Some people actually get a clue.
Over the years, my caricatures of Donald Trump have evolved but not as much as my opinion of him.
When Trump announced he was running for president, I admit that I didn’t take this millionaire, hotel magnate, reality TV show celebrity as a serious candidate. I doubted his ability to do the job. So I drew him as a clown. In fact, my cartoons were as critical of him as many of my liberal cartoonist friends.
Then Trump started a war with the news media, tagging major news outlets as “fake news.” Ahem, I’m in the media.
And while Trump promised to pursue conservative policies, this conservative cartoonist doubted his sincerity. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that he was on the left.
In the crowded primary field, Trump got the most attention by being the loudest. His tweets could not be ignored by the media and resulted in Trump dominating news coverage..
……In this braggadocios “I’m the greatest” culture, Trump became the Muhammad Ali of politicians. His claims of, “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” “I’m really rich,” “I’m very highly educated,” “I’m the best (fill in the blank)” stretched credulity but was certainly entertaining.
In one of the debates, Trump admitted that he was an entertainer but said that he was more than an entertainer, that he was “a businessman, and that’s the kind of mindset this country needs to bring it back.” Soon his rallies were filled with people who believed that he was the real hope and change America needed.
In 1992, millionaire businessman Ross Perot said that the country needed to be run like a business. He was great at listing the country’s problems, but he didn’t communicate how he would fix them.
Trump identified the problems and fixes. His political promises were simple, repeated often and easily remembered — build the wall, repeal and replace Obamacare, cut taxes, destroy the Islamic State group, renegotiate better trade deals and make America great again.
So how in the world did Trump change my mind? He started keeping those promises.
First, he picked Mike Pence as his running mate. As I’ve written before, I’ve known Pence for over 20 years and he has the conservative bona fides. So, of course, I supported this decision.
Then, after taking office, Trump began to reverse President Barack Obama’s executive orders and burdensome regulations on businesses. He approved the Keystone XL pipeline. He cut taxes and the economy picked up steam. Again, I supported these decisions.
Sure, he failed to repeal Obamacare, but its individual mandate was repealed in the tax-cut bill.
……Trump has proven to be pro-religious liberty, pro-life and pro-Israel. He moved the American embassy to Jerusalem, pulled out of the Paris climate agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and began negotiations to denuclearize North Korea. I support all of these policies.
There have been a few hiccups. Trump signed a budget bill that increased the national debt, which is now over $21 trillion…..
But here’s the dominating reason I’ve changed my mind about Trump’s ability to lead: judges. I support his picks of Justice Neil Gorsuch, his new U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the host of conservative federal judges that Trump has gotten confirmed.
I shudder to think of the activist judges that a President Hillary Clinton would have picked.
In my opinion, Trump has had the most successful 18 months as president than any other I’ve ever drawn. So yes, I support his presidency.
I admit that I was wrong about Trump. He’s not a clown. He’s a businessman, entertainer, and now the president that I didn’t want but now think we need.
He’s successful, exuberant, brash, confident, thinks outside the box, and goes against the grain of the Swamp status quo.
President Trump is reversing the damage Barky Obama did to this country and has accomplished more positive improvements to the economy, foreign policy, and national security in his first two years in office than all the previous White House occupants since Ronald Reagan.
And the Dems hate him for it.