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Good essay. Trump is no Conservative. I see him as a moderate pragmatist and probably an old-style Liberal at heart. I still can not understand why progressives and lefties hate him so much. He seems to love America and Americans, and he is entertaining. And character flaws are de rigeur for politicians because normal people avoid that game.
You forget, Trump thinks government blows our tax money on crap. He thinks government is bloated and inefficient. That is a very conservative view. I think he is an interesting combination of Republican and traditional (20 years ago) Democrat. But has selected all the best aspects of each.
Gonna be a new day in D.C. after January 20th. Can hardly wait.
I absolutely disagree with people who say Trump isn't a Conservative.
Somebody (Z-Man maybe) called him a "Street Conservative" which I agree with. He's more driven by pragmatism than complex principles. Government should be minimized. Tax dollars should be treated like business dollars - carefully. Regulations should be as light as possible on businesses.
Most of the mainstream "conservatives" just aren't conservative at all. Paul Ryan is the prime example of a guy who loves big government and has never encountered a budget he wanted to shrink.
He didn't run on the (D) ticket - he is the enemy - policy doesn't matter.
He isn't an intellectual - he is Other - to be disdained, held at bay like rest of the common riffraff and deplorables.
He cares about other people's money. One should never care about the wealth of the middle class except as a tool to stay in power. You certainly don't look to expand it
He won't follow the narrative - white people are evil, western culture is evil, men are evil - and the only people who can fix that are over educated, inexperienced, white men. Preferably through puppets who have fully internalized their victimhood.
They despise (OK, hate) him because he doesn't buy the left's ideologies that mankind is a blight on the earth, that the USA is second only to Nazi Germany in evil, and that LGBTXXXXXXX issues are crisises to be fixed right now. And that he should despise himself for being a white male.
I lean to tribal explanations. I think Trump could have run credibly on the Democratic side, but not won. As a Democrat, his hard-line on illegals would have gone over well with African-Americans (no one called Bernie Sanders a racist, for example); union and manufacturing types might have signed on. But ultimately, some key visible constituencies - Nantucket, DC, San Francisco, college students and professors - would never see him as part of their tribe.
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