Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, seen in reflection, poses for a portrait following an interview with the Associated Press at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Trump says that if he’s elected president, he’ll know within six months whether he can achieve an elusive peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians, one of the world’s most vexing challenges. But the Republican presidential candidate says he has doubts about each side’s commitment to the peace process. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Stop Judging! President Trump Is Perfectly Consistent

I feel sorry for all the people who are now trying to reconcile President Trump’s actions to his campaign statements. All the press who say Trump is inconsistent and breaking promises are using the wrong yardstick to measure him. In fact, Trump is perfectly consistent, but you can’t use a small measure like a few years of campaigning to judge him.

With Trump, it’s all about the deals, and sticking to his core beliefs. (From 1990.)

Nothing wrong with ego. People need ego, whole nations need ego. I think our country needs more ego, because it is being ripped off so badly by our so-called allies; i.e., Japan, West Germany, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, etc. They have literally outegotized this country, because they rule the greatest money machine ever assembled and it’s sitting on our backs. Their products are better because they have so much subsidy. We Americans are laughed at around the world for losing a hundred and fifty billion dollars year after year, for defending wealthy nations for nothing, nations that would be wiped off the face of the earth in about fifteen minutes if it weren’t for us. Our “allies” are making billions screwing us.

The wall? Just talk, and good leverage to get a deal from Mexico. The real deals will come with trade–the carrots and the sticks. Just wait.

I’d throw a tax on every Mercedes-Benz rolling into this country and on all Japanese products, and we’d have wonderful allies again.

Not Japan and Benz anymore, it’s China and South Korea, but you get the gist.

North Korea? For Trump, nukes are always front and center. Believe that he will do something, that is unless China gives him a better deal.

I’ve always thought about the issue of nuclear war; it’s a very important element in my thought process. It’s the ultimate, the ultimate catastrophe, the biggest problem this world has, and nobody’s focusing on the nuts and bolts of it. It’s a little like sickness. People don’t believe they’re going to get sick until they do. Nobody wants to talk about it. I believe the greatest of all stupidities is people’s believing it will never happen, because everybody knows how destructive it will be, so nobody uses weapons. What bullshit.

Healthcare? Trump said Obamacare was a disaster, but he doesn’t want people “dying in the streets.” The deal didn’t go through. He’ll try something else, but don’t expect him to come up with a small government plan, because Trump isn’t a small government guy. For now, Obamacare stays.

Taxes? Trump wants to get something done to stick his name on, so I expect this tax deal will go through, at the expense of paying for the wall (unless Mexico makes a better deal) and doing anything with healthcare. Plus, what politician wants to be the guy who voted against a massive tax cut? Especially one proposed by the other party, so Democrats are going to make a little show and then get on the tax cut bandwagon.

Pro-life? Trump said he’d appoint pro-life judges. That was his promise and he’s so far stuck to it. As for defunding Planned Parenthood, well, it all depends on the deal. For now, that’s a non-starter.

Draining the swamp? LOL.

Trump is completely consistent with his principles from the 1980s and 90s. That’s who he is, and as a 70-year-old man, you can’t expect him to change. Absent a supernatural epiphany, the man who jousted with Mayor Ed Koch in the 70s and 80s is the man America elected to the presidency.

The tax issue is in Trump’s core because he believes that in order to level the international playing field, he has to offer business some reason to come to and stay in America. A 15 percent corporate tax accomplishes this. Lowering individual taxes (for most) is just the sugar on top to sweeten it.

Projecting American military strength is a great way to leverage deals with other countries. Mostly Russia and China. Russia is willing to go to war over Syria, to maintain its Mediterranean warm-water port, and access to its Middle Eastern buffer zone. So expect Trump to focus on Syria.

China is willing to go many extra miles to keep the Korean peninsula stable, and to keep millions of North Korean refugees from streaming in. So expect Trump to focus on North Korea.

Mexico is willing to bend over backwards to preserve NAFTA. So expect Trump to focus on border security with an eye toward trading a wall for better terms on a treaty negotiation. But for now, NAFTA stays.

Did you really expect Trump to keep his campaign promises? That would be inconsistent with everything the man has ever done. He overpromises, under-delivers, makes a deal using other people’s efforts, then walks away with his name on everything.

In Trump’s first 100 days, he’s proved himself to be everything we knew he’d be. He’s completely consistent with his core beliefs. As long as the main thing remains the main thing–and Trump being the center of everyone’s daily conversation is the main thing–President Trump will continue to be true blue to his own self.

Stop judging with such a narrow gauge, folks, because it doesn’t get any clearer.

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

View all posts