Trump is far from the perfect candidate, but his comments on lobbyists destroying the political system in America are admirable.
In an odd turn of events, one of the wealthiest candidates for president is also one of the most outspoken in regards to dangerous ties between lobbyists and Washington.
It is estimated that lobbyists spent $3.24 billion in 2014.
Donald Trump has been unafraid to highlight this issue, saying in a recent Anderson Cooper interview that “The politicians are gonna destroy this country, they’re controlled by the lobbyists and special interests…Look I just read an article where Jeb Bush is meeting with all these lobbyists in Washington. Everyone of those lobbyists that gives money—expects something for it—and that’s a bad thing!”
Trump even admitted to having lobbyists himself, “I’ve had lobbyists, and some very good ones, they can do anything—they can take a politician and have him jump of this ledge!”
In an interview with CBS’s Face The Nation, Trump continued to denounce the lobbyist/Washington affair, saying “I don’t want lobbyists. I don’t want special interests…Certainly I would take contributions, I actually like the idea of investing in a campaign. But it has to be no strings attached. I don’t want any strings attached.”
These remarks are a breath of fresh air compared to the usual political rhetoric vocalized during every election cycle. Of course, I don’t fully trust Donald Trump and we cannot be entirely sure of where his loyalties lie, however – he is speaking the truth about this specific issue. Lobbyists in America have essentially made politics a game of bribery. Whoever offers the most money succeeds in changing policy to benefit special interests as opposed to the people.