Trumpian Obstinance, Backed by Republicans Like Sen. Cramer, Is Making Conservatives Look Silly

Kevin Cramer speaks alongside President Donald Trump on June 27 at Scheels Arena in Fargo. Trump came to the city twice to campaign for Cramer, who unseated incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in November. Forum file photo

MINOT, N.D. — Perhaps Donald Trump’s greatest contribution to the Republican Party’s legacy will be a shift, prompted by his rise to the presidency, from a conservatism defined by a platform of ideas that annoy liberals to simply annoying liberals.

With the budget deficit now measured in the trillions, and the bulk of his policies implemented through the sort of executive fiats that Republicans abhorred when Barack Obama was doing it, I think it’s safe to say that Trump is not a conservative.

I’m not even sure he’s a populist, though I’ve often called him that.

Trump is an opportunistic troll who has capitalized on cultural divides that existed and were widening long before his 2016 campaign.

Nowhere is this concept on clearer display than the insipid argument we’re having about masks.

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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