How "Trump trauma" could hand the Democrats a victory in 2020

Worse is his demoralizing penchant for pulling the rug out from under his supporters with policy initiatives and personnel appointments that are announced and then almost immediately yanked back: tariffs on “Christmas items” from China, the deportation of sick “migrants,” conservative congressman John Ratcliffe’s short-lived float as director of national intelligence, ineffectual, court-blocked threats to end the so-called “Dreamers” protection for illegal immigrants who arrived as children and to close the Mexican border, and to build the wall. Follow-through has never been Trump’s strong suit.

Worst of all are the appointments and policy prescriptions that no conservative could ever endorse: lawyer Christopher Wray as head of a tarnished FBI, now tracking border groups opposed to US immigration policy as “extremist organizations”; and his bruiting of “red flag” laws to preemptively disarm Americans without due process on suspicion of mental illness — including using home-espionage equipment such as Amazon Echo and Apple Watch to collect data on individuals. All of which makes Trump eminently beatable next year.

That’s the bad news.