down on the media that writes "hit pieces" on him.
5.) Donald Trump agrees with the liberal SCOTUS majority and The New York Times that eminent-domain for corporate gain is marvelous
Trump loves eminent domain for limousine parking lots and other corporate projects. This is legal in many states because of the liberal majority in the Kelo v. New London case. The New York Times' editorial page in many cases has written against property rights and in favor of such seizures in the name of eminent domain.
6.) Donald Trump loves the big-government ethanol mandate like all Democrats do
All Democratic presidential candidates for decades have supported mandates and subsidies for ethanol. The most conservative Republicans — Cruz and Rand Paul — opposed them. Trump was the most pro-ethanol of the major GOP candidates.
7.) Trump supports universal healthcare
He sometimes says he doesn't, but he does. I guess he would get rid of the lines around the states, though.
Timothy P. Carney, The Washington Examiner's senior political columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. His column appears Tuesday and Thursday nights on washingtonexaminer.com.