When Donald Trump is asked questions about foreign policy, he frequently brings up his ability to make deals and presents his 1987 book, Trump: The Art of the Deal, as evidence. Naturally, one would think that Trump would be quick to reference his 2000 book, Trump: The America We Deserve, when asked about his vision for America’s future, but that is not the case. Trump rarely, if ever, discusses The America We Deserve, and this is for one very simple reason: the Donald Trump of 2000 was a very liberal guy.
In recent memory, most remember Donald Trump as the hard-line Republican leading the birther movement in 2012 and one of Mitt Romney’s staunchest critics on the right. In 2000, Trump was flirting with a different run for president—not as a Republican, but rather as a member of the Reform Party. The platform he laid out for his potential run with the Reform Party was socially progressive.
Between pages 206 and 219 of The America We Deserve, Trump lays out a detailed plan for how to achieve a universal healthcare system. In fact, Trump self-describes himself as being liberal on health, stating:
I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on [health]. We should not hear so many stories of families ruined by healthcare expenses. We must not allow citizens with medical problems go untreated because of financial problems or red tape. It is an unacceptable but accurate fact that the number of uninsured Americans has risen to forty-two million.