Reverse Obama Policies
“..Trump promises not just to reverse almost immediately all of Obama’s policies, but to do so in a pragmatic fashion that does not seem to be guided by any orthodox or consistently conservative ideology. Trade deals and jobs are Trump’s obsessions — mostly for the benefit of blue-collar America. In normal times, Trumpism — again, the agenda as opposed to Trump the person — might be old hat. He calls for full-bore gas and oil development, a common culture in lieu of identity politics, secure borders, deregulation, tax reform, a Jacksonian foreign policy, nationalist trade deals in places of globalization, and traditionalist values. In normal times, Trumpism — again, the agenda as opposed to Trump the person — might be old hat. But after the last eight years, his correction has enraged millions.
“…Indeed, if the report about Turnbull’s call with Trump is accurate, it sounds almost as though Trump was “negging” the PM like a particularly low-rent pick up artist – describing the refugee deal as Australia’s attempts to export the “next Boston bombers”, boasting about his election victory and abruptly ending the call early. Stay mean, keep ’em keen.
This story could be Turnbull’s own let’s-knight-Prince-Philip moment, the point of no return where an already unpopular leader started looking like an actual joke. A leader can endure being disliked; few have survived becoming a figure of outright ridicule….”