After watching yesterday's 60 minutes interview with Donald Trump, I'd like to make the following suggestions:
1) For the people protesting in the streets, or anyone who thinks a Trump presidency will result in catastrophe: Relax. Trump is already backing off
much of his divisive rhetoric, and I think we have every reason to believe he will govern differently than how he campaigned. Only time will tell, of
course, but the signs are there.
2) For the people gloating about a Trump victory: Slow down. You don't know what you're getting yet.
Following are my observations on Campaign Trump vs. President Trump on a variety of issues:
ON THE WALL
Trump now says it might not be a wall everywhere. It might be a fence in some places. Of course, that leaves open the possibility that it might be a
"virtual wall" in other places. I personally don't find the wall to be a divisive issue, since it only negatively impacts illegals crossing the
border, but it was brought up a lot during the campaign and Trump appears to be softening his rhetoric here.
ON APPOINTING A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR FOR HILLARY
It's clear Trump doesn't want to break a campaign promise without at least giving the impression that he thought it through, but it's clear he has no
particular desire to go after Hillary. I don't expect him to interfere with ongoing investigations, but I also don't think he's going to appoint a
special prosecutor. Last night, he called Hillary a good person, spoke of how Hillary and Bill were both very cordial toward him, and gave Hillary
credit for running a tough campaign. He also said, "I don't want to hurt them." I think we can all agree this isn't very high on his priority list,
despite the campaign rhetoric.
ON GAY MARRIAGE
Clearly he supports it. He says it's "decided law." There is a bit of a disconnect here because Roe V. Wade is also decided law, but I think the
difference is more that one is something he actually plans to factor into his selection of supreme court justices, while the other is not.
He's focusing on getting the criminals out of the country, something both sides can probably agree on. However, he said he would evaluate other
illegals at a later date, likely as part of the comprehensive immigration reform bill he touted. He didn't say this outright, but I think we can
expect a good portion of illegals to get amnesty when this finally becomes law. I do not believe he is going to kick out people with families here, or
people who have school-age children here who have only ever known America. I just don't.
ON THE ACA:
He hasn't exactly reversed positions here, but the rhetoric is softer. He acknowledges that there were some good things about the ACA, including
coverage for pre-existing conditions and the ability for parents to keep their kids on their insurance policies longer, and says he "would like to
keep those things." Of course, you can't keep those things unless there is also an insurance mandate -- at least, that's my thinking. Perhaps he has
other ideas. However, one thing is certain: Even if the ACA goes away, Trump promised to enact NEW legislation correcting its problems before the ACA
is repealed, and this new legislation will correct many of the shortcomings of the ACA. Given the supreme court's decisions on the ACA up to this
point, I think it's pretty clear we're going to get some modified version of the ACA, perhaps under a different name.
Just my two cents. Take it for what it's worth.
edit on 14-11-2016 by Greggers because: (no reason given)