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Trump's presidency should be judged only on its merits
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - DECEMBER 06: President-elect Donald Trump addresses an audience at Crown Coliseum on December 6, 2016 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Trump took time off from selecting the cabinet for his incoming administration to celebrate his victory in the general election. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

Trump's presidency should be judged only on its merits

People ask me all the time whether I will support Trump now that he won. My answer is very simple. It should be the answer everyone gives. I will support Trump and defend him when he does the right thing, and I will attack and criticize him when he does the wrong thing. If he does lots of wrong things, I'll spend a lot of time going after him. If he does predominately good things, you'll find me constantly singing his praises. That's the way this is going to work for me.

I believe strongly in judging on merits. I don't believe in cutting anyone slack because they're "on my team," nor do I believe in criticizing people just because they aren't. I may take that approach when I watch football, but not with matters of politics and policy.

So far, there have been reasons to praise Trump. Many of his cabinet picks have been very solid, for instance. And there have been reasons to defend him. He has been unfairly maligned for having a conversation with the president of Taiwan.

But there have been reasons to criticize. His deal with Carrier is crony capitalism and exactly the kind of thing conservatives complained about with Obama in office. His plan to punish companies who move overseas is foolhardy. His meeting with Al Gore about climate change was a bad sign.

A mixed bag. Reasons to praise and reasons to criticize. And that's what I will do.

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