❝ “Give President-elect Trump a chance,” pleads the New York Times’s Nicholas Kristof. The country will survive, he says. Democrats shouldn’t copy Republicans’ die-hard opposition to everything President Obama did from the start. We can’t be sure of Donald Trump’s stances anyway, the argument goes, and in the areas where he’s most dangerous, aides can override him. Kristof isn’t alone: There is a chorus of voices saying that those in the streets already protesting a Trump presidency have acted too soon. Trump has won, they say, and therefore has earned a reprieve.
❝ No, he has not.
❝ Politicians govern as they campaign. We know this; research has proved it time and again. Barack Obama promised health-care reform, and he did it. George W. Bush promised tax cuts, and he did it. Bill Clinton said he would reform welfare and cut the deficit, and he did it. Nor did their personalities change when they were elected. When you’ve just navigated your way to the most powerful chair in the world, would you change anything about yourself?
This was the lead into a piece published in the Washington POST November 11, 2016 by opinions editor, James Downie…