Donald Trump delivered his first major policy speech on Tuesday while standing about the USS Iowa which is docked in the port of Los Angeles. In introducing Trump to the crowd, Joel Arends, Chairman of Veterans for a Strong America, also announced that his organization would be endorsing Trump to be the next President. Getting the endorsement of an important military veteran organization is a major coup for the presidential candidate and gives him more momentum, even as Dr. Ben Carson continues to creep ever closer to Trump in the polls. (Carson is down just 4 points in the national polls now!)
However, what was announced as a “policy” speech focused on national security, ended up being incredibly light on actual policy.
This is the danger with supporting a Trump presidency, though… while he may be willing to fight and scrap with just about anyone, Trump has problems when it comes to articulating a coherent policy vision for our nation. This difficulty has gotten him into a bit of trouble several times when Trump has given one opinion on an issue, only to turn around and say the exact opposite just minutes later. (See here, here and here.)
Supporting Trump is therefore a calculated risk. While his supporters no doubt hope that he continues fighting passionately for certain issues (illegal immigration and the military), they run great risk that his decision not to take clear policy stands may end up biting them in the end. But many Trump supporters seem to believe that the chance of losing on other issues that matter to them is worth winning on illegal immigration.
I’m not sure it is.
Are we really winning to give up on defeating Obamacare, turning back the gay marriage tide, and losing the host of other issues that Trump isn’t so conservative about?
I sure hope not.