Trump could be a bad president even if the vast majority of his critics are often making silly arguments. So my present post should not be construed as me saying, “Why’s everyone so upset?”
However, lately I’ve noticed that a lot of the criticisms of Trump aren’t even internally consistent. What’s even weirder is that I see a lot of truly the same people making these pairs of claims. (Note that some of these aren’t literal contradictions, but I hope you see my point with them.)
1a. The Trump/Pence Carrier deal was bad because it would lead to rent-seeking, with every US firm pretending it was going to outsource to try to get the same treatment.
1b. The Trump/Pence Carrier deal was bad because now businesses would be cowering, afraid to let the president know they were considering outsourcing and thus receiving the scrutiny Carrier got.
2a. Trump is Hitler and we need to stop him now before he becomes too powerful.
2b. Trump is a complete buffoon who doesn’t know where the pantry is in the White House.
3a. Trump is establishing a totalitarian state. Look at how he’s outlawing the press.
3b. Trump is a jerk for picking a Secretary of Education who will get the federal government out of the schools.
4a. Trump is a fascist.
4b. Trump is picking people who will deregulate business.
5a. Trump is a madman who will start a war with his bellicose approach to China.
5b. Trump is selling out American interests by cutting backroom deals with the Chinese in exchange for their concessions on his business interests.
6a. Trump is a monster for supporting Israel over the Palestinians.
6b. Trump is an anti-Semite.
7a. Trump is Putin’s puppet.
7b. Trump will start WW3.