Trump has earned a degree of respect, if for nothing else, the fact that he dared point at the southern border and say it: "That is a problem"
He cemented his victory in the Republican primaries when he did that. The GOP could have gotten out in front of that and made it their own issue if they'd wanted to, years ago in fact. Instead all they did was give credence to the cliche criticisms of the GOP -- that they're lackeys of Big Business -- with their love affair with Amnesty, H1B visas, etc.
Seen it all along, just hard to think the republican party was THAT corrupt. It's not been too long ago the pubbies held the presidency and both houses. We see what they did with it. Nothing. Lip service. It's odd why the republicans allow ( what used to be) the core values of the party just get trampled. Compromised ( what used to be) our value system time and time again. They treat my values with total disregard, while sending me e mails, texts and facebook posts how they are fighting the good fight.
So we battle the sheer forces of evil in the democrat party while attempting to piecemeal together some semblance of a conservative movement, which is fought against on two fronts. At least I KNOW the libs hate me while the republican party treats me like a fool, which I find more distasteful than what I KNOW a lib thinks of me.
And there is wonderment as to why trump is popular? The guy is smart as hell and he understands what's going on. Frankly, he may be playing everyone and I suspect he is...to a point. I believe he is smart enough to know that if he doesn't follow through on at least the fiscal and safety issues facing this nation, he will go down as the biggest fraud in history. And while I know some who think he is so egotistical that he will not care, I think his ego could not take the rejection from an entire nation. But I've said it once so I'll say it again. Socially, we are gone. Lost. He will not help socially. If he builds a fence, ends some of the redundant programs in gov't, gives some power back to the states, lessens the debt, ends a bunch of the mountainous regulations while calling democrats all sorts of names....it is victory.
So enjoy the ride.