One of the things that made me a NeverTrumper was when he was in a debate and suddenly switched to favoring H1B visas. As a businessman, he’d never had the least qualms about using them. As a candidate, he started out against them. In one debate, he suddenly said that he was in favor of H1B visas because talented foreign students who graduate from our colleges should stay here and contribute to our economy. That was a leftover line from the 2012 Romney campaign, and he’s suddenly saying that in a debate. Within about five or six hours after the debate, his campaign is saying that he’s not really in favor of H1B visas.
I understand that he communicates the anger that we all feel about how things are going, but he’s never taken stable, principled stands on anything. He just says whatever he thinks the audience of the moment wants to hear or whatever will bring him the most attention. Anyone can say the right words, but I’ve never had any sense that he has any depth of conviction on anything. I feared all along that he would betray us on immigration and every other issue.
He’s done some things right, and that’s better than Clinton who would have done nothing right. However, we still don’t have good leadership anywhere in the federal government. Without that leadership, the country is still declining.