Love is in the air as the American Legislative Exchange Council cozies up to the Real Donald.
ALEC and Trump are unlikely lovers. One gets excited about slamming borders shut, raising tariffs on imports, and promising massive infrastructure spending ($1 trillion in borrowed money says Steve Bannon), the other has never seen a free trade agreement it hasn’t embraced and objects to spending programs that might actually grow jobs.
But ALEC is casting doubts aside and is ready to guide Trump to mutual fulfillment.
This is a big change of heart for one of the nation’s largest associations of far-right politicians and corporate lobbyists.
No Trump backers were spotted at the ALEC meeting in San Diego in 2015. The Times of San Diego described how famed Fox pollster Frank Luntz asked the ALEC luncheon crowd at the Manchester Grand Hyatt:
“How many of you are supporting Donald Trump?”
“Crickets,” wrote the paper. “None of the hundreds of American Legislative Exchange Council members or guests, including more than 400 lawmakers, said a word.”
Moreover, ALEC stalwarts like ALEC President Leah Vukmir, a State Senator from Wisconsin, were part of a “never Trump” team that first endorsed Marco Rubio, before rallying behind Ted Cruz, helping to put Wisconsin into the unlikely Cruz column in the GOP primary.
My, have times changed.