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Old 06-11-2018, 12:07 PM
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Why is Trump's anti-ally protectionism so popular?

This post is prompted by my own FB feed, where my libertarian and moderate "reluctant Trumper" acquaintances now seem to be fully on board the Trump "Eff the G7" train. This being GD, I wish I had better cites, but Trump's approval rating is on the rise and the comments under this Brietbart article are pretty jubilant about Trump being the first Republican to finally stand up to the EU, whatever that means.

I understand that Republicans and Democrats have apparently flip-flopped on free trade (ironically, back when I was a teenager, free trade was one of the few things I could really get behind on the Republican platform), but I'm still left to wonder - What the hell is going on here? 15 years ago Republicans lost their shit when France didn't support the US in what was clearly a boneheaded invasion of Iraq. Now they're perfectly content to stand behind Trump as he pulls the US out of agreements with our historical allies left and right (Iran, Paris), attacks NATO for not paying their fair share, and now starts trade wars with Canada and threatens the entire G7 if they don't kowtow to his demands.

The cynic in me says that this is just a case of Republicans not actually having an opinion on anything as long as it pisses off liberals, but there's got to be an actual reason, right?


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