Trump has no serious commitment to any particular policy platform. Before he secured the nomination, he riffed more or less extemporaneously whenever any policy question was put to him. It’s true that much of the nonsense he uttered back then was unorthodox for a Republican. But none of that has continued since he secured the nomination. Once he secured the nomination, he started meeting with the party’s leaders, with two results: he started repeating standard Republican talking points, and he started to get some high-profile endorsements from Republican leaders.
It’s apparent from the history that he must have assured the Republican leaders — who were afraid of him winning not because he would alienate important demographics, but because he wouldn’t pursue standard Republican priorities — that he would present no serious obstacle to their initiatives. It seems he just doesn’t care that much about policy outside of whatever is attracting his attention at the moment. He can’t be bothered to educate himself on the issues, and he’s willing to say whatever the Republicans want him to say to get elected. He’ll get into office and he’ll continue along the same lines.
Name a policy you think he’ll be better than Clinton on. Are you encouraged by his one-time statements in favor of socialized medicine? Look at his platform now: Repeal Obamacare. Increase interstate insurance competition. Structure Medicaid as block grants to the states. All core Republican goals. By the way he once talked about increasing taxes on the rich? His tax plan cuts them. Do you think he’s anti-gun? Look at his platform — he doesn’t have the NRA’s support for nothing.
And what forces will moderate his views? He is likely to have a Republican Congress sending him legislation. Do you think they will negotiate against themselves to find more moderate solutions to whatever problems they address?
In order to believe that Trump could even possibly be better than Clinton, you have to ignore his incredible, demonstrable ignorance, pretend that the things he’s saying now about what he wants to do are just false, and hope that he names advisers who will both be more moderate than the Republicans and give him advice that he’ll actually listen to. You have to disbelieve, in other words, everything we actually know about the man.