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‘Eminent Domain Is WONDERFUL!!’ – El Trumpo Loves Gov’t Taking Private Property Away [Full Interview]

In a long and wide-ranging interview on Fox News, el Trumpo defended his positions including the one many conservatives find to be his weakness – his adoration of Eminent Domain, and especially the Kelo Supreme Court decision.

The first part of the interview contains the Eminent Domain discussion:

I think many might get upset that he’s calling people who don’t want to sell their property “hold outs” – what if they just like their property?

Also he gives the example of eminent domain where property is taken to “build highways,” but Trump has never built a highway!! The Kelo case was about developers abusing Eminent Domain not for public gain, but for private gain. And Trump thinks it’s “wonderful.”

Here’s what happened in the Kelo decision – the Supreme court basically ruled that “public gain” means “private gain.” Most of us understand when Eminent Domain is needed because government needs to do something for public gain, which is constitutional, like building a highway. But what developers were arguing in the Kelo case is that they can include increasing the tax base as “public gain.” So the government can take away your property and give it to a developer to make a mall as long as they believe they’ll get more taxes out of the mall than they will out of you.

That’s NOT the original intent of Eminent Domain.

And what that means is that “public gain” is rendered meaningless because a local government can just declare that it would increase the tax base to take anyone’s property and give it to a developer.

Does that sound conservative to you?

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  • Bile Gull

    I don’t care about eminent domain or Kelo. We have MUCH more important issues to worry about. Trump can take ANY position he wants on this, as long as he STOPS the PLANNED invasion across our southern border and REVERSES the flow. We cannot be devided over petty issues such as land domain.

  • This is the best interview Trump has done since he threw his hat into the ring. He is starting to show his hand a bit, especially on foreign policy and trade, and he makes better sense than anyone else running.

    Liberals always bring up the Kelo thing on eminent domain, which is asinine. Abuse of eminent domain is when the government confiscated millions of acres, forcing ranching families off their land, to create White Sands Missile Range in the 1940’s. A modern example is the governments attempts to take about 400 acres from mine owners in Nevada because Area 51 has expanded over the years and now surrounds the property. Taking the land will not provide economic development or jobs, it will benefit nobody. Buying out one holdout when the hundreds of people around them has already sold is a different thing altogether.

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