Trump's 'Conservative Score' Jumped 18 Points Since 2016, Nearly Even With Reagan
President Donald Trump appears to have moved to the right politically since he took office, according to new analysis by OnTheIssues.org.
The website, which assigns an ideological grade to politicians’ statements and votes, found in 2016 that Trump was conservative on social and economic issues about 42.5 percent of the time. By 2018, however, that number had jumped to 60 percent, which puts Trump just one point behind former President Ronald Reagan.
Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush had scores of 61.1, 60 and 35 percent, respectively.
On "The Daily Briefing," political writer Harry Enten said many Republicans argued during the 2016 campaign that Trump wasn't a true conservative.
"But once he got into the White House and once he was dealing with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, it's pretty clear that he has enacted a conservative agenda," Enten said, pointing to the GOP tax overhaul and the failed attempt at repealing and replacing Obamacare.
He warned that Trump's move to the right could be risky politically because he was elected in part because he was seen as more moderate than Hillary Clinton.
"And now all of a sudden, you're going into a midterm election in which Democrats are doing very well on the congressional generic ballot," Enten said. "And if Donald Trump is seen as just this regular old conservative in Washington, it might not work out so well for his party."
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