Donald Trump said something incredibly un-conservative earlier this week. During an interview with Bret Baier of Fox News, Trump spoke in glowing terms of the completely legal tactic the government uses to steal private property. The process, which is called “eminent domain” allows the government (and private companies who lobby the government) to confiscate privately owned land for the use of the community. Sadly, eminent domain is often misused by corrupt bureaucrats and the politicians that they’ve purchased.
Donald Trump himself has made disgusting use of this practice and used the government to help him take the private property of others when they refused to sell it to him. (You can read about the terrible story here.)
“I think eminent domain is wonderful if you’re building a highway and you need to build as an example, a highway, and you’re going to be blocked by a hold-out or in some cases, it’s a hold-out, just so you understand, nobody knows this better than I do, I built a lot of buildings in Manhattan and you’ll have 12 sites and you’ll get 11 and you’ll have the one hold-out and you end up building around them and everything else.
I think eminent domain for massive projects, for instance you’re going to create thousands of jobs and you have somebody that’s in the way. Eminent domain, they get a lot of money. And you need a house in a certain location because you’re going to build this massive development that’s going to employ thousands of people or you’re going to build a factory that without this little house, you can’t build the factory. I think eminent domain is fine.”
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