I used to get asked this question a lot on the campaign trail, and I would respond, “I voted for Gary Johnson.” That’s true, and I could talk about why I prefer Johnson to Trump, but another response I could give is, “I like Trump’s impact on our culture; I’m less impressed by his political ideas.” Of course, that’s not necessarily going to get my ballot access signatures, because it might turn off both the Trump supporters and Trump detractors.
But the way I look at it is, I just like that he didn’t cave in to the leftists. He didn’t usually apologize or backpedal, because he knew that wouldn’t work. He stuck to his guns. So I think he set a good example in that regard.
But, I don’t like his protectionist policies, and I don’t like how he had to be dragged into supporting cannabis legalization. We’re just lucky that there was enough pushback to keep Jeff Sessions from cracking down on the legal cannabis markets.
I guess we’ll see how good his Supreme Court nominees are; it seems too early to tell. I think it was interesting that he gave a list of potential nominees, and then didn’t deviate from that list. I wonder if future Presidents will do that as well.
It was interesting, too, that he picked Mike Pence as his Vice President. The guy seems pretty innocuous, but I might have preferred if he’d picked, say, Ron Paul to shore up his libertarian support than a cultural conservative to shore up his evangelical support or whatever. But I guess Pence is sorta kinda okay, I dunno.
Aside from the SCOTUS nominations, Trump is not going to produce any epochal change that I can tell, except maybe culturally. His immigration restrictions aren’t really going to make much of a difference.
Another thing about the Donald is that he’s relentlessly optimistic about “making America great again” and I wonder if he realizes the country will first have to collapse before it can rebound.
But notice, I don’t really have a lot to say about Trump, because I don’t really care that much about him — which I guess is a sign that he hasn’t done a lot of damage, in my book. Yeah, he launched missile strikes on Syria, but other than that, he hasn’t gotten us involved in a lot of war, so already he’s doing better than George W. Bush did. Plus he actually condemned the Iraq War, which was refreshing for a Republican.