Is Trump On The Brink Of Doing A 180 Degree Turnabout ?

I may be really, really wrong on this one so I’m not going to say a whole lot about it at this time, but I sense a radical shift in tactics coming from the Donald. All rational folks understand that Donald Trump built his political career on appealing to America’s xenophobic elements. This hit its high point last week in Charlottesville Virginia when the president seemed to be trying to give cover to his hate group backers.

Depending quite a bit on what Trump says today in his speech on Afghanistan my gut is telling me that he is about to shift from appealing to the hate minority to trying to join the rational majority. Yes, on so many levels such a shift would seem both implausible and impossible.

Yet just because Trump is crazy doesn’t mean that he is dump. He sees that Bannon is about to lead the Alt-right in a war against him and when Republican Senator Bob Corker said that he was basically unfit to be president that had to be a shot across Trump’s bow that he had better reverse course fast or else.

Now of course whichever side Trump seems to be on at any point in time means nothing about who he is as a person or what he really believes. Indeed, what he believes happens to be whatever he thinks is in his best interests at the time. All I’m suggesting is that Trump may have suddenly come to the conclusion that for at least the moment abandoning the forces of evil and attempting to joint the forces of good may be his only chance to hang on to the presidency and stay out of jail.

As I say I might be absolutely lost on this one. If so, we shall see in less than 24 hours if Trump is continuing to steam full ahead or attempting to point himself in a completely new direction.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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