So, for a fully paid-up Trump supporter and or even a Republican who has made their peace with the President’s anti-establishment crusade in the interests of a solid collection of the conservative movement goals, there is much to praise in Trump’s first year.
But a critique of Trump’s record would start with the nature of the achievements themselves, and offer a clue as to why he is not getting the plaudits he thinks he deserves. Most of Trump’s wins are partisan, many appear to be designed solely to please his political base alone, and some, like Trump’s targeting of the North American Free Trade Agreement, are radical and risky and could turn out badly.
Obama’s supporters, meanwhile, complain that on the economy and the campaign against ISIS Trump is merely piggybacking on the former President’s achievements and claiming them for himself. Trump’s transparent habit of seeking to eradicate Obama’s legacy whenever he can makes it unlikely that any Democrats will ever join him to forge bipartisan achievements that could secure the President credit outside his own dedicated supporters.