Saturday, November 19, 2016

Conservatives Should Support Trump and at the Same Time, Hold His Feet To The Fire

We’re just a few days into the formation of the Trump administration, and Trump’s moves thus far can generously be described as a mixed bag. On the one hand, he’s selected RNC chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff, a move designed to reach out to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in formulating a conservative legislative agenda; on the other hand, he’s hired former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon, a fellow traveler with the alt-right and ardent enemy of the Republican Party, as his White House chief strategist. On the one hand, he’s said that he would repeal and replace Obamacare; on the other hand, he’s said he would keep Obamacare’s demand that insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions. On the one hand, he’s talked about appointing John Bolton Secretary of State; on the other hand, he’s continued to talk in glowing tones about Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
That means we can have hope that he’ll be a great president. It also means we should be careful that he doesn’t ditch conservatism in a populist ditch somewhere. Trust, but verify.
Trump’s an ink blot. We don’t know what he thinks on policy. We don’t know what he’ll do. We just know that he’s taken a variety of positions, hired from a variety of sources, and swiveled on policy repeatedly.
Which means that conservatives should be united in their position vis-à-vis Trump: we’ll support him when he does something right, and oppose him when he does something wrong.
Read the rest from Ben Shapiro HERE.

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