You were half correct. I am libertarian and Libertarian.
I will freely admit that I didn’t think Trump was intelligent when he started running for President in summer of '15. I thought that he was another celebrity mouthing off on topics that he knew nothing about, like Oprah or Kate Perry or Jim Carrey. In fact, I suspected it was just a publicity stunt for some upcoming book or TV show or something like that.
Now I’ve changed my mind and I believe that he is very intelligent. That doesn’t mean that he knows everything; no one does. I doubt Trump has studied quantum physics or differential equations. But as an observer of human society, politics, economics, and the media environment his understanding is quite keen.
Perhaps the most important thing about his brain is how dynamic it is. Trump constantly watches how societies changes and adopts to new trends. When “reality TV” came along, he figured out how to launch his own unique show and he was pretty successful with it. He was an early adopter of Twitter and built up a huge following before launching his presidential campaign.
Needless to say, that Twitter following was a big part of his winning campaign. Throughout the Republican primaries he ran almost no TV, radio, or print ads. He did few interviews, while most candidates normally scrounge for as many interviews as they can get. He relied on Twitter for all the publicity that he needed and assumed that the media would report on anything significant that he tweeted.
Now let’s say back in 2014 you had gathered together 50 extremely smart Ivy League graduates with degrees in political science or communications, and asked them how to run a presidential campaign. They would all have agreed that you need to raise lots of money in order to spend it on TV spots, and that you need to do lots of interviews. And of course, no matter where you are, you want to appear as mild-mannered as possible and avoid giving deliberate offense to any ethnic group or religious group or income bracket, and so forth. This is how campaigns are done because this is how campaigns have always been done, and nothing should ever be changed.
Well, Trump is smarter at politics than 50 extremely smart Ivy League politic science majors combined. As far as I know, he has never studied political science at all but he ran his own campaign much better than the 20+ others that were run by experts.
For anyone who really wishes to understand Trump and his voters, I recommend this article by Mark Steyn.