Trump, not conservative but strongly anti-liberal
W. James Antle III writing in the Washington Examiner:
[Donald Trump] tapped into a large mass of voters who were instinctively pro-American and anti-liberal, but not really interested in the finer points of conservative ideology or policy.
That’s a great and very simple way of explaining Trump’s support. I wish I had thought of it that way. I have previously pointed out that conservatism, as defined by National Review types, is NOT the opposite of liberalism, it’s just one of many different philosophies that are at odds with liberalism.
Some people have been fretting over whether Donald Trump is a “real conservative.” Who cares? The important thing is that I am certain that Trump is a true anti-liberal and he’s not just pretending to be an anti-liberal. As I previously pointed out, Trump has fifties values, the decade in which he grew up (Trump was born in 1946), and fifties values are anti-liberal. For some psychological reason, Trump is immune to the societal pressure which causes nearly all other wealthy and successful people his age to abandon the values of their childhood and adopt newer more liberal values. I believe that Scott Adams has some insight into this. Trump is a master at persuading other people but his immune to persuasion himself, and the societal pressure which causes people to change their values is a type of persuasion.