In a radio interview Thursday, Carly Fiorina called out presidential rival Donald Trump for his past actions on eminent domain and his support of Kelo vs. City of New London, a decision that drastically expanded the government’s ability to seize property. Fiorina called the decision a blatant case of “crony capitalism” and highlighted it as an example of where courts should have practiced judicial engagement instead of restraint.
I think Donald Trump, among others, has engaged in crony capitalism in its most raw and abusive form. When commercial interests get together with government to take away private property for their own commercial interests, that’s a big problem. And I think I join so many conservatives in saying that eminent domain has been abused. And it has been abused by the collusion between governments eager for revenue and businesses eager for competitive advantage. So I find the Kelo case—if ever there was a case for judicial engagement instead of judicial restraint, it’s this set of issues.
You can listen to the full interview with Fiorina’s comments below:
Nick Arnold is a researcher for American Principles In Action.