Is Donald Trump a secret agent for the Democrats?
Working as a double agent embedded in the enemy camp could explain some of the businessman's outbursts.Neil Churchill February 3, 2016
He has called for a “total and complete” shutdown of America’s borders to Muslims, and that there should be surveillance on all US mosques.
He wants to bring back waterboarding as an interrogation technique and if he becomes President, has promised to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, to stop illegal immigrants.
They are just some of the infamous quotes to have escaped Donald Trump’s mouth in the last six months, as he builds his support for the Republican nomination for the US Presidency. He’s also said some pretty unsavoury things about Saudi Arabia.
But is the provocative businessman with the unique toupee really such a populist conservative now?
There are some who believe that in fact, Trump has no interest in being President at all, and that he is actually a double agent for the Democrat Party, hoping to bring the Republicans down from the inside. After all, he used to be a pro-choice Democrat himself.
It might sound a little farfetched and espionage-like for the world of politics, but let’s look at the potential red flags so far.
Since the day he threw his hat into the Republican ring, Trump has grabbed the headlines – all the headlines. Originally there were 16 candidates, including Trump. Apart from him and two or three others, how many can you remember?
The biggest impact, or trick, Trump has had on the Republican race is directing the attention and focus away from his rival runners and onto himself. Whoever eventually becomes the Republican candidate, Trump or not, is going to find it a lot tougher to win the general election later this year; US voters haven't got to know the other candidates like they have in previous years.
That's one of the reasons for the double agent theory, according to political commentator George Will, who last year said: "If Donald Trump were a Democratic mole placed in the Republican Party to disrupt things, how would his behaviour be any different?... I don't think it would be."
Another mission Trump has executed perfectly so far – if of course he is a Democrat mole – is shifting the Republican Party’s stance.
In 2013, strategists for the party set a goal to appeal to a more ethically diverse nation. What Trump has done instead, is drag the party into right-wing nativism, with comments such as the examples at the start of this article.
But why would Donald Trump, a successful billionaire, care to help the Democrats by damaging the Republican Party’s chances of replacing Barack Obama in the White House?
"Maybe Donald negotiated a deal with his buddy Hillary Clinton," Jeb Bush, another Republican candidate, tweeted late last year. "Continuing this path will put her in the White House."
Yes, Trump and the Clintons - Hillary of course is the Democratic front runner - are friends. Just how close they actually are only few will know, but they certainly mix in the same New York social circles.
Carlos Curbelo, the Republican Congressman of Florida, has labeled Trump a “phantom candidate” claiming he was “recruited by the left to create this entire political circus”.
"Mr Trump has a close friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton," Curbelo said. "They were at his last wedding. He has contributed to the Clintons' foundation. He has contributed to Mrs Clinton's Senate campaigns. All of this is very suspicious."
Now while that all may be true, the guest list to Trump’s wedding in 2005, while exclusive, was not short and Trump has always enjoyed surrounding himself with powerful people.
Speaking at a forum last month, Hillary Clinton acknowledged that she and her husband attended the wedding, but not that they are friends.
“He was basically a Democrat before he was a Republican, and he was somebody that we all knew in New York,” she said.
“And he was supportive of Democrats. He was supportive of a lot of the causes that I cared about and that people I knew cared about. Now he seems to have taken another road.”
Trump himself addressed the secret agent claims last year, saying: “Believe me, from Hillary’s standpoint, the one person she doesn’t want running against her is Donald Trump.”
Enough to stop the conspiracy theory? Not quite. There is one suspicious activity that as yet remains unanswered. A ‘mystery’ phone call between Trump and Bill Clinton took place last May, just one month before Trump announced his entry into the presidential race.
A call for help, or for good luck? We’ll probably never know which it was, but as Trump continues to dominate the headlines the Democrats must be incredibly pleased he's no longer one of them.