Pragmatism without principles first, ends up with an ever increasing number of mistakes! With each attempt, a new mistake, with each mistake new attempts, ad infinitum!
Donald Trump is not a Conservative
Most Trump supporters have been hit so often with this that even they can not defend his positions as being conservative, and therefore, have given up that position in favor of saying something like: “Trump is not a liberal or a conservative, he has original positions on the issues”.
Of course, we understand that these positions are not original. His positions are partially populist (without the populists true motivation) partially faux conservative, but mostly left wing liberal!
Some say that his positions are those of a pragmatist
I would say that a pragmatist, attempting to fix a situation without sufficient knowledge is also known as an idiot! Pragmatism without principles first, ends up with an ever increasing number of mistakes being made, with each attempt, a new mistake, with each mistake new attempts, ad infinitum! This leads to poverty, slavery and ineptitude, and maybe even bloody and unnecessary war! The very best that can happen with such unprincipled pragmatism is that it kicks a much more seriously dangerous can down the road! The worst unprincipled and unbridled pragmatism ends in fascism!
Trumps default position
Trumps default position on almost everything goes back to the one with which he has had the most practice and familiarity:
The big government liberal Democratic side.
You will find that when questions come along and make him uncomfortable, he will slide into those old habits, he moved from pro life back to his old pro choice position without a blink. He moved from his newfound conservative position on gun control, within hours after endoresment by the NRA, right back to his old positions and even supporting an obama initiative to strip those on the no fly list of their right to own a firearm.
Trumps true position
The truth about the trump position is simple. He has none! Trump has no principles to keep him tied one side or the other of any issue! He has no principles to keep him tied to reality, and that means that whichever way the wind blows with any group at any time those positions will flow with it like a flag in the breeze. Trump is unmoored, and for all intents and purposes, unhinged!