Party Trumped Policy in 2016

President Donald Trump adopted a variety of controversial and unorthodox foreign policy stances during the 2016 presidential campaign. Since taking office, Mr. Trump has moved quickly to begin implementing many of these policies – including a border wall with Mexico, a ban on immigration from certain majority-Muslim countries, and withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. While Mr. Trump was very clear about his intentions during the campaign, public reaction to his implementation of these policies has nonetheless been quite negative. …

How was Mr. Trump able to emerge victorious in November if the implementation of his foreign policy platform makes him so unpopular in January? Shouldn’t voters have punished him for stepping so far outside the bipartisan boundaries of American foreign policy? And if not, why not? CONT.

Christopher Gelpi & Elias Assaf, Ohio State U.