So here we are nine months into President Trump’s administration, and we still have him speaking fluently in the language of conservatism.
Trump spoke Tuesday evening at the Heritage Foundation in Washington:
You understand that human progress must be built upon a firm foundation of timeless truth. These truths are immortalized in our founding documents, and the most important truth our Founders understood was this: Freedom is not a gift from government; freedom is a gift from God. And that is why we are here tonight, to rededicate ourselves to the defense of our God-given rights.
Some conservatives to this day think Trump’s conservatism is phony. While I have had my concerns, given Trump’s background supporting certain Democrats and holding certain liberal positions, it is reassuring to see that he frequently talks not just in terms of “practical solutions” that happen to be conservative, but that he emphasizes conservative principles.
It’s easy to dismiss this as cynically playing to the Republican base. But Trump has been consistent enough and often passionate enough – although it’s clear below that he’s reading a teleprompter – that it seems to me he actually believes the things he campaigned on.