Is Trump better than Hillary yet?My point in supporting a Hillary over Trump in the 2016 presidential race was always strategic. That is, I view both as evil but that from a libertarian perspective, Hillary would be a much better recruiting tool for libertarians.
Trump has sucked the blood out of the libertarian movement in a manner that is worse than the draining of libertarian energy under Ronald Reagan.
Here's Murray Rothbard on that draining:
Trump is worse. A cult of personality has formed around him that has sucked in a lot of libertarians. But he is pretty much bad on everything.
The easing of tensions with North Korea is largely the effort South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Now that man is a skilled negotiator, who was able to keep Trump focused on a future Nobel Peace Prize, despite neocons buzzing everywhere.
But to give full-fledged support to Trump because of the Singapore summit is to get emotionally overwhelmed by an event involving a president who has remarkable authoritarian instincts.
Let it not be forgotten that he nominated Marvin Goodfriend to become a member of the Federal Reserve. Goodfriend wants tracking threads in currency and is in favor of negative interest rates.
Trump is tariff happy.
And worst of all, under his watch, as a deterrent, illegals are being separated from their children. That is sick. And you have to be sick to give a full-fledged endorsement of Trump with this going on.
There is nothing wrong in cheering Trump when he moves in the direction of liberty but to put Trump in a general positive light when he mostly acts in an authoritarian manner is a big mistake.
The task for libertarians is not to join the Trump cult followers but to point out to the Trump fanboys the oh so many times that Trump moves away from liberty.
That is a herculean task given the skilled marketer that Trump is and his ability to generate mass enthusiasm among a good chunk of the population.
He even sucks in some people who read Target Liberty.