by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Even though I had voted for every Republican presidential candidate since 1980, I didn’t vote for Donald Trump in 2016.
Many Republican nominees had been huge disappointments to me, and I wasn’t going to vote for yet another GOP candidate I thought would betray my trust. I couldn’t imagine Trump as a genuine conservative who would champion limited government, respect individual freedom and liberty, and protect the unborn — but was I ever wrong. Although I didn’t vote for Trump in 2016, I would crawl over broken glass to vote for him in 2020.
In 2016, I was convinced Trump was just another New York liberal. On election night, however, I smiled. I was happy that at least Hillary Clinton wouldn’t be president, and I suspected that the next four years with Trump would at least be entertaining.
The primary reason I didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 was that I didn’t believe him. …
… Trump’s list of first-term accomplishments has been truly impressive:
- Building the strongest U.S. economy in my lifetime through historic business and personal tax cuts, resulting in millions of jobs created and record-low unemployment
- Cutting federal government regulations that had a stranglehold on American business innovators and entrepreneurs
- Confronting China’s trade abuses and negotiating fair trade deals with Canada, Mexico, South Korea, and Japan
- Eliminating the Obamacare individual mandate
- Rebuilding our military through investments in our defense capabilities as well as securing the largest military pay raise in a decade
- Nominating and confirming more solid conservative circuit court judges than any other first-term administration …
… The Trump administration’s accomplishments have been in spite of relentless, daily attacks by the mainstream media, which act as the Pravda-like arm of the Democratic Party. Trump Derangement Syndrome is evident every day on television and online.