Please don’t confuse potential with performance. Trump has already done some evil and will certainly do much more if we indeed “give him time.” I thought the point of our resistance was to minimize his impact while shortening his term — to deny him the opportunity to supplant Buchanan & Co. as our worst-ever presidents. For example, to match Buchanan’s death toll on a percentage basis, Trump would need to kill 6.2 million Americans. Is he sufficiently ignorant, misguided & malicious to manage that, if given free rein? Of course, and that’s why we resist: to stop him from hurting our country and world more than he’s already done.
I see no reason to question Trump’s intentions. Like all his predecessors, he sincerely wants to make America great. I agree that his proposals, if implemented, would instead ruin us, but that is not his intent, and was not the intent of any of his failed predecessors. Trump genuinely believes that we will thrive if we roll back 50 years of environmental regulations, gut Obamacare, the Great Society & the New Deal, return to ’20s nativism & economic policies (tax cuts for the rich, deregulation for businesses, undermining unions), and revert to pre-Wilsonian tariffs & foreign policy (i.e., protectionism, unilateralism, allowing great powers regional spheres of influence, indifference to democracy & human rights abroad).
Trump follows the lead of many past presidents in loading his administration with ideologues committed to breaking with former policies. Reagan, for example, appointed anti-environmentalist James Watt as Secretary of the Interior, academic iconoclast William Bennett as Secretary of Education, and authoritarian apologist Alexander Haig as Secretary of State.