Even though I didn’t vote for Trump, I will support him as my President and give him the benefit of the doubt.
Yes, many racists and nationalists supported him. Some people voted for him solely because they think he will help overturn Roe v Wade. These people alone weren’t enough to get him elected.
Millions of honest people who work paycheck-to-paycheck voted for him too, because they think he offers them some hope of having better lives. His history suggests otherwise, but if he is really out to help those people, I’ll be the first to applaud him. The old GOP strategy of cutting capital gains and estate taxes is meaningless to working people and has only helped fuel the wage stagnation that has hurt them. I hope Trump and team realize this.
Debbie Stabenow tweeted today that if Trump is serious about helping working families, deal her in. (Full disclaimer: She also said if he’s out to divide Americans, she’s out.) That’s in sharp contrast to 2008 when McConnell said the GOP was dedicated to making Obama a one-term President.
Like Ghandi said: You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist. If Trump and his supporters are really doing things to help working people, my hand is open.
Time will tell. His policies could be exactly what our economy needs or he could start a trade war and crash the world economy. He could help stabilize conflicts abroad or throw gasoline on some fires. Until any of this happens, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.