I’ve made no secret of my disillusionment with the Trump administration.

It started with the disavowal of the Alt-Right on November 22. There were many who tried to blame that on Richard Spencer. I was skeptical of that narrative. The Alt-Lite’s naked attempt to hijack the Alt-Right and transform it into a Trump personality cult looked too well organized to me.

The next step was the transition team when Anthony Scaramucci popped up at Trump Tower. I saw that as a red flag. It was shortly followed by the announcement of Cabinet picks like Gary Cohn and Andrew Puzder. This created cognitive dissonance with me. In theory, the “forgotten man” had just had this “populist nationalist” revolution against Wall Street and the Washington establishment. The fate of civilization hung in the balance. Then Trump hired the President of Goldman Sachs as his top economic adviser and brought The Mooch into his inner circle. It was an ominous sign.

The Deploraball controversy and the falling out with Bill Mitchell in January telegraphed the boundaries of Trumpism in the years ahead. It established that the Alt-Lite was going to have some relationship with the Trump administration, the Alt-Right was going to be excluded from power and that all the dominant taboos were going to remain in place except the taboo on homosexuality. This was how the Overton Window was going to shift as a result of the 2016 election.

My assessment in January was that the Trump administration wasn’t looking good. Still, it made no sense to write Donald Trump off before giving him his First 100 Days. It was reasonable to give Trump a chance because he had at least surrounded himself with men like Michael Flynn, Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions. There were too many establishment types, big donors, generals and mainstream conservatives in the Cabinet, but at least we had confidence that our views were represented.

The federal court rulings on the travel ban, refugee program and sanctuary cities were a disappointing setback, but they weren’t an unanticipated one given it was the Ninth Circuit we were dealing with. It was obvious at least to me that this was going to be fought out in the lower federal courts before going to the Supreme Court. Eventually, I figured that with Gorsuch on the Supreme Court and possibly Anthony Kennedy gone by the fall that the Trump administration would win on these issues.

The month of April brought a sea change in my attitude toward the Trump administration. It started when he rushed into committing an act of war against Syria over “human rights” and allegations against Assad which were never proven. It was a 180 degree turn from the “America First” foreign policy which I had supported. This was swiftly followed by the whiplash of his reversals on half a dozen policy issues.

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