President Trump's approval rating among Republicans is now at 90% according to Gallup.
I feared this.
Heading into the election, I felt that for strategic reasons Hillary Clinton was the best alternative for libertarians. Not because she is good on many issues, she is not, but because she would come with a ready-made opposition that would listen to libertarian arguments against her.
It would have been
a great opportunity to reach out to Trump supporters and spread the libertarian message. That opportunity is now gone with the Trump victory. Trump supporters are rabid, they will likely follow him down almost any hell hole.
These people are not going to listen to our arguments for smaller government. Their man is in power...
I also suspect we may lose some libertarians to Trump. Judging from the comments here and at EPJ, there are many supporters of Trump's immigration views. There are many problems with the current immigration policies in the United States but it is a complex issue. Mass government supported immigration should never happen. Workers who cross the border, work hard and live on private property are a different issue. Trump does not make this distinction, but there are libertarians who will support Trump's confused authoritarian view on immigration.
Crony capitalism is bad but trade wars, tarriffs and other protectionist policies are worse. This, though, is the direction Trump appears to want to move in on trade...
He may move in a small government direction on an issue here or there but he will be mostly about expanding the state. As I say, few from the right are going to be concerned about this, their man is in power.-RW
Bottom line: Advancing the libertarian cause just got much more difficult with the Trump victory.