Trump's freedom to pander

Trump’s total lack of concern for the Republican donor class has freed him to take positions that actually line up well with the views of the primary electorate.

The Republican business establishment supports more immigration, not less. Trump has ignored the Chamber of Commerce position. The Republican donor class wants more trade, not less. Trump has railed against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade deals.

The Koch brothers—and Republican elites in general—support entitlement reform, which is actually unpopular among many Republican voters. Trump promises to protect Social Security from cuts.

He talks a great deal about infrastructure improvements, which has just not been an issue for most Republican pols, pickled as they are in a general anti-government philosophy. Indeed Trump’s whole approach to government—I can do it better—just fundamentally cuts against the privatize-everything spirit on display at Republican donor retreats or Heritage Foundation conferences.