Daniel Heller of Buffalo NY voted for Trump in the November '16 election. Since then, the president has maintained the support of life-long Democrat Heller--but Heller admits that the administration, thus far, is something of a mixed bag.
In order to mimic the Mainstream Media's success-pattern, we have decided to interview undaunted Trump-supporters to find out how they could possibly still support what will likely go down in history as the worst presidential administration ever.
"In order to lose me, he'd have to be doing a lot worse than he is now--and whatever the problems are, well, they'd have to definitely be on him--not Congress, not the Constitutional system," said Heller who had historically blamed Obama for not living up to some of his campaign promises due to congressional opposition.
"I mean, as an educated guy--an engineer and a scientist--I'm not squarely in the Trump demographic--but there are things I have to say that I do like about him." Despite having a higher education than the American average, Heller was very negative in his views on Muslim immigrants which was the most predictive factor of white, male, Democrats who voted for Trump.
"There are things I like, things I hate, and, well, a big swath of 'sad-but-necessary,'" Heller explained. "Let me see if I can break it down for you."
What Dan Likes
"Well, I like Gorsuch, of course. I mean everyone does. A reliable conservative won't go back and forth as his conscience dictates like Kennedy--and he won't have to 'protect his legacy' like Roberts did. So we can assume that the anti-Liberal court cases that conservatives will bring will bear fruit. He'll keep gerrymandering, stick it to unions, and vote against the gays and other LGBT-whatevers. Also, the so-called 'stolen' seat will make libs that much more angry."
"I also like tax-cuts," said Heller. "The corporate tax system is due for an overhaul so I think that's right on target. I feel like finally someone in Washington is looking out for guys like me" noted Heller who was smart enough to know that he would, in fact, not benefit from the proposed framework as he deducted his state tax in a high-tax blue-state.
"The stock market is soaring. I think Trump gets credit for that--jobs too." Heller did, of course, realize that Trump's administration's first 100 days had benefited from the previous Obama administration and that the jobs numbers were, in fact, worse than the last equal time previously.
"The Muslim ban was the big one, though. We all see what has happened in Europe--Hillary was going to make that happen here." Dan, did not say--although he fully understood--that the so-called Muslim-Ban was (a) shot down as unconstitutional, (b) already employed the technique called 'extreme vetting' that Trump had championed after realizing what he was campaigning on was illegal, and (c) was aware that under the actual proposals, the kind of free-flowing refugees coming into Europe was the opposite of what a possible Hillary administration was seeking.
"The repeal of the ACA is good--it was sold on lower prices--like cable TV--and then, like cable TV, they jack 'em up," opined Heller--who was forgetting that the ACA had actually become far more popular over time and was sold on expanding coverage rather than low rates like cable does.
"Finally, I think it's great that Trump is finally being tough on America's enemies--China. Russia. Antifa," said Heller, aware that Trump was far too friendly with Russia, was easily manipulated by China, and that Antifa was not categorically the same as either of those two geo-political foes.
What Dan Hates
"I didn't like us bombing Syria," Dan explained, noting that he had generally been hawkish but was willing to speak out against the strike on Assad following chemical weapons use. "And I think that Trump's reluctance to follow up on some of the legal-breaches of the Obama / Hillary administration is unfortunate."
Dan understood that the malfeasance of the Obama administration had been investigated over and over by government agencies and no actual evidence of Obama-engineered or Hillary-created illegal activity had been found--but like many Trump supporters, he felt sure it had to exist.
"And the tweeting. I kind of wish he'd stop," admitted Heller who found himself constantly embarrassed by the president's lack of class or grace on social media.
"The transgenders? Well, I feel sorry for them--but we shouldn't make it worse by letting them serve. That can't be good for them," said Dan, rationalizing away the studies that find numerous transgendered troops serving honorably.
"Also, it's time to get serious about voter-fraud," Dan said, despite knowing that voter-fraud, the way Trump had described it, was, in fact, a myth.
"It's sad that we have to have a culture war to be able to say Merry Christmas again--but we did. It's not that it was illegal--or that people weren't doing it in a lot of places--but now that Trump is president we can say 'Merry Christmas' to people without worrying whether they're Jewish or whatever. Like things used to be--they just need to suck it up."
"It's like the Black-Lives-Matter stuff. Those guys aren't looking for justice--they're looking to wreck police forces. The football kneelers? Totally anti-American--I mean the white Americans who count on police to protect them from criminals who are disproportionately black. We're afraid of the Furgeson Effect, you know--black people are used to lawlessness in our inner cities. We're not!"
"And the Dreamers. Look, I'm sympathetic to kids--in general--but these kids will be competition, you know? When they grow up they're not going to be 'my people.' They're going to be 'their people' and we have to get rid of as many of them as possible. Trump can do that. Trump, eventually, will. It's sad--but it's necessary."
"Finally? The gays. I mean--I'm sympathetic to the quiet gay guy who just wants to live his life with his special someone--but if I have to acknowledge him? If I'm forced to serve him? That's going too far. Americans shouldn't have to serve or service anyone whose lifestyle they disagree with--that's the originalist position--and it's also mine. It's unfortunate that they may be bashed more now--or whatever--but it was necessary because they were over-reaching. Their gay marriage devalued my straight marriage--it's like when one of those families moves into the neighborhood and my property values go down. It isn't personal--it's just business."
"And one of the things that was most-sad-but-necessary was that we needed a skilled business man like Trump to get the government moving again. That's what I think."